4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely idea, so-so execution
The idea of having a real zombie shooting experience is great. (I've paid money to do so with fake ones!) Making the guns only stun zombies is a nice idea too, and not just because it means you can reuse the extras over and over again.
Obviously it is all going to go horribly wrong, even if the people behind it all don't have a Secret Agenda, as it's pretty...
Published 17 days ago by lovingboth
2.0 out of 5 stars ZOMBALL
During a zombie outbreak, the stag party decide to play a game called "Zomball" where they pay to shoot zombies with a gun that gives off an electric discharge. It is in a semi-controlled environment. Some humorous scenes, nothing to write home about. The scene on the cover never happens. Low budget. The funniest aspect was the previews where they advertise "over 5 hours...
Published 5 months ago by The Movie Guy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely idea, so-so execution,
This review is from: Stag Night of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)The idea of having a real zombie shooting experience is great. (I've paid money to do so with fake ones!) Making the guns only stun zombies is a nice idea too, and not just because it means you can reuse the extras over and over again.
Obviously it is all going to go horribly wrong, even if the people behind it all don't have a Secret Agenda, as it's pretty clear that they do in the opening minutes.
Sadly some of the script and some of the performances make you realise, once more, just how great the original, and equally low budget, Night of the Living Dead is.
But the ride is quite fun and if you've seen a lot of zombie films, you've seen a lot that are a lot worse than this one.
Oh, although there are some good extras on the dsic, there are no subtitles, grrr.
Update: I've added a star, making it four, because I've continued thinking about it since watching it and it is better than an awful lot of zombie films. If you asked me which I wanted to see again, the Dawn of the Dead remake or this, it'd be this nearly all of the time, for example.
2.0 out of 5 stars ZOMBALL,
This review is from: Stag Night of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)During a zombie outbreak, the stag party decide to play a game called "Zomball" where they pay to shoot zombies with a gun that gives off an electric discharge. It is in a semi-controlled environment. Some humorous scenes, nothing to write home about. The scene on the cover never happens. Low budget. The funniest aspect was the previews where they advertise "over 5 hours of film" and "16 new" zombie films. Do the math on that one.
Parental Guide: F-bomb, nudity (Lily Brown?)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Above Average B-Movie Zombie Action,
This review is from: Stag Night of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)The DVD cover shown on Amazon is a misleading one. To get straight to the point, there is little if any nudity in this production - the cover shown makes the movie look more like a carry on film!
Anyway, this is a reasonable zombie movie with a few funny twists. There are a couple of good performances and an interesting plot.
The story involves a typical stag party involving drinking, a stripper and a unique version of `paintball'. Enter the zombies as part of an innocent game. But things quickly go wrong.
I won't spoil the plot but you can imagine the chaos that results. There are some interesting areas such as talking zombies, thinking zombies and a nice subplot with the stripper and groom.
I enjoyed this obvious b-movie. You know what you are going to get. Don't go here for classic dialogue and Hollywood standards but it's still a solid British zombie flick, with a hint of Shaun of the Dead about and some excellent zombie make up...
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stag Don't,
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This review is from: Stag Night of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)!!!WARNING. MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. !!!
Potential viewers of 'Stag Night Of The Dead' could be forgiven for thinking that this is yet another zombie film on the lookout for a gimmick. In fact, this low budget, highly satisfactory British horror has enough laughs, gore and nice little touches to set it apart from the flock.
The plot, concerning a stag party deciding that Zomball, a sort of paintball involving zombies, would be the perfect climax to their fun. Some nice satirical touches here, as the living dead, victims of a Bird Flu pandemic, are being used as a money making enterprise by a shady American businessman. Anyway, it all starts off fine, with the boys having quite a ball shooting up the shambling dead. However, when the hunters become the hunted, things aren't quite so enjoyable anymore. The best man is revealed as a coward and a love rat, one of the party falls in love with a very comely zombie lass, and soon everyone is fighting for their lives.
The characters are on the whole well rounded and likeable. There is one big exception. Ronnie. Ah yes, Ronnie, possibly the most annoying character to grace a British horror film. However, once he recieves a love bite and becomes an unofficial spokesman for the Zombie Party, Ronnie improves a lot.
The acting is very good, the standouts being Sophie Lovell Anderson as novice stripper Candy and Doug Grant as potential father in law Gordon.
The main thing is that 'Stag Night Of The Dead' is just so bloody enjoyable. The zombie film needn't worry, for as long as films like this continue to be made, there will be plenty of life in the old, rotting corpse. Plenty of extras on this release, including an informative 'making-of' featurette, and the highlight for me, the 'bollocks' out take.
5 out of 5 for the whole package, a great entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mini-review from The G.O.R.E. Score!,
This review is from: Stag Night of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)If you enjoy zombies, comedy, guns, and girls (and not necessarily in that order), you'll be genuinely glad that you checked out "Stag Night of the Dead."
The plot of "SNotD" is a fun one: set in the U.K., the story follows soon-to-be-wed Dean and his stag party (better known as a bachelor party to us Yankees across the pond), with a stripper in tow; they move from the ho-hum, routine stag party goings-on of strippers whipping the near-naked, upside-down groom to the more exciting, exhilarating, and dangerous activity of Zomball, a secretive and probably-not-totally-legal extreme sport where the participants shoot zombies for recreation. A couple of catches with Zomball, though: the guns used to shoot the undead are electric-pulse rifles (one of the characters even references the weapons as "Stargate rejects") that only stun the zombies for 5 minutes, even though the rifles take 10 minutes to reload; and there are three main rules of Zomball ("Stay together," "Look out for the Recharge Stations," and "Never humiliate a zombie"), all of which the stag party members manage to break pretty damn quickly. As you might guess, things start to go awry, and the party starts to lose members (in more cringe-inducing ways than one).
