Noctem Zombie Movie Review


Its amazing how many zombie movies are ou there, this one looks interesting...

It tells the story of a young man and a young woman who meet by chance in a city gone mad. Most of the people are infected with a new kind of virus, turning them into vicious blood-drinking guts-eating creatures. The two people, Kusey and Amy, succeed in leaving the city, but they soon learn that it's not much different on the country. In the end they barricade themselves in a farmhouse, hoping to be safe from the approaching hordes of zombies...

NOCTEM is a very good old-fashioned zombie flick which presents its tragic story in almost epic proportions. The long, hopeless odyssey of Kusey and Amy through a world overrun by zombies is very thrilling, and the two are sympathetic enough to care for them. On their way they meet a few strange people (rednecks, an autistic boy, a redeemer) that make the story even more interesting. Apart from that the movie is very gripping and brutal, although it must be said that it's not a 'gore-for-gore-sake's' kind of movie. That doesn't mean that it doesn't deliver the goods though: there's plenty of bloodshed, and the end even comes up with a bloodbath almost reaching BRAINDEAD proportions!

And here we come to the (in my opinion) only major fault of the movie: the blood looks very unreal, way too liquid and too brown. The make-up of the contaminated people is pretty good though, so it's a shame that they didn't get the damn blood right. But if you can live with that, you are rewarded with a well made zombie flick that is much better than comparable productions like Timo Rose's MUTATION and MIDNIGHT CALLING or the awful Schnaas spectacle ZOMBIE 90. The NOCTEM makers obviously have more talent...

NOCTEM can be called the little bastard brother of 28 DAYS LATER, 'cause it explores a similar territory, only way cheaper. And it too pays homage to some zombie movie classics, most notably NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD of course.

NOCTEM is available on German DVD, widescreen 2,35 : 1, good quality, German language with optional English subtitles. The disc comes with a shitload of extras, like outtakes, deleted scenes, trailer, behind the scenes etc. If you like zombies, you definitely should get this low budget 'splatter drama', as the makers call it.

Reported by Whisper at MoviesOnline.ca

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