Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies is billed as horror and comedy. I certainly laughed and found a lot of gore (in shades of green and red), but was not exactly terrified.
The story is simple: On the last day of the ski season, a resort owner is demonstrating his new invention, a device that makes fresh snow. Unfortunately, when a Russian investor touches the mysterious green goo that powers the contraption, he turns into a zombie and the chalet party soon goes from bad to bloody.
Three trapped snowboarders must escape with the help of a female innkeeper. The slow, clumsy zombies put up little resistance as they are slaughtered in a series of gruesome deaths involving ski poles, a snow blower and a lot of snowboards.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good zombie movie. They tend to be quirky and feature lots of blood and dismemberment. However, there can be too much of a good thing and the sight of the Russian investor regurgitating frothy green goo was just too childish for me.
The most memorable scene was the sight of the German hausfrau who runs the local pub wearing a Nazi helmet who uses a machine gun to kill a zombie. It sent the film straight into the realms of high camp and reminded me of the song Springtime for Hitler from the stage play, The Producers.
So, what is wrong with the film? Well, the script is terrible and does not always make sense, and the acting is extremely wooden. I understand the director was trying for humour, but unfortunately the result is a mish-mash of the unfortunate parts of every zombie film ever made.
Having said that, the film has one redeeming feature: there are some stunning scenes of snowboarding, even though one of them is executed naked!
If you want a good laugh have a look at Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies, but don’t have high expectations.
Reviewed by Barry Hill
Rating out of 10: 4
Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies was released by Eagle Entertainment and is out now on DVD.