MONKEY REVIEW: Automaton Transfusion

May 27, 2008

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SOME VERY MILD SPOILERS

“Wait, aren’t you, Lee, the janitor?”

Automaton Transfusion is a pretty passable low budget zombie flick until the last ten minutes or so, when a character suddenly makes a bizarre, seemingly unmotivated choice and the movie gets bogged down in explanations for the zombie epidemic that’s afflicted the area. Then it wraps things up at the 71 minute mark (!) by not wrapping things up, with the most presumptuous non-ending ever: “To Be Continued.” Despite some decent acting and a few bravura gore effects, the movie tries too hard to imitate the flashy, headache inducing filmmaking style of larger budget Hollywood features and TV shows. This is not a good model for indie horror, a genre from which audiences tend to expect more innovation and risk taking, two qualities pretty much absent from Automaton Transfusion, unfortunately.

MONKEY RATING: FOUR MONKEYS

(For a brief explanation of the Monkey Review rating system, click here.)

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