Newest Reviews
Dark Phoenix
No Mercy
Fate of Lee Khan, The
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Kid Who Would Be King, The
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
America America
Darkest Minds, The
Along Came Jones
Hummingbird Project, The
Under the Table You Must Go
Harry Birrell Presents Films of Love and War
Hanging Tree, The
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare
Itsy Bitsy
Witchmaker, The
Prey, The
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
Happy Death Day 2U
Full Moon High
Strange But True
Kamikaze 1989
Never Grow Old
Time of Your Life, The
Mountain Men, The
Best Before Death
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
Non-Stop New York
Once Upon a Time in Deadwood
Alita: Battle Angel
We the Animals
Ibiza Undead
Wings of Eagles, The
Newest Articles
Rock On: That'll Be the Day and Stardust on Blu-ray
Growing Up in Public: 7-63 Up on Blu-ray
Learn Your Craft: Legend of the Witches and Secret Rites on Blu-ray
70s Psycho-Thrillers! And Soon the Darkness and Fright on Blu-ray
Split: Stephen King and George A. Romero's The Dark Half on Blu-ray
Disney Post-Walt: Three Gamechangers
But Doctor, I Am Pagliacci: Tony Hancock's The Rebel and The Punch and Judy Man on Blu-ray
Once Upon a Time in Deadwood: Interview with Director Rene Perez
Shit-Eating Grim: Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom on Blu-ray
Stallone's 80s Action Alpha and Omega: Nighthawks and Lock Up
Python Prehistory: At Last the 1948 Show and Do Not Adjust Your Set on DVD
You Could Grow to Love This Place: Local Hero on Blu-ray
Anglo-American: Joseph Losey Blu-ray Double Bill - The Criminal and The Go-Between
Marvel's Least Loved and Most Loved: Fantastic 4 vs Avengers: Endgame
Battle of the Skeksis: The Dark Crystal Now and Then
American Madness: Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss on Blu-ray
Flight of the Navigator and the 80s Futurekids
Trains and Training: The British Transport Films Collection Volume 13 on DVD
Holiday from Hell: In Bruges on Blu-ray
The Comedy Stylings of Kurt Russell: Used Cars and Captain Ron
Robot Rocked: The Avengers Cybernauts Trilogy on Blu-ray
Hammer's Bloodthirsty Bad Girls 1970: Lust for a Vampire and Countess Dracula
Hammer to Fall: Kiss Me Deadly on Blu-ray
Home of the Grave: The House That Dripped Blood and Asylum on Blu-ray
Wondrous Women: Supergirl vs Captain Marvel
  Ibiza Undead Clubbed to (Un)deathBuy this film here.
Year: 2016
Director: Andy Edwards
Stars: Marcia Do Vales, Matt King, Seb Castang, Simon Brandon, Emily Atack, Algina Lipskis, Jordan Coulson, Ed Kear, Homer Todiwala, Cara Theobold, Michael Wagg, Matt Kennard, Alex Felton, Naomi Millibank-Smith, Thomas Worthington
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Rating:  2 (from 1 vote)
Review: The world is in chaos after a zombie outbreak. But that does not keep Alex (Jordan Coulson) and his pals Big Jim (Ed Kear) and nerdy Az (Homer Todiwala) from flying to Ibiza for their summer holiday. Sun, sea and sex are what they are after. To use Jim's exact words, they aim to "bone so many sluts" their "dicks will fall off." Unfortunately Alex runs into his resentful ex-girlfriend Ellie (Cara Theobold). Her 'prissy' ways rub Jim the wrong way until the gang join Alex's bikini-clad older sister Liz (Emily Atack) at a rented villa. While Liz and her equally vivacious friend Zara (Algina Lipskis) hit the town to help Ellie get over the break-up, surly promo girl Maria (Marcia Do Vales) lures Alex and company to a nightclub run by her sinister boss Karl (Matt King). There staff use electric cattle-prods to shock undead pole dancers into a live show where chainsaw-wielding strippers dismember a wailing zombie. Inevitably the ever-obnoxious Jim breaks club rules by sharing a spiked cocktail with one of the zombie girls. This prompts a mass zombie revolt as ravenous flesh-eaters slaughter everyone in sight. Which, after time spent in the company of these charmless wankers, comes as a relief.

An unfortunate byproduct of the success of Shaun of the Dead (2004) has been the rise of laddish Brit horror comedies bereft of the wit and, crucially, heart that marked the Edgar Wright-Simon Pegg film as an instant classic. Currently clogging up streaming services worldwide are the likes of Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009), Doghouse (2009), Zombie Women of Satan (2009), Stag Night of the Dead (2010) and Strippers vs. Werewolves (2012) to name only a few. Add to that list Ibiza Undead, debut feature of writer-director Andy Edwards, that also mimics the drug-addled neon rave aesthetic of Harmony Korine's arty teensploitation fable Spring Breakers (2012). Hence the international release saw it re-titled Zombie Spring Breakers.

The set-up most obviously echoes Shaun of the Dead with the characters so preoccupied with sex, drugs or obsessing over failed relationships they barely notice the zombie apocalypse on the horizon. However Edwards bolts on a Guy Ritchie-esque crime thriller subplot with Matt King's white-suited gay club boss feeding treacherous former lovers to captive zombies that never gels with the main plot. As Alex and Ellie, our supposed heroic couple, Jordan Coulson, in a version of the Simon Pegg role, and Downton Abbey's Cara Theobold emerge such vapid non-entities it is hard to stay invested in their survival let alone their relationship. Yet they are positively compelling set beside Ed Kear in a thoroughly one-dimensional reading of the stock Nick Frost character. So bent on banging 'bitches' and 'sluts' he abandons a friend inside a zombie-infested nightclub and maintains the same unapologetically snarky, self-serving demeanour throughout. To the point that when out of nowhere the film goes for a quiet moment of introspection between Jim and Liz it rings false. As does the vaguely moralistic fate of one character in a vague allusion to Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972).

Edwards makes a halfhearted stab at fashioning the story into an AIDs metaphor with The Inbetweeners pin-up girl Emily Atack on the receiving end of a nasty punchline. The film paints in absurdly broad strokes crafting not one single likable character among a cast of sub-Carry On caricatures as it mines a very archaic Seventies Brit vein of misogyny, xenophobia and crass Nineties' lads' mag booze addled obnoxiousness. Aside from one mildly amusing scene where the boys mistake a stoner dude for a zombie and bludgeon him to death, Ibiza Undead mostly opts for gawping at boobs in slow-motion as the height of wit. Though a scene where non-specific foreign taxi driver Torval (Michael Wagg) pressures the heroines into texting him breast pics before he come rescue them plumbs new depths of misfiring humour. Over-reliant on its trance score to keep the energy going (although Edwards inexplicably frames his club dancers from the shoulders up), Ibiza Undead exhausts an already meager plot one third of a way through its run-time leaving the rest of the film a real chore. Towards the limp finale one character sums up the viewers' attitude with the line: "Just turn into a f***ing zombie so we can go."

Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam


This review has been viewed 251 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

Review Comments (0)

Untitled 1

Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
  Rachel Franke
Enoch Sneed
Paul Shrimpton
  Desbris M


Last Updated: