Zombie films and professional wrestling have both been accused of sensationalizing blood and violence, and now the two genres are forming a tag team of sorts with the arrival of the new movie “Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies.”
The film comes from the mind of writer/director Cody Knotts who bills himself as a modern-day renaissance man. He was an accomplished Eagle Scout and activist journalist before launching his film career. He sites Sam Raimi as an influence and Evil Dead 2 as one of his favorite films.
For his latest project, Knotts recruited the likes of Rowdy Roddy Piper, Shane Douglas, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and more to appear as professional wrestlers paid to perform a one-night stand in an abandoned prison. For reasons not shown in the trailer, the prison is overrun by zombies, leaving the wrestlers with no choice but to smash their way out.
Knotts said the idea for the film came from his 13-year-old son who likes both professional wrestling and zombies. After about 18 months of development, filming began in January of this year. According to reports, the film is scheduled to finish shooting next month and will have its official release sometime in 2014.