Surprisingly decent, gory zombie film
"Dead Men Walking" is a pretty normal entry in the zombie genre.
After being caught trying to wipe out a zombie invasion, a new prisoneris transferred to Harwood Maximum Security Prison, and the strangecause of his arrest prompts Samantha Beckett, (Bay Bruner) to look intohim. The staff soon become concerned that he's vomiting blood on theinmates, and Samantha eventually reveals that he was infected with astrange virus that turns the infected into a bloodthirsty zombie. As itspreads through the prison, infecting more inmates and staff members,they are forced to defend themselves from the blood-thirsty zombiesthat have taken over the prison.
The Good News: This one actually turned out to be a pretty decentzombie film. The most impressive thing in the movie is the huge amountof blood on display. The gore sequences were pretty outstanding andthere was tons of blood flying everywhere, some really chunky bites,blood splatter all over the prison walls, guts are yanked from afar,necks gashed wide open, and a whole slew of abdominal eviscerationsthat were of great quality and very impressive. The gore flowed prettysteadily throughout the film and was a very gory delight. The settingis a nice, new one for zombie films, and actually gets some mileage outof the fact that it's an enclosed surrounding with no way to get out.It's a great touch that helps out tremendously. Once the film getsgoing, it's pretty much non-stop, making for some great action scenestowards the end, and the last half-hour in particular is justfull-throttle action. The opening also helps in the action factor,starting it off on the right notion. It wasn't all that bad.
The Bad News: There is a couple complaints for the film. The biggestproblem is the gunfire. I know this is a low budget film, but pleaseput a flash on the gun when it fires. It was slightly ridiculous to seeguards hold their guns at the zombies, with gunfire sounds in thescene, but with nothing coming out of the gun. Even the fact that theynever even sound as loud as a real gun should be in the situation is adistraction. There's no loud booming sound, rather a weak-sounding capthat really gives the fake guns away. The zombie attack scenes are alsostaged much too chaotically and edited with such quick jump cuts andblurring effects that it feels more like a low-budget video game. It'svery hyper stylized and serves as a distraction rather than a help. Andas a personal gripe, fast-running zombies will never be scary.
The Final Verdict: It's decent enough in it's own way, but the fewgripes against it will never be enough to offset what gory highlightscan be gathered. If you're a zombie fan or love this type of film, giveit a go. Otherwise, exercise extreme cation.
Rated R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language, Brief Nudity and childrenin danger