“Watch If Just So You Can Say You Do Did (Or You Really Like Bill Burr). Other Than That, I’ve Got Nothin.'”
Bill Burr! Bill Burr is one of the first people you see when Zombeavers starts, and maybe it’s just that he’s not too discriminating about the roles he chooses, but I was genuinely happy to see him. That being said, I’m not too sure why because it’s not like he’s some sort of motion picture arbiter of quality (though he was in Breaking Bad, which was all sorts of awesome).
Though in this instance it’s his screw-up that sets events in motion (by not breaking for a deer).
By the way, under most conditions when deer are hit by vehicles they don’t explode like they’d swallowed a hand grenade or something.
Another surprise is that Chris Bender and JC Spink are listed as producers. They’ve done some pretty interesting work, such as The Butterfly Effect, Final Destination and The Ruins, among many others).
Which still doesn’t mean that Zombeavers isn’t going to suck, though at least there’s a (admittedly slim) chance it won’t (And apropos of nothing, the origin of the zombified beavers is remarkably similar to that of Marvel’s Daredevil, also on Netflix. Coincidence? Probably).
About midway the movie turns to ‘The Raft,’ from Creepshow 2, except dumber, which shouldn’t be a surprise considering that earlier, when three sunbathing women encounter a bear–the one who happened to be topless covered her breasts, as if the bear somehow cared how small they were.
It’s worth mentioning that the beavers were brought to life–so to speak–via animatronics and hand puppetry, which I appreciate.
There’s also little in the way to CGI to be found, which is good because it would have made the movie look cheaper than it probably was.
Zombeavers plays like a parody of horror movies in which a bunch of–in this instance sort-of-young–young people find themselves in a horrific situation, which would be fine if it were as funny as the situation is absurd.
So when all is said and done, not even Bill Burr can save Zombeavers, though the theme song at the end comes awfully close.
Zombeavers aren’t resting easy on Netflix.