Title: Danger! 50,000 Zombies!

Also known as:
N/A

Year: 2004

Genre: Short / Comedy / Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 25 min

Director: Jon Riley

Writer: N/A

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0462673/

Plot:
Survivalist, danger expert and actor Nick Frost hosts a special segment of "Danger! 50,000 Volts" to help raise awareness of the zombie menace. He takes us through the various ways of how to survive and defend ourselves from the gut-munching-undead menace.

Our thoughts:
If you are unfamiliar with Nick Frost's filmography, he was the star for a short lived television show called, "Danger! 50,000 Volts". It was essentially, a parody of all the pseudo-science and survival TV shows, designed to supposedly entertain and educate the viewers on how to survive in the wilderness. When in fact, most people who watch those shows have a one-in-a-million chance of ever being stuck in any of those hypothetical situations, as they are likely to never leave their own home. With "Danger! 50,000 Volts", Nick Frost takes similar life-threatening situations, and basically adds humor and jokes, to poke fun of the situations. Or as he put it, "taking the piss out of it."

With the DVD release of the series, they filmed a special segment called, "Danger! 50,000 Zombies", where Nick Frost takes a look at what we should do, to survive a zombie apocalypse. Rather than it being done in a hypothetical situation, this special episode treats the zombie outbreak as a real occurrence. With the help of Dr. Russell Fell (played by Simon Pegg), zombie expert, Nick Frost shows us how to dispatch zombies, what weapons to use, evading them, and how to barricade yourself. With all of that information you should ask yourself, "Why should I read the silly little book, 'Zombie Survival Guide', when I cat get just as much information out of 'Danger! 50,000 Volts'?"

While the episode doesn't have a writers credit, I'd say it's clear that Simon Pegg or at least somebody with knowledge of the zombie genre wrote the episode. As it covers a majority of issues and debates that are normally brought up from horror nerds and zombie fans. Particularly by demonstrating the use of other weapons that could be helpful in your defense against the living dead, other than a gun. Including an axe, hammer, sword and for humor purposes, a wooden log (Though what they say does make sense.) They even manage to throw a little homage to George Romero and "Dawn of the Dead" by demonstrating the effectiveness of driving a screwdriver into the temple of a zombie. Of course they go over different places to hide, supplies to keep in your home, the ways in which to avoid being spotted by a zombie or if you have, what to do then.

The comedy comes from the dialogue between Pegg and Frost, where it seems that most of it was improvised on the spot. With both men acting as silly and ridiculous as they could, while trying to maintain a serious tone(and not breaking character), to make the episode seem real and believable. Of course they do a bit of ribbing to horror and zombie movies, which includes Frost and Pegg walking calmly away from a zombie that's following them while stating that he'll never catch them so there is no real need to run or panic.

While its no "Shaun of the Dead", "Danger! 50,000 Zombies" is a lot of fun and quite entertaining. It is something you should definitely check out, if you enjoyed the duo's other zombie effort.


Positive things:
- The humor is rather clevor.
- Takes a look various weapons to use against zombies, that are often talked about never used in movies.
- The ribbing of horror and zombie movies.
- Not gory but does feature some blood.
Negative things:
- Have to be a zombie fan or atleast a decent knowledge of the zombie genre to catch all of the jokes.
- Seeing Nick Frost and Simon Pegg kiss. I don't think I'll ever be the same after seeing that.

Rating:
Gore: 1.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 0/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 4/5

We bought this movie from:
HKFlix.com

Reviewed by:
Preston




 

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