Guest feature reviewer Marek takes a look at a new Brit-flick in his review of this Zombie-Comedy film from Napoleon Jones. Terrifyingly good or dead from the waist down? Read on...
Stag Night of the Dead (2012)
Director: Napoleon Jones
A British zom-com which came out in the first quarter of 2012, following a group of men (and one stripper) out for some stag night fun with a difference as they embark on a new outdoor experience called Zomball, essentially paintball with zombies, although we cannot forget to mention the almost mandatory group tensions rising to the foreground that these types of movies push as a sub-plot.
The film itself is generally well paced although this drops for a bit in the beginning of the third act, it possess an enjoyable and fun soundtrack and manages to get the tone exactly right, which is paramount to any horror comedy working and thankfully these Brits manage that without losing focus. Meanwhile, a lot of horror fans might be interested in the Fx, and you will be pleased to learn that this film is competent in both respects, although in order to fully appreciate the zombie make up, I would advise that you watch the behind the scenes extras which really give you time to see the creations. However, that is not to say that this was at the detriment to the acting with all characters putting in a great performance, with a particular nod to the female lead coming across like a mixture of Emily Booth and Liz Hurley
Billed as a mix of Shaun of the Dead and American Pie, you know what to expect as it leans more towards humour than hardcore zombie action but this doesn’t detract from the horror action but rather complements it. Essentially this is a perfect choice for a late night beer fuelled watch and if you enjoyed movies such as the NZ zomcom Last of the Living and have a soft spot for a bit of action then this wont disappoint and should be in any self-respecting zombiefiles collection.
Overall, this is an enjoyable movie with a few cheeky nods to its influences, and while I doubt it will win many awards, it will entertain on more than one occasion and also to non-horror fans. Additionally, the extras are what push this over the edge as a great value dvd, leading me to give this a Fundead 8/10.
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Further information on the movie can be found at http://www.stagnightofthedead.com