Saturday, June 22, 2013

¡Qué horror! 2013
Candidate #12

(October 2012)

“Just say it, man.”
“Say what?”
“Say it! Say it! Say it! Say the ‘Z’ word!”

So the zombie apocalypse has again come to the movies.
This time, what we’re looking at in Jeremy Gardner’s The Battery is basically a two-character piece, as we join ex-baseball players Ben (Gardner, who also wrote the screenplay) and Mickey (Adam Cronheim), as they constantly stay on the move in their day-to-day struggle to stay alive in a world where the hungry dead just keep on keepin’ on.

So while that may sound like the most generic description of a zombie movie ever, rest assured that The Battery doesn’t quite play out the way your average deadhead flick does.
Plus, it’s got Larry Fessenden in a minor (but nonetheless pivotal role).
And it features tracks by Wise Blood, El Cantador, The Parlor, and Rock Plaza Central, to name some, so it’s also one of the best-sounding entries in zombie cinema I’ve seen. (Props for the crazy use of Rock Plaza Central’s “Anthem for the Already Defeated.”

As I said when I talked about Les Revenants and In The Flesh, if The Walking Dead isn’t quite giving you what you want from your zombies, then you might want to check this one out.

(The Battery OS courtesy of

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