Sunday, March 25, 2007


Fido (2007)

Directed by: Andrew Currie
Written by: Robert Chomiak, Andrew Currie & Dennis Heaton
Starring: K'Sun Ray, Billy Connolly, Carrie-Anne Moss, Henry Czerny, Dylan Baker, Tim Blake Nelson, Sonja Bennett, Alexia Fast, Jennifer Clement, Mary Black

Okay, I had to pay to see this one. I tried to see it yesterday, but it had been bumped by some retard opera thing (oh, the outrage!). Me thinks it isn't doing too well if that can happen.

I'd like to begin by saying that it was much better than I expected. It was, afterall, made in Canada and the film industry has been hammering out zombie movies like a deranged goldfish. Neither of these would suggest a good movie. But it was (actually, most of the recent zombie movies I've seen were made outside of the States and were pretty damn good (Shaun of the Dead, 28 Days Later..., both from the U.K. and Undead from Australia)).

This has a lot in common with Undead and Shaun of the Dead. In fact, it could almost be a sequel to Shaun. Remember at the end, when he's got his buddy chained up in the hut? Well, this kind of goes from there.

It's set in the classic, Pleasantville style, '50s town (in colour, mind you), after the "Zombie Wars", where practically everybody has at least one undead slave. So there's this little family and they get their own zombie who gets a little bit out of control and eats a few people. The family is kind of attached to the zombie, and they try to hide it's out-of-controlness from their neighbors.

It's an alternate universe where zombies are a part of society - kind of like Land of the Dead, but better. They mow the lawns, deliver the paper, cook, clean. Tim Blake Nelson has a zombie girlfriend (which is a little bit creepy...).

Billy Connolly is quite good as the title character and main zombie who sort of falls in love with Carrie-Anne Moss and reminded me a lot of Bub from Day of the Dead. Man, I have bad memories of that movie...

Anyhow, the zombies were fairly slow moving, which is always good. They didn't run, at least. Not like those anomalies in the Dawn remake.

So I liked it and I heartily recommend it. Funny and gory, a winning combination. With good '50s music. I think everybody should go see it - if half the people who went to see 300 went to see this instead, I would be happy. That, unfortunately, is not going to happen. It went to the Oxford, for God's sake. That spells death (yeah, I can spell real good. Or should I say godd?).


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