Dir: The Pierce Brothers
Starring: Michael McKiddy, Ross Kidder, Markus Taylor
I love a good horror/comedy, the blend of genres is never an easy task and sometimes one needs to sit through some bad before a good one comes along. I am very happy to report that DeadHeads is one of the good ones, and a nice fresh take on the zombie sub-genre.
The film begins with Mike (Michael McKiddy) waking up to a crazy zombie attack, however he doesn’t quite come to the realisation that he is actually a zombie too. The difference is, he is a coherent zombie, not a mindless one like the others. During this ordeal he meets a fellow coherent zombie in Brent (Ross Kidder), and the pair decide to embark on a roadtrip to find Mike’s old girlfriend. Along the way some sinister people pursue the pair and the plot thickens …
The film isn’t just a blend of horror and comedy; it has the roadtrip element and even a bit of romance to boot. It tries to be a lot of things, and while it works for the most part, there are elements and plot devices that don’t quite come together as well. I will say this, the horror/comedy they got perfect, and this is pretty funny and rather enjoyable. I had a great time with the film, it was refreshing and certainly added a different take on zombies.
The strongest element here really is the leads; Michael McKiddy and Ross Kidder were just great. These two men had great chemistry and worked off each other so well, the film wouldn’t have worked without them. The pair forms this bond right away; it is a zombie duo like you haven’t seen before. It really is the core of the film, two very funny and honest performances. I also really liked Markus Taylor as Cheese, the mindless zombie who joins them along the way. The rest of the cast are pretty good and do their jobs well, another tick in the right column.
The Pierce Brothers have written and directed a fine film, the pair are clearly horror fans and it shows. Taking cues from classic films and paying homage to them, the references were fun to see and they didn’t take away from the film, it was really well done. The film is made for fans by fans, and I think there is enough to appeal for those who aren’t keen on horror or zombies. For example, I think my mother would sit through this and enjoy it. With that said, I highly recommend this film, good times to be had, trust me!
The Australian DVD:
The DVD I reviewed was a screener, so I am unable to comment on Picture/Audio quality.
DVD details here.
Thanks to Bill, care of Eagle Entertainment for the copy.