Canada (dir.Andrew Currie)
Cast: Adam Scorgie, Billy Connolly, Carrie-Anne Moss, Dylan Baker, Henry Czerny, K’Sun Ray, Rob LaBelle, Sonja Bennett, Tim Blake Nelson
Synopsis: Timmy Robinson’s best friend in the whole wide world is a six-foot tall rotting zombie named Fido. But when Fido eats the next-door neighbor, Mom and Dad hit the roof, and Timmy has to go to the ends of the earth to keep Fido a part of the family. A boy-and-his-dog movie for grown ups, “FIDO” will rip your heart out.
Review: “Fido” is a wonderful zombie comedy film set in a 1950’s style world in which zombies were vanquished during a huge world war and humans live in artificial bliss due to the efforts of a massive anti-zombie corporation. In order to achieve a harmonious world where zombies and humans can live together, the corporation creates collars that control zombies and turn them into docile servants. A bored housewife decides to invest in a zombie slave, and to everyone’s dismay, the zombie slave becomes best friends with her young son. What follows is a hilarious comedy blended with sufficient zombie gore and a great storyline.
The art direction in this movie is incredible. Being a fan of 1950s era style, I truly appreciated the wonderful costumes and accesories and the fabulous way in which the “Pleasantville”-style town was created. You really feel as if you are in a 1950s TV show sit-com, but in full vibrant colour. Carrie-Anne Moss sports some delicious housewifey outfits that are so gloriously all-out 1950s, and the language and the way the actors carry themselves on screen make it feel like an authentic 1950s TV show/movie.
A lot of the kills are off-screen, but the few that are on-screen are suprisingly vivid and well done. The special effects weren’t exactly “Dawn of the Dead” remake style, but they certainly weren’t crappy either. Zombies generally looked authentic and they walked slowly for a change! Actually, walking slowly is kind of a joke considering how at their slow stumbling pace they still manage to wreck havoc when they escape and maul down a lot more people than in movies with super speed zombies.
I really enjoyed this movie and think it’s a great example of how a zombie movie can be made so much better when you throw in an interesting twist rather than just remaking something that’s already been done or just setting the movie in “present day” to scare the shit out of people by making them believe “Hey, this could happen in MY present day! OMG!” Even if you don’t find this a laugh riot, I’m sure you’ll appreciate the slight romance between the zombie slave and his owner the housewife; it certainly added some hilarious tension that I cannot ever remember experiencing in a zombie movie.