Since this review, I had the unfortunate opportunity to watch and review the film Range 15. Though Range 15 had a higher production value with a lot more money it failed to evoke any sense that the filmakers had any labor of love with what they were making, unlike Pro Wrestlers (see review below). Therefore I have upgraded the score of this film from an F to a D.
We’ve had Zombie vs. Strippers, Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, Cockneys vs Zombies, Ninjas vs. Zombies and now writer director Cody Knotts’ Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies.
“The Franchise” Shane Douglas accidentally kills a wrestler in the ring. The wrestler’s brother Angus seeks revenge by surrendering his soul to an ancient demon to gain the power to raise the undead. Angus then pays for a private show at an empty prison to lure Douglas and his friend Rowdy Roddy Piper into a death trap.
It may have been a labor of love for Cody Knotts, his dedicated crew and some of the best wrestlers past and present — and it does show — but a flimsy plot, a flaw laden script, over dramatic acting — at least true to life on the pro wrestling circuit — and poor direction makes for a painful viewing.
If you’re a wrestling fan now or were one in the 1980s, when “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan were wrestling superstars, this film may appeal to you. However, zombie fans will want to stay away from this film unless they have eighty minutes to waste and are bored.
Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies
Directed by Cody Knotts
Screenplay by Cody Knots
Cast: Roddy Piper, Jim Duggan, Matt Hard, Reby Sky, Shane Douglas, Ashton Amherst, Kurt Angle (cameo)
Run Time: 80 mins.
Release Date: out now.