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A LITTLE BIT ZOMBIE
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Casey Walker

Starring:
Kristopher Turner
Crystal Lowe
Shawn Roberts
Kristen Hager
Emilie Ullerup

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What's it about
A couple of soon-to-be weds travel with the groom's sister and her husband (and the groom's best man) to a remote cabin in the woods. Not long after arriving, Steve (the groom-to-be) is bitten by a zombie mosquito. A couple of zombie trackers with a mysterious orb are on the hunt for a half-human, half-zombie who can resist the infection, and it's only a matter of time before paths cross.
Is it good movie?
This one's a straight up horror-comedy, with way more emphasis placed on the comedic aspect of things. It plays sort of like a wacky sitcom, like along the lines of "My Husband's a Zombie". It isn't a long movie, and almost starts to overstay its welcome even with a lean 88 minute runtime.

Steve (Kris Turner) is our mild-mannered guy, who's a bit of a wimp and totally under the control of his somewhat domineering fiancee, Tina (Crystal Lowe). They've traveled to someone's cabin with Craig (Shawn Roberts), Steve's best friend who is absolutely, 100% Stifler-esque and his bride, Sarah (Kristen Hager), who is Steve's sister. They're up there to relax as Steve and Tina are getting married in only a week's time. Things go bad quickly once Steve is bitten by a zombie mosquito.

Ninety percent of this movie is pure goofy, immature laughs. Almost the whole thing is "imagine what would happen if your nerdy friend gained the traits of a zombie", and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Ideally, this movie seems to be made for a pretty young (or otherwise really undiscriminating) crowd into lowbrow humor. Don't get me wrong, I thought some of it was pretty clever. I had a good chuckle at Steve's constant drooling whenever he heard the word "brains", or even when he realizes he doesn't feel pain and beats himself up pretty good during a montage.

And really, there's nothing wrong with a movie as silly as this. It doesn't make the mistake of trying to be a morality tale, nor does it try to really scare you. A little bit zombie starts out silly, and cranks up the volume to really, really absurd by the end of the film. Our zombie hunters Stephen McHattie (of Pontypool fame) and Emilie Ullerup (who is ungodly hot) are thrown in for good measure to move the plot along, and provide the flick with a few laughs. Even Maniac Mansion alum George Buza shows up as brain-loving butcher Captain Cletus in one of the movie's funnier scenes.

I did find that some of the characters were shockingly mean- almost too mean at times. McHattie's gun-toting road warrior is a walking one-liner who really got on my nerves, while Steve's fiancee seems to really hate his guts until the end of the movie. Performances are really solid though, with Kris Turner's Steve being quirky and most enjoyable as he turns into the undead. Also want to throw props to Kristen Hager. The girl's gorgeous and the fact that she played one of the only rational characters in the flick endeared her to me.

Ultimately, I didn't laugh a lot while watching this one. I'd hoped to really enjoy it, but found it downright tough to get through at points. That isn't a slight against the movie- one of its trailers warns that it's for "immature audiences", so take it as you will. I guess I just found that after while, it grated on me. Mean friend Craig calling Steve "gay" over and over again for wanting to eat a dude's brains instead of a girl? Eh, just not my type of humor.

With that said though, the movie is certainly lighthearted and only gets crazier as it goes along, packing an ending that's absolutely fitting and just perfectly stupid, which caps things off well. If you're in the market for a really lowbrow zombie comedy, maybe check this one out.
Video / Audio
Video comes in widescreen 1:33:1 and looks bright, colorful and sharp.

Audio came only in Dolby 2.0.
The Extras
First up is an informative commentary track with director Casey Walker and cast members Kristopher Turner and Shawn Roberts, which is funny and easy to listen to, with lots of tidbits on how this little flick came to be.

The Making of A Little Bit Zombie is a really cool half hour feature that goes into a ton of detail about the effects used in the film. Good stuff here.

I won't spoil all the goods, but you get some fun featurettes titled Anatomy of a Vomit Scene, Billy and his Dress, Bug Splatter- a Science, Destruction of a Phone, and Guns of ALBZ. They're short, but often funny and provide some good insight into the work put into this one. The director also included some Director Diaries for added depth.

There's also a fake commercial and cable access program for the flick, which are both pretty funny and cool additions to the disc.

A few minutes of outtakes are featured here too, as are trailers and a photo gallery.
Last Call
The DVD is packed, and the flick, although a bit too silly for my liking, has heart and delivers exactly what it advertises. If it sounds good to you, it all comes in a great package so pick it up.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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