3.5 out of 10
Release Date: 26th October 2015 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Adam J Spinks (Extinction – Jurassic Predators)
Cast: Joanne Gale, David Anderson, Simon Burbage and Adrian Annis
Writer: Adam J Spinks & Lawrence Timms
Trailer: SURVIVORS (2015)
A reasonable attempt at a no-budget zombie flick that is a cut above the rest because plot momentum is kept. Well-performed in the main by two of the three leads, its certainly an improvement on the majority of z-grade apocalypse movies. The camera man seems to be strong enough to hold the camera steady, the editor seems to know what he’s doing and there are some interesting supporting characters in the mix.
Joanne Gale’s Reporter stumbles on a government conspiracy to keep an ongoing outbreak of a virsu that turns everybody into mind less killers. She contacts her exboyfriend, Duke (SIMON BURBAGE – KNIGHTS OF THE DAMNED) to be her camera man. He annoys the hell out of her before they literally spilt up. Then in a later parallel story, Joanne is paired off with a mysterious man called Michael – the slightly wooden David Anderson (ADULT LIFE SKILLS) – who may have something to do with the virus. In parallel storylines both duos set off across England trying to survive.
Some scenes work better than others, depending on the supporting actor wheeled in to run the scene. Are they friend or foe? etc. The unknown Adrian Annis impresses the most as a muddled-up thug who’s gone past the point of return. The music and the locations are generally good as well for this kind of thing.
So whilst Survivors is far from brilliant, it’s at least watchable and once it ditches the annoying ‘found-footage’ framing after 15 minutes it begins to become more and more involving. You even begin to get used to Anderson’s weird non-acting style. Its the closest thing to a middle of the road zombie flick I’ve ever seen because it has no original ideas but it accomplishes more than the average low-grade zombie flick by concentrating on the characters and their predicaments and the gore and zombies are kept on the fringes, seen all too fleeting until it’s too late. Not a bad debut.
3.5 out of 10 – Above average, no budget flick made in the main by wanna-bes and amateurs.
Also see Matt Usher’s review below for more insights
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- David Anderson: Adult Life Skills
- Simon Burbage: Knights of the Damned, Extinction – Jurassic Predator, Zombie Resurrection