The Stink Of Flesh (2005)

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Genres: Horror, Zombie Film
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Scott Phillips Scott Phillips
Kurly Tlapoyawa Kurly Tlapoyawa
Ross Kelly Ross Kelly
Diva Diva
Billy Garberina Billy Garberina
Kristin Hansen Kristin Hansen
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Review by Chad
Added: July 16, 2005
Tonight's feature film opens with Matool (Kurly Tlapoyawa) laying the smack down on a zombie using both his fists and his signature weapon - a hammer and foot-long spikes. After this fight, he soon meets up with Nathan (Ross Kelly) and Dexy (credited as Diva), a couple who actively practice an open relationship even in this zombie-infested world. It turns out that Dexy has been hungering for some fresh meat as of late, yet she's far from being a zombie. Wink wink, hint hint, and our hero Matool gets the signal loud and clear. He moves into the couple's secure ranch for a bit of wife-porking, and things are going pretty good for the three. Good, that is, until a trio of army fellows consisting of Mandel (William Garberina), Vega (Devin O'Leary), and Sepulveda (Andrew Vellenoweth) come snooping around looking for a place to hole up. As if having obnoxious army guys around wasn't bad enough, Sepulveda has been bitten during a zombie attack and is about to turn into a zombie himself. Of course, being a zombie film and all, his army buddies don't want to put him out of his misery prior to his turning, so it's only a matter of time until there's a zombie running loose in the house. Did I also mention that Nathan gets a bit out of this open relationship as well? Oh yes... he has a zombie lady chained up in a small garage and has his way with her. Also, I can't leave out Dexy's sister Sassy (Kristin Hansen), a lady who just so happens to have a zombiefied Siamese twin.

There's certainly some bizarre elements running through this film, but it all works out quite nicely. Shot on location in New Mexico with a budget of just three-thousand dollars, director Scott Phillips has managed to put together a zombie film which rivals a good deal of the recent Hollywood offerings. Think about that for a second: with a budget of just three grand, an amount of money that I could go to the bank and withdraw at this very moment, Scott and his crew have put together a movie that is far better both in terms of storyline and special effects than a good deal of Hollywood's multi-million dollar offerings.

One thing that I have noticed about this film is that most online sources basically claim this to be a sexploitation film with zombies thrown in as an afterthought. A fair number of sites would lead you to believe that this is nothing more than a skin-flick with some zombies involved. I call complete and utter bullshit on that. Yes, the storyline does get started via sexual means, and yes, there are a few sex scenes (three or four). However, this is far from the focal point of the movie and it only takes up a small percentage of the running-time. The majority of the film, once it gets going, revolves around the jealousy that Nathan starts to feel towards his wife sleeping with other men, the interaction between the couple, Matool, and the army men, and how their characters react to both the sexual tension inside the house and the ongoing zombie assault outside. It's an interesting and original premise, but it's far from being mere sexploitation sleaze.

The effects are also high up there in the quality department. The zombies look like something you'd expect from a Romero film, not something out of a low-budget indie flick. The zombies are decomposing, torn apart, and yet they each have a "normal" look to them... as though they were ordinary people who got caught by the zombies while going about their daily routines. This is one of the things that makes Romero's zombies seem so realistic, and the guys (and lady) involved with this film recognized that. There's also plenty of gore involved, both from zombies being killed off and from the humans getting torn apart. Each scene is expertly done, and again, these look like something that you'd expect from a Romero film, not a low-budget indie flick.

Zombie fans would be well-advised to pick this one up. Everything about it looks great, it has a very original concept to string the scenes along, and it's just a fun movie to watch. There's the obvious horror aspects, there's a few good laughs, and there's even a gross-out moment or two (or three, or four, or...). What more could you ask for from a zombie movie? 9/10.
bluemeanie #1: bluemeanie - added 07/28/2005, 01:50 AM
Zombie films are getting tiresome. No matter how good a film looks, you can only do so much with a basic premise. "28 Days Later" re-sparked the genre, and there have been some decent additions, "Land of the Dead" and "Shaun of the Dead" and "Dead & Breakfast" being the most noteworthy. The rest is just fodder.
Chad #2: Chad - added 07/28/2005, 08:10 AM
There's a lot of good ones that go under the mainstream radar. Check this one out, and also check out the just-reviewed "Feeding The Masses". Both movies break the traditional "zombies outside, humans inside, survive" mold quite nicely.
Christopher #3: Christopher - added 09/27/2006, 04:49 PM
Every thing that had to do with the zombies was fantastic. Could have definitely done without the married couple and the wife's mutated sister. Not to mention the five minute nailing the door shut scene near the begining.
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