A Little Bit Zombie (2012)

A Little Bit Zombie (2012)

A Little Bit Zombie (2012)

A Little Bit Zombie‘ is an independent US horror-comedy that follows an infected man’s attempts to control his lust for flesh after being infected with a zombie virus.

It’s rare to see the words pleasant, cute, enjoyable, and funny on a zombie movie site, but all are accurate when discussing A Little Bit Zombie (2012). With tongue firmly planted in cheek, director Casey Walker and screenwriters Christopher Bond and Trevor Martin have created a flick worthy of entry into the horror-comedy club. Although the film takes a little while to get going, hang in there, because it’s one that gets better the more time and attention that you give it.

A soon-to-be-married conflict resolution manager (Steve) heads to a cabin in the woods with his bridezilla fiancée (Tina), sister (Sarah), and best friend/brother-in-law (Craig). Since nothing good has ever come from a forest vacation in these sorts of movies, poor Steve gets bitten by an undead mosquito (the bug-cam opening sequence is a nice touch). Anyway, it turns out he’s resistant to the virus and becomes a new breed of zombie-human, retaining his memory and personality.

A Little Bit Zombie (2012)

A Little Bit Zombie (2012)

Antics ensue, including a Leave it to Beaver-esque dream sequence and a nice trip to the “Creative Meats” market. Throw in a couple of zombie hunters (one played by veteran character actor Stephen McHattie) for good measure, and a good time is had by all.

A Little Bit Zombie has a playful tone (similar to Fido (2006)), good dialog, and nice pacing. The movie’s co-writer, Bond, is also the co-creator of Evil Dead: The Musical; explaining the film’s delight in its own campness, with multiple nods to the classic series.

A Little Bit Zombie (2012)

A Little Bit Zombie (2012)

Like all good undead flicks, and horror-movies in general, there is a deeper meaning at its core. What makes A Little Bit Zombie truly interesting is that the whole film is a metaphor for what happens when you marry someone for all the wrong reasons. Steve was already a “zombie” before being attacked by a manic mosquito: content with sacrificing his personality and giving in to his fiancé’s every whim while ignoring her many flaws. The filmmakers manage to pull this off without really making anyone “the bad guy;” the foursome are bound together by their genuine love of Steve, and they will do anything to help usher him through the new stage of his (after)life.

After watching the deluge of zombie flicks released in the wake of the subgenre’s revival (the last twelve years or so), it’s always refreshing to see a film that attempts to do something a little different. Comedy-horror is more difficult to pull off than your straight blood-n-guts fare because audiences expect more; all that’s required of most films is good gore and/or scares, but these have to work harder to entertain. You also gotta give credit to horror filmmakers who have actually thought about interesting shots and sequences, rather than merely pointing the camera in the general direction of the action.

A Little Bit Zombie (2012)

A Little Bit Zombie (2012)

One of the reasons director Casey Walker lavished extra-care on A Little Bit Zombie is he created his own crowd-sourcing site, MyMillionDollarMovie.com, to fund the film. This is as indie as it gets. “Producers” (donators) had the opportunity to purchase frames of the movie for as little as $10 to receive mention in the very long end credits. Having that many ‘producers’ means you really do need to provide value back to so many stakeholders, literally doing it for the fans!

Casey Walker is at it again with an Indiegogo campaign for his next project, The Void; hopefully this one will be just as inspired.

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Written by: Danielle Beauchea