Parody films are becoming all the more prevalent lately, and that’s not including the ones of the pornographic variety. So I was a little intrigued to find out that ARC Entertainment was putting out a parody of zombie films, and it didn’t involve the Wayans or Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg. Sadly, I may have gotten my hopes up a little too early with THE WALKING DECEASED.
Casting it’s net over mostly recent zombie titles, THE WALKING DECEASED starts out decent enough, with a few well written jokes targeted at The Walking Dead and WARM BODIES, but it quickly devolves into unfunny tripe, when it aims at other zombie comedies, such as ZOMBIELAND or SHAUN OF THE DEAD. Had the film stuck to one parody and honed the jokes, it may have been more of a success, but it spread itself pretty thin really quickly.
Following a group of survivors, all inept, all annoying, with one exception. That being Romeo, the zombie trying to rehabilitate himself, a la WARM BODIES. Sadly, despite being the only likable character, it’s ruined by the fact that every instance his name comes up, they use the EXACT SAME JOKE. “Romero? Like George Romero?” If this was the only joke that was repeated ad nauseum, it might be forgivable, but there are countless that are used throughout.
I will admit, that I laughed quite a bit at Sheriff Lincoln crying about his first zombie kill having to be a toddler. “I’m not a zombie! I’m just looking for my mommy and daddy!” “THAT’S EXACTLY SOMETHING A ZOMBIE WOULD SAY!” And, with the first time of him referring to his son Chris as Carl, I laughed, but this was one of those jokes that became a dead horse that they whipped repeatedly.
As a fan of The Walking Dead, and most of the films they aimed at, I figured that I’d enjoy this film, but instead just found myself mad at the whole thing. Not only was the majority of it unfunny, but they even left it boring for a large section. The longest scene didn’t even involve zombies, but instead was about smoking marijuana, and felt like it was written by someone that has never smoked before, but has seen plenty of movies about it.
On the DVD, the film includes 2 brief behind the scenes clips, showing off a little bit of the production, and how the cast was having fun making the film. I just wish that that fun carried over on screen as well. Besides those clips, it also includes deleted scenes, that I recommend steering clear of. In a film that left a lot of ridiculousness on screen, it should be a warning that these scenes were deemed unfit to be included.
I’m usually able to recommend films to someone, even ones that I wasn’t a fan of, but I find it hard to recommend THE WALKING DECEASED to anyone. Be forewarned.
THE WALKING DECEASED will be available on DVD April 21st, 2015.