At this point, a surprisingly impressive trailer for a non-existent movie titled Dawn of the Planet of the Zombies and the Giant Killer Plants on Some Serious Acid shouldn’t be all that surprising. In the last few months, we’ve seen a great trailer for cosmic whale-hunt story The Leviathan get picked up to receive the full-length feature treatment, and the ’80s-tastic, action-movie trailer Kung Fury turned a trailer into a 30-minute, crowd-funded feature.
But Dawn of the Planet of the Zombies and the Giant Killer Plants on Some Serious Acid is something else entirely — and no less fantastic than the those aforementioned two projects.
Created by Alf Lovvold of the Norwegian 3D graphics company Gimpville, the three-minute trailer follows a fast-moving military vehicle as it navigates the rubble-strewn streets of a demolished city while being chased by a horde of zombies and avoiding the tendrils of monstrous plants bursting out of the ground. It’s equal parts silly, pulp horror, and eye-catching, cinematic visuals that compare favorably with films like World War Z and Dawn of the Dead.
While the title is certainly a bit over-the-top, it’s not difficult to imagine a film like Dawn of the Planet of the Zombies and the Giant Killer Plants on Some Serious Acid actually receiving the same attention from Hollywood that the aforementioned The Leviathan and Kung Fury received, as it’s executed really, really well on the screen.
Along with posting the trailer for the faux film, Lovvold also put together a brief “making of” video that provides an interesting breakdown of the visual effects used in the trailer. The video is a montage of sorts that reveals what was real (spoiler: very little) and what was created digitally for the trailer.