Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Wes and Fi are a couple of lovers who feel like they've hit a creative block. Wes photographs weddings for a living and Fi can't get past a certain part in her zombie writings, The Dead Survive. Fi starts to go nuts and is possessed by a demon.Wes is left to try to pick up the pieces and defeat the evil beast that has inhabited his lady love.
Is it good movie?
I'm someone who enjoys musicals- I admit it. No, I don't love them all, but I
do enjoy the classics, without naming names (*hairspray*cough*cough*).
With that said, this is a tough film to describe, as it combines crazy
zombie moments, posession and tons of songs too. It's zany, over the
top and tough to put your finger on- which makes it fun!
The whole thing basically takes place in the home of the couple, and
the two actors (Sarah Lassez and Dustin Fasching) have some heavy
lifting to do. Not only do they play their human characters, but they
play the undead ones too, under a crazy amount of makeup.
The movie uses a sort of "meta" concept, where the events within Fi's
writing are taking place within the film. Fi just can't figure out how
to get her zombies fed (and these zombie characters show up throughout the film and are super funny and interesting..wish they had their own series!), and she's looking for answers almost anywhere,
although she tends to let her mind wonder a little too often.
Eventually, she goes crazy enough to cut off her own finger, and then
tries to stab her husband with those scissors. She gets carted off to
the nuthouse, but comes back seemingly possessed by a soul known as
Emily. Fiona is the character we focus on the most, what with her whole
possession going on, and Wes' character tends to only bust through with
any real presence during the second part of the movie.
And then when you least expect it, the zombies break out into song. The
songs range from really funny to kind of lame, but if I were to make a
generalization about them, I'd say the lyrics tend to be pretty funny,
but the tunes aren't quite as memorable. I realize it might sound
tacked on and stupid, but the music portions of the film don't wear out
their welcome and serve as an interesting way to move the plot along.
Mad props go out to Dustin Fasching and Sarah Lassez, our main
characters. These guys do all the singing, zombie acting and human
acting and do it with a great touch of versatility.
At the end of the day, this is an original and exciting study of
relationships, a loss of creativity, cynicism and a whole bunch of
zombie madness. If you're looking for something different instead of
the same old brains, sink your teeth into this one.
Video / Audio
Video comes in 1.78:1 Widescreen and is colorful,
vibrant and sharp.
Audio is presented in Dolby 5.1 Surround and is well
mixed, with good surround work. Lots of nice, clear zombie singin'
First, there's a 30-some minute making
of featurette, and it's super fun to watch. This really gets to
show off the love that was put into this film in a fun, well-edited
way. You get to watch film tests, body casting and other effects,
singing tests, photo shoots, dancing, choreography and more. This is
fantastic and actually made me like the film even more.
There's a Deleted Song
included as well, called "What is Wrong"-
it's a full on music video style inclusion and it's well done.
Finally, besides a trailer you
get two commentaries, one with
the actors (Lassez and Fasching) which is
lighthearted and full of jokes and laughter, along with funny little
anecdotes. It's not exactly jammed full of technical details but it's a
fun listen and the cast is clearly having a good time re-watching the
film. The second one is one with director/writer/editor
Travis Betz and the cinematographer, Shannon Hourigan, and Shannon's a
little nervous but she opens up as the commentary goes on. I preferred
the fun actor track, but this one has a lot more details about budget,
writing concerns and song choices. Still, a great pair of tracks.
This sweet film really grew on me. It looks fantastic and I really liked the bizarre musical aspect. If this sounds like your cup of tea, get at it..the Dead Inside is a quality scream.