Ground Zero DVD Review
Written by Jennifer Turner
DVD released by Shock-O-Rama
Directed by Channing Lowe
Written by Steve Darling, Channing Lowe, Aaron Peterson, and Roger Bourke Wright Jr.
2010, Not Rated, 87 minutes
DVD released on August 14th, 2012
Mike Langer as Jarius
Shana Foley as Greer
D.L. Walker as Jeff
Chris Harvey as Ted
Ground Zero is by far one of the more impressive indie horror films that I have seen. It possesses great atmosphere, solid acting, and a decent script.
The movie centers around Jairus and Greer, two cleaners who specialize in getting rid of unwanted bodies. This job proves to be a bit more mysterious when they are joined by two nerdy goons whom they have never met. The group finds themselves exposed to a zombie virus and fight to survive.
The cast is mostly unknown but they really get into their characters. There is some great chemistry between actors Foley and Langer, their banter reminded me a lot of Mulder and Scully from the early days of X-Files. The film, however, really belongs to D.L Walker and Chris Harvey who play the goons. They enrich the film with the constant buffoonery and constant pop culture references.
The ending is what really got me. At the end the soul survivor has to choose whether they want to die or continue on as a zombie. It’s a complex yet tear jerking scene that really makes you think about life and what we leave behind.
There is some gore, but it's not too bad. I really like how even the smallest plots like Jarius' dwindling relationship with his off-screen girlfriend actually has a point in the grand scheme of the picture. This is an enjoyable movie that I would recommend to any zombie or horror movie fan.
Video and Audio:
The video and audio are very high quality for an independent film. I appreciated that I didn’t have to fiddle with the volume like I have to do with a lot of DVDs.
The features consist of the Making of Ground Zero and the outtakes from the film. I found them to be pretty bare bones and boring. They are more fluff pieces and don’t really add to the viewing of the movie.