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  (in credits order)

Matthew Davis ... Mike

Julianna Robinson ... Vanessa

Michael Grant Terry ... Tim

Betsy Beutler ... Cindy

Colby French ... Nick Steele

Richard Riehle ... Colonel South
Jack Orend ... Dr. Richter

Joel McCrary ... Mark Kanan

Tracey Walter ... Mr. Whicks

Oren Skoog ... Danny
Will Stiles ... Chad

Michael Cornacchia ... Ronald Rupert Eschelon III

Larry Weissman ... The Drunk
Dominique Purdy ... Dom

Stephen Simon ... Military Driver (as Steve Simon)

Jon Monastero ... Military Navigator
McKay Stewart ... Private Suntody

Steve Kim ... Chinky

Matthew Hatchette ... Lead Soldier

Tony Snegoff ... Biohazard Soldier
Loren Dennis ... Pool Player #1

Larnell Stovall ... Pool Player #2
Ronald Kohnen ... Mr. Laramie
Kelly Hughes ... Mrs. Laramie

Edward Conna ... Orderly #1 (as Eddie Conna)

Dwayne Standridge ... Orderly #2

Marque Ohmes ... Orderly #3
David Kiiskinen ... Guard

Mandy McMillian ... Reporter #1
Crystal Hoffman ... Reporter #2

Cary Joseph ... Reporter #3
Allan Hagan ... Officer Fluffy

Joseph Gatto ... Officer Fancy (as Joe Gatto)
Richard Miranda ... Dead Illegal / Brain Taco / Cook #1
Abran Trujillo ... Cook #2

Scott Rosen ... Soldier #1 (as Scott Kosen)
Bill Leaman ... Soldier #2
Luke LaFontaine ... Zombie

Luke Darnell ... Zombie
Christopher 'Critter' Antonucci ... Zombie Bowler (as Chris Antonucci)

Samuel Reynolds ... Zombie Bowler (as Sam Reynolds)

Danny Downey ... Zombie Bowler
Kim Robert Koscki ... Zombie Bowler (as Kim Koscki)

John Ross ... Zombie Bowler
Manuel Torres ... Teen #1
Louis Reyes Alvarez III ... Teen #2
Robert Castanon ... Teen #3
Carlos Huirez ... Valet
Matthew Kohnen ... Hand job
Sean Kohnen ... Mr. Handy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jose Acevedo ... US Soldier (uncredited)
Tess Bodley ... Bowling Extra (uncredited)
David Garcia ... Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Matthew Kohnen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Matthew Kohnen 
Sean Kohnen 

Produced by
Sheldon Brigman .... executive producer
Patricia M. Derbyshire .... co-producer: music
Sean Kohnen .... producer
Andreas Olavarria .... executive producer
Steven Ritchie .... associate producer
Steven Ritchie .... line producer
Original Music by
The Newton Brothers 
Cinematography by
Allan Fiterman 
Film Editing by
Emily Chiu 
Michael Schwartz 
Production Design by
Jasmin Deva  (as Jasmin Graham)
Art Direction by
Shannon Kemp 
Costume Design by
Kanna Taniuchi (co-costume designer)
Amber Wilkerson 
Makeup Department
Steve Corwin .... special makeup effects assistant
Twyla Matambanandzo .... key makeup artist (as Twyla Matambamadzo)
Brenda Ramirez .... key hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rob Bola .... second assistant director
Kevin Carraway .... second second assistant director
Paul Hart-Wilden .... first assistant director
Art Department
Tess Bodley .... art department coordinator
Pallas Erdrich .... art swing
Rene Fresquez .... set constructor
Dustin Grabiner .... property master
Richard Miranda .... props/weapons
Russell Pinkston .... set dresser
James Sanjensis .... art production assistant
Samo Tusak .... set constructor
Wilson Weaver .... art production assistant
Wilson Weaver .... art swing
Raul Contreras .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dean Andre .... sound designer
Dean Andre .... sound mixer
Michael J. Fox .... supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer (as Mike Fox)
Wagner Fulco .... sound mixer
Patricio A. Libenson .... foley artist
Gregg Morganstern .... sound designer
Barry Shea .... boom operator
Holger M. Thiele .... dialogue editor
Holger M. Thiele .... sound designer
Rafael Tudesco .... dialogue editor
Rafael Maryska .... foley editor (uncredited)
Rafael Maryska .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Steve Corwin .... special effects assistant
Boyd Lacosse .... pyrotechnician
Richard Miranda .... special effects coordinator
Richard Miranda .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
Kanen Flowers .... digital intermediate colorist (as John Flowers)
Bobby Maruvada .... digital intermediate colorist
Tim Montijo .... digital effects artist
Kurt Rauer .... digital effects artist
Kurt Rauer .... visual effects supervisor
Randall Archer .... stunt double: Mr. French
Stephen R. Hudis .... stunt performer (as Steve Hudis)
John Ross .... stunt performer
Tony Snegoff .... stunt coordinator
Jeremy R. Stein .... stunt performer (as Jeremy Stein)
Markell Andrew .... stunts (uncredited)
Luke Darnell .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Loren Dennis .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Danny Downey .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Timothy Eulich .... stunts (uncredited)
David Kiiskinen .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Steve Kim .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Mandy Kowalski .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Leaman .... stunt performer (uncredited)
T. Ryan Mooney .... stunts (uncredited)
Brian Munce .... stunts (uncredited)
Marque Ohmes .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Greg Reynolds .... stunts (uncredited)
Samuel Reynolds .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Luci Romberg .... stunts (uncredited)
Scott Rosen .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Surawit Sae Kang .... stunts (uncredited)
Eric Serna .... stunts (uncredited)
Larnell Stovall .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Efrain Aguilar .... electrician
Nicholas Allen .... digital imaging technician (as Voik Nallen)
Shannon Davis .... grip
Arturo Elizondo .... gaffer
Jared Hoy .... assistant chief lighting technician
Charles R. Mathews .... best boy grip (as Charles Matthews)
D. LaRue Mayo II .... electrician (as Darwin Larue Mayo II)
Scott McCleary .... best boy electric
Christina Ortiz .... first assistant camera
Myles Pettengill .... still photographer
Charles Schiell .... electrician (as Chris Schiell)
Wade Sellers .... grip
Mike Valentine .... second assistant camera
Conner Vandeer .... steadicam operator (as Conner Vander)
Jason Wheeler .... key grip
Kenny Wong .... additional still photographer
Animation Department
Fil Barlow .... title animator
Casting Department
Tammy Neill .... extras casting: DreamCast
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marlayna Cherisse .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Luis Flores Jr. .... colorist
Bobby Maruvada .... colorist
Music Department
Shawn Savard .... musician (As Random Task Collective)
Other crew
Sandro Barcelos .... production assistant
Christiane Covington .... script supervisor
Joseph Gatto .... production assistant (as Joe Gatto)
Allan Hagan .... production coordinator
Matthew McArdle .... production assistant
Abran Trujillo .... key set production assistant
George A. Romero .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Aaah! Zombies!!" - USA (DVD title)
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USA:90 min | Spain:87 min (DVD edition)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Also released under the title "Aaah! Zombies!!".See more »
Factual errors: Tim tells Mike to call 911 to which Mike replies "I can't, they shut off my cell phone." However, 911 is required for all cell phones regardless if the phone is in service or not.See more »
Tim:I don't feel like a zombie.
Nick Steele:Yeah, well idiots don't feel stupid but they are.
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Movie Connections:
References Night of the Living Dead (1968)See more »
Baby When the Lights are LowSee more »


