A LITTLE BIT ZOMBIE
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
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
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
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.
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.
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.