Running Time: 99 mins
Rated: Rated MA 15+.
What's worse than having to face up to comedians' doing parodies of horror genres suspecting that the jokes will be lame or forced and that the satire will be inane or flat, or both? Plenty of things, of course. However, one approaches a parody of Dawn of the Dead (recently re-made itself) with caution.
Gradually, the caution disappears. This parody is not badly written. In fact, some of it is quite funny. Some of it is quite clever. Really, it is witty in some of its parody of horror movie conventions and behaviour. Yes, it is much better than anticipated. It is quite enjoyable.
Star, Simon Pegg, and director, Edgar Wright, have collaborated on the British TV comedy series, Spaced, in which they played with this living dead theme, how two dim-wits don't notice what is going on around them and, when they do, make something of a mess of trying to escape. Filmed in London suburbs, it does give the impression that if everybody in the street and beyond had turned into the living dead, it all might look something like this as the survivors attempted to drive, cross streets, take refuge in the local pub... An agreeable surprise even for those who think that
zombie films are sacred and not to be joked about.
Fr Peter Malone MSC is the International President of SIGNIS: the World Association for Catholic Communications and an Associate of the Australian Catholic Film Office.