Zombie Apocalypse (film)
|Written by||Craig Engler
|Directed by||Nick Lyon|
|Theme music composer||Chris Ridenhour|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Producer(s)||David Michael Latt|
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Production company(s)||The Asylum|
Zombie Apocalypse (or 2012: Zombie Apocalypse) is a film by Syfy and The Asylum starring Ving Rhames, Gary Weeks, Johnny Pacar, Robert Blanche, Anya Monzikova, Lesley-Ann Brandt and Taryn Manning. It was released on the Syfy channel on October 29, 2011. It was released on DVD on December 27, 2011.
The film begins by showing the previous six months in flashbacks. In June 2011 a plague called the VM2 virus is first discovered in a French woman. Within the next 28 days, 83% of the population of Europe was infected. The virus becomes a global pandemic as it eventually reaches Japan, Philippines, and the United States. Six months later, the zombie plague has wiped out ninety percent of the population of the United States.
In the present, a trio of survivors comes down from a cabin to search a small town for food and news of survivors. Ramona (Taryn Manning), Billie (Eddie Steeples), and Kevin (Gerald Webb) are ransacking an auto repair garage when the noise attracts a horde of zombies who attack. Kevin is swarmed and bitten before another group of survivors consisting of Henry (Ving Rhames), Julian (Johnny Pacar), Cassie (Lesley-Ann Brandt), and Mack (Gary Weeks) intervene and stop the zombies. Kevin, bitten and turning into a zombie, is dispatched by Cassie. The group decides to head out together. As they are traveling, Mack reveals they are headed to the island of Catalina, supposedly a survivor camp.
The group stop at a strip mall and raid a surf shop for shoes and protective clothing. They are attacked by a "runner" zombie which attracts a group of slower ones. Cassie kills the runner and they escape out the rear of the store. That night, they take refuge in a diner and the group shares a dinner together. The next day the group heads to the "Human Safe Zone" at the high school. Inside they find corpses littered around and no people. In the gym they discover empty cots and realize the place was abandoned. As they are searching the gym it is suddenly flooded with zombies that pour in from several doors. During the melee Ramona is separated from the group and Billie is swarmed and bitten. The group finds Ramona in the showers and tell her about Billie.
After leaving the school, the group takes a short cut through a small neighborhood and find a house that's on fire. As Mack is about to be overtaken by a zombie an arrow hits it and a man with a bow grabs Mack. The man takes Mack, Julian and Ramona with him. Henry and Cassie are separated and run off without the others. At a nearby safe house, the archers introduce themselves as Myrah, Brockton (Robert Blanche), and Sarah (Anya Monzikova). They all confer to decide on a route to get to the ferry to Catalina. Mack wants to go back for Henry and Cassie, Brockton tells them no. They decide to follow the original route they were going to take in the hopes that everyone will find each other. The next day the group sets out through the city. Julian stops to use a portable toilet and finds a zombie hiding inside. The group is swarmed and in the chaos Julian is bitten. They hide from the zombies in a van and Julian reveals his bite to Mack. He offers to sacrifice himself as a distraction but begins to turn before he can follow through. The entire group is forced to hold him down while Mack breaks his neck.
Meanwhile Henry and Cassie travel alone toward the ferry dock. They decide to stay on the original path because they know where the others are going. They encounter an abandoned army post and take some grenades. Cassie uses a grenade to kill a pack of zombies following them and the explosion is close enough to distract the zombies surrounding the others in the van. They take the opportunity to leave the van and head the opposite way. The explosion attracts hordes of zombies to Henry and Cassie, who end up trapped on the roof of a building. While on the roof they see Mack and the others on a nearby rooftop. Cassie and Henry escape the rooftop and rejoin Mack's group. The unified group is pursued through the streets toward the docks. At the docks they find a sign about the ferry, instructions for quarantine, and food and water. They also discover freshly killed bodies that have been dragged around. The group is then suddenly attacked by a pair of infected tigers. Brockton is killed and Henry is bitten. Henry begs Cassie to finish him and she does. As the movie closes, the survivors wait for the ferry and Mack is shown writing in Julian's diary. In the final scene, the ferry approaches and blows its horn.
- Ving Rhames as Henry
- Gary Weeks as Mack
- Johnny Pacar as Julian
- Robert Blanche as Brockton
- Anya Monzikova as Sarah
- Lesley-Ann Brandt as Cassie
- Taryn Manning as Ramona
- Lilan Bowden as Myrah
- Eddie Steeples as Billie
- Gerald Webb as Kevin Anderson
- Kimberly Ables Jindra as Zombie
- Ami Ablea as Zombie
- Daryl Allen as Zombie
- John Alonzo as Zombie
- Larry Andrews as Zombie
- Kat Andrusco as Zombie
- Mary Alexandra Andrusco as Zombie
The Asylum released it on Blu-Ray on December 27, 2011.
Beyond Hollywood called it "surprisingly watchable" despite the poor zombies. Scott Von Doviak of The A.V. Club called it "a lackluster addition to the Asylum library of cheap, ridiculous nonsense" and "a dull riff on The Walking Dead". Paul Mount of Starburst rated it 6/10 stars and called it "a cheap and cheerful generic zombie movie" that features enough good ideas and strong performances to make it enjoyable. Scott Foy of Dread Central rated it 2.5/5 stars and called it "a rather routine zombie flick". Ian Jane of DVD Talk rated it 2.5/5 stars and wrote, "2012: Zombie Apocalypse isn't going to win any awards for originality, but it might entertain you enough if you're looking for some cheap, goofy fun." Patrick Naugle of DVD Verdict described it as "a collection of zombie clichés and nothing more".
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- Official website
- Zombie Apocalypse at the Internet Movie Database
- Zombie Apocalypse at AllMovie
- Zombie Apocalypse at Rotten Tomatoes
- Zombie Apocalypse Trailer
- Zombie Apocalypse First Teaser Trailer (Dir. Nick Lyon)
- Zombie Apocalypse (Uncut and Unrated)(2011)
- Ving Rhames Stars in Syfy's "Zombie Apocalypse" (interview with Ving Rhames reference his role in Zombie Apocalypse)