Zoombies (2016) is a sci-fi/horror/action film directed by Glenn R. Miller for The Asylum. Screenplay by Scotty Mullen. Starring Ione Butler, Andrew Asper, Marcus Anderson, Kim Nielsen, and introducing Lala Nestor.
When a strange virus quickly spreads through a safari park and turns all the zoo animals undead, those left in the park must stop the creatures before they escape and zombify the whole city.
Not rated. 87 minutes. Watch the trailer here …
My thoughts… “It’s Jurassic World of the Dead!” declares the tagline. Yes, Zoombies is The Asylum’s mock-buster version of Jurassic World but there are no tyrannosaurs, mosasaurs or velociraptors! Instead, there are monkeys, giraffes, koalas, lemurs, gorillas, and more! And they’re all zombies! Zoombies is like Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom meets The Walking Dead! In Eden Wildlife Zoo, a sanctuary for endangered species and a soon-to-be-opened amusement park, a zombie virus infects the animals forcing the park’s staff and some college interns to fight for the survival of the human species. If Zoombies sounds dumb, it is – but it’s surprisingly good fun, too! Occasionally, The Asylum proves the viability of the infinite monkey theorem! Look that up if you need to. Zoombies [zoo + zombies] isn’t Sharknado [shark + tornado] but it ain’t Piranhaconda [piranha + anaconda] either! Yes, I do know that Piranhaconda wasn’t made by The Asylum. Oh, and as with most of The Asylum’s movies, the CGI effects in Zoombies looks to have been created with a free app or something – especially the elephants and lions. The giraffes, which are the equivalent to Jurassic Park‘s brachiosaurs except that they are carnivorous due to the zombie virus, look pretty good though. Kifo the gorilla is played by a man in a relatively realistic gorilla suit and, as such, the zombie gorilla scenes are the film’s most effective. I think he’ll be back in a sequel!