Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies – USA, 2017 – reviews

‘It grows on you’

Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies – formerly Kudzu Zombies – is a 2017 American science fiction horror directed by Mark Newton (City of Darkness) from a screenplay by Christian Hokenson, based on a storyline by Stephan Stromer and Daniel Wood; it stars Kaitlin Mesh, Miles Doleac, Michael Joiner, and Wyntergrace Williams.

Lonnie, a crop duster pilot, must lead a mismatched group of survivors to escape the deadly zombie horde after an experimental chemical, intended to control the invasive Kudzu vine, transforms the citizens of Charleston, Mississippi, into zombies…

The film was released by Gravitas Ventures on March 13, 2018, via Blu-ray, DVD and digital VOD. The filmmakers have also released a computer game, a comic book and a soundtrack tie-ins.

Buy Blu-ray: Amazon.com

Reviews:

“At its core, Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies recalls the simple joy of games of chase, play fighting and messy destruction, the light-hearted anarchy that makes films like this fun. By not trying to be bigger or faster or louder or smarter, it breathes fresh life into the undead, and though it could under no circumstances be described as high quality, many genre fans will find it a delight from start to finish.” Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

 

“This film knows what it is. It’s not trying to be overly-political or trying to tear to shreds so many societal norms (a la the best of Romero’s zombie films). And it doesn’t rely on the smartest of story-telling or the best of performances or the most convincing effects. But dammit, it’s a rip-roaring, zombie-munching good time at the movies.” Michael Klug, Horrorfreak News

Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies is very much an indie, zombie film. Shot for a pittance, the filmmakers have brought a fun feature to the screen. There are a lot of jokes to lighten the mood. Meanwhile, there are all sorts of explosions and gunfire going off, to hold action fans’ attention. The make-up is also gory and well done.” Michael Allen, 28 Days Later Analysis

Buy the comic book – Amazon.com

Cast and characters:

  • Kaitlin Mesh … Trish
  • Miles Doleac … Doctor Klein – Hallowed GroundDemons (also writer and director); Mississippi River Sharks; Don’t Kill It; American Horror Story; Sleepy Hollow TV series
  • Wyntergrace Williams … Kayla
  • Megan Few … Jennifer
  • Michael Emery … Matt
  • Mark Newton … Townfolk / Zombie
  • Jeremy Sande … Biker
  • Moses J. Moseley … Robbie – The Walking Dead TV series
  • Escalante Lundy … Ed Nelson
  • Susan McPhail … Nancy Nelson
  • Michael Joiner … Luckwood
  • Kiyomi Fukazawa … Doctor Fukushima
  • Timothy Haug … Lonnie
  • Clay Acker … Trent
  • Montana Byrd … Ellie

Filming locations:

Charleston, Mississippi, USA

Release:

The film premiered on 17 February 2017 at the Oxford Film Festival as Kudzu Zombies.

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