SPECIALITE DU CHEF
Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
What's it about
The next time you're in an Asian restaurant in France, examine the menu closely for Soylent Green or long pork. You may want to stroll on over to Mickey D's instead.
Is it good movie?
I'm not quite sure what the sparking thought for this movie was, but I think it's a fair assumption that someone thought, "Hey, normally in zombie films the ghouls eat the people; what if in our movie the people eat the zombies?" It is an interesting thought, but unfortunately the concept created to make this central shtick work, well, doesn't work. People are killed, hung up in a freezer, and then reanimated with a Herbert Westian reagent prior to being hacked up and cooked. If there is a way that conceit makes sense, even in the guise of a horror film, I don't get it.
Questions of why the bodies are suspended from the ceiling via a metal plate attached to their mouths, instead of just hung on a damn hook, and why our central zombie gets into a brawl with another room full of zombies, all with metal plates affixed but none dangling, can be similarly answered: it makes no sense. And our main zombie being a restaurant critic is clearly an attempt at humor, but the villains killing a critic whose last known assignment was their restaurant seems more than slightly illogical.
It is also important to note that a 26-minute long film should not be boring. It should not feel padded with extended scenes of zombies shuffling, long close-up shots of them fumbling with, well, anything. Also, a 26-minute film should not have a hard time finding its tone. It should not be confused as to whether it wants to be creepy and close or loose and campy. The film is clearly low-budget, so I'll give the suspect acting and choppy editing a pass. But when you're film clocks in at under a half an hour, it better be the pure shite, distilled down to the essential information. Which is not the case here, alas.
Video / Audio
Video: Shot on video. It looks decent for a low-budget effort. Lots of interesting lighting choices, but no one will ever mistake it for HD.
Audio: A French audio track in Dolby 2.0, with optional French, English, German, and Spanish subtitles.
There are actually an impressive amount of special features here, including a making of documentary that is three times as long as the actual film, a commentary, and a photo gallery. Unfortunately, none of those are subtitled so I was not able to benefit from it. But then again, if they were subtitled with the same attention to detail as the film, I wouldn't have benefited from them anyway.
A decent idea poorly executed. I don't expect realism from a horror film, but I expect to see the filmmakers at least try. What I got here was lots of effort poured into a weak concept, filmmakers so enamored of subverted conventions that they never bothered to stop and ask themselves if there movie was any good in the first place. If they had, I'd have an hour of my life back.