By Brett Mullins
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.
This Film was screened at the 2012 Atlanta Horror Film Festival.