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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Zombie Dearest (2009)

If you read Thursday's review of "The Giant Gila Monster," you'll know that it was one of two movies that won a viewing during my weekly, "What Movie Wednesday" event.  Well, today, I bring you the second of the double feature I had that night... "Zombie Dearest"...

After spoiling a suprise birthday party that was arranged for him, Gus's wife decides to leave him and return to her childhood home.  Gus, not wanting to lose her, follows her and agrees to fix up the run down farmhouse.  Soon however, Guss digs up a convenient farmhand that will do his bidding.  Too bad that farmhand has a taste for human flesh...

Writer/Director/Star David Kemker brings us an amusing and entertaining tale of a man and his zombie.  The premise is solid, and the writing is pretty good.  The first few minutes actually had me snorting my drink out my nose, it was so silly.

While it's not a laugh a minute type movie, there is humour spread nicely throughout the movie.  Kemker takes his characters (who are humourous in the first place), and puts them in a rather absurd situation- while having them react as if everything was... well, normal.  One of my favorite scenes is the one where Gus and his wife, Deborah, are arguing in the kitchen, while through the window, you see Donny meeting the zombie for the first time.  I couldn't help but laugh at the juxtposing of the mundane with the absurd in the scene.

The characters are actually quite likable- though Gus IS a bit of an arse.  You come to even like Quinto, the zombie.  The actors did a wonderful job with their roles.  Kemker successfully made you like Gus, while making you exasperated at his attitude and choices at the same time.  Shauna Black was enjoyable as his wife, Deborah- and certainly brought sexy to the movie as well.  She brought a nice seriousness to the rather weird situation the characters were in- which only added to the humour.  Serious props go to David Sparrow as the zombie, Quinto.  It has to be hard to express humour with groaning, moaning, and shambling around.  Just a great job, and the make-up looked fantastic too.

"Zombie Dearest" is definately a movie that's worth watching at least once.  In fact, I would probably pop this in the machine whenever I was in the mood for a light hearted horror movie.  I'm going to give it a spot in "The Good."

Special Shoutout:

I want to thank everyone that participated in my "What Movie Wednesday" feature.  I'll be doing it again April 4th.

Big thank you to the following people who voted for "Zombie Dearest":

  • Jay (from "We Came From the Basement";
  • Shawn (also from "We Came From the Basement";
  • Zoey Emily Onyx; and
  • David Stewart

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