Sunday, March 9, 2014

Blu-ray Review: BUCK WILD (2013)

BUCK WILD (2013)
Label: Millennium Entertainment
Region: A
Duration: 96 Minutes
Rating: Unrated
Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Video: 1080p Widescreen


Buck Wild (2013) is a pretty damn corny zombie-comedy featuring four 20-somethings friends on a weekend deer hunting trip who just happen to find themselves smack dab in the middle a hillbilly zombie outbreak in Southern Texas. What causes this articular outbreak of the undead is a nasty bite from the dreaded Chupacabra, that's right, the dreaded Mexican goat sucker of legend makes a very brief, bug-eyed appearance early on and then disappears from the scene altogether once the events are set in motion. 

We have three bros lead by super-nice guy Craig, the sensitive and sweet one of the bunch. Then we have his two friends, one of 'em is uptight while the other is a typical male whore who's secretly banging Craig's fiance on the side. Also along for the ride is Craig's cousin visiting from New York who could possibly be on the run from Johnny Law back East, a survivalist of sorts, a nut job who knows his way around a weapon and loves to quote philosophy at every turn. 

The jokes come fast and furious, it a case of quantity over quality but there's some decent jokes and comical situations throughout with an over abundance of rural-folk jokes. As self aware horror-comedies go there are much worse offenders, but this is definitely a film that realizes it's a horror film. Side characters include the murderous psycho-father of a redneck nympho, a forest service ranger with an attitude and a ridiculous Southern-fried pimp with a nutty accent. Sometimes it feels overstuffed with weirdos just for sake of weirdness but I did enjoy this one quite a bit despite it's issues, it's disposable entertainment but sometimes that's what I need, not every zombie movie is gonna be Dawn of the Dead.

We have plenty of blood but not a ton of gore, this one is definitely more self-aware comedy than grotesque horror though we do get some decent lo-fi zombie make-up effects and the production value is fairly consistent. The story is loaded with filler and the characters are about as deep as a puddle but depending on what you expect from a zom-com there's enough here to enjoy to warrant a rental but probably not enough juice to recommend a purchase. 2.5 Outta 5