February 8, 2013
Kristi McKay as Amanda
Matt 'Goose' Goosherst as Billy
Kedryn Carpenter as Maggie
Daniel G. Cramer as Steve
Cassandra Crawford as Molly
Anita Nicole Brown as Katie
Brian Johnson Jr. as Sam
Jayson L. Hicks as Tony
Cody Strack as Randy
When the lovely Amanda (Kristi McKay) unexpectedly has the house to herself for the weekend, what do you think she does? Hot Tub Party! It’s broad daylight and nobody sheds his or her bathing suits, but it’s clear from the look of devious joy on Amanda’s face that she is really being “bad”. What the hot tub revelers couldn’t know is that without warning the world would become overrun by midget zombies!
Midget Zombie Takeover is ultra-low budget – the kind of ultra-low budget that appears to have been made by some guys with hand-held cameras and starring college friends in the lead roles. Oh, and a bunch of midgets in zombie make up too. Our “Politically Correct” society may admonish the use of the word “midget”, opting instead for “little people” or “vertically challenged individuals”, but sometimes a midget’s best called a midget… this time feasting on flesh instead of being tossed in a bar while wrapped in Velcro… Anyway, enough of that before I go to Hell…
Filmmaker Glenn Berggoetz clearly knew that there would be no budget during initial conception of this feature, and decided to make up for it through silliness and comedy. It is highly likely that Berggoetz was drinking while he wrote the script for this film, as the progression takes a similar course to a run on the pool table in the neighborhood watering hole. Those who have partaken in both the liquor and pool will understand; the first couple of games are a bit stiff and inconsistent, but as the booze relaxes the body and mind the game gets better and better until you’re running the table and can do no wrong… but there is a law of diminishing returns, and as the drinking continues the pool game declines until it’s difficult to make a shot. Midget Zombie Takeover similarly starts pretty awkward and takes a little while to get going, but once it does it’s very funny and wonderfully ridiculous. Then, at the end, the wheels pretty much fall off and it ends. I’m sure Berggeotz hangover was a doozie after penning this one.
All of the performances in this film are pretty silly, but there is something very interesting about the Amanda character by Kristi McKay. Amanda is set up to be the “sex pot” of the film, the woman that all of the boys want. The trouble is that Amanda is just not that hot. Well, she’s not ugly or anything, she’s just not particularly “sex pot like” – kind of plain really. There’s something about her though. She’s not especially sexy, but she kind of acts sexy, and for the most part pulls it off. It’s an amazing phenomenon seeing her behavior surpass her physical gifts. McKay’s talents are definitely worth mentioning.
Midget Zombie Takeover is midget zombie mayhem that is enjoyable in spite of itself. Far from classic horror, this film is ridiculous on purpose, and an entertaining time for those with the constitution for micro-budget camp.