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BTDesign Award
Automaton Transfusion (2006)

Cast: Garret Jones, Juliet Reeves, William Bowman, Rowan Bousaid

Director(s): Stephen C. Miller

Language: English

Genre: Horror


High school kids have to battle an outbreak of super fast zombies a la the ones in 28 Days Later . . . following a failed experiment by the U.S. military to create an army of the undead in Automaton Transfusion. Made for peanuts by Miller, and expanding upon a trailer that he shot while he was still in high school, the film showcases his ambitious way with filming action, gore and deserted cityscapes.


motleymitch wrote on March 7, 2010, 11:50 am
I presume this is how this film came about:

Student #1: "I got the grant money!"
Student #2: "Awesome! Let's spend it on fake blood packets, mannequin limbs, spaghetti, clichÚd transcripts from other zombie movies & our screaming friends!"
Student #1: "Done and done!"

Now, having said that, there IS a lot of splatter and gore (and a gratuitous boob shot), but the entire execution of this film in every regard is SO incredibly amateurish that you just want it to end already. Not that it's entirely a bad thing, but the action is so non-stop that there's no structure to the film, no identifiable characters (a black guy, a fat guy, a grunge guy, etc...), and no end to every cornball line of dialogue ever committed to film. Examples:

"Let's see what hell awaits us out there."
"If hell even exists!"

"You have to shoot them in the head!"

"I'm not leaving without [enter random character name]!"

You get the idea. There's even an A-Team-like montage scene where the teens equip themselves with weapons before they (stupidly) go charging and screaming out of a garage head-on into a horde of zombies. And as much splatter as there is, it gets laughable. Think 'Dead Alive' but without the tongue-in-cheek. One scene had a zombie crash a teen party, go up to a pregnant teen, thrust his arm through her stomach, pull out a bloody fetus & start eating it, all while the girl is screaming "My baby! My baby!". I almost felt bad for laughing so hard at what was obviously a child's doll covered in red corn syrup, and the general ludicrousness of the situation. (Mikey, this won't fall into your 'minus-a-star-for-killing-a-child' rating. Really, you will just roll your eyes and do a facepalm.)
Warning (and this is not a spoiler): the movie ends with the main teen couple about to be advanced upon by a throng of zombies and then it stops and the words 'To Be Continued' flash on the screen. Cue credits.
I guess this is where they ran out of money and decided to make it an eventual trilogy, if they ever get any more money. This was free on YouTube, so knock yourself out if you must, but I'd advise against it. It gets one star for the sheer amount of splatter, and that laughable fetus.
p.s. - the zombies themselves are not inventive. Lots of extras running around with red corn syrup all over them, that's all. No rotting, no festering, no bile & ichor - just red paint.

motleymitch wrote on March 7, 2010, 11:50 am

Papamikey wrote on March 8, 2010, 9:55 pm
WTF - I couldn't find it on Youtube - only a tiny windowed version with Spanish subtitles (LOL). Then I tried finding "Feast 2 - Sloppy Seconds" still no dice.

Is there a better place to look?
motleymitch wrote on March 9, 2010, 1:03 am
Yep, that's the crappy version I watched.


Eh, whaddaya gonna do? RENT it? Puh-leeez!
Papamikey wrote on March 9, 2010, 7:40 am

Well, I watched about 3 minutes of it in that format and, coupled with your review, pulled the plug...

My god. Have I lost my taste for trash??!

motleymitch wrote on March 9, 2010, 9:17 am
Oh the shame!

What's your rating of this movie?


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