'Zombie Hunter' is one of the worst zombie films I have ever seen. Granted, I love watching horror films and anything with zombies, but I couldn't find one thing I enjoyed in watching this horrid excuse for filmmaking, besides the few minutes Danny Trejo is on screen. This happens to be one of those instances where the flick was probably made a while ago and was shelved until the recent 'Machete' sequel was released in theaters.
And to make matters worse, Trejo's face takes up most of the cover of the film, as they are trying to bill him as the star of the movie, which is definitely not the case. Even his name is printed on the cover, however he only has a few minutes of screen-time and manages to kill a few monsters. If you notice at the very bottom of the cover art, there is a very small image of a guy named Martin Copping, who is the actual star here, but you won't see his name anywhere on the disc.
Martin Copping plays Hunter, who drives a Camaro, drinks too much, and is one of the biggest douchebags on this post apocalyptic planet that is overrun by zombies and monsters. Hunter also has a trunk full of weapons to use whenever he comes across a zombie, and always seems to be a perfect shot no matter how much he has had to drink.
He runs into a group of survivors led by a preacher named Jesus (Trejo), who is a calm and collected man, but when monsters and zombies attack, he turns into an axe wielding killing machine. Hunter reluctantly joins the group as they try to find the perfect place to avoid the monsters and possibly find a cure to the zombie apocalypse, as we see that this horrific event started when a bad batch of street drugs called 'Natas' hit the streets and turned everyone into flesh hungry and blood thirsty monsters. (Read 'Natas' backwards and sigh.)
If director Kevin King's goal was to give his audience an epileptic seizure and not show good zombie kills on screen, then he fully succeeded. Every time there is an action scene in this movie, the coloring of the image turns to purple, red, or blue, switching between quick cuts and slow motion. Add to that some of the worst special effects in recent memory, especially when some of the giant monsters attack and when blood is spilled. It's so pixelated and fake that it makes the old TV show 'Reboot' look Oscar worthy.
There are evil clowns with chainsaws, zombies, and mutant monsters around every corner, and since every character besides Trejo's Jesus is unlikable, you pray that each survivor will meet a gruesome death sooner than later so that the movie will end quicker. Even at 93 minutes, the movie goes on an hour too long. The acting is atrocious, the script is garbage, the special effects look like they were done by someone's eight-year old cousin, and the action scenes are anti-climatic. The only semi-decent thing is Trejo himself, but if you blink twice, you'll miss him.
'Zombie Hunter' comes with an average 1080p HD transfer and is presented in 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The detail for the most part is fairly sharp, when the color grading is normal. Closeups show fine facial hair and wound nicely. However, throughout the entire film, the director chose to color some of the scenes in primary colors completely, and that's where things go very soft. Also, when some of the CG monsters show up, the effects are so bad that it hurts the entire image and pixelates it. Hell, even some of the monster's shadows are non-existent.
Black levels don't always run deep and inky here and flesh tones seem muted from time to time as well. There are some compression issues in the CG heavy scenes, but no evidence of any dirt or scratches on the print. This is by no means a good video presentation, but it's not the worst I've seen.
This release comes with a lossless DTS-HD 5.1 audio mix. The audio portion of this disc is probably the best thing about this release. It's loud, well balanced, and sounds better than expected. The dialogue is always crystal clear and easy to understand. The sound effects pour nicely through the surrounds with gun shots flying by, zombies growling, and chainsaws rumbling in the distance. The directionality sounds good here with a wide dynamic range, too. For as horrible as this release is, this audio track is great.
'Zombie Hunter' is a terrible film and one of the worst zombie films ever made. Don't let the cover fool you. Trejo isn't in it much, and the others who said yes to this movie are unlikable. This is a mess of a film on every level. The video presentation isn't great, and the only extra is a trailer. At least the audio sounds impressive, but unless you're a super fan of Trejo, stay far away from this film.