George: A Zombie Intervention

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George is a zombie, and he has a problem, a problem that involves human flesh and his inability to stay away from it. When his friends try to stage an intervention to help him overcome his addiction, things only go from bad to worse.

I think every zombie runs into this problem at some point in their undead lives, that point at which you are consuming way too much human flesh, sometimes to the point that stated consumption is actually causing your gut to burst open. It happens to the best of us, trust me. I don’t think any zombie has gone through their unlife without hitting that moment where they begin to consume more human flesh than they really need. We do this because over consuming can cause quite the high for a zombie, and you just thought we were gluttons. We happen to be lucky though, see when we to hit that level where we are over indulging we don’t have people making excuses for us, we just have people telling us to get our acts together. There is no Alcoholics Anonymous where we are told addiction is a disease (as opposed to it being a choice, go tell someone with cancer you have the disease of alcoholism you assholes), there is no Weight Watchers where we are coddled through our problems (as opposed to just putting the fork down and exercising, not easy but not impossible either people), and we don’t get substances to help bring us back to normality (I don’t have enough room here to bitch about why I despise Methadone). We are simply told we indulge too much and we need to back off, then we are given the help to do so (usually a good slap in the face), plain and simple. Once again, you meatsacks could learn a thing or two from the undead.

Our film begins with a short commercial reminiscent of 50’s propaganda about dealing with the undead in present modern life. Turns out that zombies are a very real and acknowledged part of society in this world and most of humanity has accepted them (as opposed to today’s society where we are still persecuted for our love of human flesh). There are still a few safety precautions when it comes to dealing with the undead, but for the most part, the living accept the dead. This is where George comes in, while many undead choose to find alternate means when it comes to getting their nourishment, George finds that eating living human flesh is better than any of the alternatives…his friends on the other hand disagree, and they are staging an intervention to help their lost companion. All of George’s remaining friends (all still living by the way) come together in the hopes of saving their wayward friend and showing him that eating the flesh of the living is not the way. Unfortunately things quickly spiral out of control as the attendees for this little get together all start succumbing to George’s love of human flesh, becoming members of the living dead themselves, including a traveling salesman, a group of Mormons, and some strippers invited over before one of the group realized it wasn’t a party. Only after all but a few of his friends are left living does George realize he is going to have to decide which side he’s on if he intends on saving those still left alive.

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{We’ve all been in this situation before, don’t deny it}

Zombies, much like depressed vampires, are a dime a dozen these days. I love nearly everything undead but even I can get tired of the never ending stream of zombie movies coming out when there are just so damn many. Some are great, a lot are good, many are god awful, but nearly all happen to be about the same thing, zombies come, zombies kill, zombies get killed. Those that fall into the great category usually have one thing in common though, they did something different and George: A Zombie Intervention takes the zombie genre some place I personally have never seen it taken.

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{Even good old George looks a little surprised}

The idea of having to give a zombie an intervention is not only a new one, but one that is pulled off with hilarity. They did an amazing job satirizing addiction; this film could have just as easily been about heroin or alcohol abuse and worked just as well. Though I can’t say it would have been as funny since much of the film’s humor is derived from the consequences of trying to help a zombie through his eating disorder. Some people die, some people reanimate, but they all end up frustrated as all hell in their attempts to help poor old George. This absurdity is led by a great cast and some amazingly well written dialogue.

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{Even when they get annoying you’ll still come to love these people, including head interventionist Barbara (pictured in the red dress)}

Great actors are an important part of any film but especially so for low budget horror. I’ve seen a lot of great movie ideas ruined by horrible acting, something far from the case here. Carlos Larkin was perfect for the title character, managing to pull off the hopeless, almost cynical George with an edge of humor and likability. Actress Lynn Lowry is another one that deserves a mention as George’s Intervention Specialist, an Intervention Specialist without much experience with interventions. Her character had me laughing hard enough to get a stomach ache. Even the pretentious pretty boy Steve was bearable only because his tantrums were hilarious, and usually that’s the character type that makes me want to shut the film off. All the characters are great and the actors behind them made those characters what they were.

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{And Steve doesn’t enjoy it very much when he ends up zombie chow}

The dialogue was definitely a plus as well. I adored the banter between the characters and the way they interacted with each other. There is one scene in particular where one of the group trying to help George ends up turning into a zombie himself thanks to George’s addictions, and when he rages at being turned into a member of the undead (while tied to a bed so as not to hurt George) it was funny as hell. There is also a door to door salesman that ends up locked in the basement, a member of the living dead himself now, and his whining while in his cage was not only uproarious but also a little sad as well. I loved the back and forth between the various characters. There is also quite a few film references, some cleverly hidden, others blatant, such as one of the characters making a reference to throwing Chud in the water instead of chum (a reference to the film C.H.U.D.) or the fact that the film’s main character is named George while his Interventionist is named Barbara (if I have to explain that you haven’t been watching zombie movies very long).

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{Ignore what’s in the background}

Even the makeup effects are done well. There aren’t a whole lot of scenes involving blood and guts but those that are there are really good, and I can’t imagine they had much of a budget for it, proving once again that imagination and ingenuity trumps big budget CGI any day.

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{There are hickeys and then there are hickeys}

This is one of the better zombie movies I’ve seen in a few years and I can’t say there was anything I didn’t like about it. If you’re in the mood for a zombie movie that gives you something a little different, than George: A Zombie Intervention is the movie for you.

The Undead Review

 

Directed By: J.T. Seaton (Nightshadows, Divination)

Starring: Carlos Larkin (Devil Girl, Strange Angel), Peter Stickles (The Trouble with Barry, Shhh), and Lynn Lowry (The Crazies {1973}, Cat People {1982})

Released By: Vicious Circle and Cat Scare Films

Release Date: 2010

Release Type: Straight to Video

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

About The Undead Review

When I was alive I was an asshole and after I died remained pretty much the same, if not a little worse. You’d think becoming a member of the walking dead would mellow a person out, no more worrying about awkward small talk with people, no more having to be politically correct, and the entire world is your upright, bipedal buffet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun as hell to be a zombie, just somewhat irritating at times, especially those times you have to watch a lame movie or read a lame book. Thankfully, when I am forced to watch these films or read those books, I’ve got places like The Undead Review to bitch and moan to my heart’s content. {When he’s not devouring the living or sinking his teeth into a good film The Undead Review (Andy Taylor) spends his time writing his own stories or hunting down the paranormal. Oh, and did we mention his blind dog once saved the world?)
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