I guess every country needs its own zombie underdog movie.
Kill Zombie! (Zombibi) is Holland’s offering. It’s a Dutch Shaun of the Dead, and I’m sure that many have already labelled it so.
Aziz is an office worker. He’s controlled by his boss and his brother and the only thing that he has going for himself is the chance of a date with the hottest girl in his office – Tess.
Constant phone calls from his brother result in Aziz getting fired from his job and the date with Tess is put in jeopardy when a Russian satellite crash lands on his office building, turning the citizens of Amsterdam (somehow) into space zombies.
Aziz has no choice but to team up with his brother and a handful of other survivors must slash, shoot and smash their way though this hoard of the undead, ideally saving Tess on the way.
Being dubbed as another Shaun of the Dead clone is never going to do you any favours – not over here at least. We’ve been there, repeatedly, and generally speaking horror fans have had enough zombie action over recent years to warrant a prolonged cool down period, giving writers and producers some time to come up with fresh concepts.
That said though, Kill Zombie! shouldn’t be written off, even though it would be easy to do so.
The concept may not be new but directors Martijn Smits and Erwin van den Eshof have tried hard to add new and exciting elements to this film, ensuring that it’s filled with action, has lots of laughs, is overflowing with gore and can match any other UK or US zombie film as far as effects and quality are concerned.
Kill Zombie! looks great. From the exploding buildings to the exploding zombie heads, there is nothing low budget about it.
And the characters – though a little odd – are likeable and fit in well with the off-the-wall storyline. Aziz (Yahya Gaier) is a likeable, determined type who you can instantly feel an affinity with, while Kim (Gigi Ravelli) strikes the perfect balance of beauty and kick ass, paying the gun toting cop that gets the group out of most of its sticky situations.
However, at times Kill Zombie! does seem to get a bit muddled.
The introduction of comic book graphics and computer game sequences some way in is a little unexpected. Seemingly inspired by films such as Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, these elements look okay but feel unnecessary – as if they were an after thought thrown in during post production because they looked cool.
There is also the striking resemblance to Shaun of the Dead which can get distracting. From Aziz’s blood spattered shirt and tie attire to his irritating, trouble making friend (or brother in this case), it’s obvious that Kill Zombie was influenced a great deal by its British counterpart.
Kill Zombie! is fun, plain and simple. And if you’ve longed to see another film that’s ‘as good as Shaun of the Dead’ then this will probably give you a good deal of enjoyment. If you can forgive it for being so similar that is.