Marty, Randy and Leroy embark on a Spring Break trip in, just as all Spring Break trips, hopes of getting some tail. Marty is the protagonist; an awkward introvert from a bizarre family. His dad is constantly re-living Vietnam alongside a stuffed dog wearing sunglasses. Randy is the brash partier, a pool guy, introduced on the commode with over-the-top sound effects. Leroy is the token black guy, an aspiring lawyer whose father bounces from gangsta rap to technical support guy from Bombay.
The trio sets off in the A-Team van covered in puke and strapped in with electrical tape seat belts. Randy’s van is apparently the four-wheel equivalent of a compost heap. At the first motel stop, they immediately launch into a self-aware commentary about making their own zombie movie. (This is also the only display of a zombie for the film’s first hour.)
They move on from there to get kicked out of nightclubs, buy drugs, and trade off some back story dialogue. They have a run-in with the local sheriff (and the second appearance of the stuffed dog), who kills the blow-up doll. Along the way is one of the funnier parts of the film, involving (what else) a port-a-potty?
Finally, the bumbling idiots find a trio of gorgeous women and accept their invite to dinner and more. Eventually, they find the party, and the trouble that comes with it.
So when does the film work? Right when the zombies show up. Leroy turns in the best fight scene in the movie. There are a number of cool stunts, chopped together by bad edits, but still fun to watch. The make-up effects are pretty well put together. The ending isn’t so much of an ending as a “what do we do now?” It’s pretty senseless but really fits.
The flick should be alternately titled “Three Idiots Driving Around With Toilet Humor & Racist Jokes” for 80% of it. Basically, it’s a Troma-esque version of “Road Trip”.
Supposedly, the film is written and directed by G.R. Written might an overstatement, as most of the film seems ad-libbed. The lack of budget is evident in the single-shot scenes, and choppy dialogue. The filmmakers attempt to overcome the budget with sight gags, post-production sounds and an attempt to break the record for mentioning “anal leakage”. Some of the gags work (like the chick in a bikini and cage-style hockey mask). Some fall flat. The travel scenes generally go on too long and are shot from horrible angles.
Juan Flavio is to this film what Michael Palin was to Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail. He plays both Leroy’s dad and Marty’s dad, as well as the sheriff (in a golf cart), gas station guy and orange-clad hairdresser.
The soundtrack is provided by The Vankmans; infusing it with an opening energy of surfer rock.
The strength of the DVD is its extras, which provide a lot of insight into the making of the movie, and are more entertaining. There’s a 20-minute making-of featurette which is very cool. The explanations of the stunts hugely increase the viewers’ appreciation. It shows how much work goes into makeup and scene set-up, even if the effects are supposed to look cheesy. There are also several outtakes, a photo gallery and trailer, and wallpapers. The Vankmans have seven songs on the DVD, which is odd for a band titling its CD “The Vankmans Want Your Money”.
Most importantly, the DVD also includes several drink recipes in the segment called The Zombie Bar.
Official Site: www.zombiesgonewildthemovie.com