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FEEDING THE MASSES
(Shock-O-Rama) Horror. 90 Minutes.  Not Rated. Extreme violence and one pair of boobies that are actually pretty small, so weíre counting them as a half a pair of boobies.  There is something called The Lazarus Virus and itís bringing the recently deceased back to life.  Not in a good way, but in a zombie-gonna-crunch-your-ass kind of way.  The military and the government are conspiring to keep this whole thing under wraps so, the local stations arenít allowed to report on the fact that we are losing the battle against the virus.  Into this picture comes our trio of heroes. Torch (Billy Garberina) is the dope smoking cameraman who thinks that people should know the dangers that lurk on the streets. Shelley (Rachel Morris), is a news anchorwoman who is fed up with the fluff pieces she is forced to report on while the threat of The Lazarus Virus gets worse by the minute.  And finally we have Roger (Patrick Cohen) as the military escort that makes sure that the news crew doesnít get eaten while they do their jobs.  When The Lazarus Virus goes airborne and starts attacking people with weak immune systems, they realize that itís time to inform the people that the danger is more dangerous than anyone thought.  No matter what.
     Feeding the Masses is an analogy film and tends to take its political agenda a little too seriously.  It takes the threat of the walking dead instead of the great many things our government already glosses over on a day to day basis, i.e. Iraq , gas prices, etc. While just another shot on video zombie flick, Feeding the Masses has a few things that stand out.  The performances of the leads are quite professional, with the real winner being Patrick Cohen, the demented military man.  He comes across as a young Bobby Darin.  You can see a real intensity that he brings to the part and manages to help elevate the film beyond its meager budget. The zombie makeup is pretty standard and nothing stands out.  The camerawork is fine and done in a professional manner.  One of my favorite shots in the film depicts two soldiers dragging a third soldier while being pursued by a horde of zombies.  With the use of CGI, the sky behind them erupts into flame.  Coolest shot Iíve seen in low budget in quite some time.  I didnít even mind that they were using CGI just because the shot was so cool. Then thereís the big problem.  I really liked this movie.  I was involved.  I never felt the urge to fast forward to get to other, more interesting parts of the movie.  Then the ending came and the bottom dropped out.  In Feeding the Masses the three leads are very believable.  I canít ruin a film by giving away itís ending, but let me write that what happens is truly outside of the charactersí believable behavior.  It sucked, bottom line.  The extras include commentary and an excellent documentary that gives insight into the making of a low budget feature.  The true delights on the disc are the short films, Voltage and The Hypostatic Union, which are greatly influenced by David Lynch and are quite a change of pace from anything you normally see coming out of ei Cinema. - Douglas A. Waltz     

 

 

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