Kill Zombie! (2012)

Last of the Living, Deadheads, Zombieland, Dance of the Dead, Dead Snow, Juan of the Dead, Zombie Strippers, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead and many many more… the list of zombie-comedies produced since Shaun of the Dead is disturbingly long. Every single one gets compared to Edgar Wright’s brilliant 2004 classic and very few can sit up there on its pedestal. Kill Zombie! can be added to that list of recent zom-coms, but how does it do against this swollen subgenre?

Kill Zombie! is brilliantly acted, incredibly violent, utterly idiotic and very very enjoyable. It doesn’t sparkle with originality, but it works fantastically well as a comedy. In fact – and prepare to roll your eyes – this is the Dutch Shaun of the Dead. Yeah, I said it. Get over it.

Aziz (Yahya Gaier) is having a really bad day. Having finally got a date with his super-hot work colleague, he’s inexplicably fired by his arsehole boss, has a fight with some gangsters and ends up in jail with his incompetent brother Mo (Mimoun Ouled Radi) and two thugs Nolan (Uriah Arnhem) and Jeffrey (Sergio Hasselbaink).

Then – while stuck in a cell – a Russian satellite crashes into his old office building and unleashes some kind of green space plague that turns everyone into zombie-monsters. Escaping their cells, the foursome team up with kick-ass cop Kim (Gigi Ravelli) and Aziz enlists them in a quest to save his work colleague and finally have the date of his dreams!

There are some fantastic sets in Kill Zombie! that make it look like a proper apocalypse has befallen Amsterdam, with destroyed streets, wrecked houses and an impressively destroyed skyscraper. Although befallen with obvious CGI and some repeating zombie-extras (look out for the teleporting girl in the pink dress!) it’s lovingly done and instantly forgivable.

Originally called Zombibi (a better title than Kill Zombie!) this strange horror-comedy is laugh-out loud hilarious at times and genuinely, intentionally funny. It is fucking insane, with some random Scott Pilgrim-style sequences mixed with crazed flashbacks and dozens of inventive zombie kills. It is constantly watchable and explosively violent (in a fun way).

Some may find the unsubtle, broad humour a little too crass and pie-in-the-face clownish, and that’s perhaps where the Shaun of the Dead similarities cannot be used. The comedic score, the random and hilarious newsreports and the simply bonkers ending with either have you groaning or laughing until you cry. It’s a matter of taste.

Surprisingly Kill Zombie! takes the time to give these characters actual character, which is rare for a zombie film, and you really start rooting for this collective bunch of misfits. It is very well written and directed and shouldn’t be dismissed as ‘another zombie comedy’.

Overall this is highly recommended. Although not overflowing with originality, it is a fresh, breezy, explosively violent ride with some superb kills, some excellent acting and a great comedy tone that should raise a smile from even the most undead of hearts. Well worth a watch.

Rating: ★★★★★★★½☆☆

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