A somewhat amusing (barely, but it made me chuckle a few times) zombie comedy about overeating, consumerism, and flatulence, American Zombieland might appeal to fans of farce movies, farting, or zombies. But seriously: There’s a lot of farting in this movie.
In a sleepy town, one man, a wannabe horror film director is about to have his life and the world he knows change forever. Finally, he gets the big break he has been waiting a lifetime for, but its not Hollywood knocking on his door.
Aspiring Texas filmmaker Sam (Dave Mussen) has been rejected from every filmmaking grant, festival, and producer around, and just as he’s on the verge of giving up his dream of making low budget movies for good, the zombie apocalypse seems to rev its engines, and its epicenter appears to be in his very town. He has enough friends and acquaintances who sort of care about him and his hackneyed movie ideas, so he rounds them up and pitches to them his crazy idea: Use the apocalypse to their advantage and make a zombie movie (called “Fat Ass Zombies”) right in the middle of the chaos. His friends aren’t offended or aghast enough at his idea, and so they hesitantly support Sam, but his method of directing is worse than Ed Wood’s: He corrals zombies and lets them loose on his “actors,” but has no plan on how to corral them again while he’s shooting. His movie basically becomes a one-take-for-each scene free-for-all as they dodge the chubby zombie (it’s Texas) horde. Finding a story in the midst of the chaos will end up being an afterthought.
A somewhat amusing (barely, but it made me chuckle a few times) zombie comedy about overeating, consumerism, and flatulence, American Zombieland might appeal to fans of farce movies, farting, or zombies. But seriously: There’s a lot of farting in this movie. Farting is a sure sign that someone is turning into a zombie. Insert your LOL’s. Not nearly as clever or ambitious as the similar film One Cut of the Dead, American Zombieland is the ‘merican version. From director George Bennett.
ITN recently released a DVD of this title. It’s affordably priced to own.