Deadhunter: Sevillian Zombies
By: J.R. McNamara on September 1, 2005  |  Comments ()  |  Bookmark and Share
Director: Julián Lara
Starring: Beatriz Mateo, María Minagorri Julián Lara, José Manuel Gómez, Jesús Gallardo
Screenplay: Julián Lara
Duration: 75 minutes
Country: Spain
Year: 2003
Julian Lara is what all small independent movie makers are: Scriptwriter, director, actor, production designer, editor, and composer. The director of the Spanish short horror film, Evil Night (2002), returns here with Deadhunter: Sevillian Zombies. Filmed on a budget that could only aspire to be shoestring, Lara has done the best with what he has at his hands. Running at 76 minutes, this is Lara's first full feature, and funnily enough entertains despite its glaring faults. It appears that Dead Hunters is the set up for a series of films, with the sequel Zombie Xtreme, now available from his website.

The dead are walking the earth, and in most cases, the living run for their lives, but wait, there is one group who won't stand for it anymore, a crack team of volunteers who protect the living against the threat of the living dead, they are…The Dead Hunters.

Shot in Spanish, with English subtitles, Deadhunter: Sevillian Zombies is in the flavor of some of the indie films that made it to video in the late eighties/ early nineties, like Nudist Colony of the Dead or Curse of the Queer Wolf. Poor acting, dodgy weapon effects, shaky camera work, zombie make up that ranges from masks to green face paint, dialogue that barely makes sense (at one point, the priest of the group Father Dan, claims that "we'll kill them and fuck them all.") and special effects that are anything but! The thing is though, when it comes to an independent feature, what do you want? If you expect Shakespeare or Spielberg, you will be disappointed, but if you expect something from the lower end of the Troma scale, you love it. Full of silly slapstick (an old one-legged guy fending of four zombies with his crutches), musical numbers (a gentleman who fends off two zombies with "The Dance of the Handkerchiefs") and sound effects that wouldn't be out of place in a Warner Brothers cartoon, I can think of worse ways to spend 75 minutes of your life (slamming you head in a car door comes to mind).

Fans of trashy independent films like those named above beware; Julian Lara is coming for you!!
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