It turns out that many people aren’t a fan of zom-coms/zombedies/zombie comedies these days. Many think the sub-genre of the zombie sub-genre has gone too far. I disagree. I like to laugh and I like gore and I like zombies. When it comes the matter, sometimes I feel rather Plessy about it and sometimes I feel more Ferguson; that is, sometimes I like my gore and comedy integrated and sometimes I’m in a more “separate, but equal” mood. A well-done zombie comedy is a nice way to bring on the zombie-goodness while still providing laughs for both myself and my fiancée who isn’t big horror fan.
Aaah! Zombies does a great job of this and it brings an entirely unique idea to the table that I’ve never seen before…or even heard of. The flick takes on the perspective of the zombies instead of the still living. Some movies like I, Zombie have been based upon the premise of following the transformation into a zombie, but this is different. Except for about the first five to ten minutes of the movie, Aaah! Zombies is based wholly around a group of friends (and a random weirdo they pick up along the way) who have already become zombies. The transformation takes about thirty seconds.
At first, they don’t even know they are zombies, they are walking around and interacting with each other, but the reality is, they are in fact the undead and the rest of the world sees them as such. This is actually handled rather well. Most of the time, the movie is in color and we see our friends as looking like normal people and moving at a normal speed. Sure, they may sustain some injuries along the way that they can’t feel, but for the most part, they look normal to themselves and each other. However, many scenes flash us a black and white glimpse of what they really look like to others. They are slow-moving, decaying zombies complete with groans and the desire to eat flesh. Obviously, there is a bit of a discrepancy here–the undead are simply unable to move at the same pace as the living–and this is handled perfectly. To the undead, the rest of the world appears to be moving at a breakneck speed around them. People walk and talk super fast.
This is the kind of thing that could easily become a mess and not work at all, but it’s done right and the writing and comedic performances are done more than well enough to pull the whole thing off. It’s actually done so well, that you barely even know it’s a low-budget affair.
In an odd way, and for lack of a better way to describe it, the film is almost like a mash-up between Re-Animator and Clerks. It’s mostly just friends hanging out and being zombies, but it borrows some ideas from movies like Re-Animator that aren’t strict with their zombies. For example, the undead in Aaah! Zombies can function without their bodies and their limbs can be controlled even after being detached from the rest of the body. If you’re stickler for the rules of being undead, you may be somewhat peeved, but it’s all in good fun.
This is definitely worth checking out and with it currently being available on Netflix Instant Watch, you really have no excuse.
Here’s the trailer: