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I have to say that within the first few minutes I knew I would not get up and walk out. The jokes started right off and were consistent throughout the film and made a point to make lite of the whole zombie movie craze that is going on right now.
Lloyd Kaufman made a hilarious cameo appearance and I have to say the sound track was top-notch using some of the local Denver area talent.
I recommend this film to anyone who likes tongue-in cheek humor with a lot of gore. I laughed out loud through the whole film. And without giving away anything, I have to say I thought I had seen it all until I saw the birthing scene, that alone is worth the price of the DVD. Can't wait until it comes out I will definitely buy this for my collection.
Great Job Guys!! Hope that you make more of these.
Meticulously crafted by Bizjack Flemco (Richard Taylor & Zack Beins) who have nothing to declare except their genius; "Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer" is the first film in all my years of Troma-Love to make me nearly physically ill. (Don't get me wrong it was not for lack of trying) And after nearly half a decade of walking that line between bad/bad and good/bad they have emerged victorious with the first "Tempestuously/Bad" Film. In the world of Troma films and zombie flicks "Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer" is the train-wreck Mona Lisa. You cant look away its too intoxicating.
The story itself revolves around Atom, who being the bowling stud of the community has incurred the wrath of bad boy and fellow competitive bowler Dario. They battle for supremacy of the lanes, and family honor, with their respective teams, unaware that doom lay just around the corner. Our hero Atom seems not to be able to get a break, his nymphomaniac girlfriend plays him, his team is on the wrong side of the bowling alleys owner, and then top it all off with the fact that no matter where Atom goes hes surrounded by the undead. And all the poor guy really wants is to watch a good horror flick and take his team to the bowling nationals in Hawaii, I mean really we can all relate!
I loved this indie film. It is what it says it is, but it also isn't, and believe me I realize how crazy this sounds, but I promise when you watch the film you will have an ah ha moment and know exactly what I'm talking about. Its imaginative in a very clever unexpected way, that in itself is extremely refreshing especially in the ever popular world if Zombies. Add the over the top gore effects, creative kill scenes, ever present T&A, and laugh out loud comedy with some really rocking tunes and you've got a great excuse to flop down in front of the tube with that special someone in your life, that you too want to make heave, just a little!
The hero, or villain depending on how you look at it, let's call him the protagonist, would, indeed, be an amazing zombie killer were there any zombies to kill. He is, in fact, just an amazing killer, for now. However, the fact that there are no zombies in the movie just adds to the comedy and charm of the film. Also, the blood and dismemberment effects are fantastic. Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer could easily become a Troma classic. The B-movie has come a long way since, Blood Feast (Herschell Gordon Lewis, 1963).
Definitely see it if you get the chance.
One thing that makes ATOM THE AMAZING ZOMBIE KILLER unique and far above other zombie gore flicks: The film is solidly scripted and totally original. Not merely a rambling schlock and gore fest, like so many in this genre, but truly a complex script with really believable characters and rewarding surprises and twists. Everything is set up properly, and then paid off. The great writing is what gives this film its dignity and lovable-ness. You know that the filmmakers respect the audience and aren't just trying to sloppily package 80 minutes of tits and blood. This is a real proper, solid comedy deserving of a $100 million dollar Hollywood remake any day now.
As for the blood and gore that this film delights in: In the world Atom inhabits, the police are thankfully always 2 steps behind the killer, the victims never run fast enough, and body parts rip apart with oh so much ease...making for an excellent festival of gore, blood and death and ridiculous silliness. Each kill is done in a unique fashion, with its own humor. The writers of this film clearly thought long and hard how to make each death unique, ironic, and humorous - and memorable. You'll cringe and laugh and puke all at the same time....after the film, you and your friends can discuss your favorite moments, because as I said, each death in this film is its own work of art.
My only negative criticism: The opening scene in the bowling alley is the one spot where I got worried and probably the only part of the film that might turn people off if they're not used to low budget independent films. So, have patience here, the best is yet to come! In this first - and only truly problematic - scene, which is at a bowling alley, there are oddly no extras. It seems too quiet, too much like it is being filmed after hours. And also in this same scene, the two rival bowling teams are almost never together in the same shot, clearly having been filmed separately on different days. But once you get past this snag, which is the result of a low budget and probably also the scheduling problems of the actors...from then on, you are in good shape: from here on, the movie build and builds, like the ascent of a roller coaster.
By the 30 minute mark, the roller coaster peaks and then you're in for 50 minutes of loops and drops that will have you screaming! Expect lots of subtle gags too and background jokes and colorful props. It's not only a wild roller coaster, it's also got a bit of the old classic merry go round.
I can't say more, because any further information might be a spoiler. So, as Troma's Lloyd Kaufman (who makes a cameo) would say: Let's watch!
My rating may be a little generous, but as a fan of all things zombie I support it! I also support low-budget films - this is one that for a small budget does a lot.
A must see if you like Zombies!
This amazing film has it all, tons of incredible death scenes filled with gore, awesome one liners, crude toilet humor, and BOOBS. The filmmakers are big fans of Troma Entertainment(Troma president Lloyd Kaufman even has a cameo!) and that is evident throughout the film. Directors Richard Taylor and Zack Beins absolutely nailed it.
The entire film is well acted, even better than many direct to video releases I have seen. Despite being a microbudget film, the quality of the screen image was stellar. While many low budget movies have a poor picture, this is not the case with Atom. Colors were crisp and clean and there was virtually no blur at all. Perhaps the best quality of this film is the originality of the story. This could be one of the top 5 most original zombie movies I have ever seen. Hollywood could really take some lessons on creativity from Bizjack Flemco Productions.
While I tried to find some things that could use improvement, I simply don't think it needed any change. This is just about perfect the way it is.
At just about 80 minutes in length, "Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer" moves by at a brisk pace and never has a dull moment. The film is loaded with hilarious zombie humor and memorable kills.
The script was superb, and many of the performances were excellent.
The movie, in my opinion, is in the same vein as Peter Jackson's "Dead Alive" -- in terms of gore. However, Atom has so much more than that! The film also incorporates a bowling theme, which is maintained throughout the entire story and delivers one awesome payoff at the end! Fans of bowling movies would definitely get a kick out of Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer, even if they don't normally watch horror movies.
Other incredible sequences of the movie featured police officers trying to solve the "crimes." Jazz Copeland was amazing as the chief of police.
I was lucky to have the opportunity to meet the filmmakers after the show, and they were equally as awesome. I look forward to their future projects -- and also being able to watch Atom again.
By the way, I can't get the theme song out of my head!!!!