I’m going out on a limb here, but say you’re mercenary Max Gatling, played by Dolph Lundgren. Your decision-making skills are going to have very specific parameters, and your response to any stimulus is either to beat the shit out of it or to shoot the shit out of it, and that’s why you were hired. The one thing you don’t need in your life is some noob who’s never been in an intense situation before, and also doesn’t appear to have ever seen a zombie movie. Roleplaying aside, the Battle of the Damned clip above features Gatling trying to keep survivor Reese (Matt Doran) from getting murdered by zombies and robots, and Reese screws it all up by using his gun when he shouldn’t have.
Back to roleplaying: you would let this guy get killed, right? It can’t just be me. Maybe I just have buried angst concerning the name Reese.
In any case, that probably won’t be the only time Gatling puts his own sanity on the line to save someone who isn’t played by Dolph Lundgren, as he will be spending quite a bit of time in the middle of a city overtaken by a zombie outbreak. Not for the nightlife, mind you, as he’s been hired to make his way through the city and rescue the daughter of a rich industrialist. And as the clip shows us, his initial belief that zombies were the only enemy is soon disproven when a squad of killer robots appears and ups the destruction ante just a tad.
A B-movie where the “B” stands for “balls out,” Battle of the Damned is probably not a film where morals and ethics are at the forefront of the subtext. This is an action movie through and through, and the clip above gives us a good look at how that action will play out. Admittedly, the fight between the robots and the zombies is all over the place, with the camera zipping around so quickly that the blood mixes in with the blurs and it was hard to keep track of what I was seeing. That said, this movie was made for next to nothing, so I’m not going to knock writer/director Christopher Hatton for being smart enough not to blow the majority of his budget aiming for one World War Z-scale scene surrounded by nothing.
Here’s one of the film’s latest stills, which features Gatling looking pensive about the hopefully disengaged robot in front of him.
Witness the metal-on-rotting-skin action when Battle of the Damned is released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 18.