When I heard that there was a film called Zombeavers coming to Blu-Ray I needed no convincing to track down the distributor and force them to shoot me a copy for review on Futuregamez. As you're reading this review, it should be obvious that I succeeded in my quest, so thank you to ReelDVD. With my love for films such as Piranha 3D, Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus and Sharknado just the title of this film had me excited. So, did it live up to expectations? Well, we're sad to say, not really, but it's not without some redeeming features.
When it comes to the storyline there isn't too much imagination required here. Three college girls stay at a river/lakeside cabin for the weekend and when their boyfriends join them for a weekend of sex, the good times come to an abrupt end when "zombified" beavers start attacking the cabin, and the six college students...
Now we do understand that this is what Hollywood are dubbing a film with a "micro budget", which for this film is $2 million dollars, and as such it was filmed in only a couple of weeks, with and unknown cast and with some very dodgy beavers (of the animal kind, expect some jokes in the film about that of course). Actually, the beavers were our biggest issue with the film, they just look too puppet-like. We're not expecting CG masterpieces, or real animals to be used, but these ones were just so fake it was comical every time they appeared on screen.
While we hoped this film would be as entertaining as Piranha 3D, or even Sharknado this movie misses the mark in many areas. The script is pretty generic and predictable, for a R18+ film there is a definite lack of gore and shocks (the rating is definitely for the brief sex scenes), and the cast is nowhere near the caliber of that in those aforementioned films. Still, if you like those "so bad it's good" films, then Zombeavers is worth a look.
The Blu-Ray release of Zombeavers includes two audio tracks the first being a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (24-bit/48Khz) which is the preferred track for those with suitable equipment to listen to the format. The second audio track on this disc is encoded in Dolby Digital 5.1 at 640kbps and while there are very subtle differences, switching between the tracks randomly demonstrated a minimal difference between the two, except for the more frantic scenes where the lossless track had a little more impact and clarity. The surround sound channels were also fairly muted during the film which disappointed. Overall, this isn't a great release sonically but it's clear and gets the job done.
There is only one single subtitle track on this Blu-Ray release, an English Captions for the Hearing Impaired. We sampled these through various points in the film and the text was accurate to the on-screen dialogue.
Sadly there are no extras on this Blu-Ray and while we can understand the economics around the cost of having to produce and include such features, it can't take too much to record an audio commentary for inclusion. More often than not, it's the unknown filmmakers and smaller budget films that could do with both the exposure and offer interesting insights into creating films on shoestring budgets that make the best tracks.
Having said that, there are a series of outtakes in the end credits of the film, some of which are fun, but nothing like the outtakes in a Jackie Chan film!
Review By: Dave Warner