TAD 2013 Review: Stalled
This was, hands down, the film I was most excited to see at this year’s Festival. A British Romantic Zombie Comedy, *and* it takes place at Christmas? It’s like all of my favourite things wrapped up into one!
Leading actor Dan Palmer pulls double duty as he is also the writer of this over-the-top romp, which takes the one-location storyline gimmick and succeeds in providing a fun (if a little predictable) film zombie fans will very much enjoy.
W.C. is a down-on-his-luck Janitor working on Christmas Eve, and gets trapped in probably the last place on earth you’d want to be during a Zombie invasion – a stall in the ladies room. With an absolute minimal sense of optimism, and an overall lack of self preservation, his situation goes from bad to worse as more and more undead fill the washroom, and his hopes of survival diminish.
All is not completely lost, however, as it turns out that he’s not the only one locked in, and a lovley female voice (accompanied by a sharpie sketch W.C. doodles on the wall) provide the second half of our leading duo. It is a Rom-Com-Zom remember, and while we don’t see her face, we get to know ‘Evie’ as our hero and her bond over the next 24 hours. Through near-rescue attempts, heartfelt confessions, and raunchy jokes, they bond. The best part about this film is probably the dialoge between the two.
The film has been given many comparisons to Shaun of the Dead, but that’s unfair – as the only real similarities is the accents of the actors in the film. This movie is much more simple, using the ‘gimmick’ of the one-location shot successfully. While the premise is simple, and the plot is strait forward, the execution is done well enough for me to recommend this movie to my indie-film-nerd/zombie-loving/britophile friends.
(Of which I have a few).