DVD Review "Eaters"

Actors: Alex Lucchesi, Guglielmo Favilla, Claudio Marmugi
Directors: Marco Ristori, Luna Boni
Rated: Unrated
Studio: Entertainment One
DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013
Run Time: 95 minutes

Film: 3 out of 5 stars
Extras: 1.5 out of 5 stars

When I read the words “Italian zombie flick”, I was interested in “Eaters”.  I have a big respect for classic Lucio Fulci and Ruggero Deodato films. This film is presented by Uwe Boll (“House of the Dead”, “Bloodrayne”), so I started with a little extra respect for it since I enjoy his work quite a bit. This film features some solid gore and zombie effects for a low-budget horror flick. The film also features a decent soundtrack by Steve Sylvester, founder of black metal band Death SS. May not be the best zombie flick but it is worth checking out if you are looking for some gore and walking dead fun.

Official Synopsis: After the devastation of the Great Epidemic, the world is overrun by hordes of living dead. Two zombie hunters and a scientist set out to find the cause of the obliteration of the human race and a cure for the epidemic, all while trying to stay alive amidst the growing number of ferocious zombies, including neo-Nazis and the daughter of the feared plague-spreader.

Since this film is an Italian zombie film, the film is available to watch in 5.1 Italian Dolby Digital. That would be the way to watch this film if you don’t might subtitles. The other option would be the horribly dubbed, stress horrible, English 2.0 Dolby Digital track.  It is good for a laugh since it is so terrible (have I mentioned that aspect yet?) The only special feature included on the DVD is a behind-the-scenes making of featurette.  Decent extra but runs too short. That is all she wrote in terms of bonus features.  No trailer or commentary tracks included.

Book Review “The Brain Eater’s Bible: Sound Advice for the Newly Reanimated Zombie”

Author(s): J.D. Ghoul with Pat Kilbane
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: October 2, 2012

Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

When you see a book that is titled, “The Brain Eater’s Bible”, you can’t help but to pick it up just out of curiosity. This unique book is a field manual and manifesto for the reanimated dead. The hardcover book is packed with over 200 photos, diagrams and anatomical drawings.  Personally I like the cover art better for Mythodrome’s 2011 release of this book but this edition is about 10 pages longer. Overall this will definitely get some great laughs to any fans of the horror genre.

If you are a newly reanimated zombie, this book is definitely for you as well.  It answers such important questions like there is no need to season human brains since they taste delicious as is and that is it best to hunt in packs.  You can tell that this book tells it as it is since author J.D. McGhoul is himself a reanimated zombie due to the PACE virus infection.  He giving his times that have helped him cope with his situation.  If are looking for more,  “The Brain Eater’s Bible” iPad app included the content of the book  plus an additional “gallery mode” with bonus content for every page! There is zoomable photos and dozens of interactive videos and animations.

I am very interested to see what McGhoul has planned next, this is a fun book and not only visually enticing but also very education for when that zombie apocalypse comes.  If you enjoyed Max Brooks’s “The Zombie Survival Guide”, this book definitely aims to please the similar audience. St. Martin’s Griffin has also delivered a very high quality book, the pages are beautifully printed and are extremely colorful and crisp. Plus, when you have praise from John Rosso, the writer of “Night of the Living Dead” and Kevin Smith.  How can you possibly go wrong. Highly recommended.