‘Volcano Zombies’: Final Nail in the Undead Coffin?

Volcano Zombies

I love zombies, although 8000 artists on DeviantArt can also make that same claim. But it’s not hard to see that the subgenre is on a serious wane and that’s never been more evident than with the upcoming release of, sigh, Volcano Zombies.

If you can’t quite get the gist of what this film could possibly entail, here is the synopsis:

VOLCANO ZOMBIES is about a sheriff who must rescue an estranged family from a mountain during a volcano eruption and fight off a horde of lava-filled zombies that have shot out of the volcano, brought to life by a curse.

Now, I understand that to keep something fresh, you must sometimes change things up a little. The modern obsession with zombies can be dated back to Zack Snyder’s 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead when the undead got on their best Nike and learned how to run. Since then, we’ve had plenty of fast-paced, by-the-numbers thrillers that have proved to be great entertainment if not a patch on George A. Romero’s original visionary series.

After the audience became a little jaded with that, mainstream horror movie makers moved onto the unthinkable. They gave the monsters a heart. With the release of Warm Bodies in 2013, zombies were accessible by people of all ages as it was a watered down, loved-up spin on what true horror fans think of the undead. The same thing happened in the 80’s with the release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video and it was the death knell for the subgenre for a couple of decades. ‘Volcano Zombies‘ could do just the same thing.

A preposterous plot and a zombie film go hand-in-hand but perhaps volcanoes shitting out reanimated corpses would make even the most liberal of bargain basement VHS masters blush. Perhaps I’m being too much a cynic so I’ll let you form your own opinion by taking a look at the trailer below. It’s not going to go down as one of the best zombie movies, that’s for sure.

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