Ahh the zombie genre. From the classic, creepy crawlers of Night of the Living Dead (1968) to the brain-munching stoners in Bong of the Dead (2011), from out-right terror to over-the-top camp, nothing has gone untouched by this genre. Enter Jim Townsend’s 2010 indie zombie film Attack of the Vegan Zombies. Just when you thought that nothing new could be added to this well-probed genre, Townsend’s low-budget film brings in every genre-defying oddity – witches, nerds, alcoholic vines, cheerleaders, and of course, the vegan zombie. Just reading the title can strike any zombie-loving moviegoer with understandable hesitation – can a zombie movie where the zombies don’t eat human flesh work? Spoiler alert: it can.
Recently, the independent horror film scene has experienced an explosion of anthology films with notable entries such as the V/H/S series as well as The ABC’s of Death and its sequel. Anthology films present their own set of challenges – telling short, engaging stories that are able to develop characters and scare viewers all within a concise fifteen minutes. However, when done well, anthology films provide an exhaustive assault on audience’s fears. With multiple shorts, anthology films can introduce a wide array of ghouls, murderers, monsters, and psychopaths, all without ever becoming stale.