Monday, March 29, 2010

Day Two Point Two: Boy Eats Girl (2005)

Since Dr. Girlfriend got home early from work tonight, we decided to squeeze in an extra film today. So, the Irish zombie film, Boy Eats Girl made the grade.

And did it ever!

This is three for three so far, quality-wise, as this is an entertaining, well-acted, nicely-directed, and bloody gory film.

If you're looking for a traditional zombie film, this might not be for you. However, if you're a fan of British comedy TV series The In-Betweeners, this might be right up your alley.

You see, most of the film is spent following four teens around their school. However, one of the teens, lead Nathan (David Leon) has a crush on his friend Jessica (Samantha Mumba), but won't act on it, despite it being obvious that she fancies him right back.

When his buddies set it up so that he has to confront her and tell her how he feels, she doesn't show (thanks to her overbearing father), so he goes home, gets drunk, and accidentally hangs himself. Luckily it's not auto erotic asphyxiation.

Nope, it's just a concerned mom bursting into the room while he's toying with the idea of suicide by hanging.

As luck would have it, mom works cleaning up at the local church and had just recently stumbled upon a secret basement where horrible things are kept. Horrible things like a book of voodoo, which she then steals and uses to bring her dead son back to life.

As you can probably guess, hi-jinks ensue.

This is a cleverly written film that goes way out of its way to make you like the characters before subjecting them to zombie horrors. And the script is nicely structured so that nothing just happens without being set up well in advance. Unlike Evil, this time when the heroine starts using kick-boxing skills we've already seen her practicing at the gym earlier.

And while there's not a lot of gore throughout the film, our climax of the film does a pretty good job of making up lost time in a scene that brings the end of Peter Jackson's classic Dead Alive to mind.

So far, this year's marathon is going much better than expected. We'll see how that holds up tomorrow, when we watch the British film, The Zombie Diaries.

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating. Looks like the cover designer has decided that Ireland and Britain are the same. Our local cover has Mumba as the central character, since she's probably the most famous member of the cast (although that's not saying much), and features no red 'phone boxes.