In honor of Romero Lives!, the city's month-long George A. Romero tribute, Pittsburgh City Paper presents 31 Days of the Undead, a series of reviews and essays about zombie media. Look for new posts going up every day from now through Oct. 31.
CP THROWBACK REVIEW
Michael drops by his ex-girlfriend's apartment to return her keys. Instead, he finds her flat occupied by a teen-age boy and — well, nobody calls them out by name, but we know it's a zombie. The two guys barricade themselves in, and quickly realize they are trapped, as angry, ravenous undead patrol the courtyard. (These zombies are of the fast-moving ilk.)
Kren is working with a small budget, but the compact set serves the story's claustrophobia well and he doesn't waste money on shock-value gore effects. (I was more weirded out by a bear suit.) Rammbock hits most of the genre's tropes: news broadcasts of a mysterious sickness; being trapped; improvising weapons; having a loved one turn; and (hopefully) out-smarting the zombies long enough to at least get away. The film does create some new ways to keep the flesh-munchers at bay. In German, with subtitles.
Rammbock is available for streaming on Amazon Prime, YouTube, and iTunes.