Tuesday, January 20, 2009

NECROVILLE

Billed as "if Kevin Smith wrote GHOSTBUSTERS," NECROVILLE tells of two video store clerks (Bill Garberina – who also co-wrote and co-directed – and Mark Chavez) who lose their jobs and are hired as "exterminators" by a local company called Zom-B-Gone. Did I mention that their hometown, the titular Necroville, New Mexico, is overrun by zombies, werewolves and vampires?

Essentially a slacker comedy with monsters, NECROVILLE is moderately entertaining, with some clever ideas and a few good gags. Unfortunately the script lacks the spark of the filmmakers’ Kevin Smith inspirations, and the horror make-up effects are amateurish at best. Now, granted, this is a micro-budget indie film, and either one of those defects would probably be acceptable by itself, but since the flick falls down in both, it’s fatal. It’s not well written enough to overcome the low production values, nor does it deliver enough quality blood and gore to carry the flick and satisfy the gorehounds.

Pop Cinema’s DVD presents NECROVILLE in 1.78:1 widescreen with stereo sound. Extras include a commentary by Garberina, outtakes, deleted scenes, two featurettes, a couple of shorts, and a bunch of trailers for other Pop Cinema/Shock-O-Rama discs.

While I wouldn’t completely write this one off – as I said, it does have its moments – it’s not a flick I’ll be re-visiting. Your mileage may vary.

BUY: Necroville