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Film Review: Attack Of The Southern Fried Zombies

A brand new zombie film is about to be released and it is definitely one you won’t want to overlook. Attack Of The Southern Fried Zombies is set to be released on 13 March 2018 and will also be released theatrically on 23 March 2018 in Los Angeles at Arena CineLounge Sunset. We were lucky enough to watch the film before its release and we’re excited to tell you all about it.

The film was originally titled “Kudzu Zombies” and has a prequel in the form of a comic book, which is available to view here. There are plenty of other assets that go along with this film, including a zombie game for your phone, and a soundtrack by James Covell.

The film is distributed by Gravitas Ventures and will be out on 13 March 2018. Ten days later it will get a theatrical run at Area CineLounge on Sunset in Los Angeles. It has been directed by Mark Newton, with the screenplay written by Christian Hokenson. The zombie make-up and SFX was done by Jonathan Thornton.

Watch The Trailer For Attack Of The Southern Fried Zombies Here:

The film has won “Goriest Film” at FANtastic Horror Film Fest; but don’t worry, it’s not something that you will have nightmares from. The film is more of a comedy-horror, pushing the gory parts into the unbelievable, so much so that it comes off hilarious to watch. This whole concept is what could literally turn this film into a cult classic as the decades go by.

Story Plotline

The Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies film takes place in Charleston, Mississippi – which is notable as Morgan Freeman’s hometown – which is covered with kudzu. GloboBioTech – which even have their own website (the people behind this film have literally thought of everything!) – have come up with an effective solution to control kudzu; however, the experimental testing of this new herbicide, Quadoxin goes awfully wrong.

Our main character is Lonnie, played by Timothy Haug (who has only been in short films before this one), he’s a crop duster pilot helping GloboBioTech perform their tests on the kudzu. During a festival celebration, the town all turn into kudzu zombies as the Quadoxin infests the citizens. It is down to Lonnie and his fellow friends, who are an unlikely set of heroes, to save the small town.

The whole storyline just sounds bizarre, but if you’re still reading this review and have watched the trailer above, you may understand why we actually thought this film was great viewing. The filming was on-point all the way through; shot in high-quality, it really engages the audience. What it lacks, such as the special effects and some of the set-up scenes, it makes up for in the quality of the picture and the interesting story-line. This is like no zombie film you’ve seen before – it’s impossible to know what will happen next.

The Cast

Many up-and-coming talented actors and actresses appear in this film, alongside established cast members. You will see Miles Doleac, playing Dr. Klein, known for ContainmentThe HistorianThe Hollow; Wyntergrace Williams as Kayla, known for This Just In; Megan Few, playing Jennifer, known for Demons; Escalante Lundy as Ed Nelson, known for Django Unchained; and Moses J. Moseley as Robbie, known for Doll Murder Spree, and for being a walker in The Walking Dead. You may spot a few others in this, as well as rising talent, such as Timothy Haug, who plays Lonnie perfectly; we also loved Kaitlin Mesh, who played Trish; and, Susan McPhail, who played Nancy Nelson.

What We Made Of Attack Of The Southern Fried Zombies

The film is not the best, we’re not going to send out high hopes, just for you to crash down from the first few minutes. Don’t expect anything spectacular, and the first batch takes its time to fully grip the audience. We understand the concept but we are told rather than shown as they set up the story. Regardless, when they fully get going, the movie turns into something you just have to watch until the end.

We believe the comic book prequel, would’ve made a perfect opening story for this film if they had actually filmed it. We certainly recommend the book to everyone who watches the film, and it really doesn’t take all that long to read either. As for the film, it’s clearly low-budget, however, they make up for it in the ridiculousness of the storyline, with some unique ways of killing zombies; we’ve also never seen so many crowbars in one film, let alone this many killing zombies.

As mentioned before, the special effects are so unrealistic it’s shocking, yet makes the viewers laugh none-the-less. Even though they aren’t great, it gets even more unrealistic when heads get chopped off, zombies are sliced in half, and kudzu starts to grow out of the skin of the zombies. Then there are the zombies themselves; the very first one is beyond comical, yet he is the whole reason we are drawn into this storyline; and, then they bring along the zombie clown – this film has it all. Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies may be lacking in some aspects; yet, they certainly make up for it in other ways – plus they have a comic book, a game, and a soundtrack.

 

Release

Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies is released on DVD and Digital HD everywhere on 13 March 2018. It will be shown theatrically at Arena CineLounge Sunset in Los Angeles from 23 March 2018. If you’ve been looking for a comedic-yet-gory zombie film, one which is beyond unrealistic and on the low-budget side, then this is the one for you.

When you’ve seen the film, feel free to let us know your thoughts on Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies on Twitter @CelebMix.

Written by Jonathan Currinn

27-year-old writer, blogger, author, and journalist. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2015. I write under the name Critic Jonni, on my blog. I also write for Fuzzable. In the past, I have written for the Daily Star, Channillo, Outlet Magazine, SPECTRUMM, Fox & Squirrel PhotographyModern Magazine, and Electric Mode. Follow me on Twitter @CriticJonni. Buy me a virtual coffee as a thank you: https://ko-fi.com/jonathancurrinn