‘Plaga Zombie‘ is a low-budget, self-financed zombie film from Argentina and was directed by Pablo Parés and Hernán Sáez.
The movie was released in 1997 and was made on a shoestring budget – literally with only a few hundred dollars – and it was shot on one camera and it was pretty much edited whilst it was being filmed.
‘Plaga Zombie‘ is the first Argentinian zombie film, and the plot is pretty basic stuff – the story centers around a trio of people fighting for their lives when a zombie epidemic breaks out. They discover that the cause of the outbreak stems from an alien virus and some underhand involvement from the FBI.
To be honest, the plot is secondary – it is pretty thin and only exists to set up the bloodbath and joyous gore-fest the follows….especially in the second half of the film. What little budget there was clearly got spent on the splatter effects.
The make-up for the zombies was created from cake-frosting and anything else they could find lying around, but despite the lack of production value the film manages to suck you in with its sheer enthusiasm. The film quickly gained a cult status and went on to spawn sequels.
‘Plaga Zombie‘ is a triumph of imagination and determination over budget, and is actually well worth checking out.
‘Plaga Zombie’ posters:
Like we mentioned, there was no real budget, so the posters and artwork for the film’s marketing definitely aren’t up to Hollywood standards, and they kind of give away the zombie and alien link..