Let There Be Zombies Press Kit

PRESS KIT for Let There Be Zombies

Short Synopsis

Nerdy school teacher Drew flees to the country to avoid the rapidly spreading plague of undead but is quickly overcome by a lack of survival skills, the relentless Texas heat and, of course, zombies.

 

Medium Synopsis

Drew is a nerdy teacher that can’t even control the students in her classroom.  When threatened by the classroom bully, Drew does what she knows best… back down.  Not even words of wisdom from the principal can muster a show of strength from a wimp who seems destined for a second-rate life.  And this is before the zombie apocalypse.

With populations being overrun by the rapidly spreading plague of zombies, Drew flees to the sanctuary of the country where she is quickly overcome by a lack of survival skills, the relentless Texas heat and, of course, zombies.  But Drew must learn that that running from her problems is much like running from zombies.  They find you.  They always find you.

Along her odyssey, Drew encounters a cast of characters that both help and hinder her path to finding the strength within herself that will make or break her ability to survive these terrible new times of unending death… and her annoying new companions.

Let There Be Zombies is a horror adventure comedy that takes place deep in the heart of Texas.  Made on a small budget by a cast and crew of volunteers, this is a film that starts with humble beginnings and rises to the challenge of accomplishing the dreams of a dedicated team of friends with a relentless passion for film.

 

Long Synopsis

Meet Drew, the teacher that can’t even her classroom.  When she is threatened by the classroom bully Biff, Drew doesn’t use management skills, she simply backs down.  After being saved by the bell, Drew is approached by the principal, Miss Judy, who offers Drew words of wisdom when dealing with difficult situations, “You must control the situation or the situation will control you.”

Then the zombie apocalypse happens, sending the entire world into.  Hoping to get away from the populations that have been overtaken by the rapidly spreading infection, Drew drives to the less populated area of the country until she runs out of gas in the middle of nowhere.  But having never spent time in the country, Drew is quickly overcome by a lack of survival skills, the relentless Texas heat, and of course, zombies.

After walking for miles, Drew comes upon another vehicle with an occupant in the driver seat who appears to be dead.  Noticing a cell phone, Drew reaches into the vehicle and inadvertently wakes the driver… who is now a zombie.  Trying to pull away, Drew falls to the ground and attempts to crawl away with the zombie bearing down on her.  Just when it seems she will succumb to the overpowering aggression of the zombie, a large figure suddenly appears, shoves the zombie away from Drew, and impales it with a tire iron.  Recovering from her scary ordeal, Drew shades her eyes from the sun to get a first look at her savior Jeff, an enormous man dressed in a suit shirt and tie.   But there’s little time for small chat as the zombie rises again, with the tire iron still embedded in his chest.  The new dynamic duo quickly head onward.

Coming to a creepy country house, Drew and Jeff enter looking for refuge and a cool glass of water. There they encounter a strange woman, Mary, who invites them to breakfast.  After a meal that is less than hearty and conversation that is worse, the trio is surprised by the entrance of a zombie who bites Mary.  Locking the zombie in the dining room, the group retires to the living room to recover.  They are again surprised by Jose, a Mexican pizza delivery boy who has come to the wrong address.  When asked how he arrived in the middle of nowhere, Jose explains that he took a taxi but ran out of money and had to walk the rest of the way to complete his delivery.  As Mary succumbs to the infection and falls silent, Drew, Jeff, and Jose search a nearby room where they hear a radio broadcast.  Returning to the living room, they find Mary is gone.  After being attacked by Mary the zombie, and Jeff’s revelation that the house contains no air conditioning, the group decides they must move on, but not before taking a portable can of gas.

Eventually Drew, Jeff, and Jose come across an RV that is occupied by Mark, a happy go lucky fellow that is just happy for company.  Inviting the travelers inside, Mark is recounting his story when a motion detector goes off, signaling that zombies are approaching.  When Drew and Jeff get out to fill the gas tank and push start the RV, Mark drives away, leaving them in his dust… and Jose still in the crapper.  Drew and Jeff are left alone as the zombies approach and run off into the distance.

