Friday, November 18, 2016

Movie review: Night of the Living Deb

After a girl's night out Deb awakens to find herself in the bed of the most attractive man in Portland, Maine. But when Ryan finally gets Deb out of his apartment regret takes a backseat as they find themselves in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.

Maria Thayer (Deb), Syd Wilder (Stacy), Ray Wise (Frank), Michael Cassidy (Ryan), Chris Marquette (Chaz), Shawn Phillips (Zombie Authentication), Brian Sacca (Col. Newton), Julie Brister (Ruby).

Night of the Living Deb begins with some fun character introductions and plot setup before the zombie apocalypse launches us in a new direction. With the zombies now in full attack mode, Deb and Ryan try to stay alive and make it to Frank's house hoping it will be a safe haven. Instead the humor ratchets up a notch and things get even crazier.

Acting was enjoyable with Thayer delivering a silly performance pretty well. Cassidy was decent as the straight-man in the film and worked well with others. Wise was surprisingly more funny than expected while Wilder, enjoyable to watch, wasn't quite so funny. Marquette however was hysterical, and the remainder of the cast was good.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds are simple and somewhat plain but fitting and enjoyable. Action and zombie scenes were good with nice gore and a fun approach. Dialogue was appropriately campy and delivered some nice laughs. Sound and soundtrack were mild but good.

If you are looking for a light-hearted zombie flick with some laughs, Night of the Living Deb is a decent choice. Though not groundbreaking, the film has a decent plot, good technical work, and enjoyable acting. Fans of zombie comedies or zombie satire should enjoy this one.

With some comedy gore, mild foul language, and light sexuality, this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 10.31.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Comedy, Comedy Horror, Romance, Comedy Romance, Horror

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