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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A creative, original and hilarious independent gem, 16 December 2009
Author: firetop14 from Oxfordshire, England

I found Wasting Away on the shelves of Fopp recently after its Region 2 release here in the UK. I didn't buy it the first time I saw it because I find myself in a permanent state of skintness and therefore have difficulty justifying buying DVDs. However, packaging can be a powerful thing and the DVD cover for 'Wasting Away' looked great, had an intriguing synopsis and some positive reviews, so finally after watching the trailer (and, admittedly, after checking to see if the film was available online, which it wasn't) I bought it on DVD for a very reasonable £10, which is still the most I've spent on a DVD for about 2 years.

To cut to the chase it was worth every penny, and probably more. This is an independent film from California, with a fairly low budget of $1m, but it's nearly impossibly to tell this from the finished product, which is bright, ballsy and polished. Presumably the filmmakers must have had to cut corners to keep within their meagre budget but it's hard to see where they did so and this look of the film easily competes with higher-budget studio fare.

'Wasting Away' fits neatly into the "romzomcom" genre pioneered by 'Shaun of the Dead', but I hasten to add that 'Wasting Away' is not 'Shaun of the Dead', and is not trying to be. Four twenty-somethings spending time in the bowling alley where Tim (Michael Terry) works are unfortunate enough to eat soft-serve ice-cream composed of beer and the toxic waste from a military experiment gone wrong, subsequently die, and wake up as zombies. Except they don't know it. Their confusion is quickly compounded by an encounter with Nick Steele (Colby French), who has also been zombified but insists that they have all been transformed into 'supersoldiers' whilst everyone else in the city has been infected by an inferior brand of the same chemical (in fact, no one else has been affected).

Director Matthew Kohnen bravely tackles the zombie perspective and all the problems that come along with it (sample problem: if living human beings see zombies, as slow, lurching and groaning, how do zombies see us?) and clearly has a lot of fun doing so. The plot races along fast enough that the audience is never bored, but well-paced enough that we have time to get to know the characters and meditate on the ridiculous situation they are in. The dialogue is rife with humour and the actors sell it perfectly. Honourable mentions should go to Colby French, whose hard-nosed, sincere performance as "black ops" soldier Nick Steele is played straight rather than camped up and wouldn't be out of place in any Romero zombie film, and Matthew Davis, who delivers every line handled too him perfectly and never fails to bring the humour out of it.

Before I get too carried away I should point out that this film isn't perfect. At times it is laugh-out loud funny but at others the humour falls flat, or is just a little bit lame. Also, while the acting is mainly strong, particularly in French and Davis' performances, in other places it is weak or wooden. Some of the plot points feel a little contrived and the humour is occasionally too juvenile to be genuinely funny. But at the end of the day, these flaws are not only eclipsed by the positives, they even add to the film somewhat, making it more likable because of its imperfections.

This is a strong directorial debut from Matthew Kohnen, a filmmaker whose other credits seem to mainly consist of clerical or technical jobs, and I will certainly be looking out for more of his work. 'Wasting Away' stands out amidst the boggy mire that is modern horror cinema, a diamond in the mud of tired remakes and boring sequels that is all Hollywood seems capable of producing. It's refreshing, original, gleefully gross and most of all, it's fun. It's fun to watch and it looks like it was fun to make. The only thing that particularly disappoints me is the marketing failure. As far as I'm aware, 'Wasting Away' did not get a theatrical release over here and were it not for Fopp and their avid promotion of smaller independent films I would probably ever have heard of it. So watch it, enjoy it, and pass it on to ensure it gets the recognition it deserves.

I leave you with a quote from the film's theme song, which pretty much says it all: "You know your day will suck when the dead start walking the streets, And their only source of nourishment is Human meat."

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