The cur­rent vogue for zom­bie films doesn’t show any signs of slow­ing down. Virtually any­thing with “Zombie” in the title can make it to mar­ket as long as it deliv­ers a gag­gle of flesh-eaters run­ning amok. If you need proof, con­sid­er Zombie Fight Club. It’s a recent entry in this sub­gen­re from Taiwan and one of the more daft and inco­her­ent zom­bie films in recent mem­o­ry.

ZomFC-bluZombie Fight Club begins in a tow­er block à la Shivers as it chron­i­cles the out­break of a zom­bie con­ta­gion. It all begins with some par­ty kids who take some import­ed “bath salt” drugs and splits into a vari­ety of plot threads as var­i­ous ten­ants are caught unawares by the ever-grow­ing zom­bie horde. This seems to be the film’s entire sto­ry for the first hour… until it abrupt­ly shifts into the future via some awk­ward title cards. The last half hour focus­es on the tit­u­lar enter­prise, which is run by psy­chotic ex-school­teacher Wu Ming (Jack Kao). Party girl Jenny (Jessica C) and for­mer cop Andy (Andy On) are among the unwill­ing humans who have to fight zom­bies at his behest.

The result is a bunch of ragged­ly assem­bled set­pieces in search of a plot and a con­sis­tent tone. It’s almost like the film­mak­ers dreamt up a bunch of sce­nes they’d like to see in a zom­bie flick over drinks, scrib­bled them down on a bar nap­kin and then began shoot­ing a film using the scrib­bles on that nap­kin. The film fre­quent­ly goes for bad taste humor — like a gangsta get­ting his man­hood bit­ten off when his girl turns zom­bie — but such moments clash with bizarre stabs at dra­ma, like a sub­plot about how Wu Ming turns psy­cho after a cor­rupt cop shoots his daugh­ter.

ZomFC-01Simply put, there is no rhyme or rea­son to the plot­ting or char­ac­ter­i­za­tions, much less any sense of focus, and the sheer inco­her­ence quick­ly becomes numb­ing. Director Joe Chien keeps the film mov­ing for­ward at a fast clip but doesn’t show much inspi­ra­tion when stag­ing hor­ror or action, mak­ing this a film that man­ages to make splat­ter and mar­tial arts seem kind of ho-hum. Pile on an array of awful, sub-video game CGI effects (the explo­sions are par­tic­u­lar­ly awful) and you have a film that is a chore to watch.

Blu-Ray Notes: This title just received a nice blu-ray release from Scream Factory. The trans­fer does well by the film’s grungy look and offers both English and Mandarin sound­tracks (with English subs for the lat­ter), in both 5.1 and 2.0 loss­less stereo mix­es. Extras con­sist of a trail­er and a “stunts” piece that is basi­cal­ly a three min­ute EPK with a brief look at the stag­ing of the action.