It seemed like Atom was destined to follow in his Grandfather's footsteps by taking his bowling team, The Amazing Zombie Killers, to the top of a local bowling tournament and where they would then compete in Hawaii. That was until Dario and his team, The Slashers, showed up and stole the spot from Atom's team by cheating. Between that and his girlfriend leaving him, things seem to be about as bad as they can get for Atom. That is until he finds himself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.
"You can't bowl for shit! You should go back to Dayton."
That quote from "My Name Is Bruce" doesn't actually have anything to do with "Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer" other than the fact that there's bowling in "Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer". Also because I really love that line from "My Name Is Bruce".
Now that I've ruined the moment by over explaining a pointless quote I'll move on with the review.
Atom may not be good at many things other than being one of the best bowlers in the league, much like his late Grandfather. Atom's team, The Amazing Zombie Killers, are doing well in the local tournament and it seems like they'll be the ones heading to Hawaii. That is until Dario and his team, The Slashers, show up and get Atom's team booted from the tournament by cheating. Things only get worse from there for Atom as his girlfriend with an overactive libido leaves him -- for Dario of all people -- and…the world is taken over by zombies! Or maybe not. Maybe it's just all the horror movies Atom watches going to his head. Regardless! Atom is going to kill every undead bastard he comes across and proving that 'The Amazing Zombie Killesr' is more than just a great bowling team name.
Initially, I thought "Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer" was going to be just another backyard horror movie. You know the kind that I'm talking about! The kind of movie made by someone who happens to have a camcorder, a recipe for fake blood and friends who are willing to be embarrassed in front of the camera. Maybe to a certain extent it is. The difference is that while "Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer" is a (very) low-budget affair, it was a lot more enjoyable and featured some actual talent.
Perhaps it's because the men behind the movie, Zack Beins, Tim Johnson and Richard Taylor have been part of a few other projects that are bordering on reaching a cult status. There's the popular web-short "Freddy vs. Ghostbusters" -- the short film about a group of Ghostbusters having to battle Freddy Krueger -- and the follow-up feature "Return of the Ghostbusters". I think though the one that might be the most popular is the short film "The Mislead Romance of Cannibal Girl and Incest Boy". Something that I've never seen before, unfortunately, but have seen that title floating around within the inner circles of low-budget horror movies.
Those past experiences are most likely why "Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer" was not only fun but actually pretty good. Granted we're not talking Masterpiece Theater here as the acting isn't the best and the effects are not likely to make Tom Savini quit BUT it's not random, awkward and nonsensical. Ridiculous? Certainly, but it's intentional and done successfully by being fun and not becoming lost to stupidity. There is genuinely good writing in "Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer". Say you what you will about the quality, but some how the concept of a horror movie loving bowler going around killing zombies works and works well.
Possibly because you'll be able to find sincerity behind every aspect of this movie. Whether it's the absurd one-liners or the blood soaked effects that border on being terrible, you'll instantly connect with the people behind "Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer" because you know where they are coming from. Zack, Tim and Richard where their schlocky-hearts on their sleeves with this movie and serves as almost a love letter to things like Troma and the movies that share a similar disposition. For those of us who grew up watching and loving those kind of movies, "Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer" is the kind of movie we thought about making ourselves -- or possibly did -- at some point in our lives. So it's easy to see where the movie is coming from and ultimately why in all the silliness and stupidity, it was actually enjoyable.
Honestly, what "Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer" actually is, is ridiculous. It's also stupid, cheesy, crass, offensive, immature, vulgar, gory, cheap, inappropriate, unrefined and possibly even racist.
Just like your Mum.
I don't know why I said that. It seemed funny at the time but now it just seems hurtful and mean. I guess it's only fitting that if I ruined the opening of the review, that I ruin the end of it as well. I'm sorry all the same though.
I keep calling "Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer" stupid and that seems a bit unfair because it's not. Well, it is and it isn't. Sure, Detective Dick taking off his sunglasses to emphasize his delivery of a line while he stares down the lense of the camera is stupid, but it's meant to be. The reason the movie gets away with it though because it's coming from a place of sincerity and not irony, unlike most of (if not all) these modern purposeful b-movie throwbacks. "Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer" isn't stupid but more so ridiculous because it wants to be fun and be like all those trashy rental movies we, as a whole, wasted our weekends away watching. The movie also works because the writing is better than it had any right to be. It has a great concept and the story actually works and it was even able to make characters enjoyable. I've seen "serious" horror attempts that couldn't even do that much. Ridiculous or not, it doesn't matter. Bottomline: "Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer" is just one of those damn fun movies to kickback and watch with friends with heaping portions junk food and beverages of the alcoholic persuasion.