By Stu Greenfield (@Youvegotfilmon)
There have been many zombie films produced over the years, and not all have been focused on humans. However, this is the first time a zombie film has been focused on a Kangaroo. Let go of any preconceptions you may have, this film is a pleasant surprise.
From a similar ilk to Black Sheep (only executed in a much superior way), Waterborne is based on a simple plot. A small water hole is infected by algae and turns the local wildlife (Kangaroos) into flesh eating killers. Environment Health Officer Todd is tasked with investigating the algae. Thanks to the kangaroos, he doesn’t get very far.
The premise of the film has the potential to be cheesy and set the path for a cheap, silly rather than scary, B movie that goes straight to video. This piece of film however, is well shot, well acted, and considering the indie budget, the special effects are impressive (an animatronic kangaroo and computer generated kangaroo). Makeup and music are utilized well, and the film takes viewers back to old school creature features in a way that does them justice.
This is a brave piece that manages to bypass all of the potential to become cheap, cheesy, and uninspired. It presents as having strong potential to be an entertaining full length feature with points that are genuinely jumpy and promises to be a well made treat if this short is the standard.
Director: Ryan Coonan, Writer: Ryan Coonan & Richard Barcaricchio, Starring: Martin Blum & Don Bridges
Read our interview with director Ryan Coonan here: http://www.turnaboutmedia.com/films/interview-with-ryan-coonan-director-of-waterborne/
Watch the film on Vimeo.