From ZOMBIELAND to SHAUN OF THE DEAD, some of the best zombie movies are comedies. LIFE AFTER BETH (2014) is a fantastic indie addition to the genre.
In LIFE AFTER BETH, Zach is a wreck after his girlfriend Beth dies unexpectedly. After she rises from the dead, he takes it as a second chance to do and say everything he wished he had while they were together. But Beth’s mental state is deteriorating. She’s getting violent. Hungry. And she may not be the only one coming back.
The film is quirky, with a dry sense of humor, and hums along with good pacing, clever dialog and excellent performances by a cast including John C. Reilly, Aubrey Plaza, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reisser and others.
I enjoyed SHAUN OF THE DEAD for what it was, but also saw it as an allegory of a man-child who has to let go of the things holding him back before he can grow up and commit to a loving relationship. LIFE AFTER BETH similarly works as a straight up zombie story but also pushes a theme of finding closure and letting go at the end of a relationship.
One of the great things about zombies is they’re alternately terrifying and funny, which makes them great for commercials. Ford used zombies to promote the company’s Escape vehicle. Check them out here:
When I think of hardcore genre fans, I immediately think of Jackie Chin. She’s the host of Zombiepalooza Radio, broadcast every Friday night. I was happy to be interviewed by her some time back; it was a great interview, she asked a lot of great questions. She really puts her heart and soul into her shows and gets great guests.
Zombiepalooza is now on YouTube, so you can watch the action while you listen.Click here to check out the archive of the ZR channel.
And here’s the premiere episode of ZR getting on YouTube to give you a taste:
It’s out, and it looks like fun. INFINI serves up another round of space zombies:
A search and rescue team are transported through deep space to a distant mining colony to save the sole survivor of a biological outbreak. During their mission, they find a lethal weapon which is set to arrive on Earth within the hour.