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"What do you think? Zombie Kill of the Week? "

Oct 12th, 2010

Ash better watch out as there's a new horror movie badass in town and his name is Tallahassee.

I have been waiting to see this for a long time, with each new snippet of information announced my anticipation increased. I knew who the celebrity cameo was before the main cast had been announced. Each day I checked online in wait for a trailer and when it arrived I was stoked, this was going to rule. In reflection I think that's what the problem was, I expected more.

The film follows a bunch of survivors after the zombie apocalypse, there's no real explanation why this happened and I'm thankful for it. How many zombie films have there been? We all know the score by now so rather than explaining tedious details we get straight to the action. The film follows two survivors Columbus, who narrates the film and Tallahassee as they travel cross country to go somewhere?

The opening of the flick strikes the right balance of horror and comedy, a set of rules Columbus abides by to survive the apocalypse pop up as the film progresses, it's a great premise. The title sequence gets the blood pumping with its slow motion scenes of zombie carnage similar to the titles of Watchmen. Columbus meets up with Tallahassee and drives across America, and like its protagonists the film seems to lose its way.

This is in no way a Horror flick, the violence is high but this clearly wants to be a comedy, that's where me being a horror fan comes into conflict with my enjoyment. The films title seems to have duped me into believing there would be copious amounts of zombies and yet they're mainly kept for the opening and closing moments of the film.

Now I seem bitter but I still enjoyed this film, the comedy rocks and the cameo in the middle of the film more than placates my thirst for zombie madness. Try not to ruin the surprise of who this is as websites and reviews will drop his name and take away some of the fun. Even so, truly this was a performance from him that I haven't seen for a long time (stay till the end of the credits for an extra scene).

The cast are what make this film; Woody Harrelson is fantastic as Tallahassee and has the perfect personality to imbue the character with a similar spirit to Ash from the Evil Dead films. Tallahassee has one weakness and that is his desire for Twinkies, one that I share. I desired Twinkies ever since I first heard of them in Die Hard but unfortunately they aren't available in the UK. Every time I go to the USA I go on the hunt for them and understand his quest as Twinkies are amazing. Unlike Ash Williams though Tallahassee is more grounded in reality and at one point without getting too sappy gives the character an emotional punch that had me caring for the character in ways that no other badass in horror ever has. Let's not forget though he kicks major zombie arse.

Of course the rest are just as fun as Tallahasee (love that name), Jessie Eisenberg is the perfect double act partner as nerdy Columbus, normally I find nerd characters in films irritating but he was able to strike the right cords. His voiceovers filling us in on his zombie survival rules that actually make sense. Emma Stone is great in everything and it surprises me she's not in more high profile films – its only a matter of time after this. Abigail Breslin also stands tall and kicks out another one of my irritations, kids in movies. She was excellent and became a badass in her own right.

The music choices are right up my ally, I loves me some rock and the slow motion action scenes are tremendously pulled off – it's just a shame there wasn't more action.

Apparently this was originally conceived as a television series and it shows in the pacing but not enough to harm it, mainstream audiences will lap this up. This film is great, just not what I wanted so I find myself hard pressed to give it a higher score. There is a sequel planned and I hope it delivers the zombie killings I desire as I really enjoyed my time with these characters and hope to see more of them in the future. 7.5/10

Best Kill
Buckle up

Woody Harrelson was arrested for possession of marijuana during film, which cost them a day's shooting – that is so cool.
Shipped to theaters under the code name "Point of Origin".
Zombie cameo roles were also offered to Joe Pesci, Mark Hamill, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Matthew McConaughey.

Director: Ruben Fleischer
Screenplay: Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese
Release: 2009
Rating: 15
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin

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