Set in the Austrian alps the film presents a familiar outbreak scenario. High in the hills at a remote ski resort a toxic snow-making-machine infects an unsuspecting businessman, leading to a full blown zombie outbreak. The remaining humans – including ski champions and bar staff – must bandy together to evade the flesh eaters and escape the mountain.
Despite the story being wearisome and uninspired, the film is surprisingly affective. Relying on some very blatant influences (such as Shaun of the Dead, Braindead, Black Sheep and Dead Snow) ATTACK OF THE LEDERHOSEN ZOMBIES boasts an impressive production design, with vibrant colours, attractive cinematography and an undeniable technical competence. Director Dominik Hartl drives his film with a wistfulness that allows the audience to accept the generic conventions and relish the wonderful textures. The gore is a plenty and the effects are all practical. Blood and guts are strewn across the screen and a lot of frivolity has been injected into the violence.
The mountainous alpine setting makes ATTACK OF THE LEDERHOSEN ZOMBIES a visually appealing slice of schlock, and the taught 70 minute running times makes it an effortless and enjoyable watch.