Reel Zombies (Canada-2008; dir. David J. Francis and Mike Masters)
In a rather neat confusing of real life and fiction, directors Mike Masters and David Francis play themselves in this innovative Canadian take on the flesh-eating zombie apocalypse genre. So do most of the cast. Even the zombies are real! Well, that’s the premise anyway.
Independent zombie filmmakers, Producer Mike Masters and Director David J. Francis, the team behind the commercially unsuccessful Zombie Night 1 and 2, set about to complete their trilogy, only this time, using the real zombies that have taken over much of the world.
With a full crew and a documentarian following them all the way, Masters and Francis embark on the production of their masterpiece, only to discover that shooting in a post-apocalyptic world offers even more challenges than they faced on their first two films.
Reel Zombies has been doing the festival circuit and has so far gained nine nominations and has won Best Feature at the 2008 Revenant Film Festival, as well as Best Foreign Feature and Best Cinematography at the B-Movie Film Festival.
Now, for readers here in Australia, the film comes to Sydney!
The film will be showing as part of A Night of Horror International Film Festival from March 25 to April 3. Reel Zombies is on at the Dendy Theatre in Newtown on 28 March 2009, 9 pm. The showing is followed by a Q&A with Mike Masters the co-director/producer and star of Reel Zombies. See the Australian Horror Writers Association website for details.
For more information on the Night of Horror Film Festival, check out their website.