Starring: Meghan Chadeayne, Shaun Paul Piccinino, Robin Steffen, Rickey Bird Jr, Ali Dougherty, D.T. Carney, Joshua Keith Mathews
Directed by: Rickey Bird Jr.
Written by: Rickey Bird Jr.
Running time: 25 minutes
Rated: None (contains nudity, language, and zombie graphic violence)
Reviewed by Michael Juvinall
With a title like Naked Zombie Girl, everyone is going to want to see this short film, if for no other reason than to see a naked girl, zombies, and a chainsaw, what more could horror fans ask for? The plot is a little more in depth than that description, but essentially, that’s what you have. But you know what, that’s all you need for this film. The filmmakers led by writer/director Rickey Bird Jr. try to emulate the grindhouse style of films from the 1970’s, and for the most part do a pretty good job of it. We’ve been seeing this style of visual flattery for a while now and it’s played itself out with a few exceptions and Naked Zombie Girl is one of the few exceptions that get it right.
In the film, we are introduced to a couple of prostitutes and their friend Tony (Joshua Keith Mathews) driving along in an old Cadillac where something terrible has obviously happened to Tony. They seemed to have just escaped from a zombie skirmish because Tony has been bitten and is in the thralls of death. Barbara played skillfully by newcomer Meghan Chadeayne (Trespass Into Terror) stops to look for help for Tony when the group are again attacked and separated by zombies.
Barbara manages to lose her dress, finds a chainsaw, and has to survive a massive assault from the hungry undead. Buckets of blood are shed and limbs are severed left and right, but who comes out on top in the insanely gory Naked Zombie Girl?
The film is obviously inspired by Night of the Living Dead, somewhat in plot, but more so with characters as most of the cast are either named after actors from NOTLD or characters that appeared in the movie. There’s not much to the plot, nor should there be. You can only squeeze so much into a 25 minute film, but it delivers on all fronts.
The film is shot well and writer/director Bird does a great job with the look of the film. The film is full of grindhouse style effects such as missing reels, heavy grain, scratches, cigarette burns, hairs, etc. and it turns out really well, obviously a little overdone to give it a campiness feel. One scene in particular really sticks out as a favorite of mine and really ups the fright factor, and that’s when Barbara is stuck in the car with a horde of menacing zombies surrounding her, trying to get in – great stuff!
The acting by most is comparatively average, but passable. The exception is the lead Barbara played by Meghan Chadeayne, who is hot as hell. She excels in her part but doesn’t take herself too seriously. I give her a lot of credit for her courage to run around fully naked for most of the film’s running time.
The zombies and makeup effects are surprisingly well-done. I was quite shocked at the level of quality used to create some excellent looking zombies and gore effects. Most were practical effects with some CGI thrown into the mix. I could do without some of the CGI blood shots, but that’s just my sensibilities.
What can one say about Naked Zombie Girl, the title says it all? It’s got nudity, great zombies, gore galore, and a chainsaw, what’s not to like. This film screams to be made into a feature-length version and I hope that’s what the filmmakers intend to do. Naked Zombie Girl is a fun, fast paced horror romp that everyone really needs to check out. I can’t think of a better way to spend 25 minutes!
4 out of 5 Pentagrams!
Watch the trailer for Naked Zombie Girl here,