Directors: Phil Pattison and Jeff Beckman
Vs. the Dead from RABIDOG FILMS is like a steak prepared by an verdant but inexperienced chef. The meal may not be perfect -- some parts are a little tough and chewy to get through -- but once you get to the tender meat, it tastes so sweet.
I attended a screening of the very new and very independent film Vs. the Dead during Horror in the Hammer's November 6th screening of the film that kicked off the Hamilton Film Festival. It was our NIGHT OF THE INDEPENDENTS, and our screening of Vs. the Dead was only its third public screening. Previously, it premiered for two showings at The Movie Palace theatre.
|The always glorious and glamorous Hamilton, Ontario|
|I've said it before: never trust anyone in a white hazmat suit|
|I call the bearded one bitey|
|Certain elements really hold back Vs. the Dead from success|
Speaking of repetitive, Vs. the Dead also tries to replicate a modern grindhouse effect with the repeated use of black and white freeze frames as well as digital effects to create the impression of film scratches, missing frames, and warped or burnt film stock. This technique is overused and feels too derivative of Tarantino / Rodriguez films. I think it is safe to say that this style of faux grindhouse has become tired in recent years and overly cliché. The overuse of this style detracts from the film and actually accentuates the film's undeveloped story, character, and dialogue rather than improves it. Whole scenes, characters, and "faux grindhouse" effects could be cut from the film to improve its pace and its story.
|The Boss from Hell|
|A health code violation just waiting to happen|