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Zombie Dearest (2009)

 -  Comedy | Horror  -  4 August 2009 (USA)
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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... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
David Kemker ...
Gus Lawton
Quinto - the zombie
John Jarvis ...
Uncle Pete
Reverend Harper
Beverly Cooper ...
Aunt Ellen
Paul O'Sullivan ...
Mr. Roeder


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 »


Written and Performed by Slater Jewell-Kemker
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A poor comedy, not funny, not gory, not scary, not good!
27 November 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

While digging up the septic tank in the backyard of his country home, failed screenwriter & even worse comedian Gus, who's trying to patch up his failing marriage to his wife Deborah, accidentally unearths an obedient zombie, that does whatever he wants. However when the zombie is no longer needed, the couple are faced with the confusing question of, how do they get rid of something that is no longer needed & is already dead? ZOMBIE DEAREST is billed as a horror film & looks like a horror film by the cover, but with the exception of the quiet good & suspenseful final ten minutes of the film, that echo's a true zombie horror film, the film bears almost no resemblance to a horror movie! in fact the film is actually a wannabe SHAUN OF THE DEAD crossed with THE MONKEY'S PAW, but is so completely unfunny & unscary that it falls flat on it's face! The film also presents us with a failed romantic subplot, with the husband trying to patch things up with his wife, whom is slowly drifting away from him emotionally & a co-worker of hers that wants to start up a relationship with her himself. The film's running time is 85 minutes, but feels so much longer than that, simply because nothing at all happens in the film until the final ten minutes. What were forced to sit through, is watching some failed screenwriter tell bad jokes, fight with his wife, try to make up with his wife & order his new zombie slave to do all the work he himself should be doing. The zombie in question is not evil, but rather clumsy, though still loves & craves the taste of human flesh, if he can ever find some. If he can't, he just goes around stealing & eating live chickens. The acting isn't to bad, but nothing to write home about & the directing is mediocre at best. Also despite the fact that the zombie Gus accidentally unearths is supposed to be dead for many years, he barely looks rotted, or even skeletal. His clothes are pretty much intact & for the most part, the films budget was obviously to low for the film-makers to hire a special effects artist to create any real make- up effects, outside of the dime store variety kind, because the zombie make-up merely consists of brown face paint & the film never answers the question of, if the zombie is still alive when Gus digs him up, why did he just lie buried in the ground all these years, I mean he wasn't buried under rocks or in a coffin? why didn't he just crawl out of the ground? Not recommended, even if you are a die hard fan of zombie films. Scantly distributed, I stumbled upon the film when I bought it as 1 of 8 films that came along on two discs, released by ECHO BRIDGE ENTERTAINMENT under the title of "THE MIDNIGHT HORROR COLLECTION VOL. 3" (probably the only way they could get anyone to rent or buy this horrid tripe!) that also included four FULLMOON releases DEMONIC TOYS, MERIDIAN, the stupid DECADENT EVIL & the even worse EVIL BONG (which I refused to watch again because it was so bad!) as well as THE DEAD SLEEP (Which I'm yet to see at the time of this review) The decent BACKWOODS BLOODBATH: CURSE OF THE BLACK HODAG & the terrible WITCHCRAFT 13: BLOOD OF THE CHOSEN. Avoid this at all costs. Saved from my zero rating that I give to boring & completely unwatchable films, only because of the ending.

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