The Greatest Horror Movie Moments!
by: Dr. Boogie

Automaton Transfusion

I don't see many horror movies these days, so I'm mostly open to suggestion on the subject. Someone suggested that I check out Automaton Transfusion, a new zombie movie that was produced in nine days on a budget of only $30,000. I couldn't find much information about the movie, but I was curious to see what the director was able to do with so little money. In 1968, George spent $114,000 and made "Night of the Living Dead". In 2006, Steve C. Miller spent $30,000 and made... a complete fool of himself.

Right off the bat, I knew something was wrong when it looked like the bulk of the footage was filmed on a camera phone. Almost nothing was made of the plot beyond "teens go to party, and are chased by zombies" until the very end of the film. The dialogue consists of little more than yelling (for the men), and crying (for the ladies). Best of all, the serious scenes, where characters are showing how the fear of being eaten alive is getting to them, are marred by acting so over-the-top that you can't even laugh at it.

But the movie did have a few gory set pieces here and there. Most are nothing to write home about (I-Mockery is my home), but one scene managed to surprise me:

There's a big high school party at someone's house out in the boondocks. I don't remember who, or if they were even named at any point in the movie. The point is that everyone is having a good time when a new guest shows up at the door. It's "Matty", a character only shown once before now, in a scene where his zombie mother bit him on the cheek while he yelled like an extra in a Godzilla movie. The huge, bleeding gash in his cheek causes one of the party goers, a pregnant woman, to ask if he's alright. He responds thusly:

A punch in the gut is bad enough, but all the more when you're pregnant. I assume. But that's not the end of it.

Matty yanks out her unborn child and starts eating it in front of her. I wish I had more shots of it, but the camerawork was done by a Parkinson's sufferer who drank too many Red Bulls and starting filming the scene while having a seizure during an earthquake.

Still, kudos for showing a new way to combat teen pregnancy.

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Dr. Boogie


Reader Comments

Funky Dynamite
Sep 18th, 2009, 07:29 PM
By the way, the reason the screencaps look so thin is because the letterboxing on this particular movie was twice as thick. I've never seen anything like it before. So kudos to them for being pioneers.
With More Yes Than Ever
Sep 18th, 2009, 07:44 PM
lol, That movie sounds pretty deplorable. If Jason isn't around to discourage pre-marital sex, I guess the zombies have to pick up the pieces.
LOVES the tubal ligation!
Sep 18th, 2009, 08:01 PM
That alone might make it worth watching. Is it?
The Mighty One
Sep 18th, 2009, 08:08 PM
It reminds me of the fact that a pregnant woman suggested a similar death for herself to George Romero during the filming of Dawn of the Dead. I don't know why George didn't go for it, it being the death and that woman, since any woman who suggests that is just about perfect.
You'll thank me later...
Sep 18th, 2009, 08:18 PM
HAHA! I picked this up in a $5 bin 6 months ago or so.

What the good doctor isn't telling you all is that while the zombie is eating the baby you can clearly hear a whiny, comical "my baby"

I had to watch this scene 3 times, just about in tears with laughter.
This movie absolutely sucks, but that scene alone was absolutely worth the price of the dvd.
Sep 18th, 2009, 08:32 PM
I assume that DougClayton4231 called it.
frappez le cochon rouge
Sep 18th, 2009, 08:51 PM
I was almost an extra in this movie when they were down in Orlando.
the axe and the smasher
Sep 18th, 2009, 09:05 PM
I should check this out.
Funky Dynamite
Sep 18th, 2009, 09:13 PM
It's really just a terrible movie. It tries to be overly serious in spite of how poorly executed every aspect of the film is, and half the time I couldn't even tell where the characters were, or how they got there. And the characters don't show any emotion beyond yelling.

Bad acting, bad camerawork, bad directing, bad everything, really. This moment really was the only thing I took away from the film, apart from the tuly hilarious joke at the very end of the movie.

