STAG NIGHT OF THE DEAD
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Sophie Lovell Anderson
What's it about
Some wacky friends decide to play Zomball, which is essentially a
controlled zombie outbreak. See, there's been an avian flu that has
risen the dead but it's been controlled. So, as a stag party gag, the
boys are playing zomball which is essentially shooting real zombies in
a controlled environment. Of course, things do go wrong.
Is it good movie?
This is another attempt to try and mix comedy and horror, and it works
somewhat but ultimately isn't enough. What I mean to say is that Stag
Night isn't scary enough to be a horror flick, and isn't funny enough
to really be a comedy. If you're thinking this Brit effort is going to
be the next Shaun of the Dead (they do steal the font for the DVD cover though), think again..although, there is a dwarf
All is not lost though, as director Neil James has brought us a
low-budget indie that's entirely watchable. It aims to be pretty fun.
It's about a group of silly guys who bring a stripper along to play out
the bachelor party.
Of course, things go awry when one of the boys runs afoul of the rules
of zomball (of which there aren't many- stay together, watch for your
reload points for your super-futuristic zombie gun and don't humiliate
the zombies). This leads to a zombie horde overthrowing the base
they're on, and the boys have to stop 'em themselves.
Dean's our main man, and our heroine stripper is along for the ride.
Dean's player friend Marky is mean to women, DJ Ronny is your comic
relief and Number 48 is the puppetmaster of the proceedings. Acting is
fairly decent here, and won't disappoint much.
The effects and film quality however, are less than amazing. The CGI
isn't very well done and the movie bizarrely looks like it was
purposely made in poor quality. I don't love faux-grain, and this isn't
Yes, there's doings afoot and there's even a few twists and turns that
bump the plot along (yes, of course the military had something to do
with it). There's plenty of action here, and the film is pretty light
in terms of gore (there are some inspired bits though) and overall
tone. It's mean to be fun, and for the most part, it is.
Although I don't consider the film a resounding success, it's
undoubtedly entertaining and made with love. The death scenes are
fairly inspired and the humor can tickle the right ribs if given the
opportunity. It seems as though this movie was made because the boys
wanted to make it, not because they felt it would simply make money. I
Video / Audio
Stag Night certainly doesn't look great. The transfer here is clear,
but the quality of the video is very indie looking and detracts from
the viewing experience a bit.
Audio is similarly
unremarkable, nothing particulary special here. No specs were listed on
If you like honest making of
featurettes, you'll get one here. It runs a little over 20 minutes
long, but it's candid and interesting. It features interviews and lots
of behind the scenes stuff and is undoubtedly well done. A good
A commentary track with
Director Neil Jones and cast members MIke Busson and Ray Brown is also
included. This is a little dull, which is surprising due to the more
jovial making-of footage included. Still packed full of information
How to Make a Zombie is just
that- 3 minutes of little tips and hints about how to create zombie
makeup. It moves too quickly though, and pales in comparison to the
similar feature found on the Walking Dead's first season set.
A couple of deleted scenes run
a couple of minutes long and add nothing to the proceedings.
Outtakes are here too, four
minutes of 'em if you like that sort of thing.
There's also a still gallery.
As I mentioned before, there's some good effects and some fun to be had
with this stag party, but know that like the real deal, it isn't really
love, but a couple of cheap thrills. Maybe watch it with the boys on a