Not to be confused with the episode of the
Masters of Horror TV series of the same name, this 2008 film from director Greg Bishop takes place
at a town in Georgia in the US, where the local high school is preparing for its
end of term prom night.
But it seems thereís mysterious rumblings in the nearby cemetery, as the dead
seem to be trying to claw their way out of the graves and only the local
gravedigger seems to have an inkling as to what's going on.
A group of students from the schoolís sci-fi club, who arenít going to the prom
because they donít have dates (surprise, surprise) hear about something strange
going on in the cemetery and decide to investigate for themselves, only to
stumble into the middle of a full scale zombie outbreak, as the earth quite
literally begins to spit out the dead.
Escaping to safety, they hook up with some other colleagues and their gun toting
gym teacher, and make their way over to the school prom in the hopes of saving
their friends from the ensuing zombie menace thatís gripping the town, but will
they arrive in time?
Fast paced, full of tongue in cheek humour and gore, which
seems to owe more than a few passing nods to the likes of Cemetery Man, the
Return of the Living Dead films and the earlier works of Peter Jackson, this is
a highly enjoyable horror comedy.
If you liked "Shaun of the Dead" or any of the other movies I mentioned then you
should also enjoy this.
Bloody good fun!
Overall marks :7/10.
Alternate tag line,
"Who to go with, what to wear, how to survive?".
The screenplay for
this was written back in 1998, before zombie movies had returned to
Filmed in and around
the town of Rome, in the state of Georgia in the US.
The gravedigger role
was specifically written for James Jarrett.
The line "But I
don't know how to shoot a machete" was made up by actress Carissa
Capobianco during her audition for the part of Gwen. The producers
liked it so much they included it in the script.
One of the reasons
the film took so long to get off the ground was because zombie films
weren't in vogue at the time and Greg Bishop was only a fledgling
director. It was only after the success of his films "Voodoo" and
"The Other Side", combined with the fact that zombie films had since
become popular again that they were able to secure financing and go
Mark Oliver, who
played the school Coach, also had a minor role in the 2010 remake of
"The Crazies" playing a rescue worker.
Director Greg Bishop
claims to have used over 100 gallons of fake blood in the making of
Sam Raimi liked the
film so much he hand picked it for release through his new label
Ghosthouse Underground, which are distributed by Lionsgate.