Very much a film of two halves (quite literally) Zombie Fight Club is a blood-soaked, wildly over-the-top action/horror hybrid that, while undoubtedly entertaining, fails to make the grade.

A sort of gory potpourri of the likes of The Raid, Dawn Of The Dead and REC, the Taiwanese romp will definitely provoke a smile, but leave you thinking it should have been something much better.

Set in a crime-ridden, run-down apartment block (and a supposed follow-up to 2012’s Zombie 108), the film brings together a SWAT team, drug lords, gangsters and plenty of innocents, caught up in a maelstrom of munching after a zombie outbreak sweeps across the city.

For the first hour it is wall-to-wall action, as unlikely partners SWAT guy Andy (Andy On) and lowlife’s girlfriend Jenny (Jessica C) battle their way from floor to floor, corridor to corridor, laying waste to all that challenge them.

There are plenty of other ‘quirky’ characters thrown into the mix – tattooed drug barons, couriers, an old guy with a zimmer frame and even a pervy school teacher, all to pad out the body count and give director Joe Chien the chance to wheel out more and more bizarre (and crowdpleasing) methods of zombie dispatching – death by blender being a particular standout.

But then the film just stops, up pops a title card and we shift forward a year, with Andy and Jenny now part of the ‘Zombie Fight Club’ of the film’s title, complete with cages, zombies on chains etc.

From then on the film starts to fall apart, and my interest waned considerably.

It then drags to a conclusion which doesn’t really satisfy, and leaves a bitter taste after the inspired chaos of earlier.

There is still plenty to enjoy in that first chunk – the lunacy is at times breathtaking and the gallons of blood gushing across the screen is Asian excess at its best.

Sadly though a lot of that bloodshed is blatant CGI, which never works in a film like this if you ask me.

The acting is reasonable across the board and, while undoubtedly pleasing on the eye, the sight of the likes of Jessica C and pretty much every female character being decked out in hotpants and bikini tops, whimpering while the men do the dirty work, does leave a whiff of sexism hanging across the screen.

But maybe that is thinking too much, as Zombie Fight Club is definitely a film designed for the eyes, rather than the brain.

Frightfest London review: Zombie Fight Club
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About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.

  • 錢人豪

    Thanks

    The budgets limit the script developing in ZFC, and there were 70% of story was shot.

    A lot audience did not get the meaning of the “ZFC” story; actually I was inspired from the movie “28 Days Later” and a French ZOMBIE movie “La horde” (2010).

    Many people have been mistaken for The Raid

    I wanted to tell people that humanity is always eviler than zombie.