Thursday, March 17, 2016

A Zombie Lost in the Supermarket, or Thoughts on Nina Forever

From the country that gave you Shaun of the Dead (2004) and 28 Days Later (2002) comes a different kind of love story with Nina Forever (2015), where Holly, a college student with morbid leanings working in a supermarket  falls for Rob, a suicidal co-worker pining for Nina, his dead girlfriend.  The first time they share a bed the new couple summons Nina, in a bloody rebirth where she pulls herself out of their bed and settles comfortably between them.  She’s not technically a zombie; Wikipedia calls her a revenant or a ghostly apparition, which is more appropriate as this movie has more in common with Sheridan Le Fanu than Robert Kirkman.
Nina’s dark beauty and floppy broken neck haunts Holly and Rob for the rest of the movie, like a modern Hellraiser (1987) without the Cenobites, just Frank and Claire in the attic, (and maybe Larry joins them later).  She becomes the literal personification of the baggage one brings into a new relationship and the difficulty of moving on after tragedy or traumatic events.

It’s not a comedy, though it has some absurd moments.  There are some startling visuals in this quiet, intellectual movie where Holly walks through broken glass or Nina slithers down from her tombstone like a lizard, but it’s not a horror movie either.  Nina Forever is a modern erotic ghost story, reminiscent of Truly, Madly Deeply (1990), a morbid bloody threesome with the living sharing their bed with the dead who won't stay dead.  With Irish actress Fiona O'Shaughnessy who you may know as Jessica Hyde from Utopia plays Nina, Abigail Hardingham as Holly, and Cian Barry as Rob.

my first novel? thanks for asking:) I wrote a 4 book supernatural martial arts series concerning the ongoing feud between a group of kung-fu killer witches in san francsico’s chinatown.