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Zombie Virus on Mulberry Street 2009

3.1 out of 5 stars (37) IMDb 5.6/10

A mysterious virus, carried by mutated rats creates pandemonium on the streets of New York City when rat-bite victims turn into homicidal rat-mutants.

Nick Damici, Kim Blair
1 hour, 21 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Horror
Director Jim Mickle
Starring Nick Damici, Kim Blair
Supporting actors Ron Brice, Bo Corre, Tim House, Larry Fleischman, Larry Medich, Javier Picayo, Antone Pagan, John Hoyt, Lou Torres, Sarah Dickinson, Heidi Peterson, Jim Heater, Rodney Gray, John Gamborini, Joe Carr, Emily Cain, Adam Folk, Vonia Arslanian
Studio Koch Media
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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Format: DVD
The words "Zombie Virus on" have been added to the title of the indie horror movie "Mulberry Street" and the DVD box has been given one of those by-now standardly dishonest zombie movie covers depicting the massed bands of the undead surging forth from the backdrop of a burning city as helicopters fly overhead (for other examples of this, see the covers of "The Zombie Diaries" and "Apocalypse of the Dead"). But above and beyond trying to sell the film as a large scale apoca-romp, it must be pointed out that it isn't even a zombie movie.

Yes, there are no zombies here. There ARE swarms of infected rat mutants, achieved with varying degrees of success by the makeup department, but kept mostly to the shadows where they're most effective. however, what really rises this one up a notch or two is its attention to its characters, and the understated atmosphere of melancholy that clings to the lives of the residents of a decaying New York apartment block even BEFORE the ratpocalypse kicks off. As Manhattan is quarantined and the rat people run amok, only the thinly stretched social fabric of neighbourliness and mutual-dependency offers any chance of surviving even the first circle of this particular hell. There's a slightly clumsy attempt to rhyme the outbreak with the imminent redevelopment of the area into a big shiny gated community of the future, but the point is better made in the smaller details of the film. The neighbours are well-evoked characters and the film doesn't play favourites when it comes to who gets consumed by the horror. Also strong is the journey across the city of Casey, a soldier coming home to the apartment block, with a vivid scar on her face to attest to her previous brush with death.
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By Richard Morton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 April 2015
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I came to this purely as a fan of the director/writer (Jim Mickle) and his co-writer (Nick Damici). You may (or may not) know their later work - the very good We Are What We Are and Cold in July as well as the excellent Stakeland. This being an earlier collaboration, it's not quite as polished or consistent as what came after but is still a good piece of zombie type carnage.

Originally titled just Mulberry Street, the Zombie Virus has been added to the title for its release over here to dumb things down a bit, avoid brand confusion and let you know exactly what you're getting into. The film largely focuses on the eclectic residents of a run down tenement building in New York City. On a hot and steamy day, a plague of aggressive rats start munching on the locals - these bites start to have a very strange affect on the bitten. You can probably guess these affects from the aforementioned title.

It's not a knockabout, tongue in cheek zombie flick but more of a gritty, grisly, relatively cheap affair. There's the expected levels of blood and violence, the odd good jump, with a fair amount of running and screaming thrown in. Damici himself leads the cast and is good in the can-do hero role with the rest of the acting being at least solid throughout. It has a downbeat tone but a bit of heart to go with it and is a good addition to this well travelled genre.
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OK, it's not dead-people-come-to-life, so the 'zombie' mislead could make some people angry.

Apart from that, I rather loved this film. It has real characters you can care for rather than stock teens, or everyone thirtysomething and goodlooking. That's what made it stand out for me.

Basically, in a very real and unglamorous depiction of New York, a virus turns people into mutant rat/human hybrids with a taste for human flesh. A run-down apartment block of people who actually care about each other are trapped by the monsters, while the soldier daughter of the caretaker lead is trying to get home. Lesser films would have her burst in and save the day with a load of military catch-phrases and unsmiling toughness, but this isn't a lesser film. It understands real people.

I found the build-up well-executed, with attacks around the city happening as the people in the building go about their lives, unaware. When our nucleus of people get into the action, the first death turns on its head our cliche-expectations.

In a way, this is about the love you feel when its you (plural) against the world. Mutant rats is a great metaphor for the rapacious selfishness of a big city like New York, the dog-eat-dog fear of being left behind, of not having more and more and more.

Scary and well-acted, this is a little gem of a horror film.
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When I bought this movie I wasn't under any illusions that it would be a grade A film... with that said and with the understanding it was gonna be a budget feature.... and the fact there aren't any zombies in this movie...

The only complaint I have is that it should be called Rat Virus on Mulberry Street....

Otherwise for my money and theirs I have got to say - good camera work, good acting and well worth the few pennies it costs to buy and obviously to make.

Not a zombie film but will stay on the shelf somewhere near my Zombie collection....
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