Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Have Yourself a Very Undead Christmas, or Thoughts on Silent Night, Zombie Night

Do you think this title is a reference to Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972), or perhaps Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)?  And during the zombie apocalypse, how important is the holiday season, really?  Silent Night, Zombie Night (2009), is a low budget horror movie (that’s OK, Night of the Living Dead (1968) was a low budget horror movie) that follows Frank, Andy and Sarah, two LA cops and Frank’s estranged wife during a zombie outbreak that just happens to be during Christmas.
Trapped in the filmmaker's apartment for most of the film, (again, much like the farmhouse in Night of the Living Dead) the three of them fight off zombie attacks while dealing with their internal dramas.  Inevitable comparisons to the Rick, Shane and Lori triangle arise, and because of the location,  Fear the Walking Dead.  And can we talk about Southern California for a bit?  I''m a traditionalist, and I need snow in my Christmas-themed zombie movies; the only holiday elements are random Christmas trees and a zombie Santa.
These are fast zombies, very bitey, with lots of severed arm munchings.  Watch out for a clever bit during the trailer park zombie attack where the gunshots are perfectly timed to Grieg’s Hall of the Mountain King.  Written and directed by Sean Cain, the performances and screenplay are better than you'd expect at this price point.  You can tell that the filmmakers care about this movie, and that sincerity shows.

With cameos by Vernon Wells, who you will remember as Wez in Mad Max 2 (1981) and Bennett in Commando (1985), portraying Paul Irwin, a zombie fighter in a leather duster and paintball mask who introduces a completely unnecessary alien theory involving worms wrapped around the brain stem.  Also look out for Felissa Rose from Sleepaway Camp (1983) and Lew Temple, Axel from Season 3 of The Walking Dead, and Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects (2005), as a zombie survivor.



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