31 Days of Horror 2016: Day #3 ZOMBIE FIGHT CLUB
“Who needs birthday party when the world is ending?”
Well, that sucked.
Zombie Fight Club tries to mix The Raid with The Walking Dead. It’s a combo that should work, but the movie fails quite spectacularly. This is a poorly plotted, cheap, tone deaf movie that’s dead on arrival. Just amateurish the whole way through.
A cop kill squad led by corrupt Michael Wong raids an apartment building looking to steal drug money. One of Wong’s men, Andy On, doesn’t like the whole deal and wants to step in and stop things. But then the zombie apocalypse happens thanks to a bad batch of ecstasy, and so begins a fight for survival as the cops, the drug dealers, and other tenants of the building must try to escape.
An hour into this scenario, the film decides it’s bored playing The Raid and decides to jump ahead a year to a post-apocalypse future featuring slavery, people living underground, water shortages, and gladiator fights against the undead. It’s like an entirely different movie, man. I don’t know which part worked better, the Raid section or the Thunderdome final act – probably neither, but I would’ve preferred they had just picked one, not both.
In addition to mixing action with zombie horror, Zombie Fight Club features a whole bunch of beautiful women wearing as little as possible. I seriously doubt that all the women of Taipei are dressed only in short shorts and a sports bra, but who knows. On the one side: yay, pretty ladies. On the other side: this is fairly disgusting, degrading entertainment. Indeed, I don’t know that it can be called ‘sexy’ at all. What’s interesting is that the American Blu-ray cover for Zombie Fight Club features a woman in leather with two swords strapped to her back. This woman does not exist inside the movie. Every woman in the movie is a sex object, someone to be protected by the men and ogled at by the audience.
Jessica Cambensy, the leading lady who must’ve been cold the entire movie, could be a star in Hollywood if she improves her acting skills a bit. The leading man, Andy On, is a likable action star. He improves many movies in supporting roles, but his starring roles don’t seem to come in the best films. And Michael Wong here plays a horrible human being – it might be the perfect part for him – but he leaves the film too soon.
Zombie Fight Club also tries to give us some (frankly unwelcome) heavy drama but it doesn’t work because A) the characters make dumb decisions and B) who are these people, really? Instead of bothering to build character, they throw the dramatic revelations in right before people die and the survivors must tearfully bemoan their passing. It doesn’t work. And I hardly remember any of their names, either. Andy On plays a dude named Andy, so that was easy, but otherwise this is some poorly conceived storytelling.
And I haven’t even started on the CGI blood that looked like it belonged in an arcade game back in the 90’s… and perhaps I won’t. I’ve said enough. It’s a bad movie. End of story.
Tomorrow: Stonehearst Asylum.
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