In the middle of a hay field, Drew and Jeff come across Red, a simpleton rancher dressed in overalls and a red cap.  Red reveals he has a truck, but was too drunk last night to remember where he put his keys.  Still out of breath, and with formal introductions barely over, a young boy by the name of Billy runs up screaming about his father being eaten by monsters.  As a small group of zombies approach, Drew, Jeff, Red and Billy must fight them off using whatever tools they can find.  At the end of a pathetic battle, the heroes emerge victorious but not without casualties.  Red’s leg is badly injured and young Billy has been bitten.

Letting Billy rest in an old hay barn, Drew leaves Red and Jeff to clean up the carnage while she wanders off into the forest to find some answers.  There she runs into Pappy who turns into a frightening old man and attacks her.  Finally summoning her inner strength, Drew gains the advantage and the two fall to the ground.  As Drew screams out her hidden inner rage, she realizes that she is holding a skeleton… was it all just a dream?  But now Drew has her strength, and an old shotgun that was lying beside the skeleton.

Back at the barn, Jeff and Red argue over how to kill Billy.  In the midst of the conversation, Billy, now a zombie, slowly comes alive and rises to attack them.  As they continue arguing, Billy takes a step forward but is gunned down by Drew, who has entered the barn to finally take charge.  The hero has arrived.  But there is much work to be done.

As night falls, the group prepares for battle with the revelation that more zombies are approaching on the horizon.  A massive battle ensues where Drew, Jeff and Red emerge victorious.  With adrenaline coursing through their veins, the trio celebrates their victory until two school girls come running in, screaming about another hoard of zombies.  Demoralized, the group can only stare in awe as a massive crowd of zombies approaches from every direction.  Drew finally regains her leadership and ushers the group into the safety of the barn, but not before one of the schoolgirls is torn to shreds.

Locked in the barn, the group attempts to regain their composure, but find it difficult with the sound of zombies outside.  Drew gives a speech that barely has time to lift spirits before the zombie hoard breaks through the defenses, ravaging Jeff and the other school girl as Drew and Red climb up to the roof.  Spending the night on the roof of the barn, Drew and Red realize that there is no way out, surrounded by hundreds of zombies.

As dawn emerges, the sun reveals the keys to Red’s truck hanging on the farm windmill.  Summoning her strength, Drew prepares to run through the zombies to retrieve the keys.  At the edge of the roof, Drew has a lapse in courage and turns around for encouragement from Red, but missteps and falls to the ground.  With her head pounding, Drew runs through the hoard of zombies until she comes upon a familiar face… Biff, the classroom bully, and he’s a zombie.  Loading her last remaining shotgun shell, Drew takes aim and sends Biff to his final eternal grave.  With nothing to stop her, Drew retrieves the keys from the windmill, jumps in the truck, fires it up and drives over to save Red.  They speed away, but the victory is once again thwarted as the truck runs out of gas.  Quickly becoming surrounded by zombies, once again it looks like there is no more hope, until a bright yellow taxi arrives with Jose inside to save the day.

Drew and Red scramble over to Jose and the three jump inside as the taxi rushes away to safety.  After escaping from Mark the strange RV guy, Jose explains that crystals from creepy Mary’s house told him where to find Drew and Jeff.  The group is safe and friendship has won the day.

At the close of the film, we find the survivors at Camp Hope, a refugee compound with Drew as the leader.  With information of incoming zombies, Drew gives the order to prepare for battle stations and the compound springs into action.  The final moments of the film show our heroine Drew as the strong victorious leader of a ragtag group of survivors as she gives the command to fire on the approaching zombies.  In the final monologue by Drew, she explains that many people cry out for an end to the death and carnage.

