Monday, November 28, 2016

An Austrian Franz of the Dead, or Thoughts on Attack of The Lederhosen Zombies

Attack of The Lederhosen Zombies (2016) or Angriff der Lederhosenzombies, starts out with a moody techno Ennio Morricone inspired soundtrack to get you in the mood for The Thing (1982) but rapidly morphs into something closer to Shawn of the Dead (2004), but with yodeling.  Ably directed by Dominik Hartl, there’s a new formula for making artificial snow that spews a toxic green gas straight out of the Re-Animator (1985) at a ski resort, and an extreme snowboard team of attractive young Austrians gets trapped on the mountain.  Guess what happens next.
While not technically zombies, the infected have that familiar bitey rage virus; slow moving mutants with a compulsion to eat people.  It’s a lighthearted film (well as lighthearted as a flesh eating zombie movie can be), and I can't help but assume this is a response to The Walking Dead and how Austrians would react to the zombie apocalypse.  With the best use of the Blue Danube (by Austrian composer Johann Strauss) since Kubrick’s 2001 (1968) and featuring zombie snowboard stunts (those edges are sharp), the movie is full of self-referential characters who have seen the same films we have and know exactly what they're dealing with.  It’s nice to see people in a zombie film identify zombies by name and know what to do.  The movie has old school Lucio Fulci zombies in snow suits with appropriate levels of snow gore.  Ski poles make great improvised weapons, and how many zombie movies these days make time for a traditional Viennese waltz?
My knowledge of Austrian films is sadly deficient and doesn’t extend much farther than The Hands of Orlac (1924, with Conrad Veidt, you know, Viktor Laszlo from Casablanca).  My knowledge of Austrian music is even more deficient, starting with Mozart and ending with Falco.  A Viennese blend of Ski Patrol (1990), Cabin Fever (2002) , and Dead Snow (2009), with a dash of that trapped on a chair-lift movie Frozen (2010, not the Elsa one), Angriff der Lederhosenzombies may have a dubious 50% on Rotten Tomatoes but that didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying the movie. 

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