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Zombies Anonymous (2006)
"Last Rites of the Dead" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Horror  -  22 October 2006 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny Greeman ...
News Reporter / Zombie on Snuff Tape
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Public Official
Yarusha Jimenez ...
News Anchor
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Man at Press Conference
S. Vanessa Bryant ...
Doctor on TV
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Angela
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Josh
Lincoln Cabrerra ...
Nostradamus Fan
Jennifer Brown ...
News Anchor
Mandi Bedbury ...
Woman on TV
Dana Athens ...
Woman on TV
Katie Niemczyk ...
Interviewed Zombie / Zombie Nurse
Florence Demopoulos Inno ...
Concerned Citizen
Taylor Girard ...
Zombie on TV
John Caponigro ...
Paramedic #1
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Angela has been shot point blank by her boyfriend and lives in a world where the living and dead co-exist. Zombie Anonymous meetings, look alive face creams and all-meat diners help them cope in this bizarre society. ZA takes you on a weird ride where life meets death - or does it? Written by Anonymous

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zombie | self help group | undead

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News Reporter: So how widespread is this?
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Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in F Minor
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Marc Fratto
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A real gore-fest, but altogether disappointing
20 June 2008 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

"Last Rites of the Dead" is a really new zombie film that is somewhat interesting at times.

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After being killed by her boyfriend, Angela, (Gina Ramsden) finds that she has been turned into a zombie. As the rest of the world is being confronted by the realization that zombies have become a part of life, Malcolm, (Constantine Taylor) and Ritchie, (J. Scott Green) are anxious to join The Gooch, (Gaetano Iacono) in an anti-zombie movement headed by The Commandant, (Christa McNamee) and after a meeting, are inducted into the movement. With the rest of the world starting to turn on the creatures for their condition, her friends in a zombie-support group grow increasingly restless with the hatred towards them, which is starting to affect their personal and professional lives. After being captured and sentenced to judgement by the anti-zombie movement, she is able to realize that there's nothing she can do to prevent others from accepting her position and eventually joins in on the zombie's freedom group to keep her rights together that she's earned.

The Good News: There wasn't a whole lot to like about this one. The fact that it's got a really unique and novel idea that actually seems to be quite inventive. There's nothing at all clichéd about this, and instead it comes off as being new and original, which is what's needed in these kinds of films, and even makes for some really nice scenes that couldn't have come from any other style of film. There's the tortures that are inflicted upon them, from the abuse on the streets to the treatment in the restaurants to the job-market and much, much more, there's a lot in here that are solely responsible for being in this kind of film. There's also the film's rather nice amount of blood and gore, which isn't all that much but does work nicely. There's some bite wounds on the body, arms ripped off, limbs ripped off, flesh bitten into and ripped off, stabbings with just about everything imaginable, several decapitations and impalings, as well as a plethora of gunshots that get really messy. This one does have some nice bloodshed when it really wants to, and there's a couple of decent shots with it. The last big plus is the few action scenes it has, which are really good. The first fight in the park is really great, with full-on weapons being used, tons of deaths and bloodshed, a rather cool motive and more, there's a couple of zombie beat-downs near the beginning which are rather nice in a really weird way and there's also the film's ending, which is just plain outstanding. There's a lot about it that works, feels right and is just plain awesome. It's the best part of the film and really helps, along with the other factors, to make the film watchable.

The Bad News: This one here was somewhat problematic and had a few flaws in it. The main one here is that the film decides to change around the very way that zombies behave, and it might be enough to put off some of the more hardcore fans. This one here gives them the ability to be cognizant of their death-like status, complete with their ability to reason, talk and the really weird subplot about them forming a support group to inform each other and talk about their problems. It's a nice idea, but all it does is just take away every single thing that made them fearful in the first place and make them seem like the biggest pushovers in the world. A zombie normally is a mindless machine that is driven by the unknown need to feast on blood with nothing to stop them, yet by having them form a group to deal with it makes them seem all the more like big losers, and there's nothing that makes them instantly-nonthreatening compared to others out there. Plus, it has the other factor of making the beginning of this one incredibly and almost criminally boring, since it's really just a rash of scenes that just serve to make for fodder in the group's talks, and that's hardly anything that can make the film interesting. None of these scenes are all that exciting, and are overall just plain dull, and are then made even worse through the need to play into the support group slot. It's really bad and just makes for some really weak scenes that have no purpose in the film. These here are the biggest problems in the film.

The Final Verdict: An okay film that doesn't have too much wrong with it, there's just the overall feeling that it's not all-too interesting. Give it a shot if you're into the new, novel idea or those who feel curious about it, while the one who want the more traditional zombie fare might be disappointed with this one.

Rated R: Graphic Language and Graphic Violence


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