Fishburne and a couple of sidekicks go to another outpost to look for survivors. They find Julian Ritchings ( Supernatural ), but the place is overrun by cannibals. This is a vast improvement on the usual menace - the Fast Zombies cliche.
Back home there are other problems. Trigger-happy Bill Paxton ( Apollo 13 ) is stirring up trouble.
The protagonist teams up with a bunch of cops in SWAT armour. The extras get helmets, but the main characters (who have to be photogenic and easily identifiable) do not. Their leaders are the former Chief of Detectives (Lance Hendricksen - Terminator ) and his son (Louis Mandylor - ).
At the end of the day, this has high production values and a couple of recognisable names in the cast. Some of the supporting actors do not perform as strongly, but on a low-budget B-movie you can only expect so much.
Normally low-budget horror movies suffer by being written and directed by a single person. Luckily this effort avoided the same problem by having different specialists for each task. However, there is a different example of one participant Johnny Strong is not only the star, he is also a producer and he wrote and performed the soundtrack.
This film is played for laughs, and it does have a certain amount of originality - especially with regards to the nature of the monsters. Phase one is a simple Fast Zombie. Phase two involves metamorphosis into a more lycanthropic creature.
The ancestor was a veteran of the US civil War. When he returned home he lost his family in the outbreak, and wandered the wilderness alone. Eventually he found a stranger with a quest. A mad Confederate General (Bill Moseley - ) has his men abduct people so that his Doctor (Stephen Mchattie - ) can experiment on them. The hope is of finding someone who is immune, so that they can create a cure. Since these villains have abducted the stranger's sister, our hero agrees to help rescue her.
The survivors seek refuge with a local witch-woman ( Dee Wallace ). Luckily, they discover the source of the outbreak of zombies. Also, somehow the hero manages to write a journal about all of this. Even scenes that he is not present in.
Circa the year 1800, England is overrun by flesh-eating zombies. These are no normal zombies, they are the most unusual kind. The undead plague began in the colonies, so it may be a voodoo curse reminiscent of Zombie Flesh-Eaters . However, it is spread by bodily fluids, perhaps a reference to the Cholera epidemics from India in the 1830s. This spread-by-bite aspect makes the zombies more like the Romero type in Night of the Living Dead . Thirdly, in the post- 28 Days Later era most zombies are FAST zombies, and this film is no exception. Finally, the plague's leaders are SMART zombies ... the type four, and in this version they only turn rabid after they have eaten human brains. Yes, this is an action-adventure with fast, smart zombies and the rom-com elements are pushed into the B-Story.
Be warned, there is a post-credits sequence.
The lab is next door to a strip-club run by Robert Englund ( Nightmare on Elm Street ). The headliner Jenna Jameson gets bitten and infected. The good news is, the virus is gender-selective so she becomes a Type Four (Smart) zombie. The bad news is, the female zombies must feed on the flesh of their custmers, who then turn into the old-fashioned, feral zombies. The good news, there is a never-ending supply of customers because local men find zombie women strangely irresistable. The bad news is, Robert Englund has a limited amount of storage space in his basement to keep all the male zombies.
This is a tongue-in-cheek effort that does not take itself seriously.
The nerds realise that they are not up against the Romero type of zombie that eats brains and spreads the infection by bite. While these Nazi zombies are both fast and relatively smart, they are basically the old-fashioned voodoo curse zombie. They have been given a mission, and will not rest until it is fulfilled. In the first movie, that mission was to protect the gold. However, it turns out they have another mission too. Hitler ordered the Colonel to annihilate a nearby village.
The villains re-arm at the local museum. Luckily for them it has a fully operational Tiger tank that is fueled and armed with live ammunition. Even better, the zombies include an expert tank crew.
To fight an army of Nazi zombies, the good guys have to raise their own army. Luckily there is a mass grave of Soviet POWs nearby, eager to get their revenge on the Nazi officer who killed them.
When the men get to their destination they eventually realise they have bigger problems than the local militias. The bunker was site of Nazi experiments to create an army of super-soldiers. When the mercenaries enter, the Nazi ghost-soldiers start to pick them off, one at a time. So, totally original idea for a film …
This is part of a sub-genre of horror film, the military supernatural survival film. Prime examples would be The Keep, The Bunker, Deathwatch ...
A young female Nazi-hunter tortures OAP Nazi Michael Pennington ( ) for personal vengeance. Then she discovers that he helped fund the expedition from the first film. In order to catch his boss, she goes to the bunker area.
The bunker is surrounded by an electro-magnetic field that is slowly expanding. The Nazi super-soldiers are unkillable anywhere in that field, which is now thirty miles across. Luckily she teams up with Richard Coyle ( Prince of Persia ) and some soldiers led by Daniel Caglione (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking barrels).
Parts of this are unoriginal, but for what it is (a sequel to a low-budget horror) it is watchable.