Bath Salt Zombies
Clint Weiler, Ed Seaman (executive) for MVD Visual, Dustin Mills Productions
directed by Dustin Mills
starring Brandon Salkil, Josh Eal, Erin R. Ryan, Ethan Holey, Bella Demente, Dustin Mills, Dave Parker, Jackie McKown, Brian Clancy
story by Clint Weiler, screenplay by Dustin Mills, Clint Weiler, songs by World War XI, the Meatmen, the Murder Junkies, ANTiSEEN, Combat Crisis, American Speedway, BugGiRL, the GaGgErS, makeup and creature effects by Dustin Mills, Sherriah Salkil, visual effects by Dustin Mills Productions
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Ritchie (Brandon Salkil) was on a simple mission - to fix up himself
and his girlfriend Angel (Erin R. Ryan) with some "bath salt"
based drugs. However, like many junkies he was short on cash, and when his
pusher Bubbles (Ethan Holey) offered him a free sample of some newly
developed stuff, he gladly accepted. And when he tried it out at his
fuckbuddy's (Bella Demente) place, he was suddenly overcome by some kind
of bloodlust and tore her face off ...
Now Ritchie's not a bad guy per
se, and of course after this "incident" he's overcome by guilt -
but he's also so strung out that he just needs to get more of Bubbles'
stuff. Once he has obtained the stuff - for a healthy amount of money this
time around - he hooks up with two druggie friends (Dave Parker, Jackie
McKown) and they use some together to then visit a punkrock concert ...
where they literally take apart half the audience.
Forster (Josh Eal) has picked up the trail of this new
"wonderdrug", traced its origins back to some army-developed
weaponized chemicals too strong even for the army, and traced down its
suppliers, Bubbles and basement scientist Sal (Dustin Mills) - but once
Forster has arrived there, Sal's place has already be raided by Ritchie
and friends ... and now Ritchie has returned to spend some time with his
girlfriend ... well, ouch! would be an understatement!
all else, Bath Salt Zombies is a reminder that horror comedies can
be fun without being moronic or gross-out slautherfests. I mean, sure,
this film offers enough gore to make any gorehound smile, and the humour's
not always necessarily in good taste, plus there's plenty of naked boobs
to keep everyone happy - but the film does tell an actual story, including
narrative build-up (something not all that common in recent horror
comedies) and surprising plottwists, and the direction does its best to
keep things interesting on a visual level despite the film's low budget
(like a clearly anime-inspired fight/slaughter-scene) and generally puts
an effort into creating an atmosphere rather than just delivering random
pictures for its story.
And while I'm sure this film is not for everyone
- after all, it's got crude murderscenes, a tongue-in-cheek approach not
appreciated by all horror fans, and a few intentionally silly monster
masks -, fans of low budget indie horror comedies will find enough to like
about this one to enjoy it from start to finish.