ATTACK OF THE LEDERHOSEN ZOMBIES
Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies is clearly intended to play into the gonzo zombie genre that has emerged in recent years see titles such as Zombie Beach Party (2003), Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006), Zombie Cheerleader Camp (2007), Zombie Strippers! (2008), Attack of the Vegan Zombies! (2009), Santa Claus vs. the Zombies (2010), Bong of the Dead (2011), Cockneys vs Zombies (2012) and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016), among others. Although my complaint is that after offering up such a ridiculous and attention-grabbing title, Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies fails to feature anybody wearing lederhosen.
After a few introductory scenes that set up the characters and how the scenario begins, Dominik Hartl quickly skips forward to a full-blown outbreak set around the mountainside chalet as various of the characters defend themselves against the horde. Hartls primary focus is on the comedy element, although the big complaint one would make about the film is that we have seen enough zombie comedies by now and there is nothing in these scenes that is particularly clever or outrageous. The one plus that one would mention is that the gore and splatter effects are very accomplished.
The other complaint one would make is the miscasting of the central role. Laurie Calvert is cast as a character who has just one description he is irresponsible and will do anything that is wild and crazy on impulse but Calverts playing is anything except that, as though Steve were just an anonymous preppie. By contrast, Gabriela Marcinkova in the role of his girlfriend gives a much more spirited reading and you cannot help but think would have been a better lead.
I was happy to dismiss Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies as just another wannabe zombie comedy driven by a fannish enthusiasm for the genre without much originality up until its last fifteen minutes when it suddenly redeemed itself. During the destruction of the chalet and the fight with the zombies on the side of the ski slope, Dominik Hartl goes for broke with the splatter and gore effects. It is in these scenes that the film hits the stride of something approaching Hartls stated model of Peter Jacksons Braindead/Deadalive (1992), which should be considered the first real gonzo zombie comedy. We get scenes with Laurie Calvert snowboarding down to slice the heads off zombies with his board; a man eviscerated with eyes left peering up out of his intestines; snowboards wielded to sever torsos; zombies churned up en masse inside snow blowers; faces sliced off and so on. This is all conducted with enormous vigour and creativity.
(Nominee for Best Makeup Effects at this sites Best of 2016 Awards).