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I think the other reviewers may have expected this movie to be a lot more screwball than it was. The fact that it wasn't doesn't constitute a failure. The slapstick zombie movie is only one type of a surprisingly complex subgenre of cinema. And this ain't it.
American Zombie asks viewers to suspend disbelief to its very limits, and assume that zombies are both real and that they are deserving of deeper consideration. For anyone who ever spent more than an hour in discussion of zombie physiology, cause, and social consequence, this movie is like candy.
The movie (which is conducted like a documentary) follows four "high-functioning" zombies living (also dating, consuming, and working) among regular humans in Los Angeles. Each subject has his or her own take on his unique "condition."
The general feeling of the film is the same as that of a documentary following people diagnosed with an untreatable medical condition. Ivan begins with the statement (paraphrased), "I don't know how long it will be before my body decomposes, so I'm living each day at a time.Read more ›
I love this movie. I am a die hard zombie fan. This film is a must for genre collectors.
First off, let me say that it is a very well made film, a very slick production that captures the feel of a documentary exceptionally well (as I suppose it should, since Grace Lee apparently makes documentaries). I also think the concept of the film is very clever (that zombies live among us, but they're just another misunderstood and downtrodden subclass...or are they?).
Having said that, it's kind of an odd mix of styles and I'm not sure who will ultimately enjoy the film. I'm not sure how many people who are attracted to the zombie film genre will also be interested in a film which is at its heart a media and identity politics satire. And I'm not sure how many people looking for a media satire will be interested in the zombie subject matter.
I see there is a bit of a debate raging as to what this film actually is: mockumentary, faux documentary, horror movie, etc. I don't really know what the difference between a mockumentary and a faux documentary is. If the difference is that mockumentaries are comedies and faux documentaries are not necessarily comedies, I have to say I think this is intended to be primarily a comedy (or at least, as I said, satire...and my understanding of satire is that it's generally intended to be funny). True, it's a relatively dark and low key comedy, but still a comedy.
Part of the film's problem may be how it is promoted (to the limited extent that it has been promoted); the Netflix capsule review of American Zombie opens: "Part mockumentary, part unabashed gore-fest...Read more ›
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Very interesting take on the genre. Well worth $.01 plus shipping.Published 9 months ago by phillip durbin
This one made it to the bottom of my favorite Zombie Movie's List. I wanted my money back long before the credits rolled. Sorry to say you will too. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Vernon D. Ewer
This is one of those "documentary" ideas where zombies are real...and cognizant. The premise is so-so (coming from a big zombie fan) but tries to get a bit deep and feels like a... Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer
Due to the social commentary so easily found within movies about zombies as well as budget restraints as the undead are such an easy 'monster' to create the whole 'shaky cam' or... Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by Stuart C.
I found it to be a creative interesting concept. i just feel that such a unique plot shouldve been pushed much further than the subtle direction it took. Read morePublished on August 19, 2011 by kaoskitty
This is a movie about zombies. There is nothing in this film that remotely relates to the genre with the exception of the last 15 minutes. Read morePublished on June 7, 2011 by ZombiEFAN
This is a mockumentary on the zombie community. In many ways it is a parody on the gay community. Unfortunately in order to capture the feel of a real documentary, the movie is... Read morePublished on July 19, 2010 by The Movie Guy
This movie was god-awfully boring and pointless. Where's the gut-munching, society-ending horror that's supposed to accompany zombie movies? Read morePublished on June 19, 2010 by Michael Gmirkin
I cant believe they even made this ridiculous movie. It looks like they made it with a home camera. The acting is amateurish and the story is just plain silly. Read morePublished on January 30, 2010 by bbrockRailFan
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