Days of Darkness (2007) 1 brain1 brainhalf brain

Days of Darkness isn't the best zombie ever made, but it was exactly what I needed after some of the stuff that I've been watching lately. Is my opinion biased because of that? Possibly. But zombie fans who have seen their share of budget films will appreciate this film for what it has: decent acting, good effects, interesting characters and writing, and some original ideas, all coming together to make a nice, solid film. There are some inconsistencies in the zombie origin story, and some of the dialog does get a little ridiculous, but overall I think director/writer Jake Kennedy delivers.

A comet fragment has hit Earth, and in the ensuing fallout, most people become zombies. Some people remain human, although it isn't clear why. Young couple Steve (Travis Brorsen) and Mimi (Roshelle Pattison) are returning from a camping trip, unaware of what's happened while they were out in the wilderness, and get attacked by zombies on the road. They're saved by Simon (Chris Ivan Cevic), who leads them to an abandoned military facility where other survivors have gathered together. Some of the other survivors include an ex–porn star, an ex–action star, two car salesmen, and a religious nut who believes they're all suffering God's wrath. They don't all get along, of course, and Steve adds to the tension when it's discovered that he's been bitten by a zombie. Not all of the others think that the bite means he will change, though, so they keep him around.

It turns out that Steve has some medical training, and he sets about investigating the zombies, and what makes them tick, with some interesting results. In some well-done gory scenes, we learn more about these zombies' reproductive processes than we really want to know.

With the exception of the zombie biology, this film will seem familiar to a lot of zombie fans. You've got your survivors holed up somewhere, internal tension, and possibly dangerous individuals, and they're all arguing about what to do next as their numbers slowly decrease. But those plot points are almost as much a part of the genre as the zombies themselves, and the original touches that Kennedy adds do give this movie its own personality. Zombie fans won't be blown away, but they should be satisfied.