On the eve of one of their biggest deals, two rival L.A. gangs throw down with a legion of zombies in Gangs of the Dead. The movie starts off with a meteor hurtling itself towards earth. A homeless proselytizer spews out bible blatherings about the coming of days as the meteor crashes into a bridge near his encampment. All the vagrant dregs quickly become the walking dead as the meteoric contents escape and consumes them. They soon run amock (or should I say walk ever so slowly?) in the hood, causing chaos for all the vatos and homies.
This movie has it all, cheesy dialogue, gore galore, and just some overall really dumb 'why did you do that?' types of questions that plagues all good zombie movies (and most horror movies for that matter). Case in point, the two rival gangs, one Mexicano and the other African American, meet up in a warehouse to exchange their goodies. All hell breaks loose when the police set-up goes awry and the hoards of zombies ambush. You think to yourself, 'Hey these are some dirty, mean and gritty gang bangers out of South Central.' 'They should have mad straps and should be able to mow down these zombie biznitches like nobodies business.' Ah, but the painfully obvious proves to be too much as you come to find out that ALL of them left their guns in the cars outside. Whoops. Looks like we are gonna have to baricade the wherehouse and find a way to get to them. Infighting ensues between one gang that thinks they are 'badder' than the other (really dudes, why did you leave your gats in the car?) which makes for some equally hilarious moments of who can out gangsta the other.
Did I mention the thug-tastically plagued dialogue that only heightens the amusement factor? There was plenty of that to be found which made for more scenes of sheer and utter ridiculousness. Awfully bad dialogue is the hallmark of all good zombie movies (can anything top the madness in Dead Alive?) and this film certainly has its fair share. I loved this tasty line of scripted genius: 'Yo homie, the bums are eating the cops'. Classic.
An overall great flick (did I also mention gore galore?) and a new twist on the zombie genre. It never ceases to amaze just how much new spins and angles can come with an overall basic and simple story. Something infects people, they turn into blood thirsty minions of the undead, they cause chaos, blood and gore ensue, rinse, repeat. The only thing that would have made this film even better if there was a soundtrack that included Eazy-E and NWA. 'Boyz in the Hood' blaring over their warding off of zombie advancements would have been fucking stellar.
I can't wait for this movie to come out.
Cortez the Killer