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About a Zombie

Revolver Entertainment // 2012 // 87 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // May 22nd, 2014

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The Charge

Once a zombie, always a zombie.

The Case

A documentary film crew ventures into a small Ireland town in search of a unique story. Apparently, a young man has taken ill with a virus that has turned him into a zombie, an infection that may be gaining traction in the rest of the civilized world.

Compelled by what could be a blockbuster story they gain access to the household and find Billy, the zombified son, strapped to a bed with a muzzle strapped to his face. They also find a family that is unwilling to let go, even if it means someone is going to eventually get their intestines ripped out.

One thing leads to another and what you ultimately end up with is a sneaky decent zombie movie. Which, in this age of oceans of walking dead offerings (most ranging from sub-mediocre to "head-shot"), is no small feat.

The first thing you'll have to get past is this bizarre construct of the family hanging on to their undead son. Yes, it doesn't make sense and the melodramatic fallout that spools from this set-up is contrived, but if you're able to get yourself past this initial goofiness there's some value here.

That value is a persistent feel of discomfort. Though it's shot essentially as a documentary/found-footage-film, About a Zombie manages to vomit up some effective zombie chills. The gore is well-done, with practical make-up and gag effects and deployed in ways that make the bloodletting jarring. Instead of riptides of blood, the horror elements are grounded in real-world scenarios, and that tinge of reality helps the film immensely. The most affecting stuff involves the zombie son. He's a disturbing creation and the director sets up some fairly off-putting scenes.

So it this worth your time? If you're a zombie-movie fan or are just looking for an interesting horror movie, About a Zombie is a nifty surprise. So, yes.

The Verdict

Not guilty. The DVD is basic, but the movie's pretty good.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 80

Perp Profile

Studio: Revolver Entertainment
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• None
Running Time: 87 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Horror

Distinguishing Marks

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