Broken Springs

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Broken Springs
Directed by Neeley Lawson
Produced by Neeley Lawson
Written by Neeley Lawson
Starring Teague Quillen
Travis Moody
Brandon Jenkins
Shannon Wallen
Music by Jake McMurray
Bryan Tanori
Chris Ingle
Cinematography Ron Loepp
Edited by Neeley Lawson
Release date
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Broken Springs (original title Broken Springs: Shine of the Undead Zombie Bastards, distributed under title 101 Zombies) is an independent horror film written, directed, produced, and edited by Virginia native Neeley Lawson,[1] as his first feature effort.[2] It stars Teague Quillen, Jake Lawson and Shannon Wallen. The movie was filmed in late fall of 2008, mainly in Gate City, Virginia, U.S. and Rogersville, Tennessee, U.S..[3]


The movie centers on three high school students whose world is turned upside down by tainted moonshine which turns everyone who drinks it into a flesh eating zombie. It does not take long for the whole town to be overrun.



Broken Springs had its world premier on June 4, 2010 in Hollywood at the Dances With Films festival on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California.[4] The second showing was September 24, 2010 at the Chicago Horror Film Festival.[5] Broken Springs also screened at the inaugural Anaheim International Film Festival,[6] the Southern Appalachian International Film Festival,[7] The Spooky Movie Film Festival (aka Washington D.C. International Horror Festival),[2][8] and the Telluride Horror Show Film Festival.[9] A teaser trailer was released on YouTube on October 26, 2009.[10]

In 2012, the film was distributed under the title 101 Zombies and became available for rent on YouTube, Charter Cable On-Demand and Amazon.


The Soundtrack featured songs from The Flow of Opinion and Jake McMurray.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Variety wrote that the film borrowed "equally from George A. Romero and Joe Dante for its wit and politics", and that "fans exhausted with big-budget zombie movies will be refreshed" by the film.[4]

OC Weekly reviewer Matt Coker remarked, "How can one not love a film with 'undead', 'zombie”' and 'bastards' in the same title?",[12] "barely" recommended the film, writing that as it acts as an "homage of sorts" to other low/no budget zombie films, and has "just enough humor and ironic stereotypes to make up for the poor acting, bad lighting and looooooong build up to the inevitable conclusion".[6]


  1. ^ "Zombies Snack on Memory Lane". Kingsport Times News. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Savada, Elias (October 19, 2010). "The 2010 Spooky Movie Film Festival Announces Program". Film Threat. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Zombies, go home: Director wraps up film made in Scott, Hawkins". Kingsport Times News. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Koehler, Robert (June 30, 2010). "review: Broken Springs: Shine of the Undead Zombie Bastards". Variety. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Chicago Horror Film Festival 2010". Chicago Horror Film Festival. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Coker, Matt (October 14, 2010). "Best of the Fest: Mandrill at AIFF". OC Weekly. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Southern Appalachian International Film Festival 2010". Southern Appalachian International Film Festival. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "The Spooky Movie Film Festival 2010". Blogtalkradio. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Telluride Horror Show 2010". Telluride Horror Show. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  10. ^ Barton, Steve (April 15, 2010). "Zombies Lose Their Heads in New Broken Springs Clip". DreadCentral. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "Scott County to be invaded by zombies". Kingsport Times News. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  12. ^ Coker, Matt (October 7, 2010). "It's About Time". OC Weekly. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 

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