In a beautiful autumn day, somewhere in the United States, an unholy virus ravages the world killing billions within just a few moments.
Only a handful of survivors remain from the grisly apocalypse, and while they are trying to figure out the basics of survival such as food, and medical supplies, things get worse when the corpses of the virus killed population start to come back to life as rotting corpses.
At first the zombies seem completely animated, only turning if they bump into things, and completely approachable, harmless, and passive. But when the nurse of the group starts to notice that more and more of the basic instincts are returning, trouble is sure to follow.
With no supplies, and tensions rising, a few break from the group and try to make a life in a secluded farm house only to find that some of the trouble has come with them.
Let us out! Please! We were told that this would start our career but it is.... killing us!
I really wanted to like Autumn, I honestly did. It had a uniqueness to it that made me like the concept. The zombies in this film are true animated corpses. They continue to rot, they smell, and the rotting is quite...genuine. Those who would argue that they do not look 'zombie' enough clearly have never seen a rotting corpse. Don't ask how I know what a 'real rotting corpse' looks like.
As I said, I wanted to like Autumn, but I simply could not. For every positive there were many draw backs. With a running time of barely under two hours it felt like it was twelve. The plot simply crawled along, slower than the zombies that were portrayed, over use of camera angles, and odd 'still shots' like they paused the camera, and audio clips simply becoming nonexistent at the end of scenes, and most notably, two of the survivors had such thick accents that it was unmanageable.
Then you could get into the horrific acting by everyone except the late David Carradine, but I would be willing to give them the benefit of the doubt due to the disgusting script, editing, and over all crap that this film is.
A few individual characters such as the lonely, confused mothers boy, Philip (played by David Carradine) and the clown (Jay Ould) with the best line in the movie:
"Don't touch me! I f**king bite!" are genuinely the best acting and scripted roles in the film.
I could have overlooked a lot of this if it was not for the editing, and sound.
Oh god, the horrible, horrible, god awful, bunny killing, head exploding, hair pulling annoyingly bad sound and editing. Whole scenes ruined because you can’t hear a damnable thing, scenes stopping in the middle, mish mashed together, in one scene its day then its night, then its dusk. It’s just badly done all around.
I finally gave in and read David Moody's Autumn a little bit ago, because my room mate pestered me to. I have to admit, the book was leaps about bounds better than the film.
Then again, 'much better' was not saying much as this movie could not
get 'much worse' in the story telling, scripting, and editing. To top it all off 'made for tv' just cinches it for me. The movie was not that great.
Though, many of my favorite movies did not have the greatest plot in the world (Rocky Horror Picture Show) but were good for other reasons. This budget driven, indie directed zombie flick might be for you if you are into badly edited badly scripted plots.
Autumn is available on DVD
or if you would rather, instant download from Amazon Or, if you would rather read it (what I would recommend) you can Buy it in paperback or for kindle. |
But Seriously. Buy the Book, not the DvD
By the way, David Moody, if you are reading this, have more of a hand in production of your art, you lose fans this way.
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