Another Hole In The Head, Part 8 Film Festival, is taking place in San Francisco June 2-17 at the Roxie Theater. Among the feature films we got to review was the Italian zombie flick Eaters, directed by Luca Boni & Marco Ristori.
Eaters presents a vicious world that’s been devastated by “the great epidemic.” This fun filled romp of violence, mayhem and sly wit centers around two ‘hunters’ of the living dead, Igor and Allen, and the scientist Gyno who is trying to find out what has happened to the human race. In a Mad Max world of full throttle madness we meet a mysterious girl, a crazy painter and a handful of neo-Nazis hell bent on gladiator blood lust.
Eaters is a horror movie for those that love zombies, blood guts fingers and toes, it's gore and cheese all wrapped up in one. As we all know, the best a zombie is a dead zombie. ;) Unfortunately the storyline is a tad confusing, there is talk of a worm causing the epidemic then later of some sort of fertility drug so I was a little uncertain of what was the actual catalyst of the zombie outbreak. But the point is, zombies are here and the world as we know it has been changed. Women were affected first by the outbreak, without us being around to make babies the human race is on the brink of extinction. Plenty of really wacky characters throughout the film have you wondering what the hell kind of drugs is everyone on! (and more importantly where can I get some?) One of the main characters "Igor", who is played by Alex Lucchesi, reminds me of a bad knock-off of Jason Statham. With sideburns to make even Santa jealous this guy is over-the-top in the cheese factor.
Overall the film felt very disjointed when it came to the plot. One second a mad scientist is trying to cure the world by hacking away at infected bodies and the next he is letting the zombies he has captured for "tests" go. Quite a few of the stunts in this film look like elementary school ruff housing, just rolling around on the ground like kids. And it only gets weirder from there. Zombie Death matches that you would never find me signing up for, weird Nazis popping up out of nowhere and a young girl who apparently holds the key to saving humanity. But the film never provides any explanation on why all of this is happening.
I was pretty disappointed in the overall story. I can see how this could have been much better but with the disjointed plot the film never found a rhythm for me. But on the plus side there are a few really humorous parts, some GREAT costumes and makeup and hands down gore galore! It's an Italian film with subtitles, so be prepared.
Eaters will be showing on Friday, June 3rd at 11:30pm and Tuesday, June 14th at 9:20pm. Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street @ Valencia in San Francisco.
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