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Zombies Take the Schoolyard (2010)

Acid thunderstorms at the high school turn everyone into Zombies except senior Ralph and freshman Scott, who find their only solace is in a dank janitor's closet. With their teenage ... See full summary »

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Acid thunderstorms at the high school turn everyone into Zombies except senior Ralph and freshman Scott, who find their only solace is in a dank janitor's closet. With their teenage turned-undead-friends clawing at the door, who will make it out to spark the Resistance? Written by Anonymous

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A fun, funny, and frightening horror short.
21 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a compelling, well-crafted short. I don't want to go into story details beyond saying it's about a couple of high-schoolers trapped in a janitor's closet during a zombie rampage. As to the writing, there's a convincing authenticity to the characters (and their dialogue) even in the midst of something as "inauthentic" as a zombie rampage, there's layered conflict that adds to the tension (our two heroes aren't exactly the best of friends at the beginning), there's a few amusing moments of humor that are nicely organic to the situation (I hate horror when it takes itself too seriously), and the filmmakers manage to conjure up a surprising amount of emotional connectivity to our heroes. On the technical front, everything's done superbly, from the directing/shooting to the editing to the sound design/effects; a lot of shorts in this genre try to go too "bleeding-edge" with things like the camera work (i.e, motion-sickness-inducing camera movements), but here the filmmakers wisely choose to keep things simple and clean and let the story and the characters do the talking. And, for a short, the special effects are kick-ass… great old-school practical F/X, which, in a horror movie, I think is almost always more frightening than anything a computer could whip up. In fact, the one weakness here is that I think the filmmakers should've gone further with their gore; it seems like they were trying for a PG-13-like vibe, and I think more rated-R carnage would've made this even more fun. Much looking forward to what Tuverson and friends cook up next!


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