Picture the scene. Toxic barel falls off the back of a truck and spends the next 3 minutes drifting down a river behind a silhouette animation of beavers gnawing at treas. At the end of it’s journey it springs a leak spewing toxic waste over a beaver damn. Thus a new race of furry terror is born. Zombeavers.
The banter between the two rednecks driving the truck prior to the credit sequence was extremely entertaining and was responsible for several laughs. However, that isn’t indicative of the rest of the characters in the film.
The plot centers around three girls going to a summer cabin to escape their boyfriends for some “girl-time”. The problem is, none of these girls are likeable in the slightest. The crass and vulgar conversations seem completely unnecessary and would make a truck driver blush. It doesn’t take long for the three boyfriends to unexpectadly turn up and not much longer after that for the beaver jokes to start flying. “I’ve never seen a beaver up close before”, “Yeah well you would if you’d go down on me once in a while”….and that pretty much sums up the tone of most of the dialogue.
The beavers themselves take the form of animatronic hand puppets. It’s like if Jim Henson had made Critters, very little gore but lots of fur and lightbulb eyes. They are laughably bad, which really helps you ignore many of this film’s faults. It’s no surprise that when our cabin dwellers are bitten or scratched by these zombie beavers that they become zombies themselves. What will be a surprise is that they mutate into half beaver half human zombie hybrids, complete with whopping great flat tails sticking out their ass, which they proceed to bang on the floor culminating in a very disturbing image.
While watching this Simon and I were frequently in fits of laughter, be it the dialogue, the imagery or the ludicrous situation of it all. This, coupled with the amazingly chucklesome end credit theme (Aqua Marina anyone?) indicate the producers were clearly self aware of what it was they were making.
Zombeavers is the type of movie this website was made for. Low budget, crap special effects, mediocre acting, rediculous plot premise and bad dialogue. Yet somehow it works. Zombeavers is more than a sum of it’s parts and is actually well worth a watch, and at a running time of approximately 75 minutes, doesn’t outstay it’s welcome. Even the post-credit “potential sequel teaser” generated some chuckles. Definately one to see.