Well, theoretically these trailers are about everything I love. Westerns, zombies, the end of the world, anarchy and boobs. It’s a perfect storm, really. Except, of course, both movies look like they were made for about a buck and a half.
Now, that’s not to say that there isn’t some excellent low-budget horror out there, particularly in the straight to DVD market, which these clearly will be. I just don’t know that they’re candidates to be the next Mutants.
First up is my favorite of the two, The Dead And The Damned, a tongue-in-cheek zombie western (a truly underrepresented genre). It looks amusing enough, the makeup is surprisingly decent, and it may well be a fun, stupid time. It’s written, directed, edited, and scored by Rene Perez, which means Mr. Perez (who has one other film credit to his name) is either extremely multitalented, or flat-fucking broke. The trailer has no dialogue, so the whole thing could be in Tagalog for all I know. It stars no one anyone’s heard of, but I don’t care. I’m watching it. It’s like Unforgiven meets Night of the Living Dead… if both of those were really dumb movies with no known actors and a threadbare plot. Oh, and tits.
Yeah. That’s the better of the two.
Next we’ve got the trailer for The Collapsed, which takes itself very, very seriously. It’s brutally derivative:
“In the wake of the end of the world, a family of four desperately tries to survive against insurmountable odds. Their goal: escaping the city and traveling to the rural community they once called home, Dover’s Bend.
The constant threat of a violent death forcing them to stay as far away from civilization as possible, they take to the forest, soon to discover the danger posed by other survivors may be the least of their worries.”
So… nothing exactly new there. Again, a budget of about the cost of a bucket of popcorn, no name actors, but if you’re going to shoot low-budget horror, you either need to be a fucking savant, or you need a solid sense of humor. I get the feeling that writer/director Justin McConnell and co-writer Kevin Hutchinson (who is mostly a makeup artist) are neither. There is a bit of mystery to the trailer — is the “something” that’s hunting them other people? Cannibals? Mutants? Giant invisible badgers? OMIGOD IS IT REPUBLICANS?