Pickled Patriarch
Sep 18th, 2009, 09:16 PM
Originally Posted by Fathom Zero View Post
I was almost an extra in this movie when they were down in Orlando.
Haha what made you change your mind? Dignity? Good taste?
Last of the Time Lords
Sep 18th, 2009, 09:52 PM
I swear I could tell everything about this movie just by looking at the poster up top. I rent a lot of movies, and in recent years I've noticed that the horror section of my local video store is chock full of DVDs with grimy white covers depicting some sort of horribly gory effect that looks way better than anything actually seen in the movie.

Why grimy white covers? Because Hostel and the Saw movies have them and those were successful. Why so much gore on the cover? Because you can't put that sort of thing on an theatrical movie poster and these all went direct to DVD, but at least it's eye-catching.

You may as well have a neon sign that says "derivative crap" on the box.
Forum Virgin
Sep 19th, 2009, 12:06 AM
Wow, that is the best idea for a horror scene involving a baby I've heard of since the baby-zombie-almost-in-the-blender thing in Dead Alive.
grants but one wish
Sep 19th, 2009, 03:32 AM
i youtubed the scene after Wyldflame mentioned the hillarity, it's the best laugh i had all day
frappez le cochon rouge
Sep 19th, 2009, 03:48 AM
Originally Posted by Mockery View Post
Haha what made you change your mind? Dignity? Good taste?
Space Mountain was calling me that day.
Crazed Techno-Biologist
Sep 19th, 2009, 05:11 AM
geeze, they couldve made this movie for that cheap in like, some 3rd world nation maybe, but this is just terrible. obviously they wasted their budget. =/
Sloth, PhD
Sep 19th, 2009, 01:46 PM
My friend made me watch this movie.

I hate him now.

And yeah, that's probably the only good scene.
Forum Virgin
Sep 19th, 2009, 02:50 PM
if you liked this baby eating scene, you should check out the one in antropophagus directed by joe d'amato. it's a pretty horrible movie in the fact that it's so SLOW, but once it gets going it's alright. you even get to see a cannibal eating themselves, so, hooray for america.
Sep 19th, 2009, 07:13 PM
This movies sucks.
I hate this hacker crap!
Sep 20th, 2009, 02:17 PM
Baby eaters... carry on into zombie life.
Forum Virgin
Sep 20th, 2009, 07:04 PM
I have yet to see this one, myself, but I saw the box for it for the first time last year. I work at Wal-Mart and was getting returns for my department when someone was trying to return the DVD, saying it was the worst film they'd ever seen. When I mentioned something about seeing it myself sometime for my site, he offered to sell it to me (since Wal-Mart policy is that, if a DVD or game's open, you can only trade it in for the same movie or game).
Commarade General
Sep 21st, 2009, 02:07 PM
Baby eating...

(Sorry, I... I couldn't resist myself).
An Arizona Horror Company
Sep 21st, 2009, 08:23 PM
If the movie had been made for $30, I'd say "Well done"-- but to end up with this after spending thirty grand....silly, silly people.
Forum Virgin
Sep 22nd, 2009, 03:21 PM
If you want GOOD HORROR now a days you gotta go with the french, Inside is the most emotionaly and phisically brutal horror film I've seen in years and Martyrs is pretty damn close too.
You'll thank me later...
Sep 22nd, 2009, 05:53 PM
Originally Posted by hoytjohnson View Post
\ so, hooray for america.

No no, Hooray for you.

And hooray...for us all.
Forum half-noob
Sep 27th, 2009, 08:18 PM
"When chad found out that the baby wasnt his,his reaction was a little over the top"
Member OfThe Pigmask Army
Sep 29th, 2009, 11:38 PM
Movie Enthusiast
Oct 16th, 2009, 01:19 AM
Not really an original idea, though; a similar fetus-ripping happened in Terror Firmer, a typically over-the-top gross Troma flick.
Smooth Operator
Sep 4th, 2010, 03:48 AM
I know I'm a year late on this, but Abortion Puch is going to become my new catch phrase.

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