Since zombie flicks have become a dime a dozen, you really need to have some sort of hook to make your zombie flick stand out. Zombies filled with lava? That’s new.
AFM is that magical time of year when even websites like Deadline find themselves reporting on b-movies with a certain sense of bemusement. Especially when the b-movie involves Danny Trejo as a guy named “Night Wolf” fighting a new breed of undead containing a volcanic creme filling. The site reports that Uncork’d Entertainment is going to uncork a whopper of a zombie flick, having nabbed the North American rights to Rene Perez’s The Burning Dead (formerly known as Volcano Zombies) starring Danny Trejo and Tom Downey (Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan).
Of course, any time you see a b-movie with Danny Trejo getting top billing, you have to wonder if he’s actually the star or the guy in the movie for five minutes whose name they use to sell it. Don’t know why you’d need anything extra to sell audiences on a movie about lava-filled zombies.
The Burning Dead deals with a sheriff who must rescue an estranged family from a mountain during a volcanic eruption and then fight off a horde of lava-filled zombies brought to life by a curse. I can see how this would make the traditional means of dispatching the undead a bit more problematic.
Moniqua Plante (“Nashville”) and Robert F. Lyons (Death Wish II) co-star in the magmatic monster mash from writers Jeff Miller and Jason Ancona.
Expect to see The Burning Dead on DVD, VOD, Syfy, and/or in Walmart $5 bins sometime in early 2015. Looking forward to it. Lava zombies for the win!