This time I looked passed that and noticed the star rating - which was much better than I would have expected. Saw this little Indy gem at Screamfest where it won the Audience Award for Best Feature. This movie is predominately from the perspective of a group of young adults that don't realize they have become infected. It tells the Zombie story like I've never seen, with a fresh look. Zombie Bowler as Sam Reynolds. I was definitely a part of that, my ballot was marked Excellent before I left my seat. The whole movie is told through the eyes of the Zombies themselves, but as they see each other, not as the world sees them.
There weren't a lot of cheesy production values and the shift between black and white and color in the movie was well thought out and a nice compliment to the plot. Also, I wouldn't suggest letting your 8-year-old watch it, because the makeup and visual effects---all of which are expertly done---are realistic enough to trigger a nightmare or two. The zombies were so funny and likable it made me want to eat some of the neon green soft-serve ice cream just so I could go hang out with them. Actually, it's a combination of the two, one in black and white apeing off the classic Romero flicks and the other in color. Director Matthew Kohnen bravely tackles the zombie perspective and all the problems that come along with it sample problem: if living human beings see zombies, as slow, lurching and groaning, how do zombies see us? It's refreshing, original, gleefully gross and most of all, it's fun. The dialogue is rife with humour and the actors sell it perfectly. This is a strong directorial debut from Matthew Kohnen, a filmmaker whose other credits seem to mainly consist of clerical or technical jobs, and I will certainly be looking out for more of his work.
This movie is definetly one of those. Be on the lookout, hopefully someone smart will pick it up. I've passed on this movie so many times because the title and poster didn't really grab my attention. The only thing that particularly disappoints me is the marketing failure. Unfortunate that there are no bonus features since this is one movie that could have had a fun commentary at least. At times it is laugh-out loud funny but at others the humour falls flat, or is just a little bit lame. It's all about 4 friends and a soldier who happen to end up becoming zombies, but they don't know it.
Four twenty-somethings spending time in the bowling alley where Tim Michael Terry works are unfortunate enough to eat soft-serve ice-cream composed of beer and the toxic waste from a military experiment gone wrong, subsequently die, and wake up as zombies. The zombie genre has been done to death so, imagine my surprise to find this little low budget gem actually introduces an original concept and does it really well. Seriously, don't be put off by the title. So, I decided to give it a view and I'm very glad I did. Presumably the filmmakers must have had to cut corners to keep within their meagre budget but it's hard to see where they did so and this look of the film easily competes with higher-budget studio fare. I tend to find what look like bad b movies and put them on to see how bad they're actually going to be. This is a gem to me.
It just took Zombies to the 'Blair Witch Project' level. The movie splits between the friends interacting in color and goes black and white Night of the Living Dead style when they are viewed by others around them. Before I get too carried away I should point out that this film isn't perfect. It's a Zombie Genre movie that manages to do what no other Zombie film has done in a while. To cut to the chase it was worth every penny, and probably more. The plot of seeing life through the eyes of the zombies was done in an awesome way and I'm very glad I watched.
So much so that I found out recently it won the Audience Award. It's fun to watch and it looks like it was fun to make. I haven't laughed this hard since watching Dead Alive aka Braindead. Interactions with the living are shown from both points of view - it's not just humorous, it's also pretty ingenious. If there is a downside to this film, it's that sometimes it takes itself too seriously.
But at the end of the day, these flaws are not only eclipsed by the positives, they even add to the film somewhat, making it more likable because of its imperfections. Simply put, this is a fantastic little film. I would love to see this concept developed for a drama. . There is no nudity and little gore, but what it does have are some really fun characters and good writing.
This movie is worth a watch. I watch a lot of movies, and rarely do I actually see one that literally has me laughing out loud. So don't hope to see Walking Dead or something - the military and others are the bad guys here. This movie was surprisingly funny. With a few minor differences they continue to view and interact with each other as normal. Except they don't know it.
It was cute, sometimes witty and a fun movie. Military Driver as Steve Simon. Also, while the acting is mainly strong, particularly in French and Davis' performances, in other places it is weak or wooden. Even Romero's 'Diary of the Dead' didn't break any new ground that the Master himself hasn't already broken. I'm a huge Zombie film fan, thought I'd seen them all, every little twist, turn, variation, etc. Synopsis Turning the zombie film on its head, this film is an oddball comedy from the perspective of the brain munching monsters themselves.