Zombieworld offers its best episode first with Fist of Jesus, which feels like it should make a natural double-bill for Lee Demabres Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter (2001), although the idea of a zombie Jesus had been handled earlier in the inept Zombiechrist (2010). Directors Adrian Cardona and David Munoz, who hail from Spain, maintain a demented pace. The episode comes with a smart and funny series of inside jokes aimed at those in the know about Christianity. There is a series of gonzo scenes with Jesus and Judas wading in against hordes of zombie Jews, Romans and cowboys (!), fighting them off with fish (viz the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes), using a piranha followed by a marlin and then its gutted skeleton being wielded as a makeshift sword. The episode is waist-deep in gore and splatter.
How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse from Croatian director Vedran Marjanovic Wekster comes as a series of chapters interspersed throughout. It is mildly amusing but falls far too much in the shadow of Fist of Jesus, coming straight after it, and is not nearly as clever or funny by half. Moreover, it is far too reliant on the Resident Evil films. The later episodes do feature the amusing image of the hero wading into action with a bicycle seat as his weapon of choice.
I found the Irish-made I Am Lonely tedious. The entire episode almost consists of Matt Prendergast monologuing about how he is enjoying being able to spend the time with his infected friend. The monologues are not even funny and the segments punchline on the mean-spirited side.
The American-made Dead Stop is presented as Found Footage taken from the dashboard cam of a cop car and the security cam at a gas station as an officer helps a woman whose husband has been bitten. The Found Footage zombie film has been done before and this adds nothing new beyond the minor novelty of its location.
The Australian-made Home is slick and well put together and is one of the best of the episodes from a production point-of-view. The episode is brief just a girl sequestered in an Outback homestead before arriving at a smart stinger of an ending. A piece that never outstays its welcome.
The Canadian-made Rush is simply a first person shooter episode. This was done around the same time in films such as Bunker of the Dead (2015) and Pandemic (2016), while this does nothing new with the idea.
The British-made Teleportal is a one-gag idea in which a videogamer is teleported inside a horror videogame. The piece is too slight the character is transported inside the game and that is supposed to be the punchline. I would have been far more interested what happened once he got there and how he would survive in such a world.
The US-made Certified is the oddity of being the one episode in the entire anthology that features no zombies. It is revealed at the end that it is all just a little girl with an overactive imagination and ability to tell stories that lets the postman think her father and friend might have been infected. This works with a suitable degree of cleverness.
The final episode Brutal Relax is from the same duo of Spanish filmmakers as Fist of Jesus and comes in the same ridiculously over-the-top and blood-drenched manner. This is funny, highly amusing in its absurdities and where Jose M. Angorrilla makes for a wonderfully phlegmatic hero before he is roused into action and tackles the zombies with his bare hands. These two episodes blow away many better-budgeted, feature-length counterparts in the zombie field. I, for one, would love to see what directors Adrian Cardona and David Munoz could do if they were given a proper budget.