Awhile back, I reviewed a short film from Emil Skalonja. Melancholia took a cool, yet disturbing glimpse, into the world of mental illness. It was highly metaphoric, full of symbolism and originality. His feature follow-up to The Plague, however, isn’t going to fit into that artsy category. Instead it is a zombie splatter-fest that will be loved by fans of films like Meat Market and Zombie Bloodbath. It is a low budget film, full of DIY gore effects that will impress old school fans and newbies to the world of underground horror.
The Plague 2: Biohazard Blood takes us into another post-apocalyptic world run ragged by zombies. It is the continuing story of two women and their journey for survival. As I move from zombie film to zombie film in the world of modern horror films, I am usually disappointed when they become blatant cash grabs. I have, however, developed a different kind of appreciation for the ones that use practical effects on a small budget, instead of using CGI on a much bigger budget. I enjoy watching zombie films that were made with buckets of fake intestines and blood. This is what makes the zombie films from the eighties just as brutally violent and memorable today as they were back then. So while I have scoffed at many zombie films over the past year or so, I don’t have that kind of anger towards this movie.
While it has some obvious flaws, (you know the same ones that plague all micro budget films) if you are watching films for the gore, you will enjoy this one. This is a movie that definitely capitalizes on its reliance on blood and guts. Aside from a couple scenes that may have had a little too much talk, this film moves at a pace that keeps you buried in blood. I think fans of make up effects, shot-on-video, and zombie films need to own this one. It does, as it always does, need to mentioned that it may disappoint the mainstream fan. This is a small film, but a very good example of what can be done with a certain budget. If you are looking for a mindless story involving a mega-dino-croc fighting a man-bear-pig while Bigfoot stands by and renders computer generated blood, then you know where to look. If anything, I find those SyFy films, and many Redbox films, far more disappointing when it comes to bang for your buck.
It is also possibly a nostalgia thing for this guy. I watch old Troma and Full Moon films and remember what it was like to rent films like this in the video store. These were the days when a Netflix queue didn’t guess what I would like and then shove forty stupid movies in my face. They were the days that I could find things that I never heard of on my own two feet, wandering aimlessly through the store. It is a movie like The Plague 2 that I could see in the catalogs of these companies. It is a film that I would definitely love to add to my collection for a variety of reasons mentioned throughout this review. If you go to the Melancholia link in this review, you will also find your way to the director’s online store. Here you will find insanely good prices on many of his films.