Blu-ray Review: ZOMBIE KILLERS: ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD

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ZOMBIE KILLERS: ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD was written and directed by B. Harrison Smith and stars Billy Zane, Dee Wallace, Mischa Barton, Felissa Rose, Ashley Sumner, Gabrielle Stone and Brian Anthony Wilson.

This survival thriller takes place in a small community and follows a group of people who are trying to survive during the zombie apocalypse. These zombies are a little different than what you’re used to seeing and is almost like, what if this could happen? This movie is set against the backdrop of an organism-based epidemic where infected humans don’t die, instead they roam to spread the infection in a grisly, horrific way.

This small community has created its own “bubble” where it tries to continue on with life as normal as possible where all of the infected are left outside of this safe zone. The thing about this movie is it deals with a lot of personal drama going on with key characters inside this community and I’m talking everything from pregnancy, to religion, to pollution, and more. All of this is great but I think the movie spent way too much time dealing with the human drama and not enough time on the infected. Hey, the movie took a different approach with the zombie genre so why not spend more time with what the fans want in the first place.

Okay, the concept for Zombie Killers was a fresh approach and reminded me a little of The Walking Dead but with a little Western vibe to it. It’s definitely character driven but Smith spent way too much time with the characters and not enough time with the zombies. I’ve enjoyed the movies Smith has either written or directed so far, from The Fields6 Degrees of Hell and Camp Dread (and I’ve reviewed them all) and this one right here is the biggest scale to date and his best offering so far. I love how the movie was filmed and it gives off this look that the movie is just so much bigger in scale. There’s aerial views and you don’t see much of this in smaller budget movies.

So the human aspect is what weighs the movie down unfortunately and makes it drag along at times but it does have it good points. There’s all kinds of drama going on with everyone in this community, you have your heroes and your villains – your likable and unlikable characters. To have Billy Zane, Dee Wallace, Mischa Barton and Felissa Rose all in this one movie is enough to draw plenty of fan boys and fan girls attention. Each actor has their time to shine here too. I’m a huge fan of Billy Zane and watching him play this cool hero type was pretty awesome. He’s just one of the guys until the finale where he rides off solo to take care of some zombie business in a very explosive way.

Now let’s get to the action. There’s everything from paintball guns being used for training purposes, to big explosions, to mysterious flying fish, so the movie does offer some exciting moments, but I wish there had been just a little more. Now to the zombies aka the infected people. This concept was a fresh take and these guys and  girls looked great in a creepy sort of way. The makeup effects looked awesome and that black goo was a nice addition. Yes, there is black goo! To top this off we get some scenes where CGI is definitely used to help the numbers of these infected people and all of this looked really good. All of this was very well done!

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details. some images and list of extras. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-def release were both crisp and clear.

Bottom line is, Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard was a pretty cool zombie movie that took a different approach to an already over saturated genre. Smith and company did a really good job here and made a small budget indie movie look like a much larger production and it all shows on screen. This Blu-ray releases on February 3rd and is worth checking out if you’re looking for a new zombie movie to watch or you’re just curious to how different this one is from the rest of the genre. These Blu-ray’s are Best Buy exclusives so you’ll know where to pick one up.

Distributor: Anchor Bay

Run Time: 104 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features:

  • Behind-the-Scenes featurettes “Bloodbath and Beyond,” “The Look of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard,” and “Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard Behind the Scenes.”
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