Last night, zombie lovers got the chance to see two new undead films and shorts. First, it was the Canadian premiere of DeadHeads, the buddy zombie comedy from writer/directors Brett Pierce and Drew T. Pierce. DeadHeads was preceded by the zombie short "Play Dead" about a group of dogs trying to survive the zombie apocalypse after their owners are killed.
|Zombified Adam Lopez (festival director) and his zombie minions|
DeadHeads was a very entertaining and goofy comic romp about Mike (Michael McKiddy) and Brent (Ross Kidder), two zombies who have retained their personalities and ability to speak. Mike and Brent go on a road trip to find Ellie (Natalie Victoria), the love of Mike's (un)life.
After the crowd-pleasing screening of DeadHeads, co-writer and co-director Brett Pierce took to the stage for a Q and A. Alongside Pierce were actors Natalie Victoria and Markus Taylor. Taylor received a round of applause for his role as the soft-headed and soft-hearted zombie named Cheese.
|Brett Pierce describes the hard work it took getting DeadHeads made|
|Markus Taylor, Natalie Victoria, and Brett Pierce swap production horror stories|
The second film of the night was the World Premiere of WAR OF THE DEAD, the almost-never-made WWII zombie film from Finnish director Marko Mäkilaakso. War of the Dead was preceded by the short "You Are So Undead," a cautionary tale for the Twilight generation about going "all the way" with vampire boyfriends.
War of the Dead, I'm sad to say, was a major dud. Filmed in 2007, War of the Dead went through years of funding problems, reshoots, and casting changes before finally seeing the light of day at Toronto After Dark. Despite the hype, War of the Dead was mediocre verging on the the terrible. In the film, an alliance of American and Finnish soldiers is sent on a secret mission to destroy a Nazi bunker in Russia. Evil experiments in reanimation have escaped the bunker and are spreading a 28 Days Later-style infection across enemy lines.
|War of the Dead director Marko Mäkilaakso drops F-bombs|
|Finland Represent! (L-R): Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen, Jouko Ahola, and Marko Mäkilaakso|
|A lovely young zombie I shared conversation with in the snack line|
I'm already looking forward to next year.