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"A comedy Full of Cheeky fun with buckets of raspberry hued gore" Eddie Cockrell, Variety A zombie horror-comedy about finding the meaning of life! A blind philosopher, a shotgun wielding childrens TV show star, a nihilistic hero, and a brain in a plastic bucket have signed up for Professor Reiniss weekend course about discovering the meaning of life. In a forest crawling with undead woodsmen, the trainees learn something about living... and a lot about surviving. Smelling of pine needles, decay and blood, a clan of zombie woodsmen emerge, with their bleeding eyes they hunt the flesh of the living. A favorite in the MIDNIGHT SLOT at the Tribecca Film Fest NYC 2004.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5.5 x 0.25 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Marek Dobes
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 25 minutes
- Release date : January 25, 2005
- Actors : Jan Nemejovsky, Jaroslav Dusek, David Alan Novak, Stepan Kopriva, Jan Dolansk
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Fangoria Int'L
- ASIN : B00068WRJS
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #215,974 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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CHOKING HAZARD is a Czech comedy-horror flick with a great rock soundtrack.
The plot is your basic "set of characters surrounded by the living dead." In this case, the living dead are zombie woodsmen. Bear in mind this is a COMEDY-horror. If you want to ask a lot of why's, this isn't the movie for you...
There are several excellent twists:
1. The backdrop is a weekend long "Meaning of Life" philosophy course that includes the making of individual videos.
2. A porn star drops in (he's at the wrong video workshop) leading to some laughs.
3. The porn star is a Jehovah's witness, which also leads to many laughs...
There are two negatives: Apparently the woman who shows up in the opening and at the conclusion is the children's show host referenced in the plot description on the dvd case. Her cameo appearance must have had some importance to the producers... but not the writers.
The other negative is the fact that the whole thing is in (I think) the Czech language and there are English subtitles. I didn't mind---it's really better than some flicks where the sound quality is so poor you can't hear what is being said--but I think I should have been warned in advance.
All that being said, CHOKING HAZARD is worthy of addition to your Zombie collection.
I especially love the way the film weaves between existential exploration and hilarious gore-fest. It works on so many different levels - while your first reaction to it may be mostly visceral, your attention will soon shift to the clever jokes, the interesting characters, and the joyful way it plays with film conventions.
This is a rare and unusual film to come out of the Czech Republic. I was disappointed that it didn't get a theatrical release in the US, so I'm really glad that it's coming out on DVD. Humor/horror fans will not be disappointed!
A group of city dwellers looking for direction in their lives enroll in a Zen-type course supposed to do just that. When they arrive at the hotel where the course is taught, their eccentric new teacher informs them that he has planned a field trip for them and they soon head off in wilderness and board a cabin deep in the woods. This diverse group of characters, which include a bored couple, a Zen master, a slacker, a couple of nymph princesses and a Jehovah witness porn star (!) soon find themselves at the mercy of zombie woodsmen trying to break into their cabin.
“Choking Hazards” hits home on many levels. Most of us have struggled with this dilemma of finding out our meaning in life, our place and our purpose in society. The Zen teacher’s philosophies were intriguing and provided many chuckles and I found myself in agreement with many of the statements made. That doesn’t mean however that “Choking Hazard’ tries to be some some sort of message film or take itself seriously. In fact, nothing at all about this film is taken seriously. You know you’re watching some sort of exercise in mondo-camp when a pack of zombies start marching to the beat of a rockabilly tune, when some of the said zombies are dressed like Neo from the Matrix and practice kung-fu and finally when said zombies attack women not for the purpose of food, but for the purpose of mating.
As for the red stuff, it is splashed in generous doses of goo that looks like it was taken straight out of a jar of chunky strawberry jam. There’s some really creative gore scenes in here but don’t expect a non-stop splatterfest, this film places a premium on comedy and dialogue while the gore takes a bit of a backseat. Do rent this film if you enjoy comedy/horror hybrids and if you want to see something different within the genre. I mean a Czech horror film with a blasting soundtrack of Czech metal and Czech punk rock? How often do you get the chance to see something like that?
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