When looking at indie zombie flicks, I’m willing to overlook a lot if the film has a lot of heart. This means I will look past mediocre acting and even a flimsy storyline, but only if the film is a labor of love. These movies are usually easy to spot, mainly because they pay homage to some of the excellent living dead flicks from yesteryear. Such is the case with BOMBSHELL BLOODBATH, a film from Monarch Home Entertainment that is far from perfect, but still a lot of fun nevertheless. This film is a low-budget jaunt into familiar territory, but is definitely worth checking out. And what it lacks in budget, it makes with heart.
If you are not familiar with BOMBSHELL BLOODBATH, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Monarch Home Entertainment:
When exposed to her father’s experimental attempts to reanimate his wife, Cara (Alex Elliott), must find a way to protect her family’s secret while slowly slipping into the world of the living dead. Bombshell Bloodbath is Italian style zombie splatter film influenced by Lucio Fulci and Umberto Lenzi.
I knew I was going to like this film from the start. The opening scenes show some great zombie makeup, which is a huge plus for me in any film. Also, in addition to the zombie effects, we get some nice gore, too. These two components alone are enough for me to recommend the film.
BOMBSHELL BLOODBATH looks decent from a cinematography standpoint, however there’s nothing that necessarily makes it stand out. Likewise, the production value of the film looks fairly high for the most part, a nice touch given the film’s low budget…however, there are a couple of aspects that just broadcast it as a cheaply made film.
First and foremost is the acting. The primary cast is pretty talented, and they do a great job in their roles overall. However, the background and secondary characters are cringeworthy in almost every regard. This becomes painfully evident late in the film when a group of rednecks show up in a truck to target practice on a group of zombies. As much as it pains me to say it, these cheesy stereotypes almost ruined the film for me.
The storyline of BOMBSHELL BLOODBATH is straightforward to start off with, but soon diverges into a few odd subplots. This part of the film threw me for a loop, because I wasn’t sure where the story was going. At the end, things are wrapped up for the most part, which made me go, “Oh, ok…I see why that happened now”, however at the time it was kinda confusing. I don’t really classify this as a negative, however it is certainly noteworthy. My actual complaint about the plot is the explanation of the title; it isn’t discussed until the very end, but it doesn’t make sense to me.
On the flipside, the special effects team in BOMBSHELL BLOODBATH deserves a round of applause. I love the makeup and the gore because it definitely gives a nod to Fulci’s classic, ZOMBIE. The fact that so much effort was put into the effects shows a true desire to make a solid movie. Thus, I cannot fault the production team for a slightly confusing plot or mediocre acting.
Although it has some faults, BOMBSHELL BLOODBATH is still a slick indie zombie film that is worth checking out. I commend director Brett Mullen on what he has accomplished here, and I look forward to seeing more of his work in the future. The film is available today if you want to give it a look.