INDIE HORROR FILM OF THE WEEK: ZOMBIE CASSEROLE

SYNOPSIS OF ZOMBIE CASSEROLE VIA IMDB

“The zombie apocalypse came and went.  It was a nonevent.  Now the undead are having a hard time trying to fit into society.  Wally is an anti-zombie bigot who doesn’t think they deserve anything but a swift burial.  He’s forced to face the object of his hatred head on when he gets an unwelcome surprise while hosting a family dinner.”

MY REVIEW

I had the pleasure of seeing “Zombie Casserole” a few weeks ago at the Grindhouse Festival in Union, NJ.  I was apprehensive about the movie mostly because I feel as though the zombie genre has been overly saturated.  What sets “Zombie Casserole” apart from other zombie movies is that it completely changes the role of the zombie.  

The zombie genre has always been a rather large contributor to the horror genre.  We all know the classic “Night of the Living Dead” from iconic director George A. Romero - and since then we have had numerous zombie movies.  Also, we can attribute the recent rise of the zombie genre to AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”  As a horror fan, I’ve always enjoyed zombie movies but as of recent I’ve felt as though I’m just watching the same story over and over - something has happened in which people are infected and have now turned into zombies that crave human flesh - usually this follows an apocalypse of some sort etc. etc.  

Now, back to “Zombie Casserole.”  Why does this movie stand out from among the rest?  First things first, the zombies aren’t trying to kill us.  Actually, they want to live as “normal” as possible (for a decomposing human being).  They want to help us and do mundane things like the laundry, take out the trash, and eat raw meat.  They are also trying to fight for zombie rights.  They want to be taken seriously and not discriminated against, especially because they are actively trying to show that they aren’t trying to eat people - they would really appreciate it if we looked past that faux pas of theirs.  Of course, no human (or zombie) is perfect, and mistakes are made and cravings are satisfied (but mostly because of accidental circumstances).  This focus on zombies being just like us humans is what sets “Zombie Casserole” apart from other zombie shorts/films.  

“Zombie Casserole” is a story about a man who discriminates against zombies and doesn’t belive that they should have the same rights as humans.  His thoughts and attitudes towards his belief in this is shaken up when at a dinner party his sister reveals that her husband has become a zombie.  Hilarity (and some violence/gore) follows.  I really enjoyed this short as a whole and the acting and directing of this movie is what makes it so great.  One of the actresses, Dara Swisher Carman, stole the show for me.  She was great and hilarious and totally believable.  Every time she was on the screen I couldn’t help but laugh at her antics and her facial expressions.  

This short was by no means scary.  However, it makes up for it by using comedy and gore.  Most importantly, it’s a movie that can retain rewatchability. All in all, I give this indie horror short a 4 ½ out of 5 stars because of its originality and humor  - something that is rarely seen in the zombie genre. 

SM