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STAG NIGHT OF THE DEAD
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Neil Jones

Starring:
Sebastian Street
Rez Kempton
Jeff Rudom
Sophie Lovell Anderson

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
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 zombie!

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 pretty looking.

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 recommend it.
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 my screener.
The Extras
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 inclusion.

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 though.

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.
Last Call
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 Friday night.
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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