THE PLOT THUS FAR
The personalities of two former baseball players clash as they traverse the rural back roads of a post-plague New England teeming with the undead.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Battery” opens on a former catcher/pitcher combo that is now on the run from the Zombie Apocalypse. The men are used by their fondness of a music player and its headphones. Whether they are drowing out the zombie moans and groans or just having a dance freakout, the guys want to break away from reality. While the movie was shot for a mere $6,000 budget, the filmmakers don’t let finances dictate the flow of the movie. If anything, it’s the most intimate zombie movie I’ve seen in recent movie.
Zombies aren’t really monsters anymore, so much as they are filler material for horror movies that want to have a message. If anything, this film feels like an effort to say that you shouldn’t ignore problems. That no matter what happens, issues won’t go away and they’ll keep growing and growing. Whether it’s longing for an ex girlfriend or raiding the lottery tickets at a gas station, if you want to do something…do it now. By the end of the film, you get the overwhelming sense of collapse and meaningless as the duo realize that the end is near. It’s bleaker than Bergman, but framed in a way that would make Romero proud. I appreciate getting to see a movie like this and I look forward to whatever Jeremy Gardner works on next.
The Blu-Ray comes with a commentary, featurettes, outtake reel and a trailer as the special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for an indie horror flick. The 1080p transfer makes the most out of what is there. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track pops with great gory glee. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 09/16/2014