Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies (2016) is an Austrian zombie comedy directed by Dominik Hartl. Written by Armin Prediger and Dominik Hartl. Starring Laurie Calvert, Gabriela Marcinková, Oscar Dyekjær Giese, Margarete Tiesel, and Karl Fischer.
Steve, a young professional snowboarder, ruins a high-paying photoshoot with a silly prank, causing him, his girlfriend Branka and fellow snowboarder Josh to be left behind on the mountain. They seek shelter in a garish, loud aprés-ski tavern that is hosting an all-night party for the last night of the season. Things go from bad to worse when a scientific experiment conducted by a local entrepreneur unleashes an epidemic of zombies and mutant wildlife, but this is mostly lost on the local drunkards as they themselves are not always so easy to distinguish from zombies. Steve, Branka and Josh have to find a way to survive this hellish night. Finally, their epic battle for survival leads to them having to use their snowboarding skills to defeat the raging aprés-ski zombies once and for all.
78 minutes. Watch the trailer here…
My thoughts… Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies is the best zombie comedy I’ve seen since the Dutch film Kill Zombie! It’s a fun splatterfest that delivers plenty of gruesome bloody kills, waltzing zombie skiers, and rabid zombie reindeer! Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies is like Aspen Extreme (1993)… except with more zombies! Director/co-writer Dominik Hartl says that the film’s biggest influences are Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Dead Alive [aka Braindead] (1992). The latter film’s influence is obvious in Attack of the Lederhosen Zombie‘s climactic zombie carnage especially when barmaid Rita (Margarete Tiesel) plows down the undead horde with a snow blower. The snowboard kills courtesy of hotshot Steve (Laurie Calvert) and “bad girl” Branka (Gabriela Marcinková), set to an instrumental ’80s soundtrack, are inventive and very cool! I love Branka’s seesaw tumble down an upturned bench! However, one of my favorite scenes in Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies has no zombie action at all. It’s the scene where Steve and Branka ride the ski lift back up the mountain to rescue “nice boy” Josh (Oscar Dyekjær Giese) and they discuss their recently fractured relationship. Steve and Branka are very likable and likeable characters are what quite often makes a bad zom-B-movie good! And, Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies is very good! Oh, and Gabriela Marcinková is sooooo adorable!