vrijdag 20 mei 2011

Short film = short review: The Living want me Dead (2010)

I just came across this cool looking short film by Bill Palmer. I've always had a thing for the smaller projects, they're mostly based on a cool idea/concept and it's really impressive how they can be told in such a short time. 'The Living want me Dead' is not just another zombie/infected movie, it's a tiny adjustment that makes this short into a wildly funny must-see.


It's close to Christmas, which has to be the most wonderful time of the year... well, not for Howard Philips. He seems to be targeted by everyone. Runnin at him while puking their guts out, showing some angry facial expressions and of course with a taste for blood. Might it have something to do with his visit to a medical testing facility? I'm not sure...but it's an option!
After an awesomely shot introduction (a chase scene) he finds himself face-to-face with a Mexican gardener at his friends house. Together they discuss the problem, which can be a bitch if that problem is not really that likely to happen...EVER. This leads to a funny conversation between Howard (who's in trouble) and his friend (who's hungover). The Living want me Dead makes smart use of it's storyline. The way the infection spreads is inventive and turns out great. I really like the vibe, it's simple yet effective. The comedic relief is welcome, the effects are spot-on without being to explicit. Nowehere is it groundbreaking, but it's 23 minutes of exciting entertainment.

I'd definitely recommend this to everyone who's interested in smaller projects or zombie flicks in general. You take a bite, and it's gone. But man, that single bite was worth your time!

Score: 81/100

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