Rubin and company have clearly made a close study of Raimi’s original “Evil Dead” (and its inspired, latter-day successor “Cabin in the Woods”) as well as such tongue-in-cheek invasive-critter pics as “Gremlins,” “Ghoulies” and James Gunn’s marvelous “Slither.” But the best of those movies achieved a deadpan grace, a certain conviction in their own absurdity, that “Zombeavers” never approaches. Rubin’s style is more Wayans brothers than Zucker brothers, with a lot of how-low-can-you-go gross-out gags (including a bit of beaver-assisted castration) and lots of shouted line readings in place of characters whose survival (or lack thereof) might engender even the slightest rooting interest.
-from the Variety review by Scott Foundas
Yeah, well, I
suffered sat through fucking Beneath yesterday (the only reason I bothered to watch the entire thing was out of hatred for the characters and the chance to see them die horribly*), and even with this, well, mixed review from Variety, Zombeavers still doesn’t sound too bad. I think I can stand 76 minutes of a ‘one note horror parody’ when the filmmakers were trying for ‘Sam Raimi meets Jim Henson’, even if they didn’t quite get there, and give Zombeavers a shot. Also, the end-credits teaser described –you’ll have to read the entire Variety review to find out the title– sounds worth the rental alone.
*I ended up giving “Beneath” two out of ten stars on IMDB, one for casting Mark Margolis–who deserves much, much better even if he hadn’t played Hector, AKA Uncle Ring-a-Ding, on Breaking Bad–and one for using practical makeup/creature FX. Two stars still seems generous, though.