No longer fearing death, empowered leader Drew now proclaims…”Let there be zombies.”

 

About Writer/Director Andrew Patterson

Andrew grew up in Dallas, Texas where he used every opportunity to complete school projects by making videos.  A proud graduate of Coppell High School, Andrew went on to receive a degree in Communication Arts from Austin College where he studied radio, television and film.

Andrew built his skills editing commercials for North Texas Video Productions and KTEN Television in Denison, Texas.  He directed event films for Beyond and has created promotional films for prominent organizations such as The Hockaday School, Comerica Bank, The Family Place and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

His first film Subtle Voices: Cries from Colombia (2006) was an official selection at both the Delray Beach Film Festival and the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.   His second film, Let There Be Zombies (2014) premiered to a sold out crowd of over seven hundred fans at the Lakewood Theater in Dallas.  The film won the People’s Choice Award at the Interurban Film Festival and the Award of Merit at Indie Fest and was picked by Gravitas Ventures and is now currently available on multiple Video On Demand (VOD) platforms such as Dish on Demand, Verizon On Demand, Vudu, Amazon, iTunes, Xbox Video, Playstation and Google Play.  After only the first week, Let There Be Zombies was already rated in the top 100 horror films of all time and number twelve in new horror releases on Google Play.

His production company, Film Patterson LLC, is currently gearing up for their next feature film called Prepper which will be shot this July in Dallas, Texas.

 

Director’s Statement

I’ve never considered myself a zombie fanatic and yet I’ve always been drawn to zombie films.  When I was pondering my next project, the idea for this film jumped in my head and I immediately got excited because I knew we could get a lot of people involved with all the enthusiasm surrounding zombies right now.  I think the mystique with end of days scenarios is that people just get tired of their normal lives and the idea of a world changing apocalypse actually seems quite refreshing because we wouldn’t be consumed with working in a dead end job just to pay for air conditioning and the newest gadget.  Everything would be fresh and feelings would be heightened because each moment could be your last.  That’s certainly the atmosphere we jump into with Let There Be Zombies.

What started as a small group of friends brainstorming ideas and watching our favorite zombie films quickly evolved into a cast and crew of over thirty people fully committed to taking this project to the next level.  I think what attracted people to this film was our professionalism, commitment and our drive make the best product we could.  People showed up to production meetings because they were excited about being a part of a film but they kept coming back because there was a cast and crew of passionate people devoted to creating something much bigger as a team than what just one guy could accomplish.

Making this film was the biggest and longest spanning project I have ever been a part of in my life to this point.  I have never been under so much stress from the responsibility of wanting to do a good job for all those who gave so much to make this film possible and yet I have never had so much fun.  I gave two years of my life to make this film because it’s much more than just a crazy zombie flick.  Throughout this project, I saw individuals grow as they rose to meet the unending challenges and discovered greatness within themselves that was previously yet to be discovered.  That is what’s most important to me.  No matter how audiences respond, we have already far surpassed what we thought possible when we began.  In my mind, Let There Be Zombies is already a success.

Andrew Patterson

Writer/Director/Producer

 

Interesting Facts

There were over 100 zombies involved in the production with a special effects crew of eight makeup artists.

The film was shot over a fourteen day period on a ranch just north of Denton, Texas.

The premiere of Let There Be Zombies occurred at the Lakewood Theater in Dallas with a sold out crowd of over seven hundred fans.

A midsummer production, temperatures inside the barn where multiple scenes were filmed was well over 110 degrees, causing enormous headaches with makeup and cast fatigue.

There are multiple behind the scenes features available showing how the film was made which can be found on the Deluxe Edition DVD combo set at www.LetThereBeZombies.com

 

Reviews

Bricks of the Dead by Galt – http://bricksofthedead.com/2013/06/04/movie-review-let-there-be-zombies/

Let There Be Zombies is a new independent horror-comedy directed and written by Texan Andrew Patterson, and stars an entirely local cast featuring Sydney Daly as Drew, Doug Lowe as Jeff, Manuel Monsante as Red, and Enrique Arellano as José.

