The Stink Of Flesh tries to be different with its story telling. Matool (Kurly Tlapoyawa) is a pretty well built guy that likes to fight zombies in hand-to-hand combat. He also carries a weird looking hammer along with some very long nails, which he kills the zombies with. We are told later on that he decided to kill zombies this way because ammo is to hard to find. After saving a woman in a car (Tanith Fiedler), they run into a building where there is an older man with two young boys. The older man hints that he has sex with the young boys which Matool replies that he doesn't need sex that badly yet. Instead he tries to get the woman he just saved to have sex with him but she turns him down. Instead, she lets the zombies in while trying to get back out to save her brother even though she watched him being munched on by zombies.
Matool escapes only to be hit by a car door. When he wakes up we are introduced to Nathan (Ross Kelly). We also discover that the youngest boy is still alive and with them. Nathan was out looking for someone to bring home to his wife, Dexy (Diva). The have been married for 7 years but before they were married they agreed to live an alternative lifestyle. Basicly an open marriage as long as the other gets to watch. Mostly it seems to be for Dexy. Nathan does keep a female zombie chained up in a shack and goes out there once in a while to have sex with it. Yes you read that right. There is also the sister, Sassy (Kristin Hansen), who has a birth defect of a face in her side. She claims this is her other sister Dotty. Eventually, they are joined by a group of military guys that were attacked by zombies and managed to get away. The party really gets going then.
The Stink Of Flesh offers up some nice effects. The zombie effects were simple but effective. In my last review I said I didn't like the blue hue of the zombies because it was blue. In this film they gave the zombies a dark grey hue that could look a little blueish at times but I thought looked much better than outright blue. I also understood where they were going with this kind of effect. Rotting skin does get darker as it rots. At times the zombie effects and wounds looked a little off but over all I was impressed with it.
I was also really impressed with the acting at first. I say at first because I think after watching Zombie Night, which offered very poor acting, I felt the acting for The Stink Of Flesh was the best I have watched in a while. As the movie went on, I realized that the acting was as great as I first thought. It wasn't Zombie Night bad mind you, but it wasn't the best ever either. The cast actually felt like they were giving an effort at least. Kristin Hansen probably was my favorite performance in this film. She gave her character a lot of quirks that set her apart from everyone else. Devin O'Leary, Andrew Vellenoweth, and Billy Garberina play the military guys that show up. Bryan Gallegos plays the creepy little kid that never speaks.
The Stink Of Flesh started off fairly good. As it went along I felt it fell apart though. I didn't mind the mixing of styles to much but by doing this there was no real plot going on. In a flash back, they show Nathan killing a guy just so they can have his wife. Then they show Nathan putting his hand around her neck. They don't show him killing her but it is easy to assume that since she is now a zombie chained up in the shack. While that does help explain how the zombie ended up in the shack, it leaves open the question what do they do with the rest of the people they bring there?
I came close to liking this one but it falls short. No real plot to it and the bad ending doesn't help. The little kid finds a way to get rid of everyone but him and Dexy and they zoom in on his eyes like he is supposed to be some evil kid or something. It was nice to have a different kind of story but they needed more plot for me to have really enjoyed it. Only watch if this ones sounds interesting to you.
2 out of 5 Zombies leaving poop behind