Hey folks, Jesse here, to talk about yet another horror flick. I’ve been hooked on the horror genre lately so to all those squeamish people out there, forgive me. This time I’m going to be looking at, Last Ones Out.
Last Ones Out is a Shudder exclusive. That means it can only be found on the streaming service brought to you by the friendly people at AMC. Shudder has quite a collection of horror movies at this point and a growing number of them are exclusively on Shudder. I’ve watched a few of them now and have found some winners. Check out my review of Dead Shack when you get the chance.
Let’s talk about the movie.
Last Ones Out comes to us from South Africa. Now I’ve seen a lot of horror movies but I don’t think I’ve seen any from Africa so I’m always excited to see what another country is going to do with the horror genre. This is director Howard James Fyvie’s take on the zombie outbreak we’ve seen many times before. They are usually similar but the setting and character tropes are different. This one follows a similar path that seems to unavoidable by the genre.
A zombie outbreak occurs and rapidly takes over a populated area. A random gang of survivors has to band together to get to the always just out of reach “safe zone”. It seems to me that is the most likely thing to happen so it follows a familiar story. So that means the movie relies on the setting and characters. I believe the filmmakers have a grasp of both so I enjoyed South Africa’s entry into the blood-soaked, flesh-craving, rage infested, zombie universe.
Last Ones Out plays out like a spinoff of The Walking Dead. Except this time the setting is a city in Africa. It’s mostly in English but at times it does switch to an African language. It starts out in a hospital and focuses on a man named Henry (Greg Kriek). He’s an American on a business trip and there for emergency surgery. We meet a few other characters including two doctors Sunet (Christia Visser) and Siseko (Tshamano Sebe). As Henry is going under for his appendix surgery, it’s at the same time the outbreak begins.
There is a moment I liked at this point. Henry wakes up from his anesthesia, he has had not had the surgery performed. He was left in a dark room alone and he can’t move his arms or legs. He is left with being able to do nothing but listen to the blood-curdling screams as people outside the door were being violently chewed to bits. Eventually, he is rescued by the doctors and they are able to narrowly escape.
The violence in the movie is pretty low key. The zombies are the “rage” type. The virus causes a rabid effect in people. These are not the undead zombies but they are more like deranged bloodthirsty maniacs. The zombies were usually covered in blood and had blank white eyes but there wasn’t a whole lot of effect makeup needed. A lot of the scary moments come from built up tension and less from gory effects full of blood buckets and piles of innards. It comes across as scary even without the splatter. Running across a field from zombies at full speed with them right behind you can be more terrifying than seeing a head explode. It just depends on the story and how you feel about the characters in it. I liked all these characters and I did care when they were being chased through Africa.
There is a great chase scene near the end of the movie. The gang goes to a small shantytown to rescue Siseko’s son. Things are pretty intense and I got some anxiety while they were running down the narrow alleys that would take them out of the shantytown and back to safety. I think the zombies were scariest in the final scenes. They encounter the largest group of zombies so far and it is pretty nerve-wracking up until the final moments. I’m not sure how I felt about it’s ending. I’m not sure if it was the best ending I could have hoped for, but I can accept it the way it is. It had a more emotional ending than I was expecting.
Last Ones Out Final Thoughts:
I can’t really say much of anything bad about Last Ones Out. It was fun to watch and the Walking Dead influence made for some good storytelling. You get a chance to see a few different parts of South Africa. The settings in the Savannah areas made think zombie lions were suddenly going to come running out of the woods. Unfortunately, there are no zombie lions in this movie. I guess lions are already scary and might eat you so it wouldn’t be necessary anyway. Oh well. Maybe zombie monkeys!
So I would suggest you check this movie out if you get the chance. Especially if you like things scary but not too bloody. Kind of bloody but, not too much. If you’re really into horror then be sure to look into Shudder. It’s got a great selection of old and new horror movies. Some are exclusively found on Shudder and you may be surprised to find some of your favorites that you can’t find on Netflix or Amazon. That’s it for now, thanks for stopping by and come back soon.