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STALLED
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Christian James

Starring:
Dan Palmer
Antonia Bernath
Tamaryn Payne

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Custodian WC winds up accidentally trapping himself in the Ladies Room during a company Christmas party. Unfortunately for him, the zombie apocalypse has broken out and a bunch of zombies wind up in there with him..but they canít figure out how to use the door. WC is stalled!
Is it good movie?
This low budget treat comes to us from director Christian James, and features Dan Palmer as our lead character WC- he also wrote the film. Despite the low budget, this one is actually smarty filmed as it essentially remains in its home locale- the womenís washroom. If you can think of a more uncomfortable, cramped, tense and forbidden zone for a man to be stuck in during the Zombie Apocalypse, Iím all ears. Kudos on the neat locale.

Obviously, Stalled doesnít aim to take itself too seriously. This is a rom-zom-com style film which stretches a lot of laughs out of the undead, as they can come off quite hilariously.† At this particularly ballsy Christmas party, you have people dressed up in some hilarious outfits to say the least. WC (you might get the pun there..the abbreviation for Water Closet?) isnít alone though, as he winds up forging a burgeoning relationship with a human female (Antonia Bernath) who managed to get stuck in there with him in her own stall (and remains but a voice) There are plenty of office-humor references (love the ďJeffĒ gags) for those of us cubicle-junkies out there which really hit home for me- no comment. Itís hard not to draw parallels to Shaun of the Dead, which is really just fine. I love that frigginí movie.

Stalled is a fun movie that manages to be quite creative at the same time. The camera angles are incredibly creative (the movie is shot in a really inventive way), and thereís certainly no short of created weapons which are forced to do the trick. I wonít spoil those sorts of gags as they really add the the fun moments of the film. Sure, some of this stuff is hokey or heavy-handed but what did you expect from a film like this?

This isnít to say that itís all a one-note joke, either. Stalled does manage to craft some fairly emotional scenes, and a lot of them pay off quite well by the end. On top of that, the zombies themselves are impressive. Yes, at times they can look funny but make no mistake..the dead can tear sh*t up in this one. Thereís plenty of gore to go around here.

If I had any real complaint here, itíd be that WC sometimes comes off like a bit of a dick. He seems to progressively get more and more selfish as he goes on, and that made him hard to like. Still though, this doesnít ruin the film or have a huge impact on it. Heís no ash, thatís for sure. Nor is he Shaun for that matter.

While nothing thatís going to break the mold, Stalled is an enjoyable and easily watchable little splatterfest that manages to be pretty creative with the situation it sticks its characters in. Thereís a few detours and great funny bits along the way and certainly seems to be a labor of love. Iíd recommend it.

Video / Audio
Video: Presented in widescreen, the film looks fairly decent but isnít the prettiest source material to begin with.

Audio: Dolby 5.1, sounds pretty good though many of the audio effects leave a bit to be desired.

The Extras
First up is a 55 minute compilation of behind the scenes footage which is literally fly on the wall footage of everything from storyboards to stunts to effects and stock footage.

There are two storyboard sequences of the Opening sequence and the Ladder sequence, if you dig those comparison sort of deals.

You also get two audio commentary tracks, one with Director James and star Palmer, the other with the two producers, Dan Pickering and Richard Kerrigan. As a technical note, I thought both of these suffered from pretty lousy sound quality. With that said though, both tracks are upbeat, relatively jokey and quite informative.


Last Call
I had a good time with Stalled. Up for some fun, British zombie nastiness wrapped in a nasty little package? Pick it up.
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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