I was on board with The Battery very early on. In all honesty, all it really took to rope me in was the unveiling of this badass, old school poster. I looked around on the net for reviews, but information was sparse. When the film was released on VOD/Digital, I jumped at the opportunity to watch it. I wasn’t expecting much from a no-budget zombie film. Little did I expect that it would secure a spot on my list of the best films of the year in 2013. I did what I could to promote the film, and let people know that this was something truly special. I managed to get a few people to watch it, and then it started getting more popular, as it screened at the 2013 Toronto After Dark Film Festival. People I had assured that they NEEDED to see this film, such as Jeff and Heather, found it to be spectacular as well. The extremely limited budget of the film ($6,000) certainly adds to the charm of the film. But, it’s the fact that the movie looks as good as it does, with performances as good as they are, and music as great as it is, despite that non-budget. How many multi-million dollar zombie films have we seen that were borderline unwatchable? Tons, even more than tons. I’d wager that around 1 out of ever 10 zombie films that are released today, are even worthy of consideration. The Battery is the zombie film, made for those of us that have had it with the genre. It’s the anti-zombie film, that manages to be better than any zombie film that may or may not be sitting next to it on the shelf. It’s one of the best no-budget films I have ever seen.
From The Press Release:
In a world ravaged by the undead, two men must not only survive a zombie apocalyptic mayhem, but also learn to survive each other. Or will they? On September 16, 2014, SCREAM FACTORY™ will release writer-director Jeremy Gardner’s enthralling zombie-horror drama THE BATTERY on Blu-ray™ and DVD. Featuring a general dose of suspense, character tension and wit, this critically acclaimed movie follows two former baseball players as they traverse the rural back roads of a post-plague New England teeming with the undead, psychological strain and their stark personality differences.
THE BATTERY stars Jeremy Gardner, Adam Cronheim, Niels Boole, Alana O’Brien, Jamie Pantanella, Larry Fessenden and Kelly McQuade. Packed with insightful special bonus content, THE BATTERY is a must have for movie enthusiasts, loyal fans and collectors. The Blu-ray has a suggested retail price of $19.97 and $14.97 for the DVD.
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of The Battery is a must-own for any fans of independent cinema. Even if you’re not a fan of horror films, you’re going to want to see how a ragtag group of people, on a budget that is practically non-existent, manages to outshine almost every other zombie-related piece of media that you’re likely to see this year. The video presentation, with its AVC-encoded 1080p transfer, in 2.35:1, goes even further to display the beauty of a film shot with next-to-no money. The DTS-HD Master Audio track, both in stereo, and 5.1, does a good job at transferring a world-gone-mad into your living room. At times, surrounding you with sounds of nature, and the groaning dead. In quantity, there isn’t a ton of extras on the disc, but the bonus content that we do get is of epic proportions. It’s not every modern indie horror flick that has a 90 minute “making-of” documentary included with its release. You’re going to want to watch that thing, too, because it is highly informative, and equally parts entertaining. Also included is an audio commentary, an outtake reel, the theatrical trailer, and a featurette dedicated to the amazing music of the film. This is an impressive release by Scream Factory, of an independent, beast of a film that can’t be missed.
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray Release of The Battery is now available on DVD & Blu-ray. Purchase a copy of your own by clicking here for the Shout! Factory Website, or click the Amazon link below the review.