Louis does Toronto After Dark – Review of DeadHeads
Mike Kellerman (Michael McKiddy) awakens during a zombie outbreak. Horrified at what he sees, he starts running for his life. However, as he is running it slowly dawns on him that they are not attacking him. It is not until he comes across Brent Guthrie (Ross Kidder), he realizes what the audience already knows, they are both zombies.
Thus begins DeadHeads by brother directors Brett and Drew T. Pierce. While thinking, talking zombies may seem an odd backdrop to use for a buddy picture, the directors use the idea very well and to great effect with a wry humor that belies the serious nature of being one of the undead. The two newly found friends decide that Mike needs to find the woman he was to marry. So with hunters trying to capture them and a third zombie aptly named Cheese (Markus Taylor) in tow, they set off in search of love.
Trailers can mislead an audience in regards to the content of a film or the quality. It is now common practice that a film that isn’t very funny will often times put the best jokes in the trailer. So after seeing the trailer for Dead Heads, I went in with some hesitation. Not only was I pleasantly surprised that the jokes in the trailer were not the best ones, they were by no means the only ones.
The jokes come fast and timely, keeping well within the constraints of what the filmmakers set out to achieve. Not only are the situations unique and funny, the running commentary of perennial jokester Brent only enhances what could have been an otherwise pedestrian movie. It is a tribute to the actors and the director to have put together this story in such a way as it has. Every scene has purpose and intent, fitting well within the entire plotline. The ending may be predictable, however like every good road trip movie, the destination isn’t really the point.
The cinematography is well done. While not visually stunning, it is not meant to be and that makes it an easy film to watch. The soundtrack is in the same vein. Sleek and professional, it gives just the right touch to the comedy on film. And let me say, if you are a fan of dark humor, you will find this very funny. I find myself wanting to compare this to iconic and beloved “Shaun of the Dead” as I’m sure some might want to do because the humour is just as good. It is a bit different though, more North American.
There was gore aplenty to satisfy horror fans mixed with more than a few jokes about appendages not staying attached to our heroes and other complexities of being undead. We are also peppered with more than a few 80’s references, and they come fast and without warning. So pay attention.
The real fun is the witty banter between the two leads with Ross Kidder in many cases stealing the show. The idea of two zombies walking to find true love is too farfetched and whimsical to be taken very seriously, yet the actors and directors know this and have embraced this by simply telling it as one long farcical joke. At no pint do you find yourself laughing at it, only with it.
DeadHeads will not go down in history as one of the best comedies ever made, but it will give you a good laugh and a fun time. What else do you need from a comedy?