Review: Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies

When a scientific experiment goes wrong it unleashes a growing hoard of zombies and mutant wildlife in the Austrian Alps, where three young snowboarders are now trapped and must fight their way out before they become one of the undead. Written and directed by Dominik Hartl, starring: Laurie Calvert, Gabriela Marcinková, Oscar Dyekjaer Giese, Margarete Tiesel, Karl Fischer, Kari Rakkola, Martin Loos and Patricia Aulitzky.

From the film’s pretty memorable title you know what you’re in for is certainly of the B-Movie variety so if you’re looking for a classic zombie film, turn back now. The advantage of that is it gives you exactly what it advertises, starting off with a suspicious experiment involving a strange green liquid, steam from which is accidentally sprayed in the face of a potential investor who then spews bright green goo all over the place. The surprising factor is that the film also opens on fairly well done aerial shots of the beautiful landscape, of course once we cut to the actual characters again the quality drops off a cliff but that’s to be expected. The appearance of a zombified deer brings to mind the lesser known Black Sheep, a New Zealand film about another experiment gone wrong creating man eating sheep; it’s a good example of how the film is silly and ridiculous but in a way that’s enjoyable because there’s no standard of realism that needs to be upheld, they can get away with whatever they want so why not a crazy cannibalistic Bambi? It’s a statement of the choice of style for the film and it will be highly unapologetic for it.

Then there’s the actual characters, strangely enough the supporting cast are much more interesting and funny than the leads, Calvert for unknown reasons is trying to pass off a terrible American accent and all three of its leads are fairly irritating, it’s like the clichéd version of young people that anyone with a distaste for youth imagines is real. It does create a major weakness in the fact that having no desire for the lead characters to survive, gives you little reason to really invest in the story, even one as ridiculous as this. It’s a good thing you don’t really have to care about them at all because that’s not the point, the point is gore and plain dumb fun because the film’s stronger and more entertaining when there are people being eaten or zombies being slaughtered, rather than the out of place moments trying to create a romantic story between two of the characters. Again once you move past those moments and you get onto the strange but entertaining combination of snowboarder vs zombie, things definitely improve. You may have not seen how a penchant for winter sports can translate into zombie fighting skills but you will be pleasantly surprised by the carnage it can create.

The comedy doesn’t always hit the right note, the dialogue is expectably  but forgivably awful and predictable, generally they’re better off when running or fighting rather than talking. It does get slightly muddled in the middle before getting back to all out zombie vs snowboarder madness; it’s over the top and completely ridiculous but there’s always a place for a film you can just watch for a laugh; sit back, relax and enjoy some B-Movie zombie gore.

Verdict: 5/10

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