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When you look at the trivia section for WHAT TO DO IN A ZOMBIE ATTACK,
you learn that this film was done on the cheap. Not only did the
volunteer zombies do their own costumes and makeup at home, but the
entire thing was filmed with a consumer video camera in only one day.
To think that this managed to be funnier than most short comedies I've
seen is quite a testament to the folks who made the film.
There is no dialog in the film. Instead, a chipper and very proper sounding narrator explains the proper way to fight off a zombie attack. This is all done like a 1950s public service film and what makes it so funny is the way that Communism and zombies are combined into one very paranoid and silly parody of the era. While a few dullards with no sense of humor might hate the anti-women and anti-Canadian biases of the film, anyone with even a minimal sense of humor will no doubt know it's all in good fun and not take it serious.
Very, very clever and funny. I sure wish the folks who made this tried some more projects--I'm excited and ready for more.
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This extremely funny, witty and inspired thirteen minute short send-up pokes wickedly spot-on fun at both cheesy zombie horror fare and campy 50's educational documentaries alike. A cheerful and energetic narrator politely explains such things as how to fend off zombies (using a zombie's severed arm to beat the foul flesh-eating undead fiend to death is an especially effective weapon!), the origin of the zombie virus (it's a vile and malevolent commie plot hatched in Russia, of course!), and what you can do for your country about fighting the zombie horde (i.e., sacrifice your life for the greater good of America). Besides its deliciously deadpan potshots at mindless suburbanite conformity, equally brain-dead ultra-conservatism run amok, and rampant 50's Red Scare paranoia, this delightful howler further offers plenty of incisive mockery of conventional gender roles: The women act all irrational and overemotional while the guys naturally remain brave, strong and practical while dealing with the zombie onslaught. Better still, the zombies are a pretty diverse bunch of ghouls: We've got a zombie cheerleader, greaser zombies, a pregnant zombie, a zombie lumberjack, and even a cute gal zombie in a poodle skirt. This pic also tells us that such social undesirables as beatniks, rock music lovers, homosexuals, and Canadians are particularly susceptible to the zombie plague. Crisply shot in appropriately stark and scratchy black and white with a consumer VD camera, done in one day with a volunteer cast, and brimming over with a winning surplus of savage sardonic wit and sheer go-for-it infectious enthusiasm, this often sidesplitting little honey is well worth checking out. A total riot.
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