Zombie Atrocity: The Italian Zombie Movie - Part 2 picks up right where Zombie Abomination: The Italian Zombie Movie - Part 1 left off.
In Zombie Atrocity: The Italian Zombie Movie - Part 2, the story continues as the zombie invasion has really begun to intensify.
We had many questions left unanswered at the end of Part 1, but they're all answered in Part 2!
Once again, there are so many classic influences apparent in this, the second part of Thomas Berdinski's The Italian Zombie Movie. For example, there is a scene involving a disembodied head that has Evil DeadEvil Dead 2 written all over it. Another scene in which I noticed what seemed to be another influence involved Jeremiah doing battle with one of the zombies, where they are both using a stick to duel it out. It reminded me of the Tusken Raider attack on Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Whether this was the intention here or not, I'm not sure, but it sure reminded me of it, as the victor of the battle even celebrated by lifting the stick up and down over his head, just as the Tusken Raider did in Star Wars as he dominated Luke. There were also a few nice Three Stooges-like head knocking going on in the film.
Zombie Atrocity contains something perhaps never before seen in any film; a living dead machine! This machine, called an M-4, is reminiscent of the ED-209 robot from Robocop, has the brain of a dog, and cannibalizes zombies.
In the film, we are also reintroduced to the feminist gas station attendant (The station sells gasoline and ice cream, and is referred to as the pump & cream. Adult humor hidden inside a seemingly innocent name. Nice!) who has now become one of the undead, however she has learned the secret to controlling all of the zombies. She describes the key to by stating, "Have sex with a man and he'll do whatever you want"! True not only for controlling zombies but also the method by which all you gals out there are able to control us men.
I'd like to take a moment at this point to say, M. Night Shyamalan, eat your heart out! There are more twists and turns in Zombie Atrocity: The Italian Zombie Movie - Part 2, than usage of the F word in Scarface! Just when you think you know what's what, when you think you understand how it all happened to get to where things are, you learn just how wrong you were! The story always keeps you on your toes, and continually keeps you guessing. I had laugh repeatedly when, just as I thought I knew what was what, I had the proverbial rug pulled out from under me and saw that I was way off. Again, as was the case with IZM Part 1, Part 2 is a film that is so silly and senseless yet it can somehow still leave the viewer trying to figure out answers. This serves as an example of how great of a filmmaker Thomas Berdinski truly is.
This film has it all;
Secret Army experiments Government conspiracies and cover-ups Zombies Aliens A succubus Souls being sold to the Devil Zombie Kungfu fighting Decapitations Disembowelments A living dead machine Corpse reanimation Corny dialog Cliché' after cliché' Giant 20 foot tall zombies Characters who all have something to hide Intentionally cheesy acting Sexy women A kinder, more gentle version of The Michigan Militia Trading of body parts ESP driven flies Toys tanks and trucks posing as the real McCoy, Mocking of the disabled by a total jerky Perverts Implied zombie sex A spaceship Elaborate plot twists One thing that this film has, that all movies should have, is heart. The film is an obvious labor of love.
As I mentioned in my review of Zombie Abomination: The Italian Zombie Movie - Part 1, Zombie Atrocity: The Italian Zombie Movie Part 2 as well as Part 1, is an homage to the the Italian zombies movies that many of us grew up with, and even more fans of the horror genre hold very dear in our hearts.
With the upcoming remakes of Plan 9 From Outer Space, I have to say that they are all for naught. If you'd like to see a modernization of Plan 9, all you need to do is see Thomas Berdinski's The Italian Zombie Movie Part 1 & 2. Aliens, zombies being raised from the grave with the use of alien technology, corny dialog and a movie that is fun and is entertainment personified. The above description applies to both Ed Wood's classic film Plan 9 From Outer Space as well as to Thomas Berdinski's The Italian Zombie Movie Part 1 & 2.
Berdinski and Wood have a lot in common. They both make (or made in Ed's case) movies for the love of filmmaking, this fact is apparent in the films of both men. And they both can (could for Wood) take an insanely small budget (Berdinski even more so than Wood) and what they come up with is nothing short of amazing!
Again in this review of Part 2, I should note that this film is an extremely low budget, or DIY, film. It was made on a super low budget, and all that Berdinski accomplishes with that minimal amount of money is truly phenomenal.
Review by DMentD Cinema from the Internet Movie Database.