Written by: Matt Molgaard
Directed by: Jordan Rubin
Cast: Rachel Melvin, Cortney Palm, Lexi Atkins, Hutch Dano, Jake Weary, Peter Gilroy
If you’re on the hunt for a quality campfest, Zombeavers is the way to go. The film is about as outlandish as it gets, but it works like a charm. The comedy is legitimately successful, the concept is a blast and the onscreen performances are damn solid. It’s a beer and popcorn movie all the way, but it’s also likely to win you over and call you back for a second viewing.
The breakdown probably isn’t necessary, but we’ll explore things in the off chance that you can’t draw conclusions on the title alone. A couple guys are cruising down the road, carrying toxic waste in the back of their truck. They hit a deer and a barrell of the nastiness flies out the truck bed, crashing into a beaver dam, infecting a couple innocent beavers, transforming them into flesh eating monstrosities. Cut to a trio of attractive young ladies headed out for an easy going weekend at a cabin in the woods, right around the bend from where those beavers got the toxic treatment. All seems well, until their boyfriends show up, the undead beavers following closely behind. A battle between man and zombie beavers quickly gets underway, and though man is obviously much larger and far more intelligent than an undead beaver, they’re no match for the sheer number of the gnarly critters.
Sounds ridiculous? It is. But holy hell is it fun. The characters are fleshed out (and the ensemble is really rather polished) surprisingly well, the animatronics are bad in the best way and the action is full bore from the 40-minute mark on. The film never looks like a hack film, meaning it never once looks like a paper thin production stretching every last fiber possible. Rather, it feels like a project with a deep passion involved. Director Jordan Rubin seems to be a guy who really cares about good, fun horror flicks. He’s not out to take himself all too serious, but he’s not out to release subpar work, either.
There are a multitude of scathing reviews out there for Zombeavers. To be honest, I have no idea what movie those critics watched. If you take this one serious, for even one moment, you need to have your head checked. And if you can’t sort out a handful of geniune laughs, maybe you’re taking life, or at least film, too damn serious. This movie is designed to entertain on a brainless level, and it definitely succeeds in that intention. Keep your mind open and allow silly comedy to sweep you away, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised.