A Little Bit Zombie – Canada, 2012

‘Being dead is easy, it’s getting married that’s the real killer’

A Little Bit Zombie is a 2012 Canadian comedy horror film directed by Casey Walker (producer and on set visual effects supervisor of The Void) from a screenplay by Trevor Martin and Christopher Bond. It stars Kristopher Turner, Crystal Lowe and Shawn Roberts.

Infected by a virus, a mild mannered HR manager attempts to fulfill his overwhelming desire for brains, all while trying to keep it together so as not to incur the wrath of his bridezilla-to-be…

The movie was crowdsourced through Walker’s initiative ‘My Million Dollar Movie’ over a five-year period, during which he raised over a million dollars by allowing people to back the film by “purchasing” a frame.

Buy DVD: Amazon.co.uk

The film received its world premiere on February 4, 2012 at the Victoria Film Festival in Victoria, British Columbia and was released on to DVD on July 16, 2013.

Reviews:

“The film is a very funny and unique take on the usual zombie film, and even the zombie comedy, through its use of some outrageous characters, screwball comedy and familial situations that had me and the audience laughing pretty continuously.” Shelagh Rowan-Legg, Screen Anarchy

“The jokes are silly, but deft. The acting and staging is all high quality. The script is clever and quick.  The only real complaint is that the movie really didn’t know how to end. Things go off the rails a bit then veer back and everything just kind of stops. That’s a minor complaint in the larger scheme.” Jim Davis, More Brains

“I’d hoped to really enjoy it, but found it downright tough to get through at points. That isn’t a slight against the movie- one of its trailers warns that it’s for “immature audiences”, so take it as you will. I guess I just found that after while, it grated on me. Mean friend Craig calling Steve “gay” over and over again for wanting to eat a dude’s brains instead of a girl? Eh, just not my type of humor.” Andre Manseau, JoBlo.com

“I can watch blood and guts all day and night, but the multiple scenes of Steve drooling every time the word “Brains!” is said made my stomach flip. That said, it is a funny running joke throughout the film — one of many. The ending, though abrupt, is a winner, going out on a high note and leaving the viewer wanting more. I was surprised at how much I liked A Little Bit of Zombie. It’s a low budgeter, but one with a lot of heart and some great comedic moments.” Ambush Bug, Ain’t It Cool News

A Little Bit Zombie is never scary, at any point, but scary wasn’t what it was going for. The film was going for comedy horror and on most levels, it succeeds. It’s more comedy, with a horror backdrop, but regardless, by the film’s end it is fairly successful at both.” Tyler Doupe, ComingSoon.net

” …there were an abundance of Evil Dead references, as just looking at the poster above should tell you, but there was little zombie killing and only a smattering of gore. Again, it came down to the spot-on cast keeping me interested in their bumblings on how to deal with Steve’s “condition”. A certain amount of credit must naturally go to the writers Trevor Martin and Christopher Bond, but I can’t stress enough how important the cast were in making this a successful venture.” Jay Clarke, The Horror Section

“The latter half of the film, which is driven by Crystal Lowe’s determination to make the wedding go ahead and accept the fact that her fiancée is a zombie emerge the most successfully with some wacky scenes involving he going shopping for brains or the two girls setting out to seduce a guy that nobody will miss for him to feast upon […] I don’t know if A Little Bit Zombie ever produced any genuine laughs from me, but I at least emerged with a smile. Amiably silly.” Richard Scheib, Moria

“The additional zombie hunters story is generally just filler between new developments within the core group. They are both well portrayed characters, but the film would have remained equally good without them. It wouldn’t have been difficult to script other ways to introduce the same plot devices. The bottom line is this picture is laugh-out-loud funny. It never lags and achieves the perfect balance of comedy and good characters…” Sarah Gopaul, The Digital Journal

Buy Blu-ray (English audio): Amazon.co.uk

Cast and characters:

  • Kristopher Turner as Steve (The Brotherhood III: Young Demons)
  • Crystal Lowe as Tina (R.L. Stine’s The Haunting HourYeti: Curse of the Snow Demon; Thralls; Snakes on a Plane; Scary Movie 4Wrong Turn 2: Dead End; Black X-Mas; Final Destination 3)
  • Shawn Roberts as Craig (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter; Feed the GodsDiary of the Dead; Skinwalkers; ThrallsLand of the Dead)
  • Kristen Hager as Sarah (Manson, My Name Is Evil; Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem)
  • Stephen McHattie as Max (Mother!; Awakening the Zodiac; Wolves; Haunter; TormentPontypool; Death Valley; Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby; et al)
  • Emilie Ullerup as Penelope Pendleton (Blackburn; Death Do Us PartWitchslayer Gretl)
  • George Buza as Capt’n Cletus (The Brain)
  • Robert Maillet as Terry ‘Terror’ Thompkins
  • Neil Whitely as The Professor
  • Spider Allen as Ringmaster
  • Melanie Rainville as Bearded Lady
  • Richard Rowntree as BBQ Bill
  • Trevor Martin as Master Baiter / Cory Cortex
  • Christopher Bond as Pizza Guy
  • Rob Roy as Battered Local

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Filming locations:

Principal filming at Sudbury, Ontario, Canada during June 2011.

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