31 January 2020 | kannibalcorpsegrinder
Fun if slightly underwhelming zombie comedy
Having recovered his human faculties, a high-functioning zombie emerges from hiding and agrees to become a spokesman for the fair treatment of zombies in a society ready to kill them at a moment's notice, but when his celebrity status starts to bring unwanted attention to him he turns to his trusting family to keep him safe.
This was a highly enjoyable and entertaining effort. Among the more entertaining elements present here is a strongly original setup that gives a pretty unique take on the zombie formula. Taking on the used trope of a zombie returning to his natural capabilities years or even decades after the apocalypse broke out which isn't new, the idea of turning that into a cultured, refined creature able to express his thoughts and desires in every bit the way a normal person can even with the traditional zombie antics, creating a fine setup here. As well, there's also a lot to like with the different action scenes. The various hunting scenes of the group out hunting the various zombies at the compound has some fun with the swarming zombies coming together and getting shot in fun gun-battles. These scenes at the camp occur pretty frequently in short bursts showing the various groups of individuals out hunting the various beings in the forest which always seems to go wrong at the best opportunities is a lot of fun with the rather enjoyable gore and disembodied parts on display. That makes the finale a lot of fun with the assault on the compound resulting in massive zombie swarming scenes, tons of indie-flavored gunfights and solid gore all-around really make for an enjoyable time making this one quite fun to end on. The other enjoyable aspect to like is the comedy aspects featured here, which are quite obvious from the main setup. There's a lot to like with the outlandish premise of the zombie coming into the picture able to wax poetically, exercise to catch prey easier and live out the lifestyle of an internet celebrity due to these aspects. That satire on the premise of reality-show stardom by their series of flashy, sound-bite riddled interviews on the program where everything comes off with a great deal of hilarity for how it parodies the modern sensibilities of people wanting to get themselves out there no matter how they appear. The rest of the comedy, from the quips and physical jokes here that are rather enjoyable, making this one pretty entertaining overall. The film does have a few minor flaws. The biggest issue will undoubtedly come from the lack of any real threat to be had from the main zombie who, despite the intentions of exorcising to catch up to younger women or the constant mentions of him trying to eat people. That makes this one come off like a one-note joke the longer it goes on with all the flirting and dirty-old-man double-entendres that make the atmosphere even less of an issue than it was before with no real terror to be had from the main zombie. Some of the storyline twists, from who's in league with who in the hunting game or switching around the anchors on the shows, come off for no reason why they happened but there's not a whole lot else wrong here.
Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language and sexual humor.