Eaters (2010)

2.5 out of 5

Thankfully only 'presented by' unrepentant shitmeister Uwe Boll, this undead mini-epic filmed in Tuscany is certainly no Zombie Flesh Eaters but does have its moments. It starts out like a micro-budgeted remake of Day of the Dead, complete with electrified fences and a 'Dr. Frankenstein' character. Where it deviates is when our two moronic 'heroes' have run-ins with an evil gang of Nazis led by a miniature, deformed, Hitler wannabe and are led by whisperings of a 'Plague Bearer' to an insane priest who hasn't even waited until he's a zombie to start eating people. Or until said people or dead, for that matter. These various encounters put one strangely in mind of El topo. There are just about enough little touches like this to make Eaters marginally more interesting than the million other direct-to-video living dead clunkers out there.

The zombie attacks themselves are sadly pretty unimaginative, and always accompanied by the twin pernicious practices of a shaking camera and music video jump-cuts. Some of the gore effects, whilst thankfully CGI free, are also decidedly naff. Still, this is a fun low-budget B-movie that harks back to the VHS era, akin to something Empire Pictures or Troma would have put out in those days. First time directors Luca Boni and Marco Ristori may still have a bit of work to do, but their hearts are in the right place.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics