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Zombie Dearest (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 4 August 2009 (USA)
When failed comic Gus Lawton pushes his wife too far, he finds himself chasing her across the country to the abandoned farmhouse of her childhood. Given the choice between losing Deborah or... See full summary »

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Deborah
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Quinto - the zombie
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Beverly Cooper ...
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When failed comic Gus Lawton pushes his wife too far, he finds himself chasing her across the country to the abandoned farmhouse of her childhood. Given the choice between losing Deborah or living by her plan, Gus gets busy fixing up the old place. Starting with the septic tank. In a moment of desperation, he digs up the very thing he needs, a zombie who'll do anything he wants... for now, anyway. As the zombie's own desires threaten their plans, Gus and Deborah come together in a desperate struggle to get what they want, regardless of the cost. Zombie Dearest is a genre-bender that speaks to the "living dead" - the hunger and the horror - in all of us. It's a wild ride that's both smartly comic and deeply quirky. Written by Anonymous

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Dearest is character driven horror - a genre bender in which comic characters are devoured by the grisly consequences of their unchecked desires. See more »

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References Mommie Dearest (1981) See more »

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Zombies Strike
Written and Performed by Miaki Battino
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Unique and enjoyable horror black comedy hoot
10 January 2012 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Failed comic writer Gus Lawton (a fine and likable performance by David Kemker) and his fed-up wife Deborah (excellent work by Shauna Black) are having relationship problems. The troubled couple move to a new house in the remote country in an attempt to patch things up. Complications ensue when Gus unearth obedient zombie Quinto (a credible portrayal by David Sparrow) while digging up a septic tank in the backyard. Director Kemker, who also co-wrote the fresh and imaginative script with Mark Cananagh, firmly grounds the fantastic premise in a plausible workaday reality, makes neat use of harmonic country songs on the soundtrack, and ably mines an inspired line in amusing deadpan black humor (for example, Quinto proves to be an absolute pest who's impossible to get rid of). The sturdy acting by Kemker and Black holds the picture together; their pleasant and relaxed chemistry is both convincing and engaging. Moreover, there are sound supporting contributions from John Jarvis as Deborah's affable business partner Donny and Derek McGrath as cranky old coot Uncle Pete. This movie earns bonus points for being something different and out of the ordinary; it's genuinely eccentric without ever becoming forced or cutesy about it. Michel Bisson's sharp cinematography and the moody score by Kemker and Slater Jewell-Kemker are both up to speed. A fun flick.


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