Wednesday, January 23, 2008
This is a strange mash up of Day of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, Lassie, Pleasantville and Edward Scissorhands that actually kind of works. The film begins with an uprorious 1950s style propaganda film about the zombie wars before wonderfully setting up the idealized town of Willard, the townsfolk and their pet/slave zombies. Unfortunately the movie is really unable to maintain the momentum from the first act throughout and it really peters out around the one hour mark. Still the performances are surprisingly strong from Dylan Baker (such a great character actor), K'Sun Ray, Henry Czerny, Billy Connolly and Carrie-Anne Moss. It's too bad this one couldn't keep up the humor and momentum throughout as the early segments give Shaun of the Dead (one of my favorite comedies) a run for its money. Definitely worth it for Shaun fans and horror fans...less so for others. Fitting in with 50s motif the gore is very tame for the genre nowadays which might make it somewhat more accessible to those uninterested in zombie films.
Overall Score: 6/10