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EVIL IN THE TIME OF HEROES (2009)
Directed by Yorgos Noussias
Written by Claudio Bolivar, Christos Houliaras, Petros Nousias (story), Yorgos Noussias (story/screenplay)
Starring Andreas Kontopoulos, Argiris Thanasoulas, Meletis Georgiadis, Pepi Moschovakou, Ioanna Pappa, Hristos Biros, Eftyhia Yakoumi, Drosos Skotis, Thanos Tokakis, Apostolis Totsikas, and Billy Zane
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Wow. I mean, wow. I’m not sure what I watched when I saw EVIL IN THE TIME OF HEROES. And after taking a while to let the film soak in, I really don’t know if I loathe or love it. There are some films that really do defy explanation and EVIL IN THE TIME OF HEROES is one of those films that defy explanation. I’m kind of blown away at the sheer amount of imagination that went into the film and the places director Yorgos Noussias decides to take us to, but at the same time, I don’t want to mislead anyone into thinking this is a film that is altogether good, much less one that makes a whole lot of sense.
But there’s some kind of beauty in the fact that Noussias seems to not really give a shit. With the sheer amount of zombie flicks out there, one thing is for certain, EVIL IN THE TIME OF HEROES, while a zombie flick, is a zombie flick unlike any you’re likely to ever see. The amount of crazy imagery, crazy actions, crazy twists, and just plain crazy going on here will make logically thinking folks’ heads explode, but most likely will entertain those who just like to ride the wave of imagination swelling from this film.
The film opens in Ancient Greece as a bunch of warriors relax in front of a bonfire. Soon they are attacked by zombies and once decimated, the story leaps to present day to a world horror fans are all too familiar with—one teeming with fast and snarling zombies. From the get go, the cartoonish music, playing over the credits and during the opening scenes doesn’t quite fit the tone of the film and continues to do so for the rest of the movie. Maybe its indicative to the culture and this being a Greek film, the local tunes just aren’t really indicative of a horror movie. Whatever the case, pretty much all of the movie in this film is off kilter, but again, it kind of sets a comedic tone and definite charm to it all.
While much of the attempts at straight up jokey humor falls pretty flat, Noussias makes up for it big time with a treasure cave full of insane imagery and action. Let me list a few things you will see in EVIL IN THE TIME OF HEROES;
Cars driving through a crowd of zombies, slo mo eggs flying through the air, an animated sequence detailing how human blood turns to zombie blood after a bite, an angry soldier unloads an entire machine gun clip into the face of one unlucky man, a cook with ninja like skills at culinary combat defeating scores of zombies with a boomerang, and a climax that takes place on a battlefield that spans space and time with characters exhibiting bizarre and unexplainable powers such as mind bullets, super jumping, and force blasts. I don’t know if this is a work of sheer genius or just a bunch of random shit a raving madman thought up in a fever dream in an Indian medicine tent, but I can’t deny that there is a lot of technical skill and imagination going on in this ADHD acid flashback of a flick.
Oh, and Billy Zane walking around in a robe, speaking Greek, and acting like Ben Kenobi slicing through scores of zombies with two hand-blades. Somehow all of this fits together to make a tiny bit of sense, but I think I had more fun with this one when I decided to turn off the part of my brain trying to figure shit out and just enjoy the rodeo.
In some ways, this might be a culture thing as this Greek film seems to have a lot of the same cultural charm that JUAN OF THE DEAD exhibited about Cuban lifestyle. On the other hand, I hope the Greek aren’t this insane. EVIL IN THE TIME OF HEROES is a blood splattered masterpiece of sheer lunacy and ends in a way unlike any zombie film you have ever seen and most likely will ever see. I honestly don’t know if this is a good thing or bad thing, but there is absolutely nothing out there like EVIL IN THE TIME OF HEROES!