-Review by Nic Brown-
Zombies, they are everywhere in horror films. Although he wasn’t the first to feature zombies in a film, George Romero set the standard with his 1968 classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and since then the undead have been shuffling, or in some cases sprinting, their way across movie screens in ever increasing numbers. With so many films featuring the undead out there one might ask how can anyone bring something new to the zombie genre? Director Chris Conlee and writer Brian Patrick O’Toole take a stab at bringing something different to the zombie lexicon with their film EVILUTION.
EVILUTION starts out with
the undead already running amok inside a laboratory on a
Determined to find a way to
communicate with the alien life form, Darren makes his way back
EVILUTION is a different sort of zombie film. For one thing, after the fast paced start, the film slows down quickly and spends time developing the characters and story before re-introducing the undead menace… which brings up another point, the source of the threat. The sentient alien virus provides an interesting twist as the undead now represent the media for an invasion and conquest of the planet, not just a mindless hoard of flesh eaters. Conlee also paces the film well allowing the characters to become more than just two-dimensional zombie bait.
All in all, EVILUTION is a fun film to watch. Although there are times when the logic of the characters’ actions can only be put down to “plot convenience” the story as a whole is good and original. The film is also well cast. Peter-Kaiser is well suited to the role of the misguided scientist and Colceri makes an excellent military “problem solver”. However, it is Nathan Bexton’s portrayal of the Necropolitan’s manager that steels the show as he comes across as a cross between Hannibal Lector and Mr. Roper the landlord from “Three’s Company”. So check out Chris Conlee’s EVILUTION if for no other reason than to see what might be hiding in the manager’s display cabinets.