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You know what most Civil War-era movies are missing? That’s right, zombies. That is a situation that “Exit Humanity”, the upcoming horror flick from John Geddes, producer of “Monster Brawl”, intends to remedy. And I have to say, according to a first trailer, it looks pretty awesome. I’m a sucker for a severed head on a stake. Gruesome effects, a grim setting that enhances the zombie action—the death saturated aftermath of one of the most brutal chapters in American history—and a top-notch cast that includes Dee Wallace (“Cujo”), Bill Mosely (“The Devil’s Rejects”), newcomer Mark Gibson, and Brian Cox as the narrator. And the cast still looks great even though Stephen McHattie (“300”) sounds like he’s channeling Foghorn Leghorn.
Here’s a synopsis:
How does a man deal with the loss of everything meaningful in his life, and the loss of mankind’s humanity amongst chaos and despair? Set in 1870’s Tennessee, Exit Humanity is the legend of Edward Young’s horrific and dramatic journey through an unexplainable outbreak of the walking dead to lay to rest the most important thing in his life, his son’s ashes. The bleak post-Civil War era backdrop highlights the severe divide that the United States was facing, the disasters that arise when man tries to play God, and the true loss of hope that so many felt during this period in history.
Exit Humanity blends live action and classical animation to explore how when in situations of severe horror, we must find hope through the very fears that drive us.
The idea of including animation in “Exit Humanity” sounds like an interesting idea that could add a fun new element to the film. You just get a quick taste of it from the trailer, embedded below, but I’m curious to see how it merges into the real people footage, if there will be entire extended scenes in the story, or simply scattered bits of the cartoon to augment the rest of the film. Either way it could be something cool and unique, or it could be a gimmick that falls on its face. I guess we’ll see. And either way, I’m in.
All in all, “Exit Humanity” looks like it might be a nice new twist on the putting-zombies-into-random-historical-events trend (this concept has been tackled before, with good results, in the comic “Rotten” by Mark Rahner, Robert Horton, and Dan Dougherty). Check out the official website here, for pictures, info, news, and more.