Release year: 2006
Director: Andrew Currie
Screenwriter: Robert Chomiak, Andrew Currie, Dennis Heaton
Starring: Billy Connolly, Carrie-Anne Moss, Dylan Baker, Kesun Loder, Tim Blake Nelson, Sonja Bennett, Alexia Fast, Henry Czerny
It’s the 1950s and space radiation has turned a great part of the population into flesh eating zombies and still turn people when they die. After a scientist invents a collar enabling you to control the zombies, people happily keep the domesticated monsters as household slaves.
More than a zombie movie, Currie’s (The Steps, 2015) pastel coloured horror comedy is a buddy movie about a boy and his dog. Except the dog is a full grown man. Who is a zombie. Domesticated by a collar. Set in the peaceful suburbs, zombies walk silently among people, making their lives easier by doing their chores as undead slaves. It is wonderful satire in cheerful surrounding with splashes of gore and violence. Highly lifted by a stellar performance by Connolly (Mrs Brown, 1997), who manage to make himself understandable through grunts and expressive eyes in his grey-coloured face, the movie works on both the horror and the comedy level. It may just be a one-joke movie, but it sure makes the best of the joke while taking a fresh approach on the zombie genre. Delightfully gory and fuzzy at the same time.
The pregnancy subplot involving Carrie-Anne Moss’s character Helen Robinson was only added because Moss was really pregnant during filming, and they added the pregnancy scenes to keep the continuity through the movie as she grew larger.
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