by Ryan Pollard
With a title like this, you’d expect Ibiza Undead to be either hilariously bat-shit or just flat-out garbage. Well, expect more of the latter here folks, as this film is nothing more than an unfunny, garish, horrendously-paced borefest of the highest order with no sense of wit, style or substance. Writer/director Andy Edwards envisioned this as a cross between Shaun of the Dead and The Inbetweeners, and no way does it manage to reach those heights (even by the standards of The Inbetweeners!) and just completely falls far short off the mark.
Throughout the movie, we are constantly being bombarded with leering, sun-soaked views of hot bods, and it’s incredibly immature and gratuitous with a really icky, low-budget feel to it. The zombie action feels cheap and unpolished, and at no point do we feel any sense of jeopardy or tension when the gunfire and bloodshed starts, plus even the gore feels very gratuitous and that did not help things at all. The “emotional” beats come across very flat, contrived and just badly developed, especially considering that we never once give a rat’s arse about what they are feeling and what they going through. Even though the talented Matt King is having a blast as the villain, it’s incredibly sad to see his talents be wasted, as well as Cara Thebold as the nerdy, flower-child ex-girlfriend, whilst both Emily Atack and Algina Lipskis both do the best they can with thankless roles. The three main lads are complete Inbetweeners knock-offs, incredibly aggravating and annoying as hell, plus the actors come across very wooden in their portrayal.
As you can probably tell, Ibiza Undead, like the main characters in the movie, is completely worthless and not worth anybody’s time. It’s not scary to be a horror movie, nor is it funny to be a comedy, yet maybe the cast had a ball making this, so at least they enjoyed it! It’s a headache and a half of a movie that’s utterly shambolic across the board, right down to the directing, writing, casting and so on. But at least the zombie makeup looked solid, so that’s something right…?
Dir: Andy Edwards
Scr: Andy Edwards
Cast: Cara Thebold, Emily Atack, Algina Lipskis, Jordan Coulson, Hormuzd Todiwala, Ed Kear, Matt King, Marcia Do Vales
Prd: Eliser Cabrera
DOP: Ewan Mulligan
Music: Chris J. Nairn
Run time: 95 mins
Ibiza Undead is out now on DVD.