The Stink of Flesh

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"How Do You Lead an Alternative Lifestyle... When Everybody's Dead?"
  • NR
  • 2004
  • 1 hr 22 min
  • 4.3  (638)

The Stink of Flesh is a low budget horror film from 2005 that tells the story of a man named Matool who is living in a post-apocalyptic world filled with flesh-eating zombies. The film is directed by Scott Phillips and stars Kurly Tlapoyawa as Matool, Ross Kelly as his wife, Diva as a prostitute, and Billy Garberina as a scavenger. The film takes place in a world that has been devastated by a zombie outbreak. Matool and his wife live in a secluded house in the middle of nowhere, trying to survive in a world that is now overrun by the undead. One day, a group of survivors led by a man named Romeo (Garberina) stumble upon their house in search of shelter. They are facing the overwhelming odds of the undead hordes and have run out of options.

As the story progresses, the audience gets glimpses into the lives of each character that flesh out their personalities and motivations. Matool is a former soldier who has grown desensitized to the horrors of the world around him due to his military training. His wife, on the other hand, is struggling to maintain her sanity in a world where everything she has ever known has crumbled around her.

The scavenger (Garberina), who is initially presented as a villain, gradually develops as a more complex character as the story progresses. He is portrayed as a ruthless survivor who will do whatever it takes to survive in a world where the undead are always lurking around the corner. Diva is a prostitute that the group encounters at a local strip club. She is initially seen as a sex object, but as the story unfolds, she becomes an integral part of the group.

The plot revolves around the group's efforts to survive and escape the zombie horde that is constantly closing in on them. They find themselves trapped in the house, unable to leave due to the danger outside. The tension builds as the undead close in on them, and the survivors are forced to make difficult choices that will ultimately determine their future.

The film uses a mix of horror elements to create an intense and suspenseful atmosphere. The makeup and special effects used to create the zombies are impressive given the film's low budget. The gore is plentiful but not excessive, and the film manages to capture a certain level of grittiness that suits the bleakness of the story.

The performances of the cast vary from solid to mediocre, with the two standout performances coming from Tlapoyawa and Garberina. Tlapoyawa brings a level of intensity and authenticity to his character that makes Matool believable as a former soldier who has been traumatized by his experiences. Garberina, on the other hand, imbues his character with a level of depth that elevates him beyond the typical villain archetype.

In terms of pacing, the film does suffer from some slow periods where the story seems to drag. However, the intense moments more than make up for these slow moments, and the film manages to maintain a level of tension that keeps the audience engaged.

Overall, The Stink of Flesh is a low budget zombie film that manages to rise above its limitations to deliver an intense and engaging story. Despite some weak acting and slow pacing, the film manages to deliver a solid horror experience that is sure to satisfy fans of the genre.

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    1 hr 22 min
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    4.3  (638)