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Filmmakers Grace Lee ( The Grace Lee Project ) and John Solomon ( Nonsense Man ) team up to shoot a documentary about high-functioning zombies living in Los Angeles and their struggles to gain acceptance in human society.Despite their wildly different working styles Grace and John manage to chronicle the hopes and dreams of four fascinating subjects: IVAN a convenience-store clerk who longs for a career in publishing; LISA a florist trying to recover her lost memories; JUDY a hopeless romantic who learns to accept her true nature; and JOEL (pronounced Yo-El ) a committed political activist striving for zombie rights. As Grace strives to get to know the zombies on their own terms John is eager to uncover their darker side and rallies to get the crew permission to shoot at a three-day zombies-only retreat called Live Dead where the documentary takes an unexpected and dangerous turn. What transpires there is beyond anything the filmmakers could imagine as they are forced to re-evaluate their ideas about tolerance identity politics and the future of the human race.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: HORROR/COMEDIC HORROR UPC: 881394105027 Manufacturer No: CLS1050

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  • Actors: John Durbin, Paul Eiding, Jesse D. Goins, Raymond Ma, Lorna Scott
  • Directors: Grace Lee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Cinema Libre
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001A5070M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,205 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Zombie" on IMDb

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At this point as a society, we've coupled zombies and comedy. I'm sure there are a myriad of compelling psychological reasons why this is so. But whatever our complex need to attach comedic value to something as existentially horrifying as reanimated corpses, it manifests itself in an equally complex milieu. The zombie/comedy dyad operates within a very wide spectrum. Zombie movies can be hilariously funny, a la Sean of the Dead, or stark and terrifying, as in the original Night of the Living Dead (which uses only a sprinkling of comedy to balance the effect).

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.
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hard to find anything original with zombies but this one finds higher ground. A mocumentary, two very different indi film makers decide to do a study on the zombie population which has sprung up in major cities. These are not the "ooh ahh, give me brains" zombies. They vary from very low to very high functioning. The film focuses on 4 high functioning zombies: a radical (reminicent of the gay movement), a young man just going about things, an older woman filled with questions and barely supressed rage, and a young woman in full denial. The film tries to show a "slice of life" aspect but conflicting intentions between the two film makes leads them away from the point, and falling prey to their own misconceptions about themselves and the world around them.

I love this movie. I am a die hard zombie fan. This film is a must for genre collectors.
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I think the number of people that fall into the target audience for this film is really, really small.

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...
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Scary? No - fake documentary, yes. Take the assumption that zombies, from low function and almost feral, to high function that can almost pass --and a movie idea, is born (or unborn, as it may be). First, you really gotta like what they call Mockumentary just for the twist they have fun putting on a thing like that, and I do. I liked it, good plot out and nicely set up, I felt well and realistically acted - and I will pop it in from time to time and find it a nice way to kill a few hours and still keeps me entertained. One of the nice things about the expanding Independant film world is that you get these little oddities, that you will find faves, and they will just stick with you.
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