Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 17/5/2012 (1803 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Steve seems like the perfect fiancé: friendly, devoted, happy and dedicated to keeping everything peaceful. There's just one thing wrong with him. He's developed this sudden appetite for devouring humans. "I don't even want to eat brains ... that much," he demurs.
But let's face it. Steve is a little bit zombie.
What this means to his future wife is the subject of A Little Bit Zombie, a flesh-eating romantic comedy of genial high spirits and a heck of a lot of regurgitation. If you had to pick a quintessential line from the movie, it would be, "I'm gonna go hose the puke off your-bride-to-be." A Little Bit Zombie is pretty much awash in fluids.
Which may be as it should be. This low-budget Canadian film is dedicated to nothing much more than a few gruesome laughs at the expense of the teen horror genre. It's not exactly hilarious (and not exactly scary either), but it is entertainingly coarse.
It tells the story of Steve (Kristopher Turner) and his fiancée Tina (Crystal Lowe), who are headed to a cabin in the woods -- postmodernism alert! -- in advance of their wedding. They're accompanied by Steve's sister Sarah (Kristen Hager), who hates Tina for her controlling ways, and Sarah's husband Craig (Shawn Roberts, the comic relief, as if the movie needed it.)
Tina is what's known as bridezilla: she's arranging her wedding within an inch of its life, and when Steve is bitten by a zombie mosquito and starts developing strange appetites -- he drools every time someone says the word "brains" -- she won't hear of it. "He's fine," she insists, and if, for instance, his ear falls off, she'll efficiently staple it right back on. It will do, at least until the wedding is over.
The balance between Tina's dedication to seating arrangements and Steve's increasingly voracious hunger -- there's a pet bunny that you fear for from the beginning -- forms the comical pivot in the script by Trevor Martin and Christopher Bond (co-creator of Evil Dead: The Musical) The notion of being a little bit zombie allows for many such moments: for instance, Steve is a human resources manager who tries to negotiate conflict resolution even as he bloodies his mouth with raw flesh.
As a kind of bonus, there's also a lip-smackingly over-the-top performance by Stephen McHattie (Pontypool) as the zombie-hunter Max, who, with his sidekick Penny (Emilie Ullerup), drives around the countryside in an armoured Jeep looking for the undead.
It's directed by Casey Walker, whose background is in television but whose heart is in the movies. He's not as accomplished as, say, George Romero, but he shares Romero's enthusiasm for a deadly infestation, and the movie is like a fan's notebook of salutes to the genre. It's a lot zombie.
-- Postmedia News
A Little Bit Zombie
Starring Kristopher Turner, Crystal Lowe and Stephen McHattie
Three stars out of five