WINNER: Rising Star Award, Canada International Film Festival 2012
WINNER: Golden Palm Award, Mexico International Film Festival 2012
The plot is pretty classic — two couples go for a weekend at a cabin in the woods by a lake, and things get a little bit bloody (of course). Our main man Steve (Kristopher Turner) is a low-profile Human Resources guy who just wants everybody to be happy. His busty, high-maintenance bride-to-be Tina (Crystal Lowe) would really like to rehearse their upcoming wedding during their vacation. Steve’s sister Sarah (Kristen Hager) really can’t stand her future sister-in-law, while her big, dumb boyfriend Craig (Shawn Roberts) plans to have fun and get really drunk. Meanwhile, there is a zombie outbreak coming their way. Unfortunately, Steve gets bitten by a bad-ass mosquito which just drank some zombie blood. Since we are in zom-com territory, our deadites crave brains — just like in RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD! Even though Steve is still lucid and is no threat for his friends and family whatsoever, he still needs to eat some grey matter. That’s when it gets absurdly messy.
Here’s a hot new horror comedy, made in Canada. Loads of saliva, blood and vomit are spilled (and spit!), along with some EVIL DEAD references (the shed scene is revisited, plus look for this mosquito-zombie vision!) and even an inspired black-and-white dream sequence not too far from PLEASANTVILLE or MATINEE. Team-building, rabbit-munching, decomposing-ear-stapling, redneck-hunting, meat-market-shopping, silly humour and even catfights are also to be expected in this entertaining little B movie. As Craig, the douchebag best man of our unfortunate zombie, Roberts (DIARY OF THE DEAD and the upcoming RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION) is hilarious, while Lowe (WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END, the BLACK CHRISTMAS remake) is perfectly believable as the controlling bitch girlfriend you really don’t want to date. Hager (LESLIE, MY NAME IS EVIL, ALIENS VS. PREDATOR – REQUIEM) reunites with her WE MIGHT AS WELL LIVE co-star Steven McHattie (WATCHMEN, EDDIE: THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL which is also screening this year), who shines as a wise-cracking, foul-mouthed Van Helsing-like living-dead hunter — in out-of-control mode. Groovy.
— Kristof G.