|Deadheads Ross Kidder and Michael McKiddy|
Oct 22 2011- Tonight we attended the Toronto After Dark (TAD) Film Festival for the first time ever. If you have not yet read our preview of the films showing there, we highly recommend spending a few minutes looking at the overview of the lineup.
First up is a movie called Deadheads. Let me start off by saying that I loved this movie. In summary it is a buddy road trip movie but the buddies this time are non-zombified zombies (more on that later). The movie was written and directed by two brothers Brett and Drew Pierce and this was the first full length movie directed by either of them.
The movie starts off with Mike (Michael McKiddy) walking up confused since he is a zombie. However unlike the dumb and slow moving zombies he has all his human traits intact. He is not thirsting for brains, and has no idea what is going around him. He runs across another “human” zombie Brent (Ross Kidder). Mike finds out is 1999 and that he has lost track of the last 3 years of his life. Mike decides that he wants to find his fiancee Elie (the smoking hot Natalie Victoria) in Michigan (Mike and Brent are in Colorado). They find a tank sized zombie sidekick named Cheese (Markus Taylor) and the three of them just so happen to run into an old guy driving up to where they want to go. There you have it – the four characters are on a quest to drive across a few states while being chased by some zombie bounty hunters (one of the bounty hunters named McDinkle was one of the funniest macho man characters I have ever seen). While I was watching this movie I kept thinking of how amazing the characters were and how great this movie would translate into an HBO series. The whole movie had a sitcom vibe to it and even had the music and sounds to match that. I hope Hollywood notices this movie and someone out there gives it a chance as a series.
One of the director brothers was in attendance after the screening to take Q&A as was Markus Taylor and Natalie Victoria. The movie is currently doing the rounds of various film festivals. I am sure this movie will be picked up for wide distribution in the near future, in the meantime check out the trailer below. Note – the TAD film festival runs for a few more days so get out there and support good independent movies and follow their twitter for updates
VERDICT: Zombie buddies driving on a road trip. Freaking hilarious, do NOT miss this one! 9 out of 10.