I gave it 2 stars just to be nice. Lots of issues here. I had to stop watching. I'm a bit of a zombie snob but I will give a movie a chance. I'm all for indie low budget endeavors but a little more thought, better audio mixing, and better writing/acting was needed. Here are the issues that made it so I could not finish watching the movie:
1. The zombies growled like bears very loudly. The audio mixing with the music and dialog kept being ruined by this. It made the movie not watchable for me. Overall the audio mixing was bad.
2. The mythology of needing to damage the zombie's brain/head was ignored. This seriously made the movie lose credibility in my mind.
3. The initial sound track was a not so great throw back to the 80s. Then suddenly it was a bizarre death metal fest. Very distracting.
4. The zombie movements (shuffling and running) were corny and it looked like the actors were told to just limp.
Yes, it's low-budget horror and yes the zombie makeup = latex masks but confound it all, they're pretty good masks and I've seen low-budget horror ten times worse not to mention that finally somebody thought of giving a zombie-fighter full, body-armor.
The overwhelming problem with "The Dead and the Damned 2" (in no way a zombie western btw) is primarily in pacing; simply put, they use 67 minutes putting together the survival team leaving only 22 for team-oriented action (e.g. rescuing of other survivors, etc.,) and not much for an actual story. Way too many, painfully padded scenes like when the hot-girl, party member (who is also deaf) spends about 10 minutes trying on clothes (fan service) and then takes a nap in an abandoned mall while a zombie with a baby lurches around roaring; meanwhile the camera chaotically switches back and forth back and forth back and... oh you get it.
"D&D2" isn't so much plot-driven or even character-driven, more like driving...
This movie got some bad reviews, but I quite liked it. They had a few twists in the plot, which I like. The zombie makeup was pretty decent, not just fake blood on torn clothes, with the exception of 2 face masks that made the zombies look like manikins.
Even little stuff was good. I love the camera angle when they're driving in the van towards the ocean. They mounted a camera on the drivers side rear roof, viewing the road and seeing the actor driving in the rear view mirror. There was a deaf survivor in the movie and she seemed to fit in realistically - I think a bad movie would have messed that up and done a cheesy job at it.
I don't want to give away plot, but they sort of got safe from zombies and then the story kept going. It's like Full Metal Jacket, where the first story was in boot camp (and would have made a great movie by itself), then you're please as the movie carries into the second story in Vietnam.
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