BY ADAM QUANDT | Arts & Entertainment Editor | The Statesman
Director: Jordan Rubin
Genre: Horror/Horror Comedy
Length: 77 minutes
Release date: March 20, 2015
Netflix Rating: 1 out of 5
My Rating: 1.5 out of 5
How much can one really expect from a movie titled “Zombeavers?” My answer is, not much.
Netflix gave “Zombeavers” a one star rating. However, I feel the movie deserves an extra half of a star purely for the amount of beaver puns featured in the movie.
The movie opens on a pair of “dumb and dumber” delivery truck drivers who are transporting some form of radioactive waste. Some circumstances arise that cause one of the barrels of waste to fly off of the truck and find its way to the top of a beaver lodge where it breaks open and spills the waste.
I’m sure you can guess what happens to the beavers inside the lodge.
The story then jumps to three girls on a road trip to a cabin for a guys-free getaway. While enjoying their first day on the lake, the girls notice the beaver lodge covered in glowing green goo which, for some reason, they don’t find strange.
During their first night the girls are spooked by a loud noise outside. Just when you think you’re about to be treated to a beaver sighting, the ladies’ boyfriends show up to crash the girls-only weekend instead. However, shortly after the guys arrive and after a wide variety of extremely awkward sex scenes, the first of the zombeavers shows up.
After completely obliterating the beaver with a baseball bat, the guys put the body in a garbage bag and place it out on the deck. Although, surprise, surprise, both the bag and the body are gone when everyone wakes up in the morning.
Things really start to get hairy for the group when they attempt to enjoy a peaceful day out on the lake. While swimming around, the zombeavers begin to attack in full force, resulting in one of the guys having his foot chewed off.
The movie is almost non-stop “action” from this point on as the group battles the zombeavers. And by battle, I mean run around screaming and doing pretty much absolutely nothing.
This beaver battle goes on for about a half hour or so. Some of the group lives, some of the group dies and the beaver pun count quickly rises as the movie continues.
The movie really gets interesting in the last 15 minutes when the twist occurs. I don’t even know if it’s really a twist but I definitely didn’t see it coming.
If you don’t have a sick sense of humor or don’t appreciate beaver puns (both animal and the other connotation), this is definitely not the movie for you. However, if you’re looking for some “D+” acting, some “F-” special effects/computer animation and a decent laugh, check out “Zombeavers” on Netflix.