YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE...MAYBE TWICE!
Run time: 94 minutes
Director: Marco Ristori, Luca Boni
Studio: Extreme Video Snc, Event Film
DVD release: Extreme Video Snc
Review by Claus Reinhold
The world – devastated by the Great Epidemic – is governed by hordes of living dead. Locked in a fortress that has been turned into a research center and shelter, three men – zombie hunters Igor (Alex Lucchesi) and Alen (Guglielmo Favilla) and the scientist Gyno (Claudio Marmugi) – are trying to find an answer to what has happened to the human race. Gyno experiments his theories on the zombies given to him by Igor and Alen who believe that Gyro is looking for a treatment for the virus in order to save not only the world but also Alexis (Rosella Elmi), Alen's girlfriend, a healthy carrier of the virus. But in reality Gyno is trying to give life to a new race of human-dead.
Alen and Igor leave for two days of hunting to find new 'guinea-pigs' for Gyno and during their trip, they meet the most varied characters: a crazy painter, a group of neo-Nazis, and a mysterious girl who is the daughter of the feared man called the Plague-Spreader, supposed craftsman of the epidemic. During their return to the fortress, they soon find out about Gyno’s diverted experiments and what he has done to Alen’s girlfriend Alexis, rendering a final confrontation with Gyno inevitable.
The 1970s and the early 80s Italy produced a high number of zombie movies such as Zombie 2 (Lucio Fulci, 1979),Burial Ground (Le notti del terrore, Andrea Bianchi, 1981), Nightmare City (Incubo sulla città contaminate, Umberto Lenzi, 1980), City of the Living Dead (Paura nella città dei morti viventi, Lucio Fulci, 1980) and Hell of the Living Dead (Virus, Bruno Mattei, 1980) just to name a few. But since then the undead completely disappeared from Italian horror cinema – until now that is, because directors Marco Ristori and Luca Boni has brought the Italian zombies back to life with their new feature film Eaters.
Written by Marco Ristori and Germano Tarricone, Eaters is without a doubt heavily influenced by zombie maestro George A. Romero’s classic Day of the Dead (1985). The military-like men and the scientist hiding in order to survive while trying to come up with some sort of solution, is very much reminiscent to the aforementioned Romero movie, but it actually works quite well and makes Eaters a more classical and pure zombie movie, unlike many other recent films in the genre, and it will most probably be especially appealing to fans of Romero's zombie ideology and narrative style.
Another good element incorporated is the one concerning Alen and his beloved girlfriend Alexis who is being held captive in the research center because she carries the virus. We see Alen watch her on the surveillance monitor, longing for her and remembering their time together before the world was devastated by the Great Epidemic. This does not take up much of the movie, but it is still a strong element and an emotional dilemma that few newer zombie movies contain.
Technically the film is a beaut to behold. Shot in High Definition on the small but highly effective Canon Mark II D5 camera, Eaters looks like big-budget 35mm production with plenty of striking visuals making great use of close-ups, and holding a superb colorgrading. The special F/X make-up also needs to be mentioned as it is simply fantastic and the zombie designs are of the old school kind, once again with a respectful nod to Romero and Savini’s zombies inDay of the Dead.
Even though Eaters is in no way a masterpiece, nor particularly original, I’m still extremely fond of this little Italian zombie shocker, and I can honestly say that it’s one of the best zombie films I have seen in years, as it holds just about everything I love about the genre like desolate landscapes, solitude, despair and the constant feeling of insecurity. But most important it has a well told storyline, great dialogue and the classic Romero element with a handful of people bound together by the desire for survival. It’s not so much about the zombies, but about the human relationships between the survivors. Combine this with the fantastic F/X make-up, great locations, a fitting score and an overall heavy and gloomy atmosphere and you have a film that I believe most true zombie fans will eat right up.
i gotta get another one of these. mom like it so well that i gave her mine. lol.
Eaters is on Amazon instant if anyone wants to see it.
going there in a few. lol
I am going to buy it on amazon this week! Thank You so much!
I have it in my amazon watch list!
i swear that this movie looks bad ass. lol
so i just finished watching this and I'm sorry to say i wasn't impressed. sure it looked beautiful and the zombies were top quality, walking dead level. (which is now the standard i hold every zombie makeup to) the gore was even good where you can find it. but i don't know maybe it's too European for me. it was really slow and the characters while nicely acted were so stereotypical. the love worn hero, the way to cocky and bad ass best friend. the crazy scientist with delusions of god hood. and the Nazi don't get me started on the Nazi. on the plus side the infertility angel was interesting if not the most original. all and all I'd give it a b- better then average but not a game changer by any means. it just couldn't grab my attention 30 minuets in and i had to take a break, i don't know. one time watch for me and only because i love zombies.
Tonight is the night... I am going to rent it on amazon. Since you did not care for Eaters tell me what Zombie movies are your favorites?
well obviously the holy trinity is first. can't call yourself a true zombie fan if they aren't at the top of your list. then in no particular order, dance of the dead, Shawn of the dead, brain dead, zombie 2, the dead, the walking dead, all of the evil dead series although you can say their not really zombies, exit humanity, high school of the dead, the reanimator movies, bio dead, boy eats girl, chillerama (sex crazed zombies funny as hell) chud 2 bud the chud, dead snow, Berlin undead, devil's playground, dog house, dylan dog dead of night (funny zombies), fido, go goa gone, the horde, Mulberry Street (rat zombies), Night of the Comet (classic),Quarantine and rec,Resident Evil movies although the new ones aren't my favorites,The Return of the Living Dead (loved all those movies) and I'm sure there's even more i can't remember. eaters is good it has all the right pieces i just don't think it was put together right. maybe it was pace, up it a little bit and it might be really good i don't know.
i didnt think it was a bad movie at all. i rather liked it. sure i had to read it because the one i watched online was the original making of it. but i really liked it. enough to put in my collection. i guess it impressed you as much as japanese zombie films do me. lol. but most over seas films i guess are a more of a taste thing. the reason i liked it was because of the action it displayed and the gore and zombie action. and yes. the gun play. lol. but even though it did have a few drawbacks. i really liked it.
i never said i didn't like it, and I'm glad i took the time to download it and find subs. it's just you know what it felt like to me. a really good b movie. really god, but at the end of the day it was just missing that spark that turns a b into an a. i don't know i still liked it as a zombie film. i think it just needed to be amped up a little