I don’t keep it much of a secret that I really enjoy bad horror and yet every now and then something comes along that is so lame, so incredibly poorly executed, and just has so little effort put into it that even with a receptive audience it manages to bore and be completely and totally pointless to watch. That is the real Calamity of a Zombie Girl. It isn’t that it is generic horror, it is that it is incredibly by the numbers, dull, uninspired, and ultimately a completely flat viewing experience.
However, let’s take this review step by step. I went into this with no prior knowledge, it was just another title that had popped up on Crunchyroll while I was away that I intended to catch up on. Finding out it was an ONA and a single movie seemed like it could be fun rather than another series to follow, so I went in expecting the usual lame set-up, the group of canon-fodder friends, and then some zombie hi-jinks. Which in a way I guess I did get but there’s definitely an issue of quality here.
By the way, there are spoilers below but I don’t think it matters given how predictable the show is.
Visually, this is really ordinary. Okay, it is actually on the lower end of quality in general, though it doesn’t have so many glaring discrepancies that you could actually say it was dreadful. Still, it looks like something from at least a decade ago, if not older. Couple that with the opening credits where the sound-track from a generic black and white horror film will blare at you while you stare at incredibly dull and poor quality colour splotches with floating names and the general appearance and sound of this just isn’t going to meet the expectations of the day. While horror regularly gets away with slightly less than cutting edge visuals and sound, I think even the least discerning viewer is going to want better than what is on offer here.
The story itself if probably the only reasonable part of this, provided you judge it by standard B Grade horror standards. Group of friends break into a storeroom looking for a rumoured treasure when one of them steals something from inside a mummy (as you do). The mummy and the mummy’s companion maid both wake up and are determined to get the stolen item back and thus begins a night of a deadly zombie rampage. Because they are zombies, not mummies. They just happened to be mummified zombies for reasons that will get explained though still don’t really add a lot to the plot so you may as well just go with that part. Throw in a teacher who is also involved in the theft and has his own agenda and you’ve got your basic horror plot all laid out and you won’t get too many surprises along the way. If they’d just done a better job of executing it there is no reason why this shouldn’t have worked.
Alas, the characters are all from start to finish dreadful. While canon-fodder characters are generally made to either be pathetic or unlikable so that the audience doesn’t get too choked up when they die ingloriously (in fact I think they design horrible characters on purpose so that there is actually a sense of joy when they finally get knocked off), the characters here are too inconsistent, too uninteresting, and ultimately nothing is done to make us want to care about a single one of them (whether to feel sorry for or happy for them when they die).
Abe is described by plenty of other characters as arrogant or egotistical but little of that comes across. His character defining moment was bargaining for his life by essentially throwing his companions under a bus right before he got crushed by an exploding wall and then a toilet was thrown at him causing his head to turn to mush just for good measure. This definitely reminded me of the lawyer on the toilet seat in Jurassic Park only much less interesting. See, the lawyer had actually served a bit of a plot point up to here and we knew a bit about him, and while he was a lawyer and did abandon Lex and Tim, he was a person with goals and a personality. Abe is a guy who breaks into a storeroom after an internet site tells him there is treasure, drinks a lot, feels up a girl and uses something he saw about her a reason to threaten her, and then ultimately becomes a complete coward in the face of death. Abe is a caricature of a human and not once does the audience feel anything but disgust toward him. However it is so heavy handed in its delivery that we can’t even get that moment of happiness at seeing his demise because all I was thinking about as he hit the wall the first time was that something more was going to happen to him, and then they threw a toilet at him.
The other characters are all much the same. I don’t even remember the name of the guy whose only purpose seems to be to have picked the lock, but on seeing a pretty girl he immediately tells the school groundskeeper about the entire break in and who was involved, never once considering that he was firstly admitting to a crime and secondly selling out every one of his friends. It was such a stupid scene and his death was equally stupid and drawn out.
