Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A LITTLE BIT ZOMBIE (2012) review

Little Bit Zombie, A (2012) (1st viewing) d. Walker, Casey (Canada)

What happens when a mosquito takes a nibble out of a shambling fleshbag? What if a human victim of the ensuing undead insect bite retained his humanity whilst losing his pulse? These are two of the many novel spins on gut-munching lore that first time feature screenwriters Trevor Martin and Christopher Bond have contemplated, and while the humorous scenarios occasionally strain credibility, there’s little denying the high spirited approach. Two young white-bread couples (affianced Kristopher Turner and Crystal Lowe, already hitched Shawn Roberts and Kristen Hager) retreat to a wooded cabin for some pre-wedding R&R, a vacation that takes a wicked turn after one quarter of their party starts salivating for gray matter. At the same time, zombie hunters Emilie Ullerup and Stephen McHattie patrol the countryside looking for brainpans to air out. Director Walker and his likeable ensemble (save for Lowe’s by-design love-to-hate-her ballbusting Guidette) energetically trade zingers and physical comedy bits – some work, some don’t, but there’s rarely a dull moment to be found.

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