Sunday, 18 December 2011

DVD review: Silent Night, Zombie Night (2009)

A week before Christmas a viral outbreak turns the citizens of Los Angeles into the walking dead. On the brink of severing ties with both his wife Sarah (Nadine Stenovich) and longtime partner Nash Andy Hopper), L.A.P.D. officer Frank Talbot (Jack Forinito) finds himself trapped with them. As death closes in their survival is further threatened by the fact that both men love the same woman.
Now here we have a surprise, a original take om the zombie genre with much more to see than zombies and gore. Actually this as much relationship drama as it´s horror, which might scare off some viewers but don´t worry there is plenty of zombies and gore.
The director manages to create suspense, tension and atmosphere. Silent Night, Zombie Night do get a bit slow at times, as might be expected by a storybased film but it never gets boring.
The characters are well written and realistic. The actors are competent, especially Jack Forinito who is excellent as the as the tough as nails Frank.  
The production values are high and the film looks surprisingly good with good camera work, good sound and editing. There are some pratical special fx (some of which look really good) but the squibs are almost all done by CGI (that doesn´t look that good).
Rating: 6½ out of 7. Silent Night, Zombie Night is a very nice surprise, it wasn´t at all what I was expecting. It has a interesting story and multi-dimensional characters. Give this one a chance.

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