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Zombeavers (2014)Starring Lexi Atkins, Brent Briscoe, Hutch Dano, Peter Gilroy, Rachel Melvin, Cortney Palm, Jake Weary

Directed by Jordan Rubin


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Zombeavers (2014)Starring Lexi Atkins, Brent Briscoe, Hutch Dano, Peter Gilroy, Rachel Melvin, Cortney Palm, Jake Weary

Directed by Jordan Rubin


If there’s one thing that can be said about Zombeavers, it’s that nobody’s going to ask “What’s that about?” when you tell them you’re watching it. Yes – zombie beavers, folks. We’ve reached that point. Fortunately, this isn’t some Syfy or Asylum attempt at livening up the zombie genre, but a decently entertaining and self-aware piece of schlocky nonsense.

In an attempt to help her get over the recent discovery of her boyfriend’s infidelity, college girl Jenn (Atkins) is taken by her friends Mary (Melvin) and Zoe (Palm) to a lakeside cabin for a weekend of drinking, fun and heart-to-heart girl time. At the same time, a wayward barrel of toxic waste has made its way downstream and lodged, spraying its contents in the process, right against a beaver dam on the lake outside. Unexpected by the girls, their boyfriends – including Jenn’s now ex – have taken it upon themselves to attend the shindig anyway, and so the scene is set for the usual bunch of college kids besieged in a secluded cabin shenanigans.

From the off, Zombeavers is a strangely endearing piece of work. It’s obviously low budget, but relishes the fact instead of trying to hide it. The puppet/animatronic beavers are unapologetically ridiculous, and it works in the film’s favour; they really are a hilarious sight in action, busting through the planks of a raft or cabin floorboards. Even the low-rent hand puppets used to break through boarded up windows are presented in a knowingly humorous manner. There’s an irreverent tone to the majority of the film, though it does become slightly more serious once the effects of a zombie beaver bite on a human become known – and yes, that does mean that you’ll be seeing human/beaver zombie hybrids running amok (amongst other mixtures!)

Director Jordan Rubin comes across as an obvious horror fan, chucking in a few references here and there in both dialogue and action (one particular death references John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ with a subtlety that will raise a smile for those who notice it), and this apparent familiarity with the genre leaves him capable of keeping things moving at a lively pace while delivering the gore and monster mayhem. Unfortunately, the script does little with the core characters, relegating them to various archetypes with subsequent dialogue and behaviours that are so basic you could almost recite the script of any given scene without even having seen it. There’s very little surprising in the words coming out of the actors’ mouths, though the various verbal touches of humour still manage to work – but only just. What it does right, though, is the order and manner in which it offs the various characters. You’ll likely be shocked, given genre tropes, just who bites it and when.

Zombeavers isn’t great, but it is a good deal of fun, offering up a decent number of laughs, crazy situations, zany creature effects (all of the evil beaver eyes lighting up in the dark is a brilliant touch) and some nice gore. It doesn’t hang around for too long, and thus doesn’t stretch the gimmick to breaking point. A viewing would likely serve better if watched with a raucous crowd, but you’ll still need to consider your own tolerance for stupidity. Honestly, it’s a silly film about zombie beavers that comes and goes without a whole ton of impact. If you aren’t in the mood for that, then forget it.

With more work on the character and dialogue front, Zombeavers could have hit the cult classic big time, but it misses the mark too widely there to make it anything more than fluff. It does get an extra half knife, however, for the absolutely brilliant crooner-style ‘Zombeavers’ song that plays over the end credits.

3 out of 5

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Oy! HANNUKAH THE MOVIE Aims to Get Made After Nearly a Decade

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This menorah has nothing to do with the story but, c'mon! It's a freaking T-rex menorah!

As a Jew, seeing holiday-themed horror movies is both a wonderful and bittersweet occasion. I love seeing my friends celebrate the holidays that are near and dear to their hearts but elevated with the viscera, gore, and terror that I so dearly love. But while Christians have films like Black Christmas, Santa’s Slay, Gremlins, Red Christmas, Krampus, etc…, the amount of horror films centered around Jewish holidays is slim to none. Don’t get me wrong here, okay? I’m well aware of population dynamics and, therefore, interest in a given subject/life experience. It’d just be nice to see something like that now and again.

Oh, but what’s this? Looks like writer/director Eben McGarr is ready to move forward on his near decade long project Hanukkah The Movie, a “TORAH-fying new tale of HORAH!” I get it. Sensible chuckle awarded.

Obediah Lazarus is the son of Judah Lazarus, the original Hanukkiller. In 1983 Judah terrorized NY for seven nights and was preparing to sacrifice his eight-year-old son, Obediah, on the eighth night. Judah was convinced it was God’s will, like Abraham and Isaac, to sacrifice his only son to God. Luckily for Obediah, police tracked Judah down and stopped the sacrifice, but Judah was gunned down in the process. Warped by hatred with no guidance, Obediah Lazarus becomes a religious extremist, intolerant of non-Jews, “bad Jews”, and those he perceives to be enemies of the Jewish faith. He is about to unleash eight nights of horror.

A group of Jewish teens are getting ready to party for the holidays but are in for a Festival of Frights. With the help of a wise rabbi, they deduce that the murder victims have violated Judaic law and that their only chance at survival is to embrace their faith.

The film has supposedly taken care of the majority of pre-production, so they’re now on Indiegogo with the goal to raise $100,000. Not a small amount but certainly not an unachievable goal. If a potato salad Kickstarter that wanted $10 ended up with nearly $56,000, I think this has a chance.

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Trailer: Man-Made Ghosts Invade OUR HOUSE This July

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IFC Midnight will be unleashing director Anthony Scott Burns’ feature debut Our House come July 27, 2018. The film stars Thomas Mann and Nicola Peltz and today we have the flick’s spooky trailer for your viewing pleasure.

You can check out the poster to the right and the trailer below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Our House is directed by Anthony Scott Burns from a script written by Nathan Parker and stars Thomas Mann and Nicola Peltz. It’s produced by Lee Kim, Martin Katz, Ulf Israel and Karen Wookey. Executive producers are John Davis, Nick Spicer, Kyle Franke, Derek Dauchy, Noah Segal, Adrian Love, David Kehrl and Reik Moller.

The film hits via IFC Midnight this July 27, 2018.

Synopsis:

The story of a young genius who accidentally invents a device that amplifies the paranormal activity within his family’s house, possibly bringing back the spirits of loved ones — and unleashing things that are far worse.

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY 8 Begins Filming This June

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American Horror Story Season 6It was just the other day that we let you guys know that Billie Lourd will be back for the upcoming 8th season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story.

And today we have word via Deadline that the new season, rumored to be titled AHS: Radioactive will begin shooting around June 16.

Are you excited to hear filming will soon begin on AHS 8? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

AHS Season 8 stars Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Billie Lourd, Kathy Bates, and new cast member Joan Collins, who will play Peters’ grandmother. Murphy has revealed he’s interested in casting Anjelica Huston (The Addams Family) as well.

 

 

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