Technology has brought with it a lot of pros and cons. With the rise of social media it has created a more alienated society that prefers to communicate to each other using keyboards than actual face-to-face contact. But on the plus side recent technology has given filmmakers more outlets to showcase their films than just the big screen. Now let’s say a filmmaker has $100,000 to spend. If the big screen was that filmmaker’s only option he’d be screwed. But now with the option of producing a web series, that $100,000 can go a long way. This is what’s going on in ZOMBIE ROADKILL and you can tell that even with the modest budget the filmmakers put together a slick, fun, and gory series that even manages to star a big name.
ZOMBIE ROADKILL is made by FEARnet and Ghost House Pictures and premiered on the MOD FEARnet channel or online here. The story is simple; a group of college kids are driving along an unfamiliar stretch of road when they accidentally hit and kill a squirrel (I think it was an accident). The squirrel comes back to life, hunts down the car that ran it over, and begins to wreck its own style of bloody-furry revenge. ZOMBIE ROADKILL has a great balance of humor and horror and never forgets that it wants to scare you, gross you out, and make you laugh. Just wait until you see the reanimated skunk chasing a kid back and forth across the road!!
That initial reanimate squirrel causes the car to crash and the only uninjured kid, Simon (David Dorfman) goes out to try and find help but instead finds a forest of reanimated animals that were killed on this stretch of road. Just when things looked pretty bad for Simon he’s saved by a rugged, brave, and heroic Park Ranger Chet Masterson (Thomas Haden Church). Chet is a tough talking and at times dorky ranger who carries around a water gun filled with lighter fluid and uses it like a flame thrower. He tells Simon that this particular stretch of highway is built on an ancient Indian burial ground. Here’s the whole story: 200 years ago some witches moved into the area and killed all the Indians’ virgins; then cannibals moved in and ate all the witches; and then the government moved in, killed all the cannibals and built a facility where they experimented on killers, rapists, child molesters. So …
“For 10 miles in every direction, [there’s] pissed off virgins, Indians, dead murderer’s, government employees, and cannibals.”
Yeah; can ya tell this isn’t meant to be taken seriously??!? But the humor is balanced really well and is placed perfectly so the scary scenes never get deflated by the humor. I’ve had some luck with web series so far (i.e., DEAD WAIT) and this continues with ZOMBIE ROADKILL. The production is crisp and clean, the acting is strong all around, and this moves at a great pace. Plus there’s a ton of reanimated animals that are stalking and attacking any and all humans on that stretch of road. There’s a total of six episodes, each between 5-6 minutes long, and its amazing that we get as much of a story arc that we do in such a short amount of time. Besides the group trying to stay alive, there’s also a subplot about Simon’s crush on his brother’s girlfriend Trish (Toni Wynne). The ending is hilarious and leaves you wanting more while at the same time concluding the web series.
This is a really fun and gory web series that is perfect if you don’t have a lot of time to watch a full length feature horror flick. This’ll have ya laughing one moment and cringing the next. Check out ZOMBIE ROADKILL; it’s easy to watch on either your computer or phone. If FEARnet keeps putting out quality series like this then I guarantee in the future we’ll be seeing more and more big names being attracted to this medium. Check it out.
Director: David Green
Plot: 4 out of 5 stars
Gore: 5 out of 10 skulls
Zombie Mayhem: 3.5 out of 5 brains (sure they’re animal zombies, but a zombie is a zombie)
Reviewed by Scott Shoyer