I love a low budget horror movie as much as the next guy, especially when it happens to be about zombies. Some of my favorite zombie movies ever were low budget projects. Lately the zombie craze is in high gear and it seems like there is a new direct to video zombie flick every single week. The latest one to hit shelves is Zombie Killers: Elephant Graveyard.
Elwood is a rural town that has fortified itself amidst a suspected global infection that may have been started through natural gas fracking. The world has gone insane and those infected swarm the planet as mindless zombies in search of others to attack and infect. But in Elwood, a small band of people have kept the town safe by fencing in the town and keeping patrols on guard at all times led by ex-military soldier Seiler (Billy Zane). But life in Elwood seems to be coming to a boiling point as tension builds among the residents and young Ian Simmers (Michael Kean) can’t take it anymore, deciding to try and get free and convince others to join him in facing whatever the world holds outside the fences.
The idea of Zombie Killers: Elephant Graveyard is not an original one, in fact it has even been part of The Walking Dead. The protected town during the zombie apocalypse that is run by a military dude and has inhabitants that want to leave. Nothing too shocking here. Add to that the extraordinary acting talents of Billy Zane and obvious CG gunfire and blood and you have…a very mediocre zombie movie. And the funny thing is, there really isn’t even a lot of zombie action here. The vast majority of scenes revolve around the residents of Elwood, which would be okay if any of the characters were interesting in the least. Even the usually over the top and outrageous Billy Zane is quite muted here not really having much of anything to do. And while I understand budgetary constraints and the necessity of using CG muzzle flashes and such, it doesn’t excuse the actors making their machine guns buck like shotguns with every shot fired. It seems they didn’t get any sort of realistic advice on how to handle the weapons and the result is action scenes that look so ridiculously fake you are immediately taken out of the scene altogether. Lastly, I can’t understand why anyone thought it was a good idea to include the subheading ‘Elephant Graveyard” to the title of the movie. Not only is the reference a very tiny part of the movie, it just looks weird and out of place in the title. A bit of good zombie action here for fans of the genre but overall Zombie Killers: Elephant Graveyard is entirely forgettable
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