‘Malnazidos’ Surpasses Most Hollywood Zombie Movies

If we had told director George A. Romero the influence he was going to have Night of the Living Dead (1968) in later zombie cinema, still more than fifty years after its release, he wouldn’t have believed it. But here we are, with the frankness of The Walking Dead give rise to derived series; and the Spaniards Javier Ruiz Caldera and Alberto de Toro, in first Malnazidos.

This 2020 film is a surprise for several reasons. For starters, if the second of the two filmmakers is his feature film debut after editing his partner’s four others, this is the first time the latter has kicked things off. And, to continue, with the complexity of offering a proposal worthy of the genrethey got there with virtually no sweat.

It is situated at the antipodes of this already stale formula of absurd humor that is spanish movie (2009), from the large stomach-turning brush of ghost promotion (2012) and three other marriages (2013), by Anacleto: secret agent (2015) and its plausibility issues and failure superlopez (2018). At Malnazidoswho adapts the novel Night of the dead of 38written by Manuel Martin (2012), Everything works well.

Dodging typical zombie difficulties in ‘Malnazidos’


The new film by Javier Ruiz Caldera and Alberto de Toro, which seems to have risen in cinematic rank for the good of his colleague, does not fall into the blunders usually committed in audiovisual productions with reanimated corpses of those who persecute the protagonists to eat them; or, at the very least, bite into it a bit before you lose interest in their guts.

Malnazidos resist the temptation to go of head for fun gore and its repulsive images, with which the artistic departments of make-up, prosthetics and effects have so much fun; like those stalwarts who only settle into their seats to see strewn innards and splashes of strawberry syrup. So forget Peter Jackson and brain death (1992), for example.