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What to know: Unusual combination of kiddie level horror and adult comedy that ends up quite entertaining.
ZOMBIE BRO is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 7-16
80 minutes
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Who's going to believe it? Slowly, but surely, the zombie epidemic is taking over. Teddie, the Zombie Bro, secretly gets away with biting (and transforming) everyone nearby. This indie feature has such great tongue-in-dead-cheek humor. This film is an unusual combination of kiddie level horror and adult comedy. It's ultimately up to father and daughter to save their town. Many of the characters are quite entertaining, such as the sexy, vigilante schoolteacher and Pa (Anthony Taufa), who shows a complex mix of comical gestures, biting sarcasm, inappropriate anger/discipline towards his daughter (Lauren Grego) and frequent ignoramus-type behavior. Some of the zombie special effects are a bit confusing and campy, such as Teddie's arm falling off in one scene. The detached limb looks like it's made of styrofoam, yet when his mom sews it back on, his arm looks like real flesh and bone. The use of blackout screens to abruptly change scenes is definitely overused. I enjoyed the Aussie-inspired musical soundtrack. It is youthful, lively and helps to energize the film. My favorite part is the hissing-instead-of-talking personality of Teddie, the antagonist. It's a fun challenge to try and translate all the zombies' hissing, growling sounds into meaningful words. Cooper Flynn plays a very convincing Zombie Bro, with his limp hand motions and spitting various shades of red out of his mouth. I also love the wild collection of blow darts in Pa's cabinet. It is funny watching his daughter's clumsy attempts to use these weapons. The message is that parents should pay closer attention to all their kids' comments and behaviors. These give important clues as to what kids are feeling, as well as adjusting to the world around them. Don't ignore the warning signs! Another message: you're never too young to help save the world! I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 16. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
A young girl must enlist her juvenile father to help save the town from her biting brother.
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