Aaah! Zombies!! Movie Review
AAAH! ZOMBIES!! (Wasting Away 2007)
Director: Matthew Kohnen
Writer: Matthew Kohnen & Sean Kohnen
Staring: Matthew Davis, Julianna Robinson, Michael Grant Terry, and Betsy Beutler
From: Level 33 Entertainment
This is a zombie comedy told from the Zombie’s perspective.
The movies starts out with two friends, Tim and Mike, accidentally mixing a strange neon green chemical into an ice cream maker and serving themselves and their two female friends a tasty zombifying snack. At that point they pass out and wake up thinking everything is normal, but sadly for them nothing could be further from the truth.
The rest of the movie involves the four friends realizing the brutal truth, that they are among the living impaired, and their attempts to get out of Dodge before they get shot by military.
This movie is fantastic and is easily going in my top ten favorite zombie movies.
Zombie movies these days lack originality. Nine times out of ten it’s a cookie cutter plot about some virus turning the populace into mindless killing machines and the biggest question of the movie before the cast get eaten one by one is whether or not the zombies will be fast or slow. (Yawn!)
Not so with “Aaah! Zombies!!” This movie turns zombie conventions on their head by cleverly showing the film alternating between the humans and the zombies perspective. Now you add in the fact that this movie is genuinely funny and well acted and you’ve got yourself a winner.
The character’s gradual realization about what’s happened to them plays out very well, is very entertaining, and had great pacing. It did not feel rushed or slow to me at any point. That’s not something you can say about a lot of lower budget movies that tend to be “All show and no go.”
Even better, I really did not anticipate how the movie would end and any time I can be surprised by a zombie movie’s ending I am pleasantly surprised.
The characters were quite likable, again very different from your average zombie movie, and had good chemistry. Many times I watch a zombie movie and by the time it’s nearly over I’m praying for all the characters to die. In “Aaah! Zombies!!” you can empathize with their plight and I found myself hoping they didn’t get shot in the head…. Weird I know.
Notable Moments In The Film
- Zombie make out session. Don’t worry it’s very “Safe For Work,” it was also very very funny.
- Zombie breakdancing (That dude had some moves)
- The most heroic severed head I have ever seen. Sir, I wept at your noble self sacrifice.
- True zombie love subplot. This movie was damn near a romantic zombie comedy.
- Two very attractive zombie actresses (Holy crap you’re good look’n)
- Great use of color and black and white to illustrate who’s perspective the story is being told from.
- Zombies bowling with drunk people. Nice.
I really enjoyed this movie, it really made me laugh and I cannot recommend it enough. I am amazed that the listed budget for this movie was only a million dollars because the production value is pretty high. Sure they could have made more gory zombie effects, but to be honest I think that would have detracted from the comedy of this film so you can’t really complain about it. Aaah! Zombies!! is a very well written and well acted zombie movie with a pretty original and unusual concept. Awesome.
You’re going to want to have this one in your undead library. I recommend buying this movie, don’t rent it. For me at least, the rewatchability of this film is very high.