Kung-fu girl involved herself in a long and pointless fight and had plenty of opportunities to get away, but continued to pointlessly fight. What made this worse was the audience knew the whole time that the zombie girl could have turned the tables but just kind of played along, making the entire sequence just dull. Then we got the extreme end where zombie girl loses her temper and literally swings the other girl around like a rag-doll, conveniently tearing her clothes and exposing her breasts before she is smashed into the ground and thrown off a cliff.
And so things continue in an utterly uninteresting way right to the end where we get yet another smack down between two zombies.
All and all, this one is filled with gore, brain and ear eating, full nudity for the female cast (and just brainlessness for the male cast members), violence for the sake of it, and very little to recommend it because despite having everything in it that it needs to be a standard bad horror, it actually isn’t entertaining in the slightest.
In case you hadn’t noticed, I really didn’t much like this one. But if you happened to put yourself through it, I’d love to know your thoughts so leave me a comment below.
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17 thoughts on “Calamity of a Zombie Girl Review: Were They Even Trying?”
we really like horror anime series/movies, bad that this one is a kinda ‘fail’…one of our favorite is alos Another!!!
Would have been nice to get a bit more from it, but it is what it is.
…. A horror so bad, it’s BAD?? Well, that’s just a shame!! 😣 I’m a huge horror fan myself and a bad horror should at least be bad in a hilarious way so we get some enjoyment out of it!! I also had to re-read your portion about the lawyer in Jurassic park because I was reading a little too fast and just saw “and then they threw a toilet at him.” and I thought…. Wait… What?? I think I missed something vital, because if this is the anime that might be pretty hilarious! 😉😉
It really should have been hilarious and yet the scene was delivered in such a lacklustre manner that really it was just kind of ‘oh, that happened’ and then we moved on to the next pointless conflict.
You got any suggestion for GOOD anime horror?
Another isn’t really horrific to me, it was more horror-themed, if anything.
There probably isn’t anything actually horrific in anime (though I guess that depends on your definition of horrific, a friend of mine was pretty disturbed by Tokyo Ghoul). I tend to watch horror more for atmosphere so Another worked well and I really loved Shiki. In terms of something I actually found kind of horrific that would probably be Pupa, but again that was more disturbing than horrifying.
One thing that wasn’t really made clear to me after reading this review is if you enjoyed this one. Because really it’s…sorry can’t keep a straight face anymore lol 😂
This really does sound dreadful. I had even considered watching it early this week because like you I like horror (even bad horror as we both know 😂😂), but this seems to take things to a whole new level of badness 😊 Well..sorry you had to go through this, but glad that I did not waste my time in watching this.
A real tragedy that I had some amusement writing the review about the movie but no, this one doesn’t even pass the bad horror test. It isn’t good and it isn’t even the kind of campy fun that bad horror sometimes manages. Honestly, nothing really to make this one worth the time.
Haha..well I can imagine it can be fun writing a post like this. It actually has been a while since I have seen something really bad and wrote a review for something like that. Maybe I should just pick something that I know is awful and have fun writing a post about it 😂😂 Too bad about this one though. I do love a good zombie movie/anime/series 😀
I would love for there to actually be a good zombie anime. Just one (that isn’t a comedy). Highschool of the Dead kind of works, but it isn’t finished and it is a little hard to take seriously.
Well…hmm…I guess School Live came pretty close as well. Did really like that one, and Highschool of the Dead did a pretty decent job as well…but wow was that one over the top with the fanservice lol 😂
School Live was also very close, but again, too much of the plot and world unfinished. It is bad enough we don’t get much in the way of horror anime, but even when we get it, they seldom get the follow up they need when left unfinished. That probably explains why so many horror anime just set everything on fire in the final episode and call it a day.
Yeah..when I look back on the horror animes that I have watched…I think the best one for me at least, is still Another. I loved the atmosphere in that one, and the story was just awesome. Sure it wasn’t perfect, but I did really enjoy it quite a lot. And…everything pretty much got resolved there, so that’s another plus 😊😊