Witness Infection (2021)

Two rival mob families — the Serrellis and the Miolas — in the Witness Protection Program have been sent to the same city to hide. So life is about to change for Carlo Serrelli (Robert Belushi, the son of Jim) whose father had kept him out of the family business while his brother Dominic (Bret Ernst) does the actual blood  money-earning work.

Everything soon changes.

To make the peace, Carlo has to marry Patricia Miola (Erinn Hayes, Elizabeth from the third Bill and Ted movie), the daughter of mob boss Mr. Miola (Maurice LaMarche, The Brain from Pinky and the Brain), and seal a covenant between the two families.

Dominic can’t do it. All the steroids have made him sterile. So finally, Carlo has to be part of the family.

Carlo is already in love with his co-worker Gina (Jill-Michele Melean*, Reno 911). She and his friend Vince decide to help him get out of town, but then tainted sausages turn everyone in town into the living dead.

What I really liked about this movie is that plenty of voice actors — beyond LeMarche, of course — get the chance to be in front of the camera. Tara Strong, who has provided the animated voices for Harley Quinn, Batgirl and some of the My Little Pony characters shows up, as do Carlos Alazraqui (Bane from the recent Batman cartoons) and Gary Anthony Williams (Rick and Morty).

Between Vince narrating the zombie attacks as if they were a film and a bartender at his Mexican place named Rose (Monique Coleman) who kicks ass like a 70’s blacksploitation heroine, this is a movie that fans of horror and comedy will find moments to enjoy.

Director Andy Palmer (Camp Cold BrookThe Funhouse Massacre) does a great job here building the tension, which works for both horror and comedy.

Zombie movies are a genre where seemingly everything has been done before, but Witness Infection tries to mix the mob film and comedy in to a pretty fair degree of success.

*Melean and Alazraqui also were the writers of this movie.

Witness Infection is now streaming. You can learn more on the official Facebook page and official site.

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