Invasion of the Undead (2015) is “a feature-length ’80s-style comedy/horror film” written and directed by Torey Haas for Atlanta-based micro-budget production company MonsterBuster Entertainment. Invasion of the Undead “was produced over a period of three years for $17,000.” Starring Marie Barker, Greg Garrison, Dylan Schettina, and Nathan Derussy.
They say “think Big Trouble in Little China meets The Evil Dead!”
When unemployed recent college grad Allison encounters a bizarre creature in the bathroom of her newly-inherited mansion, she reluctantly enlists the aid of Desmond and Jake, two freelance paranormal exterminators. Unfortunately for her though Desmond and Jake are not the most competent bunch, and when a terrifying cosmic evil from the mansion’s past reveals itself the trio are soon fighting not only for their own lives but also for the fate of the entire world.
Girls, guns or zombies? Adorable college grads, zombies and demons!
Not rated. 80 minutes. Watch the official trailer here …
Rent or buy the film on Vimeo on Demand (here).
My thoughts… Invasion of the Undead is a fun, low-budget horror comedy! I say think Phantasm (1979) meets The Gate (1987). The invading demon king Z’Athax, rendered via old-school stop-motion, and the leader of the invasion GuySmiley (Nathan DeRussy), with his glowing sardonic grin, are very cool creatures. However, Invasion of the Undead succeeds, for me, because of its human characters! Allison (Marie Baker) and Desmond (Greg Garrison) are wonderfully charming in this film! They’re both played by very talented young actors! Jake (Dylan Schettina) is great, too – even though he’s a talking severed head through the second half of the film! Oh, and that girl scout Ashley (Josie Levy) is just delightful as well! The film ends with this tease: “To be continued in… Siege of the Cat Goblin – starring Desmond, Jake and Allison: Paranormal Exterminators!” I’ll be looking forward to that!
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