SMUSH! – A Deadheads’ Short


A short video detailing events involving Cheese before he got tangled up with Mike and Brent from Deadheads.

This is a first here for me on Undead Review so bear with me. I’ve never reviewed a short before. It almost seems more difficult to talk about something that’s only nine minutes long versus something that’s anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours. I figured it would be a cinch to knock this out in five minutes or less. Turns out that I’m near useless when I don’t have a lot to ramble on about. I mean, the video is great, just sitting here scratching my head thinking about what to write. I guess it would help if I stopped scratching my head and actually started trying to write something down. Keys are surprisingly difficult to hit with your hands on your head. Alright, enough moaning, let’s see what I can do with a short.

SMUSH starts out an unspecified amount of time before Deadheads with the zombie virus just being reported. Newscasters warn the populace that crazed men and women are running around biting others, and that those bitten become just as crazy. We can see the dead wandering the countryside and a few humans being attacked. As the living barricade themselves against the dead, one little girl, Annabelle, seems unaffected as she orders pizza and has a nice little party with her stuffed animals (all while the pizza delivery man finds himself being chased by a zombie). Before she can finish her party she hears a commotion coming from the garage and finds a zombie trying to force its way into her home through the doggie door. The zombie is someone all of us who’ve seen Deadheads before will recognize as Cheese, the feral zombie that befriended Mike and Brent. Annabelle is initially apprehensive, and understandably so, but comes to understand that the trapped Cheese is simply hungry, so she feeds him everything and anything she can find around the house. Unfortunately for Annabelle another zombie has snuck in her house as well, a zombie not quite as harmless as Cheese, and if the gentle undead giant can’t get free Annabelle might end up a zombie herself.


{Cheese just wants to help}

I got kind of lucky in finding this. I didn’t even know it existed until discovering it by mistake on IMDB. I’m very glad I did too. It’s a wonderful, if woefully short, addition to the Deadheads’ universe. Cheese was my favorite character in Deadheads and I was glad to have him shown a bit more in SMUSH. While a short video, it was amazingly well done. Cheese is the same lovable zombie we saw him as before and actor Markus Taylor returns to play the role. The short film’s other star, Annabelle, played by Georgia Rose Matlack, did a great job too. She was quirky enough to make a good addition, and her interactions with Cheese were absolutely adorable (not a word you usually use in describing a zombie flick). The effects are just as well done as they were in Deadheads with some great, gory zombie makeup, and a few very bloody deaths.


{See, adorable}

If you were a fan of Deadheads you will like this short. My only complaint was that I wish it had been a little longer. I’ll add the link in here because I don’t think you want to miss this.

Watch here:


The Undead Review


Directed By: Brett Pierce (Secrets of Fenville, Deadheads) and Drew T. Pierce (Secrets of Fenville, Deadheads)

Starring: Markus Taylor (Deadheads, Wayward Frankenstein) and Georgia Rose Matlack (Wini + George, Horror House)

Released By: FroBro Films

Release Year: 2012

Release Type: Online

MPAA Rating: Unrated

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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