Don’t let the title fool you; this is not a new addition to the AMERICAN PIE franchise, nor is it the suggested title for the next HANGOVER film. BUCK WILD is a rowdy, darkly humorous venture into zombie-comedy territory, filled with gore and goofs alike. And while it is not perfect, it is a lot of fun and certainly worthy of attention.
If you are not familiar with BUCK WILD, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Millennium Entertainment:
BUCK WILD is a tongue-in-cheek adventure that turns the buddy comedy upside down while tearing zombies inside out! Craig Thompson’s idyllic hunting trip with his two buddies and unstable cousin is wrecked after hearing that his fiancée and best man-to-be have been cavorting behind his back. To make matters worse, Craig’s cousin appears to be on the verge of a murderous rampage, while a rapidly spreading Chupacabra virus is transforming locals into the undead. After taking drastic measures to protect themselves, the boys must put aside their differences to survive an insidious hillbilly gang and impending zombie melee. Things are about to get BUCK WILD!
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I love horror-comedies. I’m always fascinated to see how humor can be interjected into some of horror’s most popular and intense concepts. And because I’m a huge zombie fan, finding humor with them makes a film that much better.
BUCK WILD is shot well for the most part and looks good onscreen. There are a couple of camera shots that made me raise an eyebrow and wonder why that particular spot was chosen; but otherwise, the cinematography is pretty solid. Likewise, the acting is good, too. I particularly like the diversity of the cast. Director Tyler Glodt did a great job in casting the four primary characters, and each actor is to be commended in their roles. They are an over-the-top bunch with larger than life personas, but that works perfectly in a film like this.
The special effects are mostly well done, and there’s plenty of gore to go around. From mutilated animals to gunshot blood-sprays, we get a nice dose of carnage onscreen. I say the effects are mostly well done because some of the zombie effects looked a bit cheap. The close-up shots look great…but there are several background zombies that barely look made up at all. I figured this was due to budget constraints, but it was noticeable enough to bring up.
Despite it’s small flaws, BUCK WILD is entertaining and funny. The characters are boisterous and full of life, which injects a lot of energy into this production. I recommend giving the film a look if you’re looking for off-the-wall fun and zany, gory comedy. The film is available now in a variety of formats.