"Stag Night of the Dead" is a one-of-a-kind zombie viewing experience: a movie that dares to be different, and the result is infinitely enjoyable. It is easily a movie that could be ripe for a big-budget Hollywood remake, as Hollywood so loves to do with "foreign" movies it likes. If you like to watch zombies on film and feel conflicted because you're laughing as you're screaming, this one should be right up your alley.
Feel free to visit The G.O.R.E. Score website for the full review, including the four-category G.O.R.E. synopsis.
--Tony Schaab, author of The G.O.R.E. Score Volume 1: A Review Guide To All Things Zombie and Reviews of the Dead: 25 Zombie Movies to Die For
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2.0 out of 5 stars Twisted Chris Reviews "STAG NIGHT OF THE DEAD",
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This review is from: Stag Night of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)5 Stars from 5 viewers. Are you serious ???? Those reviews must have been from the 5 guys who starred in this "NO BUDGET" Fiasco !!! Great Acting !?!?!?! HUH !?!?! Did we watch the same movie ??? These idiots were running around shooting Zombies with cheap looking toy store ray guns that stunned them for 5 minutes !!!!
Now I know the reviews were from the 5 guys who starred in it !!!!!
There are only 4 good things in this whole movie. 2 of them belong to Sophie Anderson and 2 of them belong to Lily Brown, who is one of the Hottest Zombie babes I have seen since Mindy Clarke !!!!!
Watching this movie left me asking myself 2 questions. 1--How soon until it ends ??? 2--If you have sex with a zombie will you get infected ????
Twisted Chris says------" GIVE ME A FREAKIN' BREAK" !!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does exaclty what it says on the tin.,
This review is from: Stag Night of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)Caught this movie on a streaming site at a firends one night. Was a fun movie to watch the basic premis of the idea is a good solid one. Plenty of zombies everywhere with lots of gore. The actings OK, some were better than others. All in all a great movie, worth a watch :-)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Straight to the bargain bin.,
This review is from: Stag Night of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)A group of friends (and a stripper) set out for a stag night celebration at a military base so that they can play a game of Zomball, which consists of shooting zombies with an electric gun, thereby incapacitating them for 5 minutes. Naturally it all goes wrong and the zombies escape.
Initially the film started out poorly with its supposedly 'comedic' characters that were written overly moronic, but then something strange happened and I found myself tolerating them and thought that I might be watching a decent B-movie.
Unfortunately my feelings were soon crushed underfoot as the film was just so badly written that it seems like nearly every 10 minutes a plot hole, or bad script device crops up.
An example of one the things that grated was why they took the stripper to the base with them. She wasn't playing Zomball, she just sat and waited for them to finish. Sure she was whipping the groom at the start of the film and they mention that they have something planned for later but why take her to the base when she's just mooching about and not relevant to what they are doing? Oh and the word 'stripper' as her job description seems really exaggerated when she never actually strips.
Now don't get me wrong. I love a good B-movie and really enjoy low budget trash that most people would shy well away from but this film just didn't work. In fact, the strangest thing of all is the fact that the movie got worse when the zombies broke out...and that's not a good thing for a zombie flick.
There was some rubbish spouted about how the virus affects everyone differently but that just felt like an excuse for trying to cover up the inconsistencies and of course there was the inclusion of the obligatory George Romero reference that was as subtle as a brick to the head...a news reporter, called Georgina Romero...that's how imaginative the film is.
Speaking of imaginative writing, how about a dwarf called Mr. Big?
So there we have it. Badly written, not worth spending time on and somehow made a zombie outbreak an even lower point of an already poor film.
Not quite bad enough for a 1 star rating but still not worth spending more than a couple of pounds on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grab a beer and some nachos...,
This review is from: Stag Night of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)...check your brain at the door (don't trust it to that shifty looking dwarf though) and settle in for an action-packed, laugh-out-loud, gut-wrenching ride!
At 80 mins it's the perfect length for a B-movie, which it unashamedly is - in fact, it wouldn't look out of place as a tongue-in-cheek companion to the Tarantino/Rodriguez Grindhouse flicks. It was clearly made as a loving homage to 70s exploitation cinema and the gritty look and feel has been captured perfectly (and far more subtly than the digital film stock effects applied to the aforementioned Grindhouse double-bill).
The performances are surprisingly consistent from a largely unknown cast and most of the CGI effects pass muster (a few dodgy explosions, but it's all part of the charm). It's very easy to forget that what you're watching was made for less than the catering budget on Shaun of the Dead!
This movie has everything you'd want from a get-back-from-the-pub-and-throw-on-a-film film - girls, guns and guts in plentiful supply. If that doesn't float your skiff, the zombie plague must've already hit your hood and rendered you undead!
Aspiring filmmakers should definitely check out the 'Behind the Screams' featurette. It's packed full of honest insight into what it takes to bring an ambitious micro-budget indie to the screen, with no help from the British film establishment.
SNOTD thoroughly deserves its Best Film and Best Actor wins at this year's Newport International Film Festival and I look forward to seeing what writer/director Napoleon Jones can do when he has a few more quid to play with.
Buy it, it's a no-brainer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An independent movie at it's best!,
This review is from: Stag Night of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)Totally agree with Gore Magazine! A zom-rom-com that dares to be actually different! And i believe the first ever cycling zombie!! This is an independent movie shot on a shoestring, with mainly volunteer background artists & crew, it's been a long journey for these guys looking at the information on the website stagnightofthedead.com & facebook. I watched when it was availiable online, but can't wait until the 9th Jan 2012 to own it!
I won't spoil it for you, but stags, zombies & a stripper... if you liked Shaun of the Dead, you'll love this!
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