By Brett Mullins

Released: 2011

Directed by Glenn Payne; Written by Erica Montgomery

Zion is a half hour short that tells a chapter in the zombie apocalypse. A hopeful rural family brings in survivors of the outbreak after being alone for some time.

This film makes a lot of assumptions on its setting. The audience hears about zombies roaming near the property. In the opening scene, a zombie even runs into the shot from the forest; yet, throughout the rest of the film, they never try to storm the house. This point is underexplained and leads to some confusion. Perhaps it’s a sort of divine protection; however, given the manner in which this film treats religion in the end, I highly doubt this is the case.

This film is set in ‘The South’ and accordingly features overdone southern accents that take away from the effect of the film. Zion proves to be a rather grim and shocking tale nevertheless. Despite the ambiguities in the plot, the audience is moved by the gravity of the actions of this rural family.

Rating: 5/10

This Film was screened at the 2012 Atlanta Horror Film Festival.


  1. I find your review slightly presumptuous. The film is set in The South, not "The South," and was filmed in The South; Mississippi, to be exact. That means those "overdone southern accents" were true Southern accents. If you know anything about the Southern accent, there are many variations of the often melodic and beautiful accent. We Southerners love our Southern accent, even if, by your standards, they are "overdone."

    As far the movie goes, I believe it is very well done, especially for a first time writer as Erica Montgomery. I, for one, can't wait to see what else she has for us. But then, I'm not a movie critic.

  2. I thought zombies didn't rush the house for the same reason they aren't constantly rushing Herschel's house, or the campsite by the highway, or wandering the woods in droves, in the critically acclaimed "walking dead". Zombies prefer populated areas and... this area is extremely rural. Dugh. Also Tracy is right. Those overdone accents are all genuine mississippians.

  3. A prequel is coming out soon, and that will explain everything.

  4. I know that all of the cast members are from the South and I can vouch that none of the accents were fake or overdone. AS for the zombies not rushing the house, the true story isn't about the horrors on the outside but the horrors inside the house. It doesn't have to be all blood and gore to make something horrific.

  5. Thanks for all of the nice comments. I played JOE in ZION. That's just the way we sound in Mississippi. As a Southerner, it bothers me when Southern accents are "faked" ours were not. Thank for critiquing the film though, always good to get feedback.