I wasn’t sure what to expect with ZOMBIE KILLERS: ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD because the title is a bit, um, “different” than what you would expect from a zombie flick. To be honest, I was downright confused. What do elephants or even an elephant’s graveyard have to do with the walking dead? I hoped the film would explain, and thankfully, it does. As it turns out, the title is a nifty description for an aspect of the zombie apocalypse in this film. And while ZOMBIE KILLERS: ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD is not an excellent entry into the genre, it is still a fun film that fans of the living dead will want to check out.
If you are not familiar with ZOMBIE KILLERS: ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment:
The rural town of Elwood has become a “bubble” against the backdrop of a global infection where humans don’t die, but instead roam the land looking to spread the sickness in a grisly, horrific way. The “Zombie Killers,” a small band of young adults, trained by military vet, Seiler (Billy Zane) have sworn to protect the town and aim for the head if anything threatens Elwood’s last survivors.
Ok, now it’s confession time: I like Billy Zane as an actor. I’ve liked him for a long time, stretching as far back as 1995, when I first saw him in TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT. So when I heard he was in this film, I knew I had to give it a look. I’m happy to report he gives a good performance in this film.
ZOMBIE KILLERS: ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD is shot well and looks decent onscreen. The production value appears somewhat low, but that is understandable, given the low-budget nature of the film. My sole complaint about the production is that everything in the film looks too clean; I would assume in a zombie apocalypse that clean clothing and nice houses with well-kept yards would be things of the past. Not so here.
The acting is pretty good overall, although it does come with the expected mishmash of talent which is common for indie films. Dee Wallace is always excellent onscreen, and Mischa Barton does a great job with her role…but a few of the younger zombie killers are lifeless with their line deliveries, making them almost nonexistent to me in the film. This doesn’t actually detract too much from the film, however, as it can be easily overlooked.
The special effects in ZOMBIE KILLERS: ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD are also a mixed bag. The zombie effects are nice and there’s even some great gore. However the CG in the film almost looks laughable at times. Of particular note is when the infected fish are jumping out of the water at one of the zombie killers. This looked so cheesy, I think I would have preferred rubber fish being thrown at the actress instead.
The storyline is good, however it is not fully fleshed out. I like the concept behind the zombie outbreak, and I see where the director is trying to go…but the plot never fully reaches its potential. As a result, there are some confusing loose ends left. I would wager, just by the ending, that a sequel is in the works (I hope so…I would like to see where this goes), but I cannot confirm that.
Still, despite its shortcomings, ZOMBIE KILLERS: ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD is a zombie flick with bite and a lot of heart. You can tell this film is made by a true zombie fan who is striving to get things right. And while it’s not perfect, it’s definitely a step in the right direction. I recommend ZOMBIE KILLERS: ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD to anyone looking for a decent indie zombie flick. It is available today in a variety of formats.