Shami Media, with sales and distribution support provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has selected July 26 as the street date for director Aidan Belizaire’s horror comedy, The Zombie King.
Very much in the spirit of Shaun of the Dead, this British import stars Terminator 2: Judgment Day’s Edward Furlong as Samuel, a bereaved widower, who turns to the dark side to bring his wife (Tanya Katarina) back from the dead.
As the film opens we get a whiff of the comedy to come as Munch, the local milkman (David McClelland — Coronation Street, Lexx, etc.), and a couple of his buddies are on the run from an unknown threat. We then jump to Furlong’s plight, his wife dying and the wheels are set in motion for these seemingly two unrelated events to collide in full force.
While the locals try to deal with a zombie outbreak — and there are some very funny bits; it is as if refugees from The Benny Hill Show were brought out of retirement and given free reign to be “inventive” — we discover that it is Samuel who has brought forth Kalfu (Corey Feldman is one of his best “scenery-chew” roles in years) to resurrect his dead wife at a terrible cost.
The Zombie King is all great fun, with American actors Corey Feldman and Edward Furlong parachuting in for what amounts to guest star appearances.
Most of the film’s action is supplied by Munch and his British mates — who are trapped when the army seals off their town and puts a “shoot on sight” policy in place. They are stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place and must figure out the cause of the zombie plague before they are wiped out … the clock is ticking as Kalfu has tasked Samuel to complete a seven-day ritual to become the “Zombie King.”