This breakout horror comedy centers around a fallen soldier who somehow finds he has joined the ranks of the living dead. Bart Gregory (David Anders) has just recently been laid to rest — so why is he still up and walking around? The only person Bart can turn to for answers is his best friend Joey (Chris Wylde), and before long the two pals have surmised that blood is life. In order to survive, Bart requires a steady supply of it.
Convinced that no one will miss the drug dealers and killers who have transformed LA into a swirling cesspool of crime and vice, the two friends decide to do law enforcement a favor by cleaning up the streets while collecting the precious blood needed to keep poor Bart from withering away into dust!
Film informationGenre: Comedy, Horror
The plot is not your standard fare for the zombie crowd. First off, the zombie ends up as a vigilante. Second, the zombie is actually a sort of hybrid zombie/vampire that requires a certain amount of blood to regenerate and stay “fresh” for lack of a better term.
The movie has been out at the various horror festivals and has now finally been released on the big screens. A movie with all of these things going for it is almost certain to end up being a camp, cult classic. The Revenant is certainly not without its problems, however.
The movie starts with a soldier being killed, shipped back home to the States and buried. Not long after, Bart (David Anders) rises from his grave and goes straight for his buddy to get some help and company. His friend Joey (Chris Wylde) is a joker and a coucher.
The jokes come fast and furious here as they try to figure out how to keep Bart animate or make him very dead. Bart is starving for blood and he is rotting as they speak. As such, they decide to steal blood from a medical facility. That has its problems of course, so they then run into a robbery as it is happening. They “dispatch” of the bad guy and discover a unique solution to his bloodlust.
From this part in, the boys go out and chase down the various criminal in Los Angeles and feed, solving both the undead problem and the crime problem at the same time. Eventually Joey becomes a revenant too and it becomes a bit of a party.
These two become like undead heroes as they chase down the bad dudes and have some fun. There are tons of throwbacks to the older genre of horror, as well as direct homage. If you are a huge fan of horror movies, you will pick up on tons of great nods to the genre.
As the two guys begin to clean up Los Angeles and revel in their newly found abilities, they begin to change in ways they did not expect. The rest of the plot I will leave for you to find out on your own.
This genre is defined by the blood, guts and gore and special effects whiz Prior does not disappoint. If gore is your cup of tea, then this is the movie for you. Despite an obviously tiny budget on the film, Prior does wonders to ensure that the zombie crowds go home pleased. There is no shortage of severed limbs and body parts.
The negatives on this movie are few and far between. Despite this, there are some uncomfortable jokes bandied about that were in bad taste but it is a movie clearly short of taste by design. The movie is far too long at nearly two hours in length. That is a long time to watch a zombie flick and you will leave feeling as though you were battered about the head and neck with flying body parts. Short of this, The Revenant is exactly what it is designed to be…
An entertaining movie about the undead with lots of blood…