Cortney Palmer as: Zoe
Bill Bur as: Joseph
Rachel Melvin as: Mary
Lexi Atkins as: Jenn
Hutch Dano as: Sam
Jake Weary as: Tommy
A driver talking on his cell phone hits a deer with his truck, which causes a barrel of toxic waste to fall off of it. The barrel ends up at a beaver dam. In the meantime, three pretty girls, and a cute little dog that belongs to one of them, are headed to a cabin for a girl’s-only getaway. It turns out Jenn’s boyfriend, Sam (Hutch Dano), has cheated on her, and her best friend Mary (Rachel Melvin) thinks it would be best to not have any guys join them. As one would expect, though, the guys do show up and join them anyway, and yes, douchebag Sam is one of them. The dumbass guys are the least of their concerns.
The toxic waste has mutated the beavers into zombie beavers or, as the title calls them, Zombeavers. They are hungry for flesh, really smart, and unstoppable. To make matters worse, one of the guys has had his foot bitten off by them, and, on top of that there is no way out or manner to call for help as there is no cell phone reception, and the zombeavers have cut the phone lines. Hey, I did tell you that they were smart. Plus, whomever the beavers bite becomes a humanoid/zombeaver hybrid themselves, as matters just go from bad to totally freaking worse.
Zombeavers is a horror comedy that is hilarious, from the very first frame to the last one. It’s delightfully silly and fun, but also stands as a loving homage and tribute to films like the Evil Dead. Director/ co-writer Jordan Rubin keeps the flick moving at a fast clip. It is always to the point, and never pretends to be something that it isn’t. As the fun-spirited movie that it is; it never feels morbid or nasty and doesn’t take itself too seriously. I mean the lead monsters are goddamn zombeavers; which have to be the silliest animals to ever be made into killers since the deadly bunnies of Night of the Lepus for hell’s sake!
The acting from the cast is good, as the cast gives us some fun and lively performances. Most of the males in this movie are douche bags, so when they die its fun. Though admittedly, therein lies one of my few complaints. Said male characters come off as annoying assholes. As such some of the scenes that involve them tend to drag the movie down, caused me to lose some interest in the film, and made me wish that they had never shown up. The one benefit is it makes you appreciate and enjoy it that much more when they die horribly. Their bloody demises makes up for one of the few major problems that I had with Zombeavers.
Our three females leads are all hot and quite beautiful and for the most part actually do come off as likable. It is the little doggie that is the movie’s most likable character though, and I get the feeling that that was done on purpose. That being said, Cortney Palm, in the role of Zoe, is really a blast to watch on screen and ends up being the movies most awesome human character. Plus, and believe me when I say that this is quite a big plus, she even gets topless! She also makes for a great Ash from Evil Dead-style final girl. The other two girls do not get naked, but they do look great in bikinis and cut off jean shorts.
The FX, handled by Antonio Carrillo, range from solid to silly looking. The zombeavers, themselves, look purposely ridiculous. With a title and premise like this, it is evident that these monsters are meant to be funny and not necessarily scary at all, nor quite frankly, should they be. There are some other creature creations which look great and definitely add to the wild and over the top appeal of the movie. Also present is a suitable amount of gore with dismemberment, amputations, stabbings, bitings, etc. all happily displayed in the film. But, perhaps the movie’s most over-the-top gore gag involves oral sex in a manner that makes a similar scene from Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left look like something out of a Disney movie.
I had so many hearty laughs while watching this flick. Making a good horror comedy is never easy, as it is hard to find the right balance between the horror and the humor. While this movie is most definitely not scary, it is very funny and the horror elements, as silly as they are, work quite well within the context of it. The very opening pre-credit scene had me rolling in laughter, and I barely stopped laughing till the final, post-credits scene. Which brings this to mind: you have to stay past the end credits, because there is a fun little scene that happens there. Shit, it even has a hilarious title song played during said end credits that is catchy and stays with you after the movie is over. The script is filled with lots of funny one-liners and quips, including lots of beaver jokes, of course! This isn’t to say every joke works every time, but the vast majority of them do work and work quite well.
Zombeavers is really a highly enjoyable movie. Beyond the fact that the monsters are beavers, there isn’t anything particularly new or thought-provoking in it. But, there really doesn’t need to be. This film succeeds for the most part at everything it wants to be. And, that’s a brain-dead funny, horror-comedy. With its mix of funny dialogue, over-the-top FX, crazy monsters, gore, breakneck pace, and hot female leads this one has full cult status potential.