Film Review: Automaton Transfusion (2006)

Into the Dark - Film Review: Automaton Transfusion (2006)

This ultra-low budget horror flick ($30,000) shot by first-time film school graduates in Orlando should — I repeat, SHOULD — be something to celebrate. It’s remarkable that a group of kids could throw together such an ambitious, action-filled zombie apocalypse movie. On the other hand, did it have to be so frickin’ awful?

The writer/director openly admits in the DVD commentary track that he despises things like plot, character development, and dialogue, and boy does it show! Automaton Transfusion suffers from acute attention deficit disorder. Zombies jump into frame no less than every three or four minutes to tear someone apart. There’s no tension, no suspense, no mystery, no emotion — just low-rent gore effects and an appallingly tenacious use of shaky cam. It’s busily boring and painful to endure.

Somehow, I made it to the end, which is only an end in that the credits roll. There’s no resolution to the story, just a “to be continued” card.

I sincerely hope it’s an empty promise.

Rating: 0.5/5 ½☆☆☆☆ 

[I’d have given this movie a lower score, but I reserve that lowest of low ratings primarily for sasquatch porn and Casper Van Dien flicks.]

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About Scott_S

Scott studied film and sociology at Indiana University and is currently the video producer for a large publishing company. He is the director of several independent films, including "House of Hope," "Off the Beaten Path," "The Day Joe Left," and "Found." For more about Scott, visit www.scottschirmer.com. Scott is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)

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