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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Justin Paul Ritter

Starring:
Michael Villar
Marshall Hilton
Ryan McGivern

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What's it about
A zombie breakout occurs and John Romero returns from the dead, kills most of his family but gains a conscience while saving his son from a zombie horde and goes on a journey to protect his son from evils of living and the dead. Is it any good?
Is it good movie?
Unfortunately the film loses some of that intrigue almost immediately with lackluster CG models and animation that looks like it came out of an XBOX game ten years ago.  I'm not kidding, the whole thing really feels like an old video game, which makes it head-scratchingly strange that this movie took years to create. This bad animation is the biggest killer of all- watching these characters shamble around all choppily was brutal, and the environments they're plunked into are just so drab- blech. Along with that, the voice acting is also the pits which is a bad one-two combination that is the death knell for any animated film. The voice work just comes off dull, uninspired and boring.

The story isn't much more interesting beyond the initial premise so I got bored watching John walk through the underworld while his son gets bullied at a boarding school. The story just doesn't add up when looked at as a whole, either (though I have no reference to compare it to as I've never heard of, or read any of the comic the movie is based on). The whole thing is just awkward (why does our main hero zombie guy have wicked fighting skills? why does the movie literally skip forward 15 years in time without much explanation? why did the outbreak occur? it goes on like this..)

The Amazing Adventures of the Living Corpse's biggest transgression is that it seems to be a movie without an audience.  It's just too cartoony for an adult to take the subject matter seriously but it's not exactly made for children either. The concept of a super-zombie who can travel through the underworld at his leisure while trying to protect his son is actually kind of cool, but the tone is all over the place, and instead winds up coming off really stilted, goofy and uneven. I was hoping for some comedy that might click and at least some hilarious phony gore, and didn't really wind up satisfied. Fans of the comic may like it but for anyone else there just isn't much the movie does that would make me recommend it to anyone.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1:78:1 widescren in full 1080p resolution, and looks really sharp. The source material's ugly, but it's presented well.

Audio is similarly solid, with a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track that processes music, dialogue and effects with a solid amount of depth and balance.
The Extras
No extras here, besides trailers for Mimesis, Shadow People and Ultramarines when the disc starts.
Last Call
At the end of the day, this living corpse looks like a decade-old videogame and it's really tough to decide what audience best suits it. I don't really recommend sticking around to find out. This one's a bit of a mess, and can only be recommended strictly to fans.
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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