Somewhen in the 1970's: Professor Foster (Tony Jones) and a group of
students go on a field trip to an uncharted island, mainly because no man
has (supposedly) set foot on it for 30 years and thus it's supposed to
show plants and wildlife in its natural habitat. However, the professor
isn't half as interested in plants and wildlife as he is in his cute
honour student Amie (Kyle Billeter), so he has his students split up into
groups of two, making sure that she'll become his companion. Problem is of
course, of all the students he has taken with him, Amie is the only one
who actually is interested into plants and wildlife, while he seems to be
unable to stop making an utter fool out of himself.
There is a bigger
problem looming as well of course, this being that the island is populated
by zombies of the flesh-eating variety ... and soon, the professor's group
is down to him (who takes an awful long time to grasp what's going on),
Amie, and airheads Laurie (Apryl Crowell) and Heatler (Crystal Howell).
Somehow they evade the zombies, but when they put up camp for the night
and the professor's supposed to be on watch, he has a quick laydown, and
the next day they find Amie has been abducted.
The next day, the
professor and the girls meet Dr Von Wolff (David S. Witt), who seems to be
a rather civilized person, and what's more, he has found a serum to keep
the zombies in check, and they accept his hospitality subsequently. Turns
out the zombies are the results of a failed army experiment, and Von Wolff
was the last scientist left behind to take care of them - which he was
perfectly able to as long as there were no unexpected visitors ... so the
professor's students were really just bad luck.
What Von Wolff fails to
tell though is that he keeps Amie in his basement for some experiments,
that he had been conducting human experiments for the Nazis before
relocating to the USA, and that he doesn't just keep his zombies "in check" but has some
ulterior motives for them ... and of course, that the tea he has just
served his guests is actually drugged ...
Zombie Isle is
1970's zombie cinema all over again, and not just thanks to the right
costumes and backdrops, and the washed out, grainy and splices look of the
film as such, but also thanks to its very basic story, invariably
practical effects work, unapologetic gruesomeness, lack of political
correctness and the like. And even if the tongue is firmly in cheek in Zombie
Isle, it stays away from ever becoming just moronic but remains a
loving (if ironic) homage throughout. So fans of of vintage grindhouse
cinema will probably find a lot to like about this movie, and at the same
time it's almost certain to work as a mindless party movie - and it's
gruesome enough to appeal to the zombie enthusiast as well ... and
basically, it's just fun!!!