Joe and his wife Dionne have had yet another bad crop for their winery. Faced with the prospect of losing the family farm, Dionne convinces her mother (a witch) to cast a spell upon next ... See full summary »
Joe and his wife Dionne have had yet another bad crop for their winery. Faced with the prospect of losing the family farm, Dionne convinces her mother (a witch) to cast a spell upon next year's crop. The crop is such a success that Joe hires some college students to help them harvest. However, when a nosy neighbor begins poking around in the fields, he finds out more than he bargained for. Now the question isn't how to best harvest the crop, it's how to keep from being harvested! Written by
I'm going to start out here saying that this is a low-budget movie, and if you want the dazzling special effects or the awesome gore effects of a Romero movie, you will be highly disappointed. If, however, you are more like me, you might come to appreciate the movie as one that is campy, light-hearted twist on the zombie movie that manages to rise above the muck that is typically low-budget fodder.
First, the acting is actually decent. Not awarding-winning by any means, but decent in that it can pass as plausible. The lead couple (played by Jim Townsend and Christine Egan) and do a tremendous job keeping a sense of sincerity in their roles. They are very "normal" people you could meet at the grocery store, and their sincerity adds to their likability. This is one movie in which you actually like the lead characters. Further into the movie, we're introduced to a couple of nerdy students and a couple of cheerleaders. The nerds are a bit over the top, but they definitely add some comedy and light-heartedness to the movie, reminding us that the movie doesn't take itself too seriously. The cheerleaders do add sex appeal (there is a very brief topless lesbian scene - nothing beyond a PG-13 rating), but it is refreshing that the actresses are attractive as well as "normal." Again, the cheerleaders are like a couple of girls you'd meet at the mall, not sultry models who have nothing in common with the rest of the average world. These young women are attractive in a normal sense.
Basically, the plot involves a winery being the site of a zombie attack, zombies who thirst for wine and not flesh. I will not give away any specific details about the plot (you will have to see the movie yourself to see how it ends!), but I will say that I found the movie an enjoyable viewing because of its slightly different take on zombies.
I give the movie 8 out of 10 stars. If you do not enjoy campy low-budget movies, you will probably think I'm being too generous. But I write these reviews with the overall fun factor in mind - how pleased I was with the viewing experience. The movie is an original piece, the location is memorable, the characters are likable, and the movie is nicely paced with appropriate moments of drama, humor, and camp. The movie is not without gore, but it is limited to pretty much what you can find in make-up kit you'd buy at the Halloween Store. The violence is also minimal and often implied. Again, there is a brief topless scene by both of the cheerleaders, but surprisingly it works well within the context of the story as well as remind us that the movie is campy and light. I am looking forward to seeing what Mr. Townsend will come up with next!
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