Zombie Hamlet (2012)
Starring: John Amos, A.J. Buckley, June Lockhart, Shelly Long, K.C. Clyde, Brendan Michael Coughlin, Kim Collins, Kristi Culbert, John De Lancie, AJ Draven, Vanessa Lee Evigan, Emilia Graves, Melora Hardin, Jason Mewes.
Plot: Desperate filmmaker Osric Taylor dreams of making his civil war Hamlet but when production funding dries up, he agrees to take southern matron Hester Beauchamps offer to fund the film if he throws some zombies in it to make their money back. But when Hester dies in mid shoot, Osric dresses up as Hester to cash the last check and awakens the suspicions of both the local police and ambitious local news reporter Shine Reynolds. Inspired by an actual incident.
My Review and Thoughts:
Zombie Hamlet, how can you not want to see this film with that weird word play title. This is something that is very original and unique and grabs the viewer in a silly, cool comedy way, mixing in an interesting plot with great fun acting and a tongue and cheek comedy style mixed with a hand held camera persona yet creates through the story a memorable film.
What makes this film work is because it doesn't take itself seriously and plays for laughs.
This will not be for everyone, a lot of people will think this is stupid and do not get the idea of the overall comedy reality to the film. I had fun with it. I laughed throughout and it's something that stuck with me long after it was over.
Now the characterization and the actors playing their parts is what make this movie a golden ticket watch, seeing June Lockhart in her roll made me laugh hysterical. I grew up watching reruns of Lost in Space and Lassie and seeing her grace the screen in this comedy shined.
I loved the character actors that popped up throughout this movie, that starred in it and had cameos in it. They graced the screen in a comical banter of perfect laughs and silly moments. Acting Veteran John Amos was priceless as he and Lockhart played off each other in hysterical moments.
Acting veteran John De Lancie who I'll always remember as Q from Star Trek The Next Generation. Veteran actress Shelly Long was great and Jason Mewes from Jay and Silent Bob fame and many others brought this little comical silliness to reality.
I thought it was directed great and acted wonderfully for its tone of over the top wildness done pricelessly through laughs and great direction and dialogue.
I think John Murlowski did a great job bringing this together. He also directed and created another film I enjoy that is often overlooked and that's 2003's Black Cadillac. Murlowski has away with crafting a story in an independent and down to earth way.
Like I say this is filled with much laughs and comical reality that makes the viewer laugh and linger long after it's over just for the oddness and originality of the film.
Ridiculously funny. This is a slap stick popcorn watching comedy that I recommend.