I don't think I've ever been so disappointed with a purchase. The Vanguard is unbelievably awful. I kept watching, waiting for the pace to quicken, waiting for something to happen, waiting for the story to go somewhere- but then it ended.
I'm sure there was a good idea in there somewhere, at some point.
The idea of overpopulation, lack of oil and zombie outbreak all rolled into one film sounded intriguing. However, for the first half hour, we watch a man (i.e. The Vanguard) wondering around in the middle of a forest, occasionally provoking zombies in order to study them. In the next half hour, he meets an army rescue team who join him in wondering around the forest aimlessly, arguing now and then. The final half hour goes something along the lines of how the group get bored and turn on each other.
The Vanguard tries to justify the fact that nothing happens with a droning, mono-toned voiceover, detailing all the death and destruction that's taken place before-hand; this quickly becomes incredibly irritating.
Other than this, The Vanguard has several other irritating factors: The acting is painful to watch, the limited dialogue sounds as if it were written by a 5 year-old and the director has absolutely no idea how to shoot a horror film. Don't even get me started on the 'zombies'. Let's just say that a zombie costume should consist of more than face-paint, contact lenses and ripped clothes. (In one particularly embarrassing scene, you actually see a zombie's make-up running as the actor begins to sweat.) Honestly, zombie effects were 10 times more effective than these in the 60s.
Ultimately, The Vanguard is a boring, embarrassing and disappointing mess. Try not to be fooled, as I was, by the decent production values- they reach the furthest extremities of false marketing. If you're after a decent low-budget zombie movie, go for Danny Boyle's classic 28 Days Later or even the surprisingly effective remake of Dawn Of The Dead.