Halloween quickly approaches, and the Zombies keep on coming. This time, from Spain, by way of the official Spanish Region 2 DVD release for “Una De Zombis”. Honest-to-goodness Spanish zombies? Why the heck not!! Neko’s definitely up for it!
Our synopsis? Well…. it goes somethin’ like this: “Two young Spanish guys, Caspas and Aijón, have decided to become the new stars of film-making in the Spanish cinema in spite of the fact that they don’t have money, contacts, or training …… or talent. Come to that they haven’t got a story to tell either. Just when they seem to be heading for the most resounding failure they meet Carla, apparently a producer, who swears she knows half Hollywood. Another guy nicknamed ‘El Duende’ also comes into their lives and offers them a story; his own. A story with revenge, a fated love… and a satanic mafia made up of zombies.”
“Sexy Killer” and the two “Rec” films certainly showed your Favorite Catgirl Zombie Fan that Spain’s definitely got a handle on this whole zombie idea, so can they hit another one out of the park? Horror and comedy… they can work together, but they can also fall flat on their rotting butts if it’s not handled right. Only one certain way to find out…. and that’s to risk an evening’s movie time to give it a watch.
As always, you get the easy part…. you just have to “Read On” to find out all the gory details!!
Mmmmmm? The zombie…. a perennial favorite of low budget film-makers wanting to explore odd or somewhat disturbing social themes or shine a light on human failings in the safe comfortable context of a fantasy story. Why? Because the good old zombie really doesn’t care if they’re being cast as the social outcast in a story…. a substitute for the baser elements of man’s soul… a walking expression of man’s fear of death, contamination, and change, or even just a stock element stand-in villain that absolutely everybody can both fear and hate without feeling ashamed of it. So…. is that what’s going on here?
Nope… not really. Director Miguel Ángel Lamata and co-scriptwriter Miguel Ángel Aijón (who also stars as the hopeless hero Aijón) had a more ambitious idea to explore the very underpinnings of what humans think about Reality itself and our human perception of what exactly that is. Deep stuff for a zombie film…. and unfortunately an idea that eludes the efforts of the filmmakers to truly capture.
Yep… what starts out as a simple story about an evil Satanist and his cult of zombie henchmen eventually turns out to be a story about how much of Aijón’s life is real and how much is the product of his vivid imagination? All of this turns out to mean that Caspas, his best friend and life time Beavis to Aijón’s Butthead ever since they were wee boys is actually that “invisible friend” all children have. Ah…. but now he’s a grown up slacker just drifting through life along with Aijón who spends his days spinning his wheels on the dream of becoming a filmmaker trying to sell his first script…. the “magnum opus” that he’s worked on since those childhood days.
OMG!! Neko!! You’ve spilled the beans and given away the “twist” of the story! Arrrgghhh!! Ummmm? Not really…. you’d have seen this coming from a mile away, just like I did, and knowing about it now won’t really change things if you decide you want to give “Una De Zombis” a look for yourself. Mostly, you probably are wondering most about the zombies themselves…. and there we’re in good shape. Led by the reincarnated “Johnny Maldad” (aka “Bad Johnny” for those of you who don’t speak Spanish) our motley zombie gang is up to the usual zombie business. Lots of blood, gore and the occasional funny bit about being undead and you’ve got the picture of the hi-jinx on hand.
Unfortunately zombie stomping isn’t the primary focus of our film, and it waffles back and forth between that “deep and insightful look at the Meaning of Life” (but without Monty Python’s sense of wry humor) and the wacky fun of, say, “Mr. Vampire” giving the whole movie a rather uneven feeling. I’d like to say I liked this one… I’ve a feeling I should… but I just don’t.
With that in mind, I have to say your Favorite Catgirl can only give this one 2 “Meows” out of 5…. I know the Spanish are capable of doing really good Zombie Horror/ Comedy, but “Sexy Killer” this just ain’t. Sad but true….. The DVD itself is good, and not too pricey… but given the years since it’s release, may be a bit hard to find…. and truthfully, unless you are as big a zombie nut as me, I wouldn’t lose sleep over finding it any time soon.
Yep…. there’s a Trailer… (Isn’t there always a Trailer? Hehehehe!!) You know I”d never leave you without one!