February 21, 2012

DeadHeads (Review)


DeadHeads (2011)

Directors: Brett Pierce and Drew T. Pierce


RATING:
3.5 / 5 zedheads




Back in October, I was at the Toronto After Dark film festival for its screening of DeadHeads.

 In DeadHeads, two cognizant zombies named Mike (Michael McKiddy) and Brent (Ross Kidder) go on a road trip to find Ellie (Natalie Victoria), the love of Mike's (un)life. It's a buddy-comedy and undead romp that's entertaining enough but hardly a contender to sit next to the genre's great zombie comedies.

After slaving over a hot lap top during the festival to bring you a detailed and well-thought-out review, my computer suffered a sudden hardware problem, and the review was lost. Then life got away with me and I was never able to get back into the head-space to review DeadHeads. DeadHeads, however, is still too enjoyable a movie to go un-reviewed, especially since DeadHeads is now available on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK. Although my memory of DeadHeads is not especially fresh, neither are its main characters. With that, here's DeadHeads in a nut shell:
  •  The humour is goofy and slapstick at times (with a bouncy and bumbling musical score to accompany the shtick), but a number of setups turn out to be duds. On the other hand, the characters are all endearing, especially Markus Taylor as Cheese (the hulking, mentally-stunted zombie) and Natalie Victoria, who plays Ellie with incorrigible cuteness.

Zombie meets Girl. Girl ignores Zombie. Zombie eats Girl.
  •  DeadHeads doesn't appear particularly high-budget or low-budget, but thankfully none of the visual effects, makeup effects, sets or settings feel restricted or bloated by the budget. At the same time, there's not a scene or moment I can point to as especially exceptional (on a visual or technical level). 

"Blood on your hands" is more than a figure of speech for the undead

DeadHeads isn't great but it's not bad either. Equally entertaining as it is mediocre, DeadHeads' only real fault is being as memorable as it is forgettable. DeadHeads is a middle-of-the-road zombie comedy with enough laughs and chemistry along the way to keep you going but it has its fair share of flat gags. Strictly light fare, but an easy, breezy viewing experience nonetheless.