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BOY EATS GIRL
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Reviewed by: Matt Withers

Directed by: Stephen Bradley

Starring:
Samantha Mumba
David Leon
Tadhg Murphy
Sara James

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A dude's mom accidentally hangs him (just go with it). Lucky for her she'd recently stumbled upon a book while cleaning her church that contains a spell to reanimate the dead. She brings her son back, but doesn't realize he's a zombie. Next thing you know he's spread the love and his town is overrun with the undead, the girl he's into is in danger, and the lack of blood flow in his body has his man junk in retirement. Poor, poor accidental zombie.
Is it good movie?
Any movie that starts off with the conceit of a good looking dude who plays a shy high schooler afraid to ask out the girl of his dreams annoys me right from the start. If you want to cast a geek as a geek, fine. But if you want to cast the guy who was scoring all the tail in high school as the geek...f*ck you.

Unfortunately, Boy Meets Girl not only gives us a hero who is prettier than most of the girls, but it also gets wrapped up in a lame contrivance of events that results in his accidental suicide. And yes, that plays out as silly as it sounds. Since we know it's a zombie movie, there's zero surprise when he's brought back by his guilt-ridden mother.

At this point we endure some lover's quarrels and a high school dance before anything zombie-ish happens. Not a good sign when you start checking the clock on an 80-minute movie.

So throw this sucker into the bin? No! In fact, you must check it out. Partly because the character interaction is above average, and somehow the cast being Irish makes things funnier than they would be otherwise. Then come some nice gore gags. They don't always make sense, but they do get the job done and will bring a smile to the most jaded genre fan's face. I won't ruin any of them, but one scene will have any lady who's even gotten "played" cheering at the screen.

The true joy comes toward the middle of the last block, though. What had been an above average teen zombie-horror-comedy elevates itself like old school Jordan dunking from the free throw line with one outstanding scene. A group of surviving peeps is about to get mowed down by their undead classmates, when a piece of farm equipment is brought to bear in ways that would make Peter Jackson proud. It's one of the best single moments of gore-filled, blood drenched carnage I've ever seen.

You could drop this particular scene into an Olsen Twins flick and it would make it a must see movie for genre fans. Lucky for us it comes as the plasma red cherry on top of a tasty, though mostly disposable, entry in the canon of the undead.

Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen 16 x 9

Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1

The Extras
Eating Out: Making of Boy Eats Girl - Basically cast and crew giving you a summary of the movie you presumably just watched.

Trailers - Werewolf: The Devil's Hound, Fido, Night Of The Living De3d, Invasion, Skinwalkers

Last Call
Howard Hawks famously stated that a great movie is made up of, "Three good scenes, no bad ones." Boy Eats Girl manages to salvage what would be an slightly above average effort simply by including one great scene amongst a bunch of pretty good gore gags. Oh and it helps that lead honey Samantha Mumba is super hot!
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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