It’s no big secret that I am a huge zombie fan. Zombies have become one of the most popular icons of the horror genre and have infected the mainstream over the past few years to such a degree that sitcom’s and news reports are even mentioning them (Miami anyone?). With a new zombie movie coming out practically every week, it is hard to be original, but every once in a while one comes out that surprises us. Last years was The Dead, this year we have A Little Bit Zombie.
Steve (Kristopher Turner) is a happy go lucky guy without a care in the world. He is engaged to the love of his life, Tina (Crystal Lowe), even if his sister Sarah (Kristen Hager) and her partner Craig (Shawn Roberts) can’t stand her. To unwind and relax before the wedding, all four go to a cabin for some bonding time. While there, they encounter Max (Stephen McHattie) and his sidekick Penelope (Emilie Ullerup) who are wandering the remote landscape hunting zombies. An infected mosquito bites Steve multiple times and soon after he finds himself with an unnatural appetite for brains. Now Steve must not only deal with his high strung and demanding fiancée, but his own changing body and cravings.
I must say, I wasn’t sure what to expect with A Little Bit Zombie, but what I got was a surprisingly well made, funny, gory horror comedy. Director Casey Walker and writer Christopher Bond have crafted a great film that harkens back to the classic style and laughs of films like Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2 and Steve Miner’s House. The entire cast do a fantastic job keeping the performances funny but not ridiculous, especially Shawn Roberts as the muscle bound Craig, who steals pretty much every scene he is in and gets all the best lines. Lead Kristopher Turner also gives a memorable performance that brings equal parts relatable character and slapstick to the character of Steve. Turner turns in a Bruce Campbell worthy performance that will keep you rolling through the entire film. Horror comedy at its best, A Little Bit Zombie is not to be missed.
The Blu-ray from Anchor Bay is very nice considering the films modest budget. Blacks are solid, colors are nice and detail is surprisingly fine as well. A great little release that should not slip through your fingers, A Little Bit Zombie is highly recommended.