Taking the retro approach to filmmaking has — not surprisingly — shambled into the zombie film genre. Dr. S Battles the Sex-Crazed Reefer Zombies: The Movie (US-2008; dir. Bryan Ortiz), filmed in black-and-white and featuring that curious mixture of 1950s celluloid gormlessness and modern cynicism that is becoming a subgenre in its own right, has a definite Iron-Curtain-era, B-flick feel to it (with a dash of ’60s reefer madness), as a heroic scientist takes on zombies spawned through Government experiments to produce the ultimate weapon against the Russians.
In a quiet American town, life has decidedly slowed down to a crawl. A small group of scientists have unwittingly unleashed a horrible force upon the town. Mary Jane, the all American sweetheart, parks on Make Out Hill with her boyfriend Billy Everybody. He smokes some of the reefer and is suddenly transformed into a sex- crazed reefer zombie. Just as Billy lunges forward he is pulled out of the car and thrown to ground and shot. Mary Jane looks at her brutal savior, Dr. S. Dr S. battles his way back to the city, while dragging Mary Jane behind him. While Mary Jane tries to come to grip with the possible reality of her family dead and asks Dr. S to explain how this all happened. Dr. S tells her of how he and his team developed the reefer for the military to use as a weapon, but it was too unstable. In a last ditch effort to create a more stable strain of the reefer, Dr. S tested some on himself. The reefer changed him, made him strong, but filled with an uncontrollable rage. Unable to stop himself Dr. S killed his whole team. Convincing Mary Jane there is a cure, Dr. S vows to set things right. (Bryan Ortiz)
Winner of the 2009 San Antonio Film Festival Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature, Dr. S Battles the Sex-Crazed Reefer Zombies: The Movie is due to be screened at the Brainwash Film Festival in Oakdale CA on 18th July — for those close enough to take advantage of the opportunity. On the same program is Elias’ newest film, Dead Sucks — a short version of a feature film that is still in production (see Undead Backbrain article) and Dead in the Water — a short zombie film.
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