1. Wasting Away (Aaah! Zombies!!)
Directed by Matthew Kohnen, this more comedy than horror take on the undead is actually told from the POV of these misunderstood flesh-eaters. Each scene from the zombie's hazy eyes is in black in white, but when the rioting public gets a chance to tell their side, the film switches to color. This is a movie I’d recommend to anyone who loves zombies but is looking for a little bit of originality.
2. Cemetery Man (Dellamorte Dellamore)
Aside from starring a very young Rupert Everett, this film is based on a novel and a comic (Dylan Dog). Everett is a caretaker at a local cemetery when he meets a beautiful widow. But before the romance can truly blossom, the dead begin to rise. The film does an amazing job at keeping viewers on their toes. What is reality and what isn’t?
3. Dance of the Dead
A film festival gem, this zombie spectacle takes place on prom night in Georgia. High school students must fend for themselves as the adjacent graveyard comes to life. Although this film is rather conventional in its execution, the characters are sound and well-developed.
The town of Pontypool has been overrun with violent infected crazies! And poor Grant Mazzy is holed up in his radio station broadcasting dying screams all day. This film’s originality of infection was what impressed me most. Turns out only specific words carry the virus and will only infect when these words are understood.
I’ll just say that if you haven’t seen Fido, you absolutely should. I can’t express how original this film was. Zombies as pets. But that’s not the only original aspect of its comedic brilliance. The love story which emerges is both odd and hilarious.
My search for great zombie films will never stop. They are a favorite of mine, and when I can find an original concept, I am a happy camper! Look, even my cat loves zombies!
Have you seen any obscure zombie films recently? Did you like them? Please share!