‘When there’s no restroom in hell, the dead will walk the earth’
Stalled is a 2013 British comedy horror feature film directed by Christian James (Fanged Up; Freak Out) from a screenplay by Dan Palmer, who also stars alongside Antonia Bernath, Tamaryn Payne and Mark Holden. The movie was produced by Richard Kerrigan.
It’s Christmas Eve, and a soon-to-be-sacked maintenance gopher (Dan Palmer) is changing light bulbs and cleaning toilets instead of drinking egg nog and making out with drunk receptionists at the annual office party.
Unfortunately for this forlorn floor-sweeper, he chooses to use the ladies restroom the very second a zombie outbreak occurs! Will he bowl us over and flush away the undead or (like in his pre-apocalypse life) simply remain… Stalled?
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“The confined space is cleverly used, with every object – a tool-box, a ladder, even a bin full of used tampons – made use of. At one point, W.C. has to use a discarded bra as a slingshot to aim severed fingers at a fire-alarm button … Very proficient technically (and certainly a major advance on the crude Freak Out), this is a worthy successor to Shaun of the Dead and Harold’s Going Stiff in its mix of homage to past zombie film glories and very British social comedy.” Screen Daily
“Stalled does have some minor flaws, but they can all be overlooked due to the brilliance of everything else. This small movie attempts quite a lot and gets virtually all of it right and Stalled deserves all of the critical and fan praise that it’s been receiving.” Flickering Myth
“Stalled is a perfectly likeable and solid zombie comedy. There are predecessors whose reputations may seem insurmountable but Stalled has a nice balance of gore and guffaws to satisfy any fan of the genre and at least make it stand out from the crowd.” Twitch
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“Often laugh out loud funny (the fate of ‘Jeff from IT’ is particularly amusing) it’s one of the few films that can authentically claim to give Simon Pegg and Nick Frost a run for their money, although the key influence here is most likely Sam Raimi and his The Evil Dead films. But the writing also displays a degree of skill in the way it develops characters and the simple narrative, while Palmer makes for a strangely sympathetic downtrodden hero.” The Wild Eye
Cast and characters:
- Dan Palmer … W.C.
- Antonia Bernath … Heather
- Tamaryn Payne … Evie
- Mark Holden … Jeff From I.T.
- Giles Alderson … Nick Shanks
- Sarah Suzanne Biggins … Debbie
- Victoria Broom … Holly
- Marcus Kelly … Charlie (as Mark Kelly)
- Victoria Eldon … Samantha
- Chris R. Wright … Mikey
- Rick Edwards … Operator (voice)
- Russell Biles … Mr Armitage
- Ryan Ayley … Human Resources Zombie
- Matt Brothers … Agnostic Zombie
- Hannah Coley … Dance Zombie
- Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England
- Wimborne, Dorset, England
- 84 minutes
- Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1