Deadheads

DH1

When Mike wakes up as a zombie with no memory of how he got that way, he meets up with fellow zombie Brent and the pair embark on a mission to find Mike’s girlfriend, but close behind them is a trio of zombie hunters looking to bring the pair back for unspecified reasons.

I’m such a sucker for romantic zombie movies. People mistakenly have the impression that the undead are completely unromantic people, but that’s simply not true. In fact, it’s quite the opposite, zombies are very romantic people. It’s just hard to be romantic when you have to constantly worry about whether or not something is going to fall off. Haven’t you ever read zombie poetry? It’s some of the most beautiful poetry in the world, and it brings a tear to my eye every time I read it. Well, it would if my tear ducts still worked anyway. I’ve tried my hands at poetry a few times, but I don’t seem to have the talent for it. I mean, I’ve done okay before when I was still dating women of the undead variety, but with a living girlfriend it doesn’t come out as well. She doesn’t seem to find biting into flesh and using people as chew toys as romantic as I do. What do you living people think is romantic? Is it puppies? Yeah, it’s got to be puppies. Everyone loves puppies. I’ll have to come up with a poem about puppies, puppies that eat people. Fuck I did it again. At least our protagonist Mike has being romantic in the bag, maybe I could learn a thing or two from him.

Today’s romantic zombie flick begins with Mike waking up next to what appears to be a crashed mobile medical laboratory. He runs into a nearby forest looking for help and comes upon an isolated cabin where his screams for help earn him a shotgun blast to the midsection (the residents inside already dealing with their own zombie in a scene very reminiscent of Night of the Living Dead). Mike believes himself to be dead, but realizes that not only is he fine (other than the shotgun wound) but he didn’t even feel the blast. It’s here that he meets perverted zombie Brent who died from autoerotic asphyxiation. Brent tries to explain to Mike that though they can both still think and act like normal humans they are now among the undead. Mike refuses to believe him and runs off to use a pay phone located right in front of a bar. This leads to a scuffle with his new friend. During the fight Mike loses and has to reattach his arm at which point he finally accepts that he is a member of the living dead. The pair figure they might as well have a few beers since they’re near a bar anyways, and while inside Mike suddenly remembers that before he died he was going to propose to his girlfriend. He also finds out, much to his dismay, that he’s been dead for three years. Mike and Brent decide that since they don’t have much else to do they might as well go and find Mike’s girlfriend. Before they can leave though, Joseph (one of the men from the cabin earlier) bursts into the bar, and while demanding everyone help him board the place up discovers that the two aren’t among the living. Luckily for them, before he gets a chance to end their lives once and for all, zombies break in the place and pull both Brent and Mike out. The next morning Mike wakes up to find Brent trying to train a feral zombie he names Cheese, a zombie who is hit by a car while wandering in the street. The car is driven by war veteran Cliff who offers the three a ride to make up for his smacking into Cheese. Cliff is making a trip to scatter his dead wife’s ashes and doesn’t realize the three are zombies. Mike and Brent figure that anything that helps them get closer to their destination is a good thing, so they take the ride with Cheese tagging along, but back at the bar Joseph, the only survivor from the night before, stumbles out to find a Hazmat team cleaning up the zombie mess. Though he is initially shackled, Joseph agrees to hunt down any escaped zombies and is let go, given whatever weapons he needs, and, along with two reps of the company behind the cleanup, sets out to capture the only three zombies to have gotten away. Now Mike and Brent must make it to Mike’s girlfriend before Joseph and his companions catch up with them, but along the way they might discover that being a zombie does have its advantages.

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{Mike and Brent beginning their trip to find the love of Mike’s life}

I knew I was going to like this movie the moment I caught it on Netflix. It was just one of those movies that you look at the cover, read the description, and know you’re going to love it. I can’t help but fall for romantic zombie flicks. Romance and the undead go together surprisingly well, but it’s sadly a combination that’s not used very often. There’s Warm Bodies, Zombie Honeymoon, Ahh Zombies!, and maybe a few others but not many. That actually makes me a little sad because romance works so perfectly in a zombie film. You wouldn’t think it since it doesn’t seem like a good mix, but in all but a few movies the romance aspect has been quite touching and added an extra layer to the film. The few times it hasn’t worked was only because it got way too corny, or the movie focused far too much on the romance while ignoring the zombie aspect of things. And when I say romantic zombie films, I’m talking about the films where a member of the living dead them self or selves is the one being romantic, not the more frequent two members of the living fall in love while trying to survive the dead films. Those can be a dime a dozen, two people meet during the zombie apocalypse, fall in love, and inevitability one of them dies. I’m not saying I don’t like those types of films, just that I prefer my romance to come from the undead, and no one is more romantic that love struck Mike on his journey to reunite with the woman he was going to propose to.

DH7

{Undead love knows no bounds}

Mike and Brent, as well as Cheese to a lesser extent, are most assuredly the heart of this movie. Their performances made the film what it was. They had such a great chemistry between them. I could very easily see the two of them becoming great friends, and when they meet up, the chemistry begins almost automatically. I couldn’t get enough of them going back and forth as they were both such extreme versions of each other. Mike is very down to Earth, more about the practicality, while Brent is a wild zombie more into the experience of being a member of the living dead, but when they come together everything evens out. I liked how they played out together. You couldn’t help but love them as they dealt with being among the living dead, them not minding being zombified certainly helped. They don’t so much hate being zombies, as they just don’t understand it. It was great watching them come to terms with what they were. Mike and Brent enjoy the zombie lifestyle, they have issues with coming to terms being dead, but they like being undead. It was fun to watch them try and accept things. Adding Cheese was good too as it added a level to the zombies that wouldn’t have been possible without him. Cheese was the standard zombie, grunting and growling, shambling around, unable to control himself, but having him included among Mike and Brent added so much to the movie. I don’t think I would have loved Deadheads as much as I did without Cheese.

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{You just can’t help but love Cheese}

The story was amazing. I loved how much it stuck with me. The only other two movies to suck me in so much, romance wise, are Warm Bodies and Zombie Honeymoon. I think one of the things to draw me in so much was the humor. I loved the dialogue and how much the dialogue meant between the characters. The movie really had a lot of heart to it, and I can’t say I’ve ever seen a film that made me care so much about the undead. You really want Mike to succeed and you find yourself being drawn further and further into their quest as the film goes on. I couldn’t help but love the story so very much.

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{Not even a shotgun blast to the gut will stop Mike}

The effects were also very well done with the more feral zombies looking a bit further decayed while Mike and Brent look like they might have died only a day prior, but there was something that annoyed me a bit, Mike’s arm. The damn thing pops off more than a few times during the film, and it pops off with a fair amount of ease too. Every time it pops off they just pick it up and stick it back on. Do you know how many nerves are in your arm? I know it’s just a movie but there are so many things in a severed arm that would need reattachment. It’s not going to just pop back in after it been ripped off. It’s a silly complaint but a complaint none the less.

DH5

{I’m a little less biased toward impalement}

Still, Deadheads was an excellent movie and I’ve already watched it a dozen or so times. Arm reattachment issues aside, this is one I’d highly recommend.

 

The Undead Review

 

Directed By: Brett Pierce (Secrets of Fenville, Dead/Undead) and Drew T. Pierce (Secrets of Fenville)

Starring: Michael McKiddy (Pennhurst, Long Distance Calling), Ross Kidder (Sam Hell, Bold Native), and Markus Taylor (Precipitation, Agorable)

Released By: FroBro Films and Freestyle Digital Media

Release Year: 2011

Release Type: Straight to Video

MPAA Rating: Rated R

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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