Last Watch Date – November 23, 2022
Total Times Watched – Once
I had never heard of this and stumbled upon it on Amazon Prime. All I knew going in was what was shown on the trailer, which really tells you the whole story. I guess the learning from that is not to watch the trailer if you want to go in without knowing what’s going to happen.
This hits three spots for me: horror, comedy, romance. I’ve already stated my love of romance/rom-coms so deal with it. Anywho, this movie leans most heavily romance, then comedy, then horror. It’s not scary but it has a lot of horror elements. It’s literally about zombies.
The cast is really good. The biggest names you’ll recognize are John Malkovich and Rob Corddry. They’re not on the screen all that much, but they are indeed good when they’re on. The real stars of this are the main zombie dude “R” (who doesn’t have to do THAT mcuh acting considering his part) and the blonde Kristen Stewart, Teresa Palmer. I say that in the nicest way because she looks quite similar to her in ways, but she’s a much better actor. I’m surprised I haven’t seen her in other things. This movie is 10 years old and this is the only thing I’ve ever seen her in. Their chemistry is really great and makes the story feel believable. Also they have a few funny moments together that work quite well.
It’s not a very long movie and the script is a bit sparse because of all of the zombies, but it’s overall good. Pacing works because it’s not that long. It clocks in at 98 minutes but if you take out credits in the beginning and end, you’re looking at a solid 90 minutes. It’s tough to hit the right beats of those three genres, but again this is more of a romance with layers of comedy and a slight tinge of horror to round it out.
I can’t really give you any hard criticism of the movie because I liked it quite a bit. It’s nothing groundbreaking, nor is it something you’ll necessarily want to go out of your way to see, but it’s enjoyable and fun. I’ll watch it again for sure.
Yeah, if you’re looking for something a bit cuter in the horror side of things, give it a go. Teresa Palmer is great.