Director - Andreas Schnaas (Goblet of Gore, Unrated: The Movie)
Starring - Matthias Kerl (Violent Shit III: Infantry of Doom), Ralf Hess, and Mathias Abbes
Release Date - 1991
Genre - Horror
Tagline - "The ultimate gore-film"
Format - DVD (Personal Collection) (Screener)
Rating (out of 5):
My Andreas Schnaas movie marathon has finally came to an end. Synapse Films recently released the Violent Shit films in one box set. For on price you can get all four Violent Shit films and as an added bonus Synapse has included Schnaas 1991 zombie splatter film Zombie '90: Extreme Pestilence. Late 80s and early 90s zombie flicks were my thing growing up so I was curious to see how it plays out. Was it going to be like the first two Violent Shit films and lack story but deliver the gore or was it going to be story driven with gore? Only time would tell!
The film follows two scientists who are investigating a zombie epidemic when a dangerous chemical is accidentally released to the public. When they get overrun at their lab they relocate to a private, more secure lab in hopes of finding a cure but the closer they get to answers they closer they get to their end.
I grew up watching zombie movies. Romero's classic Dead Trilogy were my go to zombie flicks along with The Dead Next Door, Meat Market, Return of the Living Dead, and The Midnight Hour. Aside from the Romero films I typically enjoyed the no budget zombie flicks with cheesy effects, clichéd one liners, and horrible dialogue. I didn't just enjoy...I thrived on it. Zombie '90 looked like it would be one of those films that I enjoyed growing up. The acting in this one is pretty bad but the dubbing more than made up for it. The cast looked like they were just going through the motions with no real attempt at character development or acting. However, the addition of the funny dialogue that does not match the actors made this one pretty damn funny in the same way The Dead Next Door is so enjoyable. If the cast actually knew what they were doing the film wouldn't have been as good as it is. The story for this one is not that original but it does have a good pace set and some memorable moments. The story is much like the ones before it following a military or science experiment that has laid waste to the living. Nothing new or original. What made it fun was the kills and the off the wall dialogue. Finally, this one is full of bloody on screen kills that make zombie films so much fun. The kills are actually pretty damn entertaining though they are nothing new. The effects for these are pretty fun as well. Budget constricted what they were able to do but they were still able to pull off some quality gore. Overall, Zombie '90: Extreme Pestilence is a satisfying zombie film that lacks budget but has a ton of heart. Fans of Meat Market and Dead Next Door need to watch this.