Kumail Nanjiani had mentioned this film on his podcast, The X-Files Files. I noted it and thought that it would be fun to explore during the 31 Movies of Halloween. I didn't know that it would be so much fun. Not quality fun. But good old fashioned Summertime tail-chasing fun.
Twenty-Somethings are trying to enjoy their vacation in a friends house, when they have to put up with mutated/infected beavers. The beavers are a product of a biological chemical spill. A bite from these beavers can actually turn you into a hybrid of them. Soon it's not just the tourists that are trying to survive. It's the whole town.
Right from the start Zombeavers doesn't take itself seriously. Bill Burr and John Mayer are in our introduction for god-sakes. And they're hilarious! This movie is a horror movie, there is no doubt about that. However, this is a satire comedy that presses the envelope as much as it can. You can probably guess that the running gag in the picture is the beaver joke. It's obviously where this movie was born.
Films like this and Piranha 3D call back to a time when schlock-y gimmick movies ruled. They pay homage to the genre and they do a good job at it. Zombeavers isn't anything new. It's a movie that we've all seen a million times over. Yeah, some young hot people go out on their own in the 'big scary world' and they don't all come back. Yeah, a young couple sneaks off to go do the adult in the woods and it ends badly. All of the cliches are there. They are just done really well. And, It doesn't hurt that the movie is hilarious.
I give serious praise to the film-makers for using practical effects when they brought their beavers to life. At times they are obviously fake but again, it doesn't matter. It's hilarious. One of my favorite scenes has a flaming beaver on a track running into a curtain and setting it on fire. I could watch that scene over and over again.
This is a pretty great movie for get-together's and parties. If you don't mind seeing some skin and a few corny sex scenes, then this is right up your alley. It's not to be taken seriously and it's in no way terrifying or scary. It's just a good old fashioned romp in the pastures of infidelity and zombie beavers. God bless it.