Written and directed by Drew Cullingham (“The Devil’s Bargain”, “Black Smoke Rising”) Shed Of The Dead made a promising enough start with the unmistakable voice of Brian Blessed (“Flash Gordon”, “Star Wars Episode 1”) narrating.
I was really looking forward to what the movie would bring but in the end I wanted to enjoy it much more than I did.
I’m a tough cookie when it comes to comedy which may explain why the movie, for me, raised little more than a wry smile.
Some of the early parts of the film where Trevor, Spencer Brown (“Smack The Pony”, “Nathan Barley”), and Graham, Ewen MacIntosh (“The Lobster“, “The Office (TV)”), are thoroughly “geeking out” are likely to leave some a little cold but may warm the hearts of any die-hard Games Workshop fans out there.
The title is rather like another British horror-comedy but it feels like it shares much more than that. The two main characters for example are almost carbon copies, which, depending on where you sit, might be a blessing or a curse. It’s also full of ‘trying too hard to make a joke’ moments just like the film.
The scenes where you’re transported to Trevor’s fantasy world are an interesting touch but I wasn’t sure if these bits were intentionally or unintentionally made to feel like you’re watching a primary school theatrical production.
There are jokes of course, but none of them are laugh out loud and more than a few drag on for far too long.
Brown does have some great lines though and, whilst his anger at the start of the film isn’t really acted with any sincerity, there are parts of the film where he hits the nail on the head.
Bobbi, Lauren Socha (“Misfits (ironically basically this same character)”, “Fanged Up”) is a foul mouthed harlot who’s character I couldn’t warm to and, despite the rather implausible explanation that Derek gives early on, it does make you wonder how a miniature-painting outcast became shackled to such a thoroughly unpleasant person.
To create a film like this within a small budget does deserve some credit, Drew Cullingham uses suggestion rather than visuals in several scenes where a low budget wouldn’t have done what was going on justice.
The titles and credits are the most creative and imaginative parts of this horror comedy which is a shame. The characters where a little 2D, sometimes the acting didn’t match up to the script and it just needed to be more humorous.
If you like slightly awkward comedy, two zombie-lovers eating each other’s faces off, or are a particular fan of British indie horror-comedy then this might be worth a watch.
If you’re not into any of those things then give this a pass .