Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

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PEOPLE: Directed by Andrew Currie, who has done other “weird” zombie movies before (Night Of The Living). He co-wrote it with Robert Chomiak, who strangely has mostly written anime like Mobile Seed Gundam.

The wife is played by Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity from The Matrix, Disturbia, Memento, Chocolat) — and we totally didn’t recognize her! She’s a good actor! The aloof husband is played by Dylan Baker (Dr. Curt Connors in the recent Spider-Man movies, Bill Maplewood from Solondz’s Happiness, The Cell, Kinsey, a doctor in Requiem For A Dream, Planes,Trains & Automobiles).

Timmy, the kid — possibly a reference to Lassie — is played by Kesun Loder aka K’Sun Ray. Though he hasn’t had much of a career yet, he is pretty much the main character of this movie, so he deserves a mention for the good job he did as 13-year-old a kid actor.

Fido, the zombie, is played by Billy Connolly (The Boondock Saints 1-2, Indecent Proposal, Lemony Snicket’s). His acting is quite awesome — but I really credit the writer-director for making the choices as to how zombies should behave and act.

Henry Czerny (Director McCready in the A Team movie, Clear & Present Danger) played the ZombCon director of security. I guess he played directors a lot.

“Hot zombie” Tammy is played by Sonja Bennett, who isn’t as hotter than most people in real life as she was hotter than most (actually, all) zombies in this movie. Talk about making you question yourself… She was also in Young People Fucking, a good sexual comedy. Maybe that has something to do with her role in this movie…

Narrated by David Kaye, who is the narrator for G.I. Joe: Renegades (a cartoon we are currently watching), and was Optimus Prime in a lot of the mid-grade later Transformers animated incarnations, as well as Professor X & Apocalypse in X-Men: Evolution, Megatron in Transformers:Beast Wars/Beast Machines,

PLOT SUMMARY: The IMDB one contains spoilers, so here it is, copy-pasted, without the spoilers: “In this savage satire of American society, we find ourselves following a little boy, Timmy Robinson (K’Sun Ray), through an alternate version of the white-bread 1950s of big-finned cars, houses with white picket fences, and prejudice, except that instead of Blacks there are zombie servants animated by space radiation, but kept under control with Zomcon zombie collars. Timmy is delighted with the family’s first zombie (Billy Connolly), whom he names Fido, although his father, Bill Robinson (Dylan Baker), is terrified of zombies, and only bought Fido at the urging of his wife, Helen (Carrie-Anne Moss). Bill is only interested in golf and in funeral rights to make sure that they will all stay dead when they die, and not become zombies themselves. Fido becomes Timmy’s best friend, while the neighborhood playboy (Tim Blake Nelson) keeps a young female zombie named Tammy (Sonja Bennett) as his girlfriend. Fido runs afoul of prejudice, circumstance, hardware faults in the Zomcon collars, and neighborhood bullies. Before we are done, there is murder and assorted other mayhem…”

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Kid’s dad sucks more than a dead guy.

QUIRKS: Set in the oh-so-ridiculous 1950s. Zombie comedy with a political satire angle.


Definitely looks like a nice and cheery 1950s. I imagine bright yellow when I think of a color for this movie. Don’t ask me why.

There aren’t a lot of zombies in this movie — mostly just Fido — so special effects didn’t come into play as much as one would expect when one hears “zombie movie”. They did a good job on the zombies though — they even had a hot zombie minor supporting character. No stupidly bad fake cgi blood, or anything like that.

MORALS: Just because you can enslave something, doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Actually, there are a few morals to this movie. Some political, some very basic, like don’t hurt something that can feel pain, even if it’s in that something’s nature to kill you and eat you.

POLITICS: There’s actually a lot of underlying politics here… A whole hidden social commentary on both women’s rights, and slavery. It really makes sense that this movie was set in the 1950s, because that is the most modern decade before real civil rights reform. The zombies in this movie are definitely symbolic of past slavery in America.

It also has a great depiction of overbearing corporatism.

GOOD STUFF: Satire mixing with black comedy creates utter genius.

BAD STUFF: Nothing!

CONCLUSION: I think this is the best zombie movie we’ve seen since Deadgirl! Putting zombies in a 1950s domesticated setting brings up all kinds of issues related to past slavery in America, and there was also a feminist and anti-corporate angle to this movie as well. Above all, IT MADE US LAUGH, a lot, and was an extremely enjoyable story. This movie is more or less perfect. We found this to be up there with Zombieland and Shaun Of The Dead as one of the great zombie comedy movies of all time. I think it’s funnier than both, Carolyn thinks it’s somewhere between Zombieland and Shaun Of The Dead. Suffice to say — this one was overlooked by zombie fans, and most certainly should NOT be overlooked. This is a must see! Hell, this movie is quite likely even enjoyable to people who dislike the concept of zombies in movies.

Clint: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 10/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 10/10.

PERFECT RATING AWARD! (We do rate movies highly, but this is very rare.)

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.9/10, Netflix: 3.5/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.1/5 stars–not high enough).

RECOMMENDATION: If you rated Zombieland or Shaun Of The Dead 5 stars, you might want to check this out.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Leave It To Beaver + Shaun Of The Dead? Lassie + Zombieland? Deadgirl (only for being simularly zombunique)? I don’t know. This is actually a pretty goddamn unique zombie movie.


School Children: [singing] “In the brain and not the chest. Head shots are the very best.”

“I’d say I’m a pretty darn good father. My father tried to eat me, I don’t remember trying to eat Timmy.”

“Now, I know you’re not supposed to have a hand gun until you’re twelve… but it can come in real handy. ”

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: A couple friends saw this — I know Christie did. I don’t really know what they think, though.

Sister Decadence: “I thought this film was great!”

iDRMRSR: “I agree with this poast!” … “I prolly watched this because I am kinda gay for Carrie Ann Moss moreso than for the zombie angle. I’m not a big horror freak or animated stuff, not so much as I am sci fi and WTF indies. But when they have additional characteristics, like some actress I’m gay for, well, I’ll cross ovar!”