Movie Review: ZOMBIE 4: AFTER DEATH (Special Edition) Blu-ray+CD

ZOMBIE 4: AFTER DEATH was directed by director Claudio Fragasso (here under the name ‘Clyde Anderson’) from a screenplay by Rossella Drudi who put the penultimate batshit nail in the coffin of the legendary ZOMBIE series. The film stars Adult film superstar Jeff StrykerCandice Daly, Jim Gaines, Massimo Vanni, Alberto Dell’Acqua andNick Nicholson.

When a white scientist’s cure for cancer enrages an island voodoo priest, it will unleash the ultimate plague of ninja zombies, exploding heads, appalling performances, eye-gouging, face-ripping, power ballads and big bloody mouthfuls of flesh-chomping havoc…and that’s just the first 20 minutes.

As batshit crazy as the Zombie franchise is, Zombie 4: After Death is where things go off the charts. The movie follows this group of mercenaries and two women who go to this island that ends up being populated by hordes of bloodthirsty zombie ninjas. There’s also another small group but the movie doesn’t spend as much time on them because the lone survivor ends up making his way to the main group. One of the women has a close connection to this mysterious island because twenty years earlier she watched her parents get murdered by this sinister voodoo priest who is able to raise the dead. It doesn’t take long for them to encounter the band of undead ninjas where they realize that they’re severely outnumbered. One by one, this group of humans lose their fight against the undead until it comes down to this one woman who has this special connection to the island but in the end even she falls under this supernatural curse that comes with it.

Okay, as crazy as this movie is, it’s also the weakest link of the franchise, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a fun watch because it is. Well, it’s an okay watch. The setting and location were spot on to make a horror movie like this because there’s an eeriness to the background that helps set the tone of the movie. It’s a very atmospheric watch which helps things some. Just like the previous Zombie movies, the acting isn’t that impressive so just be warned. I was a little disappointed with some of the makeup effects because it looked really bad – especially the ninja zombies. There’s still some blood and gore but I don’t think there’s near as much as the other movies had. I did like the story for this one more than I did for Zombie 3 but I don’t guess they really had the budget to pull some of this craziness off and that’s too bad. I still think Claudio Fragasso did a good job directing with what he had to work with.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. This Severin release comes in a black keepcase which helps it stand out from the others. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The film has been given a brand new 2K scan by Severin Films and uncut for the first time ever in the U.S. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this Blu-ray release. Just like the Zombie 3 release, this one includes the soundtrack so when you slip in the CD and press play go ahead and crank it up.

Bottom line is, even though Zombie 4: After Death is easily the weakest entry into this wild and crazy Zombie franchise, it’s still a pretty fun watch that takes everything to the next level of insanity. Claudio Fragasso left his writing duties behind and ended up directing this installment that is a fight for survival between this small group of humans and hordes of bloodthirsty zombies that are after them. And with that comes a lot of poor fight choreography! A lot of imagination went into this one but unfortunately it fell flat in a number of ways. The story was okay and of course the acting was bad for the most part. The biggest disappointment to me were the special effects and makeup applications because it wasn’t as impressive as the other movies were. Actually, some of it looked down right cheap and extremely poor. Anyway, besides that major shortcoming, the movie was still an okay watch and worth checking out simply because it’s so freaking crazy. Zombie 4: After Death will be available on a Special Edition Blu-ray+CD on May 29th.

Distributor: Severin Films

Run Time: 88 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include all-new interviews with some of the cast and crew, some vintage behind-the-scenes footage, the original trailer and the movie soundtrack that comes on a CD.

  • Run Zombie Run! – Interview With Director Claudio Fragasso and Screenwriter Rossella Drudi (31:50)
  • Jeff Stryker in Manila – Interview With Actor Chuck Peyton (09:32)
  • Blonde vs Zombies – Interview With Actress Candice Daly (02:18)
  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage (03:43)
  • Trailer (02:45)
  • Bonus Disc:CD Soundtrack (52:19)

 

 

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