Friday, August 23, 2013

Missoula's own Zombie Tools hits the silver screen

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Big news for a badass local business: Zombie Tools supplied a number of its signature blades to the production of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the big-screen adaptation of the popular young-adult fiction series. The movie premiered Wednesday.

The Mortal Instruments cast, holding its Zombie Tools blades
  • The Mortal Instruments cast, holding its Zombie Tools blades

How'd it happen? A production company contacted Zombie Tools a couple years ago in search of blades for a project. As Zombie Tools explains on its Facebook page:

We get requests like this all the time, but usually it's from student filmmakers with no money wanting to borrow our blades for a zombie project. These Canadian guys actually had a small budget.

They ended up supplying steel blades and aluminum prop blades of the the Reaper, the Apokatana, and the Tainto. And that was that until:

The prop-master told us the name of the movie, but it meant nothing to us. We hadn't heard of the best selling book series, so we assumed it was a b-rate made-for-TV production that would only be seen in Canada. It was a year later, when we saw a list of "The 10 Most Anticipated Blockbusters of 2013" that we realized it was a big deal. If we'd known, we would have charged them a lot more!

So, the Zombie Tools gang attended the opening Wednesday night. The good news: Their blades appear early and often. The bad news: The movie sounds awful. Their review (sic'd):

For the love of fucking Loki, SAVE YOUR MONEY. If you have to see it, steal it off the infraweb. If you have to see it in the theater, bring more booze than you think you need. ... Our blades are wielded by the bad guys and show up in early scenes, then make a huge appearance in the final climactic battle. But they didn't use our real steel swords at all. They used the aluminum prop swords the whole film, even for close ups, where they look floppy and are chipped as hell from all the swordplay.

(If you want to read more about the quality of the film, check out Rotten Tomatoes, which currently has The Mortal Instruments with a 16 percent approval rating.)

Anyway, we still think it's cool that this local company received some major exposure. They're also looking at the bright side:

Well, at least we got some beer money out of it.

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