Fancy Some Italian

Alex Lucchesi and Guglielmo Favilla in Eaters (2011)

Following a flu-like pandemic which killed many across the entire planet and left others as flesh eating zombies, two soldiers Igor (Alex Lucchesi) and Alen (Guglielmo Favilla) hunt down specimens to bring back to their compound so that mad scientist Gyno (Claudio Marmugi) can try and find a cure as he is desperate to save his wife Alexis (Rosella Elmi). To survive Igor and Alen not only have to battle zombies but also groups of neo-Nazis whilst trading with other survivors for food. Eventually their journey brings them to Plague Spreader (Steve Sylvester) who claims he is behind it all and the pandemic is religious retribution.

Anything you can do we can do too. That is how it feels watching "Eaters" an Italian zombie movie as it hits many of the same notes which you will find in Hollywood zombie movies including that washed out look which has been prominent in recent years. But being a European movie "Eaters" can stray from the familiar being grittier than you would normally get from a Hollywood zombie movie and dispatching with any of the self referential comedy which even sneaks in to some serious zombie movies.

Now that alongside the fact we are talking a foreign language movie, which some might find off putting, the fact that "Eaters" is grittier than similar Hollywood movies also adds to the problems. A graphic scene of a captured zombie eating themselves is a hard scene to stomach and it is by no means the most graphic of scenes as there are some which are much worse. It makes this not a movie for your general movie fan but one for your horror fanatic who will like the fact that this makes you pay attention by being harder to watch. The thing is that it isn't a complex movie but you do have to pay attention to pick up on all the little touches even if it is at times hard to stomach.

What this all boils down to is that "Eaters" is not going to be for everyone as whilst having familiar aspects of the zombie movie genre it is a hell of a lot more graphic in places and when combined with it being a foreign language movie makes it not for those just seeking typical entertainment.

Tags: Zombie Movies

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