It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for the campy horror flick, and I’ll be the first to admit that I like “bad” movies. The cheesier the better. The worse it is, the better it is. My boyfriend surprised me with this gem knowing by the title alone that it would be right up my alley, and he was right. The thing is, and I can’t believe I’m saying this… It was actually pretty good.
After a truck carrying biohazardous material hits a deer near a small town, a canister of mysterious green gas falls from the truck into the nearby river and ends up leaking its contents near a beaver dam downstream. With the title of the movie being what it is, the result of this little chemical spill is pretty easy to guess.
A group of college kids show up to spend the weekend at the lake away from city life after one of the girls has been cheated on by her d-bag boyfriend. Well shock of all shocks, this lake is connected to a certain river. When one of the girls is later attacked in the shower by a pupil-less beaver who would not die despite the very best efforts of baseball bats and knives, the group realizes there is definitely something strange going on around here. Since when do beavers attack? And since when are beavers (or anything) able to survive total mutilation? Not to mention the fact that a bite or scratch from one of these creatures means you not only turn violent and rabid-like (standard zombie symptoms), but you also grow long yellow front teeth and a wide leather-like tail.
This movie is ridiculous, but more importantly, ridiculously fun. As the world’s biggest fan of laughing, I will say I had a fantastic time watching watching this one. Zombeavers knew exactly what it was and it played itself up to the maximum level without being eye-rolling-ly awful. It’s clever in its absurdity. You can sense what a blast the cast and crew must’ve had making this movie happen, and I appreciate that type of thing. It’s not the kind of film that will give you nightmares, but it’ll freak you out a little bit whether you want to admit it or not, and it will almost certainly leave you with a stitch in your side from chuckling for an hour and a half straight.