Reviewed by Kryten Syxx
Starring Heather Del Rio, Sue Rock, Heath Allyn and Gabriel Lopez
Directed, Written, Produced and Edited by Justin Paul Warren
Won’t someone please think of the children!
Filmmaker Justin Paul Warren sure did with his short film (which is part of an ongoing series) called Zombabies. He answered the call by many horror fans out there for more flesh-eating infants to grace our televisions. OK, maybe the outcry wasn’t from that many, but the end result of Warren’s work is something that shouldn’t be skipped by anyone who loves this genre.
Let’s start at the beginning. The zombie apocalypse has begun. Zombabies teases us with the cause of the outbreak, but the full origin will be covered in the next entry titled Hazmat J. What we do know is that some sort of radiation is seeping into humans via microwaves, cellphones and televisions. Watching the news? BOOM! Insta-Zombie!
This doesn’t bode well for a certain slacker daycare worker who prefers to smoke pot and let the infants veg in front of the boob tube instead of actually caring for the little tykes. While phoning up a booty call in another room, the kids go from pink cheeked bundles of joy into black eyed, white skinned hell in diapers.
When the one night stand gentleman shows up, he is treated to an army of Zombabies which can leap incredible heights and tear a full grown man apart. Oh the blood flows heavy and those little dead kids are just so cute while eating human flesh. That’s the charm of Zombabies; it’s an indy film that manages to be utterly tasteless and totally enjoyable.
As soon as our heroine enters the scene, she quickly dispatches the Zombabies in a variety of nasty ways that are sure to invite loads of hate mail. Heads are kicked off, pulled off and even one little Zombie baby in a green frog outfit gets chainsawed right down the center. Oh. Fuck. Yes! Who knew it’d be a good idea to keep a chainsaw around a daycare for such emergencies?
And that’s pretty much where this part of the tale ends. The run time is under 11 minutes and the film makes full use of it by giving us loads of characters, gore and comedy. I can’t wait to see where Justin Warren goes from here as the series continues. If he keeps the same momentum up, this’ll be one hell of a ride.
Believe it or not, there are a good amount of extras packed on the Zombabies DVD. While things like the METV interview and concept art are not all that exciting, the storyboards and behind the scenes videos are. Zombie 101 shows us how thorough director Justin Paul Warren was about how his zombie cast should act. Instead of just saying, “Stumble around like drunks,” he instructs them to explore how they’d personally walk depending on how they died. Mr. Warren also has his undead army sing happy birthday! If only Chuck E. Cheese offered this service…
Zombabies is just a good time. The film isn’t loaded down with messages or political intent, it is made to entertain and it does.
5 out of 5
3 1/2 out of 5