Review: Exit Humanity (2011)

Review: Exit Humanity (2011)

Zombies meet the mid-1800s with a fair degree of success.

Zombies are all the rage these days and you pretty much can’t turn a corner without running into something that’s been inspired by them.  More so when you go browsing through the Internet.  And this new obsession with zombies means that Hollywood is trying to capitalize on their fame by making movie after movie starring the shambling hordes of the undead. 

Most of these fall flat, being little more than cut-rate “innovations” on Romero’s ideas.  Sometimes, however, a movie actually captures the essence of what a zombie movie is supposed to be about.  Exit Humanity, which I happened to stumble across on Netflix, is one of the latter.  It’s no Academy Award-winner, but it’s a pure zombie flick, through and through.

The premise follows a man by the name of Edward Young (Mark Gibson) during the year of 1865.  The American Civil War is over, but all is not right with the world.  Zombies have risen from their graves and are slowly but surely sweeping across the United States.  Basically, it’s your typical generic zombie story except set in the mid-1800s.  Which is, in my opinion, its greatest appeal.

As the movie begins, Edward has just put down his zombie wife and is getting ready to head out and look for lost son in hopes that he might still be alive.  Armed with his trusty 1800s guns, he fights his way through the zombies, slowly discovering more about them along the way. 

As the title suggests, he begins to lose his humanity due to being forced to kill so many of the creatures, some of whom are old acquaintances.  On his journey, he runs into survivors, some good and some not-so-good.  He even runs into someone who explains exactly why everything has hit the fan.

And that, without going into plot-spoiling details, is the film.  But it’s that simplicity that makes the film enjoyable.  This is a remake of every standard zombie flick that’s out there, utilizing almost all the same elements of plot.  But… it’s in the 1800s! 

Really, that’s what made the film for me, the chance to see a Night of the Living Dead-type film but in an historical era.  It holds to all the classic form and doesn’t try to get too innovative aside from some strange animation that is inserted here and there, which is only a stylistic change.

Lovers of zombie flicks should give Exit Humanity a chance.  If you want something new and interesting, this may not be the one for you, but if you just want to watch some guys killing undead and each other with Civil War-era weaponry, you’re in the right place.