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Grave Bandits: Zombie Island (2012)

akas: The Grave Bandits: Zombie Island, The Grave Bandits
category: movie
phillipines, 97 min.

Directed by:

Jill Palencia ... Maiya
Robert Nunes ... William Seabrook
Millard Keung ... King

ZMDB rating: 7/10 (1 votes)

A long time ago a meteor crashed to Earth and it has some kind of rare gem inside it. In the present, a white treasure hunter digs up said gem. This leads to a zombie outbreak. A couple of grave robbers get involved with things. Soon there is an entire island full of zombies. Will any of them survive? Can the kids get away? It tells the story of two teenage orphans named Romy, a 17 year old boy who is an expert graveyard robber and his 12 year old accomplice named Peewee. To survive day to day life, they steal precious belongings from corpses: necklaces, gold teeth, earrings and anything of value. The townspeople are fed up with their disrespect for the dead that a hefty reward awaits for their capture. Their lives take a major turn when a local undertaker catches them stealing from the cemetery. Romy and Peewee run and steal a boat from the local villagers. They sail to the closest desolated and uninhabited island only to encounter a greater foe: The undead cannibals.

 Romy and Peewee lost each other during the frantic chase. Peewee finds a safe haven inside a cave where he meets MAIYA, a young native girl. Romy meets an American Scientist named Mr. Seabrook who is hiding on top of a giant tree. Mr. Seabrook reveals that the undead were the local pirates who became mindless cannibals after contracting an alien virus cocooned inside an ancient meteorite. Maiya was captured by the local pirates hired by Mr. Seabrook because she holds the secret to finding the mythical diamond meteorite which she vowed to protect. But the local pirates he hired to help him uncover the treasure want the diamond for themselves and betrayed the Professor. Unbeknownst to the pirates, the diamond contains a microscopic alien virus. Despite the warnings from the Professor, the pirates keep the diamond. The pirates die after contracting the virus and their bodies resurrect into mindless flesh-eating creatures. Trapped on an island and left with nothing to defend themselves, the Grave Bandits formulate a plan to escape and battle the undead using improvised weapons. �But a diamond the size of a tangerine is hard to resist, just when things are going according to plan, they discover greater enemies among themselves. Will the Grave Bandits become our unlikely heroes or will they ultimately succumb to greed?

Zombometer rating: 5 / 5
Zombies attack people who come to an island

Movie keywords:
horror, treasure, feature film, adventure
added: january 22th 2014 19:35:50,  last modified: january 22th 2014 19:45:36
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Decent Movie

The Grave Bandits ends up being a pretty decent horror movie. It's the first of several upcoming Filipino zombie movies, although I did get it on DVD out of Japan under the title Zombie Island. So following the exact plot wasn't easy since no English subtitles were available. But it was still pretty clear what was going on. The acting was pretty good. The make-up was very well done. The blood and gore was excellent. It was a lot of fun as well. Hopefully, I'll get to see a subtitled version at some point soon. I give The Grave Bandits a score of 7 out of 10.
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