Great Potential - Missed Opportunities
Ace | 07/20/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This odd entry in the low budget Zombie/Zomedy genre is actually well made with an appealing art house feel to it. Wonderfully, (even beautifully) filmed, GRAVEYARD ALIVE also features some competent acting with an interesting score and at times a fair script (which of course fails us at critical points). Not surprisingly the mix of Comedy and Horror falls well short of the mark, as such presents the toughest film art to master. I shall rely on the above product description for a plot synopsis, though basically this film depicts what happens in a love triangle when a female Zombie is the interloper. An uneven script, poor effects and the lack of credible carnage mar the finished product. Alas, GRAVEYARD ALIVE could not decide whether it was a chick flick or a Horror film. This is unfortunate as films of this ilk actually dilute the Horror element, while mutating the genre. In the final analysis, this is a boring picture, as the film maker squandered the potential to make an important entry in the Zombie field. While I can hear many New Age Horror fans grinding their axes, a violent contrast of sex and credible Zombie carnage would have worked far better, even if they were to retain the so-called "Comedy" element in this film. As in that rarest of "birds", the classic Horror/Comedy picture, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON; sex and extreme violence (with much rot and gore) proved to be a winning combination. Had either element been diluted, that film would not have worked nearly as well. With respect to GRAVEYARD ALIVE, we have both elements diluted, plus a banal attempt at Comedy. Once again, artsy fartsies should love it, as well as other similar pretend fans of Horror."
Graveyard Alive Rules!!
Mike | Florida | 06/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie has a somewhat familiar story line, a kindly woodcutter and Zombie bites a plain Jane nurse causing her to metamorphose into a real knock-out. Our zombie-ized nurse takes on her rival, and pursues the handsome Dr. Dox. She is nearly thwarted when the charmingly suspicious old world custodian discovers the real truth about her. There are some hysterical scenes in the film and I find myself replaying it over and over gain. The black-and-white really added to the overall effect in my view. I am keeping my fingers crossed for a Graveyard Alive 2! This is a really fun movie and definitely worth all 5 stars!!