Rockabilly Zombie Weekend
Reviewed by: Bobbie
Becky (Christina Bach) and Grant (Daniel Baldock), two young rockabilly lovers, want to get hitched at an outdoor venue. Unbeknownst to them, earlier that same day, two ‘Men in Black’ types from the Government ordered a local crop duster to hose down the surrounding areas with an experimental mosquito spray to stop the spread of West Nile Virus. Little did anyone know that those two MIB types were unleashing something far more deadly that the Virus!
Despite Becky’s mother, a waitress who gives hand-jobs for extra cash behind the diner, and Grant’s mother, a rich-bitch type who tells Grant he’s too good for the likes of that trashy Becky, these two love-birds decide to go forward with the nuptials. Surrounded by their best buds, beer and swarms of blood-sucking mosquitoes, they pledge their trough. Well, almost. As they get to the “I do” part, a zombie attack is suddenly upon the gathered group! Will Becky and Grant escape the ghastly, flesh-chomping hoards!?! And what about their friends!?! Their families!?! Will they survive the … Rockabilly Zombie Weekend?!
Sound exciting? Wellll ... it’s not as grim as I assumed it would be from the title. Andy S. Montejo, who did the cinematography, certainly knows his way around a camera and camera angles! And the acting, other than the two MIB types, was certainly semi-professional. The script, however, was shop-worn and included many stereotypical plot points. Zombies invading a hospital? Check! Grizzled old man showing the fleeing lovers who has the most guns? Check! Loved one being torn apart and consumed? Check! Military intervention? Check!
However, the music by Killer Moonshine was toe-tapping fun! And the special effects, although heavily dependent on computer effects, was stomach churning. Jaime Velez Soto directs from a screenplay penned by Tammy Bennett. The aforementioned Christina Bach (Cassadaga), along with J. LaRose (Insidious), Michelle Elise (Vaudeville Comedy, Then and Now), Randy Molnar (The Tenant) and Daniel Baldock (Bigfoot and Other Adventures) star.
Rockabilly Zombie Weekend opened in Orlando Florida at the Plaza Cinema on Sunday, February 17, 2013. According to movie blog Sonic Electric “Originally slated for 2 theaters, demand was so great, a total of five theaters were needed to debut the film. Actors in costume (military uniform), escorted (evacuated), ticket-holders to their respective theaters.” Rockabilly Zombie Weekend has been making its way around the country, playing at midnight theater showings and, I imagine, a few remaining drive-in theaters. It has been released on DVD and can be purchased at the official web-site [http://www.rockabillyzombieweekend.com/]. If you like classic cars, beehive hair-dos, hooker shoes, rockabilly music, zombies and knocking back a few brews, then this just might the movie for you!