Z NATION The Winking Dead
released OUT NOW! 2014 | 18 | Blu-ray/dVd Creators Karl schaefer, Craig engler Cast Kellita smith, dJ Qualls, Michael Welch, Keith allan
A cut-price zombie show produced by knock-off specialists The Asylum? Doesn’t sound promising. But while it never excels, Z Nation is consistently entertaining.
That’s largely because it has a mission arc, as a group of survivors travel from New York to California to deliver a guy carrying a zombie vaccine to a government lab. This means that every week there are new locations and new threats.
Self-aware in tone, in some ways it feels like a throwback to Romero’s zombie movies. George loves his novelty zombies and gory effects “gags”, and Z Nation does too; it’s always looking for new ways to entertain, be it Amish zombies or death by food-mixer. And in sardonic, self-serving vaccinecarrier Murphy it has a brilliant character, one whose emerging zombie-whispering abilities are fresh and interesting.
It can’t compete with The Walking Dead in the emotional stakes, and sometimes its attempts to make your inner Butthead mutter, “Huh-huh, cool,” are a shade too dumb. But it beats 80% of direct-to-video zombie movies.
Extras A Making Of and pieces on the make-up and explosions/CGI effects/score (38 minutes); zombie kills montage; gag reel. Ian Berriman
Before he won the role of Murphy, actor Keith Allan was working at The Asylum as their stage manager.
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