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Zombie Honeymoon (2004)

Zombie Honeymoon is a gore-soaked exploration of how far the boundaries of true love can be pushed without reaching a breaking point.

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Danny Zanders
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Nikki Boudreaux
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Buddy Cooper
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Officer Carp
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Phyllis Catalano
Louis Fattell ...
Nikki's Client
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Zombie Honeymoon is a romantic horror film about a young married couple, madly in love, on their honeymoon. One day on the beach, the groom Danny is attacked and killed by a man who rises up out of the water with no explanation, leaps on top of him, and vomits blood into his mouth. Danny is resuscitated ten minutes later, and seems to look and act totally normal. However, his wife Denise finds out that that's not the case at all. It turns out that Danny has become a zombie. However, instead of becoming a "Night Of The Living Dead"-style creature right off the bat, he disintegrates gradually, in a manner akin to cancer or AIDS. He and his wife Denise do their best to cope with his slipping away, not to mention the fact that he can't stop killing and eating people. As their best friends arrive for a weekend visit, she makes him promise her that they're off-limits. He agrees, but finds it more and more difficult to control himself. She hangs in there because he's the love of her life, ... Written by Phyllis Catalano

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Tracy Coogan got hurt when Graham Sibley slammed her against the kitchen cabinet. See more »

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While being wheeled into the hospital room, Danny goes into cardiac arrest and the EKG flat-lines, yet nothing is attached to him to monitor his heart rate. See more »

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Danny Zanders: Look, all I am trying to do is kill as few people as possible before we got on the plane tomorrow, okay?
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Gruesome, funny, touching
1 February 2006 | by (Oakland, CA) – See all my reviews

I'd imagine that it's not easy to make a poignant zombie movie. Only a handful of filmmakers have pulled it off, and even then the poignancy was sometimes hidden behind or inextricable from the gore, humor, nudity, or surrealism. With Zombie Honeymoon, writer/director Dave Gebroe succeeded in crafting a film that is accessible as well as meaningful, blackly humorous, deliciously gory, and honestly emotional.

Zombie Honeymoon's exploration of love and loss is alternately heartrending, gut wrenching, gut munching, and gut splitting. The story follows newlyweds Denise and Danny (cathartically based on Gebroe's real-life sister and late brother-in-law) as their honeymoon is interrupted by an attack by a zombie. In the tradition of Romero and some other classics, the zombie's existence and targeting of Danny are never really explained; in this case, it drives home just how arbitrary personal tragedies can seem. People die randomly all the time, but no one ever expects it to happen to someone they love.

Danny does die, but mysteriously revives shortly afterward. Things aren't quite back to normal, however, especially once Danny begins to manifest an insatiable hunger for human flesh. With the new cravings and the physical deterioration that we've come to associate with zombies, Danny's ghoulish transformation carries with it evident parallels to issues of addiction and disease. And suddenly there is a host of new logistical problems that Danny and Denise must face as a new married couple trying to stay together, plan for the future, and keep Danny from killing and eating too many people.

This isn't the first Zombeo-and-Juliet movie, but it may be the best yet. Gebroe handles the concept adeptly, maintaining a subtle level of dark humor without allowing the film to lapse into sheer silliness (which would have been very easy for it to do, given the almost satirical premise). Zombie Honeymoon is more Zombie-Romantic-Tragedy than Zom-Rom-Com, but still delivers its share of laughs and even uplifting moments.

A quick word about the leads: Graham Sibley and Tracy Coogan bring great realism to their roles as the newlyweds. They are convincing in making the transition from enthusiastic, lovestruck naiveté to shock, frustration, desperation, fear, sadness... and hunger. As their relationship becomes strained, the way they push each other away even as they cling to each other really rings true, even in the midst of some seriously blood-drenched moments.

Overall, a fine film.


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