EXIT HUMANITY (2011)
Well, a real surprise. I watched this on Friday night after scrolling through the available horror on amazon instant video. I wasn’t expecting much but the period setting, the narration of Brian Cox and an appearance from Dee Wallace were enough to ensure that I pressed ‘play’. I’m glad that I did.
On the face of it EXIT HUMANITY is a low-budget zombie apocalypse movie, and yes I know we have had more than our fair share of such films over recent years. But, EXIT HUMANITY whilst unavoidably low-budget, is actually nothing like a zombie apocalypse movie.
The movie takes place a short time after the American Civil War where an outbreak of the living dead in the Tennessee countryside has robbed Edward Young (played by Mark Gibson) of his family. Fearing the end of days, and with now nothing to live for, Young sets out to scatter his son’s ashes at a waterfall far from home. En route he encounters the various types of human survivors as they attempt to make a life in ‘hell on earth’. The story is told from Young’s journal, spoken with chilling and gravely realism by narrator Cox, and laced with inspired live-animation (clearly influenced by Gerald Scarfe, notable for his work with rock band Pink Floyd).
At its darkened heart, the movie is primarily about Young’s rekindling of human emotion, driven by his interactions with our motley crew of survivors. Dee Wallace gives a strong performance as a ‘witch’ who offers help to Young when he is injured (and who harbours a much darker secret about the origins of the outbreak) and Bill Mosely is the epitomy of authoritarian lunacy as General Williams – a confederate army officer who sees the fight against the living dead as an extension of the fight against the Union. Charactor actor Stephen McHattie provides additional support as the military surgeon entrusted by Williams to find a cure. McHattie plays the role with sympathy and his groans of subordination to the lunatic General are not unlike those of the living dead.
The gore is relatively light throughout and the design of the zombies is a hybrid of Romero and Fulci’s visions of the undead. The score is sombre and well-suited to the mood of much of the movie, but it is perhaps repetitive.
An undiscovered ‘zombie’ movie which takes its content seriously and treats the viewer with respect. cracking.
Hotdog rating: 8/10