ZOMBACTER: CENTER CITY CONTAGION (2020) Review and overview

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‘Something new is top of the food chain’

Zombacter: Center City Contagion is a 2020 American horror film about a group of survivors, led by a professor, seeking to end the plague.

Written and directed by Sean Bingham (It Lives Inside), the Death Spiral Productions movie stars Eric Starkey, Doug Van Liew, Cassie Self and Kate Moore.

Professor Jake Northrop (Eric Starkey) is horrified to learn that his experimental, bio-computer bacteria turns people into flesh-eating monsters. While most of his accidental creations are lumbering idiots, some are very different. They can outrun you. They can out-think you, and they’re hungry.

With the help of Bill Santini (Doug Van Liew), a homeless veteran, and a small group of survivors, the professor must run a gauntlet of ghouls to escape Center City and find a cure for the zombie plague…

The tone of Zombacter can be strange at times. Camp schlockfest, with cliched characters occasionally makes way for sombre death scenes, mixed in with the silliness, it is jarring and clumsy […] The direction is perfectly fine, in a “camp B movie” kind of way. As is the lighting. Though there are lots of lighting effects that look like they are generated by a Philips Hue!” Nerdly

“The zombie makeup isn’t particularly elaborate, but it beats the hell out of the makeup-free zombies so many low budget films resort to […] composed of fairly familiar events, run-ins with other, hostile, survivors, squabbling among the group, a man with an infected wife, etc. But once they reach their destination the script comes up with a few surprises including some mad scientist vibes.” Voices from the Balcony

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Cast and characters:
Eric Starkey … Doctor Jake Northrop
Doug Van Liew … Bill Santini
Cassie Self … Heather Northrop
Kate Moore … Jennifer Langley
Mike Waugh … Doctor Ronald Langley
Sundeep Sharma … Shams
Darron Dunbar … Jameson
Aiya Attaway … Mary
Elisha Pratt … Chris
Pamela Bell … Sue
Peter Anthony Seay … Ruben Stanley
Kyle Penington … Doctor Carl Wurling
Raymond Roberts … Blaine
Mel Ellis … Marvin
Ana Anderson … Charlene the News Anchor

Filming locations:
Guthrie and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Technical details:
1 hour 25 minutes
Aspect ratio: 16:9 HD 4K


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