Director: Scott Dow
Starring: Tim Ogletree, Joey Oglesby & Dave Sheridan
Synopsis: When a police officer wakes up in a hospital to find out he is in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, he will do anything to find his family, even sacrifice Twitter
Rating: 15 Run time: 88 minutes Release date: 13 July (DVD)
With The Walking Deceased, what we have is not just a parody of successful zombie films & TV shows like Dawn of the Dead and The Walking Dead, but also a parody of parodies. Here, The Walking Deceased aims most of its barbs at AMC’s hugely popular TV series, but it also has no fear in ripping off the likes of Warm Bodies, Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland. The question is, why?
What those films did so well, was to point fingers at the horror sub-genre while also making a good film in the process. They had knowing winks to other zombie films, while being fundamentally funny. Unfortunately, The Walking Deceased fails at being either of those; it’s neither funny nor is it particularly entertaining at any point.
Once the first 20 minutes have passed by, the audience will likely start to lose any interest they had thus far built up. It’s this first part of the film where The Walking Deceased approaches anything close to entertaining. Some nice gags are made and there are some clever winks at the zombie genre.
It’s also here that audiences can do their best to guess which film The Walking Deceased is trying to mimic. Unfortunately, it never gets better than this and what follows is an excruciatingly painful 88 minutes of lowbrow jokes and offensive humour.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with lowbrow humour and some of the best comedy is offensive by nature. But here, the writers and directors have failed to make any of it funny and it feels like the sort of film you would expect from the people behind Scary Movie.
What it does right, it doesn’t do enough of and what it does wrong is far too apparent. The story, or lack of, really doesn’t exist and perhaps has no need to, while the acting is as dull and lifeless as the bumbling hordes of the undead that litter the screen.
With all its faults, The Walking Deceased’s biggest flaw is that it is simply not funny. It tries in some places, but overall it’s uninspiring and lazy. It feels like two teenage boys have got together, looked at a porno mag and told each other all of their Dad’s rudest jokes, while giggling at seeing breasts for the first time.
It’s never nice to completely lambast a film, because on some level you know hard work and effort has gone into making it. Regardless of the end result, people have dedicated their time to a project and, hopefully, done their best to make something good out of it.
Even so, if a film is bad then it’s bad. And The Walking Deceased is very bad. Some small amount of fun can be had early on, but ultimately it’s a poor film that never takes off and has little going for it to recommend sitting through its 88 minute duration.
In summary: The Walking Deceased has little to offer. If you want to watch a good zombie parody then see Zombieland or Shaun of the Dead instead.