The film follows Drew, a schoolteacher, who could not even control her own classroom, and must learn how to control the situation of surviving in a zombie-ridden world. Along the way, she meets Jeff, a misanthropic computer programmer who accompanies Drew after she is stranded in the countryside, and takes out his anger on the undead masses with a fencepost. Red is a redneck farmhand who lives off of the land and has dealt with loss ever since the mysterious disappearance of his Pappy in a tragic hunting accident, and he brandishes an air-powered pellet gun. José is a pizza delivery boy who works for his cousin’s pizza parlor, at least until it was overran. Now he has to survive the apocalypse, and he still has one more pizza to deliver.

Now, the film leaves a little bit to be desired in ways of plot and character development: the story was largely predictable and is as textbook as it could be. The character development was not as also very obvious, as you could easily see where Drew started out as a timid teacher and is told by the principal of the school “if she does not control the situation, the situation will control her.” This line is referred back to time and time again, in an almost cliché amount. However, I must compliment the larger references later in the film to formerly insignificant lines from earlier on.

However, what the film lacks in plot and development it makes up for in humor, satire, references, and good, old-fashioned fun. I found myself cracking up throughout the film; Jeff provides the main comic relief, delivering in a snarky, deadpan type of voice, parodying the stereotype of IT workers (think of Jimmy Fallon’s “Nick Burns” SNL bit). Red provides humor by mocking the media’s perception of rural Americans as a whole: referring to his “Pappy,” driving a rusty, junked-up pickup truck, brewing his own beer, wearing overalls over a dingy shirt, and speaking in a very obvious forced accent. José has a funny quip here and there and is probably the edgiest of all humor in the movie, and has a particularly interesting bite to it for those living in the Southwest United States. The satire in the film revolves mainly around trope deconstruction.

There are the aforementioned main characters, but an elderly female character that averts the “Granny Classic” trope also plays it and constantly talks about her sex life and things you would not picture a grandmother type talking about. It’s not perfect, but as far as cheap laughs go, it does its job. On a more serious note, the actual cause of the zombie virus I found most interesting. I’ll try my best not to spoil it, but it addresses some particular dietary concerns that people today are often complaining about, and in the film we see it reach its zenith.

Thankfully, the filmmakers don’t overplay their hand and drone on and on about the subject, they explain enough to keep us thinking while not giving away too much. Throughout the film, I also saw a number of welcome references. Jeff bears a resemblance to a bespectacled, brown-haired Shaun, and even uses a similar looking weapon. Red’s farm and a stray RV, among another location, hint at a certain zombie-themed TV show, and the influence of directors like Romero and Edgar Wright are present throughout.

My favorite thing of all, however, was just the whole feel of the project. Yes, the zombies and special effects may have been cheesy, and some of the weapons impractical (look to Red later in the film), but you can tell the amount of passion that went into the film. A lot of the movie was actually funded through Kickstarter, and still only had a $10,000 budget. It’s another one of those low-budget projects that prove you don’t need a huge budget to make something great. Kevin Smith proved it with Clerks and Robert Rodriguez proved it with El Mariachi, and Let There Be Zombies just proved it again. It reminded me of Bricks of the Dead in that regard, as it shows that one passionate person can make something awesome.

This movie is going to be making the film festival circuit this year, and will be touring the US as a result, but will not be in theaters everywhere. However, if you want to see it in your local theater, services like Tugg can help you bring the movies you want to your nearest cinema. If you’re interested in that, check out www.tugg.com to get started, or take a look at the film’s official site.

Bricks of the Dead by Galt – http://bricksofthedead.com/2013/06/04/movie-review-let-there-be-zombies/

 

Posters and Production Stills

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For more information please contact:

Andrew Patterson

andrew@filmpatterson.com

214.673.1276