Directed by Stanton Barrett
Starring Michael Dudikoff, Ed Quinn and Rick Fox
UK DVD Release Feb 15th 2016 from Icon Entertainment
A team of highly skilled Navy SEALS find themselves in the battle of their lives when they come face-to-face with the marauding undead armies. After a deadly outbreak occurs in New Orleans, the rugged band of SEALS must fight for their lives, their friends, the city they love against an unending army of zombies.
I like a good Vs.movie, believe it or not there are a lot of films with Vs in the title. Most are not worth your time, a lot are sold under alternative titles so you can end up watching a film you have ‘never seen’ and then realise, yes you actually have seen it. Luckily Navy S.E.A.L.S vs Zombie is in a category that is at least worth a watch. The characters are all knuckleheads, you know the types, the ‘big I am’ type of people you meet in every day life, who think the world is going to end. But you know what, I’d want them protecting me if the world was overcome with zombie overlords.
In any horror film that involves zombies, there are a number of things that I simply have to buy into the enjoy a film. One, the acting, now it doesn’t have to be Pacino at RADA quoting the Baird but it does have to be emotional and believable. Two, the look and sound, if either look or sound cheap, I immediately disconnect from the film and lastly especially in a genre film such as this, the effects, such as the gore have to be top quality. Low quality effects can also take me out of the film. Luckily, all of my fears going into the film were quashed. Now don’t get me wrong this isn’t a multiplex billion dollar box office film by any stretch but it is worth a watch.
Michael Dudikoff, hero of the bargain bin 80’s movie headlines the film is believable and workable as Commander Sheer. A scary look here, a disgruntled grimace there, it works and he works giving the film at least somebody to connect with. The supporting cast are also workable, knowing what type of movie they are in and what is needed from their performance.
At no point during the film was I actually scared, if anything I laughed. Not a bad laugh as in ‘this is so bad, its good’. No its not that bad, I laughed at some of the effects in the film, looking almost Photoshopped, look out for a glaring fire effect. Is it bad to say a horror didn’t scare me? I don’t know but I honestly think that when a viewer watches a horror film, their own fears come out. So for example, I’m scared of the dark and what lies in it. Show me a film like 2005’s The Strangers and I am behind the sofa in no time. So this film may scare you if zombies put a shiver in your spine.
When I was watching the film with my wife we were greatly surprised at the quality of the film. Like I say above its no masterpiece, it works within its budget and knows what type of audience it is playing for. If I was to give a comparison to anything, it would be to the TV 24. It plays like an episode of that quality wise. Stuck for something to watch on a Saturday night? Stick this on and bathe in it….