George: A Zombie Intervention Movie Review
Written by John Colianni
DVD released by Vicious Circle Films
Directed by J. T. Seaton
Written by Brad Hodson and J. T. Seaton
2009, 93 minutes, Not Rated
DVD released on October 18th, 2011
Peter Sickles as Ben
Michelle Tomlinson as Sarah
Lynn Lowry as Barbara
Carlos Larkin as George
Shannon Hodson as Francine
Eric Dean as Steve
Over the past few years, media has been bombarded by the zombie sub-genre on almost every front imaginable. From television shows, comics and of course movies, it's rather easy to get your fill or be overwhelmed by flesh eaters pretty easily. Sure, there have been the fair share of large budget productions such as the Dawn of the Dead (2004), 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, The Walking Dead TV series and countless others. But what newcomers to the genre miss is that this all started with a black and white flick, filmed in a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania. So when I'm able to indulge in a low-budget piece of cinema that has its fair share of heart, there's something rather refreshing about that experience.
Enter George: A Zombie Intervention, a film by J. T. Seaton, released by Vicious Circle Films. This zombie comedy is a break from the over-saturated "the world is ending, we're the only ones left, let's be best friends" plot line and tries something completely new and fun. George's friends have gathered for an intervention to help him stop eating people and get help. That's the plot in a nutshell and it's genius. Just like any other comedy, this has characters that you'll instantly like and others you wish you could lock in your basement and wait for their eminent demise (*shh*spoiler alert). There are the cliche protagonists (friends and loved ones) and antagonists (the assholes) that typically exist in the comedy genre, as well as a few random situations that will leave you wondering why this is even taking place, but I feel like that is the liberty of a comedy with a lower budget.
Is the movie trying to provide entertainment with a laughable situation in a genre that you already love? Absolutely. But with that said, it's not trying to be the next Zombieland and maybe that's why I enjoyed this so much. Sure, there overly dramatic goodbyes from characters that had a zero percent life expectancy to begin with, but there isn't some Michael Cera-looking wannabe running around spreading his pre-pubescent awkwardness. And that's never a bad thing. For the lovers of gore, there is plenty of that to go around. Impaling, severed limbs and heads, guts, people being devoured and even more ridiculousness ensues. The production quality of the gore is done rather well, which is important in a film where offing people in random succession is the main focus. J. T. Seaton gives it his all in making the audience feel like they're seeing the real deal (which is never a bad thing). Oh, and there are some boobs too.
So, if you're willing to have a fun with a genre specific movie that is rarely tackled by smaller production houses, please check out George: A Zombie Intervention. It has enough laughs to keep you wondering how things will turn out, a fun cast to keep you smiling and just the right amount of blood to form all sorts of strange complexes for anyone under the age of 12 that might be watching. By the way, if you happen to be someone who is looking for a romantic tween comedy that you can cuddle up to a cute date with, please proceed to purchase Twilight, cover yourself in glitter and jump feet first into a woodchipper.
Video, Audio and Special Features:
Video, audio and special features will not be graded as this was a screener.