Off to their romantic honeymoon on the beach, Denise and Danny get more than they bargained for. While soaking up the sun, Danny gets infected by the living dead and their marriage becomes a match made in hell.
Marriage is work, especially when your spouse becomes one of the living dead. Zombie Honeymoon
takes a fresh look at the old flesh eating genre standard. This is not necessarily a Shaun of the Dead
rip-off because the comedy really only appears early on in the film. What starts off as a stylish and energetic twist on the old zombie "we are going to eat you" flick, soon turns into a dark, sad reflection of love gone bad. When we first meet our happy couple, Denise and Danny (played by Tracy Coogan
and Graham Sibley
), they are rushing out of the church. Avoiding family and friends (probably a budget based decision) they make a run for what is supposed to be a romantic getaway at a beach house where they plan for sex, a candlelight dinner and all things newlyweds should do. This is fun stuff and director Dave Gebroe
knows how to liven things up. But things start to get dreary when Danny, the vegetarian surfer takes a break from the waves with his blushing bride, and something comes out of the water. Which makes sense because according to The Zombie Survival Guide
by Max Brooks
(great book people), zombies can walk beneath the water on the ocean floor; and you thought all you had to worry about was JAWS
huh? For awhile there is still a sense of fun in this here party. But the more Danny gets hungry the worse things look for the couple.
I loved the opening moments in this film and it carried me for most of the time. Keep in mind this is a low-budget flick but its got charisma to spare. There are elements here that are reminiscent of your favorite zombie flicks but Iíve rarely seen it done in this fashion. If youíve never seen a romantic drama featuring the living dead now is your chance. The lead actors are terrific together and their chemistry is smokin' hot. Especially impressive is Tracy Coogan. She did an amazing job going from sex crazed romantic to terrified wife. I loved her performance and she kept me involved, even when the movie gets a little bloated and self-indulgent. I would have loved to see the energy in the opening hold up a little further in but it seemed to fade in the middle section. Another minor issue I had that may have suffered a tad from the budget was the special make-up effects. Not bad but not great. Although these may seem like major complaints, they really arenít. It is always refreshing to see someone try something new with this genre. Mixing the romantic drama in with horror was still better that watching just another
zombie flick. This here is a pretty damn entertaining watch from where I sit.
Although this honeymoon didn't leave my stomach full, it was a better than average zombie party. Thanks in part to the two lead actors who did a fantastic job with tons of charisma. I was hooked all the way through even when the script got a little over the top as a "romantic drama". If you want to see an original and inventive take on the zombie genre... then let's rip out those intestines and chow down, living dead style.