The number one rule of making a zombie movies is to find a unique element to set your movie apart from the rest of the pack. Not to be confused with the number one rule of surviving a zombie movie, which is to befriend plenty of people who run slower than you. Octopod Films has most certainly succeeded on the first count with “Waterborne,” the world’s first zombie kangaroo movie.
This short film was conceived as a proof of concept for a feature film currently in development and crowdfunded by 249 backers who made the kangaroo puppet possible at a cost of nearly eighteen thousand dollars. That’s a whole lot of faith that director Ryan Coonan would be able to make one of the outback’s most beloved animals scary.
Since the film’s first screening a year ago, Waterborne has received rave reviews at numerous international festivals including Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Fantastic Fest in Austin, the Stanley Film Festival in Denver, and Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia. The film has also won several awards including Best Australian Short at Monster Fest in Melbourne, Best Short at the Abertoir Horror Festival in Wales, Best Microshort Zombie Film at Fear Fete in Missouri, and Best International Horror Short at Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Fest.
The beauty of this ten minute horror film is that it blends its dark subject matter and puppetry into something simultaneously gruesome and ridiculous. If you’re a fan of such good-bad B-movies as might feature Bruce Campbell or snakes on a plance, you’ll love Waterborne.
The film is set in a small town in which years of alternating drought and flood have taken their toll. When a local ranger finds a strange algae infesting the water supply, he knows something’s wrong, but it’s not until the sun goes down that he discovers just how wrong. The algae turns not only humans but also animals into zombies.
“When a local ranger in a small country town finds an unidentified algae overwhelming the water supply, he knows that something’s not right. But it’s not until the sun goes down that he discovers the true extent of the danger – it seems the town is about to experience the effects of a mysterious infection that turns not only humans – but
animals too – into zombies. Australian wildlife has never been so terrifying…”