The zombie movie gets a smart tech twist in Jeruzalem
Google Glass might not have quite captured the imagination… but it’s risen from the almost- dead thanks to a new Israeli apocalyptic zombie movie. Jeruzalem, directed by Tel Aviv- based brothers Yoav and Doron Paz, uses the tech to tell an end- of- the- world story Cloverfield- style.
American tourists Sarah and Rachel head for a party- fuelled holiday in Jerusalem, falling in with slightly nerdy Kevin who persuades them to leave the well- trod paths for a look at the real Holy City after dark… just as the undead return.
“We wanted to make a horror movie set in Jerusalem for years,” says Doron Paz. “But we wanted to show the real Jerusalem, not just ones that the travel shows portray.”
Jerusalem has been invaded by the undead before of course – in the Brad Pitt- led World War Z. But that’s something of a standing joke among Israelites. “When the helicopter flies up you can see the ocean,” laughs Doron. “You can’t see the ocean anywhere from Jerusalem!”
The desire to show the “real” city led to some logistical problems, however. “You can’t just close down the Wailing Wall or the Holy City for shooting, so we had to do it guerrilla- style.”
He adds: “Using smart glasses for the POV gave us a whole new layer… it’s traditional storytelling combined with modern technology.”
Jeruzalem arrives on UK digital on 28 March 2016 and DVD/ Blu- ray on 4 April.
The movie utilises Jerusalem’s setting, mythology and history.