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Osombie review

Osombie, an indie film about zombie Osama Bin Laden

And an indie review about a barely watchable film

Osombie review
(2012, USA)

by TS Alan

Originally written and published on TS Alan’s blog on November 18, 2012

Osombie review | Zombie Education AllianceWhile the concept of Osama bin Laden rising from the dead and coming back as a zombie may seem like bad taste to most, the idea for this low-budget action-horror seemed a great idea; especially since the zombie films of late are remakes or ones without any originality. Bad taste or not, it is an original idea with the potential of being a horror film zombie fans would want to see, and early buzz from internet blogs seemed to reflect that notion.

The story follows a group of NATO soldiers in Afghanistan, hunting down the root of a zombie uprising. American civilian Dusty, a young woman out searching for her eccentric brother, Derek, a conspiracy theorist who is convinced that Osama Bin Laden is still alive and is determined to kill him, is forced to join the NATO squad when she is saved from a zombie attack. Of course it predictably turns out that Al-Qaeda are responsible, deliberately infecting Islamic insurgents with the zombie virus to create the ultimate weapon against the infidels.

Immortals’ Corey Sevier and Danielle Chuchran, and Paul D. Hunt of Snow Beast makes up part of this respectful ensemble cast of this American indie film. Unfortunately, most of the interesting characters are killed off in the first part of movie and we are left with a beefy soldier that constantly finds a reason to remove his shirt, a female marksman who unrealistically wields a katana sword (clearly a standard issue weapon), and another soldier who continuously makes jokes that are neither funny or that we haven’t heard before.

Osombie review | Zombie Education Alliance

Although most of the performances aren’t bad, the dialog suffers from the writer’s focus on trying to be anecdotally witty, the gore is kept mainly at a safe level, the zombies don’t seem much like a threat, there is not a character that you feel invested in, and the ending is trite and predictable.

Ultimately the movie feels like a missed opportunity and fans of the genre will be disappointed. Osombie succeeds only at being a painfully average zombie film that had the potential for being a seriously scary film or a campy one. The filmmakers chose to play it safe and what’s left is an entirely unwatchable film.

Osombie
Directed by John Lyde
Writer: Kurt Hale
Cast: Eve Mauro, Corey Sevier, Jasen Wade, Danielle Chuchran, Paul D. Hunt and Matthew Reese
Run Time: 94 minutes
Release Date: DVD, December 11, 2012

Osombie, an indie film about zombie Osama Bin Laden And an indie review about a barely watchable film Osombie review (2012, USA) by TS Alan Originally written and published on TS Alan's blog on November 18, 2012 While the concept of Osama bin Laden rising from the dead and coming back as a zombie may seem like bad taste to most, the idea for this low-budget action-horror seemed a great idea; especially since the zombie films of late are remakes or ones without any originality. Bad taste or not, it is an original idea with the potential of being a…

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Summary : Not a comedy, not a serious horror flick. Too many shortcomings to make this anything but a flick you'll fast-forward through.

About TS Alan

TS was the former managing editor of Zombie Training before co-founding ZEA with former associate editor Mike Garman. TS was born outside Buffalo, NY. After attending high school he entered into a two-year community college to study Communications and Media Arts. There he became involved in the college’s radio station as a radio personality, under the pseudonym of J.D. Hollywood. After a year with WNCB radio he also became the station’s Promotions Director. J.D. Hollywood was also one of two names he used as a music reporter and Associate Editor for Buffalo Backstage, a local music magazine. After moving to Manhattan and experiencing the Northeast blackout of 2003, he became interested in prepping and urban survival, learning much of his experience through self education and observation of tragic events like 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. TS Alan currently resides in the East Village of New York City and is a published author of the zombie novel The Romero Strain.

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