Sometimes it is difficult for us to identify the audience for a particular
film, but in this case it is quite simple. This is your kind of film if you wish
the networks would bring back F Troop, and your mouth waters when you think of a
big screen version made today so the producers could add comical sex and gore and
There you go. It's your basic
cowboy-and-indian-and-zombie slapstick comedy.
Sean of the Dead seems to have spurred a new trend for zombie comedies. I
recently saw one called Fido, which is quite good and quite professionally
assembled, albeit only sporadically funny. Then I saw this, which really scrapes
the bottom of the zombie barrel. Imagine an episode of F Troop or Gilligan's
Island or Dusty's Trail, mentally add some wacky zombies, ramp it up to an R for
comical gore and nudity, and you'll have it pegged perfectly. It looks like the
director may even have used some of the old F Troop sets and costumes. Chris
Kattan takes on the Larry Storch / Bob Denver role as the dumb but lovable guy
who fucks up constantly, and James Denton takes on the Alan Hale / Forrest
Tucker role as the easy-going leader who tolerates his dumber companion for
reasons combining compassion, inertia, and amusement. Denton doesn't call Kattan
"little buddy," but he comes close with "kid" (Kattan is 37 years old).
The only real positive I can cite is that Denton mercifully refrains from
ever hitting Kattan over the head with his hat.
Well, I suppose the surprise ending of the film is actually pretty cool and
completely unexpected, but there's just no reason to watch the movie because of
... unless you're a HUGE F Troop fan.
If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to
explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by
our definition, a
C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs
and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a: