HIDE AND CREEP
Reviewed by: Ammon Gilbert
What's it about
Zombies begin eating the local citizens of Thorsby, Alabama- and since the Sheriff is out of town, it’s up to the local video store clerk (Shelton), a retired Deputy (Hartsell), the Sheriff’s secretary (Bush) and a gun lovin’ NRA member (Holman) to lay the smack down and put the hurtin’ on the zombie horde. Throw in a crazed homeland security agent, a naked dude in the middle of nowhere, a zombified priest, and you have yourself a true zombie comedy.
Is it good movie?
HIDE AND CREEP is a zombie lovers wet dream! I had my doubts about this film, as it was shot on a next to nothing budget, and featured second rate actors- all of whom I had never heard of before. But from the time I hit play, all the way through the end credits, I was sucked in. I couldn’t help myself. Maybe because we’re first introduced to a zombie expert workin’ at a video store as our hero, or that a mullet rockin’ Billy Bob Thorton-like riffle lover was one of the most badass characters I’ve seen in a long while. But most likely because this movie is funny! Not to say that I was bustin’ guts left and right, but I had a perma-smile the whole time, and enjoyed much of the ‘inside’ horror/zombie jokes that were sprinkled throughout. There are a few so-called zombie comedies out there, and HIDE AND CREEP is the real deal!
Not to say that it was a perfect movie by any means, but considering what the filmmakers had to work with here, it’s a triumph. The gore factor was slim, but surprisingly that didn’t matter in this type of zombie movie. The acting wasn’t horrid, but it surely wasn’t anything to write home about, and the musical score could have been a lot worse. What this bad boy really had going for it was a good script, and a collaborative passion from everyone involved to make a zombie movie for those who like zombie movies. Plus, I really dug the Southern backdrop- made for some funny ass jokes!
Video / Audio
Video: Surprisingly clean and professional quality (basically, it didn’t look like a video camera was used in the making of this picture), presented in a slick 1.85:1 widescreen video transfer.
Audio: Presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, and the only area where the quality of the movie really went down. A few times dialogue cut in and out, and that annoying hiss that comes from background ‘noise’ made an appearance about half the time. Other than that, the sound was rockin’.
More extras than you’d expect from a low budget film like this. Actually, they were quite impressive- check them out:
Feature Commentary: Commentary from writer/director team Chuck Hartsell (who also acts in the movie) and Chance Shirley. Since these guys wrote this funny flick, little surprise that the commentary is pretty entertaining as well.
Behind the Scenes Featurette: The guys who made this really know who they’re marketing this to, as the featurette breaks down one scene in particular, and goes shot by shot on how it was filmed, followed by the final product. The scene features a few gory zombie shots… zombies who happen to be topless chicks… who happen to be making out with each other. In other words, this ‘making of’ segment was the mother of all ‘making of’ segments! Plus, it was very cool checking out the whole process of the filmmaking, followed by the final product. And the boobies.
Short Film: BIRTHDAY CALL: Before there was HIDE AND CREEP, there was BIRTHDAY CALL , the short film by directors Chuck Hartsell and Chance Shirley. Filmed entirely in the basement, featuring the main character chatting it up on the phone, we learn that zombies are taking over and what exactly needs to be done once bitten. Good stuff.
Trailers: The disc also starts off with playing all these (but does allow you to skip to the main menu if you’d like), and includes some upcoming flicks from The Asylum Home Entertainment, including H.G.WELL’S WAR OF THE WORLDS, JOLLY ROGER, FRANKENSTEIN, LETHAL EVICTION and HIDE AND CREEP.
Like SHAUN OF THE DEAD before it, HIDE AND CREEP is a true and blue zombie comedy. It’s a homage to classic zombie films, throws in some creative filmmaking to overcome it’s lack of budget (who knew you could inform the audience so much by talking on the phone), and most importantly, it’s funnier than all get out. The characters were likable, and while you don’t really get the feeling they’re in danger, you still want to see them make it out alive. I never found myself bored, or looking at the clock, and when the end credits started rolling, I actually found myself wanting more. The gore wasn’t the most important part of the picture, but when it was there, there was plenty of the red stuff to go around. Not to mention the zombie boob-shots that showed up slap dab in the middle- always appreciated! In the end, HIDE AND CREEP is a weekend rental, and if you’re really into it, a worthy edition to any zombie film collection.