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When a local ranger in a small country town finds an unidentified algae overwhelming the town's water supply, he knows something's not right. But it's not until the sun goes down that he ... See full summary »

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When a local ranger in a small country town finds an unidentified algae overwhelming the town's water supply, he knows something's not right. But it's not until the sun goes down that he discovers the true extent of the danger - it seems the town is about to experience the effects of a mysterious infection that turns not only humans - but animals too - into zombies. Written by Anonymous

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In a crowded genre it is a little different, entertaining, and quite satisfying in its brevity
18 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

I've been to Australia about 4 times in the last few years, generally for about 2 weeks each time; one thing all these trips have in common is that at least once in each of those trips I read a story of someone being attacked by some sort of dangerous creature. I've also had the typically Australian experience of having kangaroos deciding that dashing across the road (or standing in the middle of it) at night is a great idea. As a result this film did rather resonate with me since I do get the impression that most of the wildlife in Oz is out to kill you. The plot here is that something has affected the kangaroo population so that they are not just looking to hurt your car insurance no claims bonus, but actually kill you and rip you to pieces.

Essentially Waterborne is that old short film "go to" of a zombie movie – it is a very crowded genre which I generally do tend to avoid because (a) I'm not great with zombie horrors, and (b) many of them are not particularly well done. In this case the scenario is very tightly focused to basically patient zero being attacked by kangaroos which appear to have been infected in some way. It is a simple 3-scene deal, but it sets it up with a convincing outback world, and then has a pretty tense but fun sequence in the middle, and a satisfying end. It is not genre breaking, but it is at least pleasingly different in enough ways that it does stand out somewhat. Technically it is well made, with a good sense of atmosphere, and pretty good kangaroo prosthetics.

It may well be yet another zombie short film, but it is entertaining, different, and quite satisfying in its brevity.


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