Fido (R)

Comedy 91 June 15, 2007
By Rob Nelson
You think they're dead, these zombie-film parodies, but, one after another, they keep lumbering back. Not much brain activity, alas, in this Canadian indie, which rather non-hilariously dispatches its walking corpses to \x9250s suburbia, where they're put to work as domestic servants and gardeners. For anyone who hasn't pictured the movie's 91 minutes already: In sunny Willard, docile, gray-faced zombies carry golf carts and duly provide target practice for Red Scare-era schoolkids, until a particularly ravenous ghoul takes a chunk out of old Mrs. Henderson's fleshy arm. Within 20 minutes, Vancouver writer-director Andrew Currie leads us to stop expecting actual jokes while squandering the talents of an overqualified cast that includes Dylan Baker and Carrie-Anne Moss as the film's Ward and June Cleaver, and Scottish actor Billy Connolly as the titular zombie-cum-pet and loyal pal of the couple's young son Timmy (K'Sun Ray). The movie's Pleasantville sets are well designed on a slim budget, but the \x9250s-style restraint extends to Currie's tame direction and generally makes a zombie-lover hungry for the real deal \xE0 la 28 Weeks Later -- which was still taking a bite out of the box office at last check.
Andrew Currie Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly, Dylan Baker, K'Sun Ray, Henry Czerny, Tim Blake Nelson Andrew Currie, Robert Chomiak, Dennis Heaton Blake Corbet, Mary Anne Waterhouse Roadside Attractions/Samuel Goldwyn

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