Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Review: One Cut of the Dead

It's not easy to do horror comedies. For every Shaun of the Dead or Return of the Living Dead, there are dozens that don't quite stick the landing. So when you find one that does it right, it is a real treat and speaks to the movie's quality. One Cut of the Dead is just such a film.

The premise is simple. A film crew is making a zombie movie in a remote location when real zombies suddenly appear and all hell breaks loose while the obsessed director wants the camera to keep rolling the entire time, regardless of whether or not it is safe for his cast and crew. Also, the whole thing is filmed in one long take (which happens to be one of my favorite gimmicks as it requires a lot of planning and practice to pull off and I enjoy trying to find out where they hide the cuts.)

Oh, and as if zombies weren't enough, there's a twist around the 30 minute mark that turns the whole movie on its head and really ups the craziness on set. That's really all one can say about the plot without spoiling some of the greatness of the movie.

If you've ever made a low budget movie of any sort, you know the sort of craziness that can happen on set, and zombies aside, One Cut of the Dead really captures that mayhem that threatens to make the entire movie fail. There's the obsessed director, diva actors, crew with very exacting meal requirements and more. It really is amazing to watch everyone work together to try and stay on target even as everything seems to be falling apart at the same time. Even with horrific things happening, the movie manages to capture a heartwarming feeling of camaraderie that makes you feel good and care for the plight of those making the movie.

It is an ambitious movie and one that writer/director Shin'ichirĂ´ Ueda manages to stick the landing on. Sign on for the gimmick and stay for one of the best horror comedies that we have seen in recent years. It's currently streaming on Shudder and I wholeheartedly recommend checking it out.

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