Dark Comedy and Horror unite in this satirical thriller based on the "Live Action Role-Playing" game of the same name. Students on summer break are exposed to a deadly virus that is spread ... See full summary »
Dark Comedy and Horror unite in this satirical thriller based on the "Live Action Role-Playing" game of the same name. Students on summer break are exposed to a deadly virus that is spread rapidly through direct human contact. The infected become enslaved by the invading "swarm" intelligence and driven by an insatiable appetite to consume human flesh. Returning home, the students spread the infection to their fellow classmates and other unsuspecting townspeople. One by one, more students fall victim to the plague, triggering an epidemic that spawns a horde of ravenous zombies. The zombie horde grows and spreads quickly. Amidst the chaos, a campus security guard, obsessed with conspiracy theories, leads a group of students to safety as they and a small band of uninfected townspeople set out to find other human survivors in an attempt to discover the source of the "zombie" virus and save the world. Written by
The movie is based in part on the live-action role-playing game of the same name. Created by Brad Sappington and Chris Weed of Goucher College over five years ago, the game now enjoys a following into the hundred of thousands and is played on campuses all over the world. See more »
When the kids return to the deserted campus after being in the emergency room, as they walk by one of the buildings, you can see onlookers seated and standing in the background reflected in the windows. See more »
Fantastic Zombie movie that pokes fun at the conventions
This was a fantastic looking zombie movie that I really enjoyed checking out at Splatterfest in Houston 2011. Like the good zombie movies, they sped through the origin of the infection and right on to the good stuff. From there it went on to a bunch of good looking college kids getting torn apart by the zombie epidemic that had a decisively self aware tone that never patronized the audience and skipped one of the major annoyances with zombie films: characters who don't know what zombies are and have to have it explained to them. These characters and scenes always slow down other movies. But not HvZ. All the characters know what zombies are and get on with trying to survive.
It also featured a college kid who, like so many of the video game generation, would totally dig the zombie apocalypse and taking out zombies left and right. That character was the source of a lot of the comic relief. And, much like the incredible Shaun of the Dead, HvZ wasn't afraid to let the drama take a hold of the situation when it was needed and have some heavier moments.
Definitely check out HvZ when you can!
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