Hide and Creep
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“Better than Shaun of the Dead” Moviepoopshoot.com
This is the quote that graces the cover of this movie. Hmmmmm…strong words. If you’ve read my Shaun of the Dead review than you will know that I hold that movie in very high regards, so reading this put me into a “prove it” mode.
How dare you toy with my emotions Hide and Creep!!!
After watching the film I can honestly say though that it is not better than Shaun of the Dead. Damn close though.
Asylum had such a great synopsis on the back of the DVD that I will just jot down verbatim for you;
“In the tiny town of Thorsby, Alabama, the dead begin rising from their pine boxes and feeding on the locals. Since the law enforcement is out of town, the local video store clerk joins with the sheriff's secretary, a retired deputy, and the single G-man sent to the site. Together, they arm themselves with all the weapons and farm tools possible and unleash a healthy dose of Southern justice on the army of the undead.”
This pretty much sums the plot up. They did forget two characters in the synopsis that join the group; Keith and Michael.
Keith (Kyle Holman) is your NRA southern hunter type. He really is the hero of the movie. Michael (Michael Shelton) is a man that finds himself in a tree naked, and missing his car and girlfriend. How did he get there? Well, that slowly gets explained, and it also ties into the sudden appearance of zombies. Another mentionable character was Reverend Smith (Barry Austin). His blow up in the church was priceless. I can go down the list of the great work that every actor did, but I am really too lazy. Sorry guys.
All of these characters are hilarious. That’s pretty much the word of the review. This movie is hilarious. This is a smart comedy with zombies. There is very little horror here. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
I could really throw in another movie that I could compare this to, instead of Shaun of the Dead; Clerks. The low budget, but well directed look, and great dialogue made this a very enjoyable movie.
Is this all roses though? No. There are some reasons that I said that it is not better than Shaun of the Dead.
For starters the zombie effects are bad. Did it work for the comedy aspect? Maybe. All I know is that white face paint and black rings under the eyes, just does not cut it for a zombie fan like me. I need to see more go into them. Get a little more inventive.
Another was the nudity.
“Rufus, normally you love nudity. Didn’t you say that nudity could automatically give low budget movies extra cans?”
Yes I did say that, and I stand by my statement. I meant nudity of the female kind though. There is a little bit here at the strip club, but there also sure is a scene of male nudity. That little scene (no pun intended) really caught me off guard. Yes I am a genderist. I prefer nude women as opposed to male. But I guess one good thing is this movie has something for everyone!
Another issue was the gore. While this is a low budget movie, and there was some gore, I wanted more. Every zombie movie should have the feeding frenzy-victim torn in 2-scene. I think it’s one of the commandments.
Lastly, and the most important issue that I had was the lack of compassion for the characters. I never cared enough about any of the characters to stay alive. While this is a comedy, if we are going to compare it to Shaun of the Dead, then let’s compare. The characters were funny, but also deep. Here the only character that I did not want to see die was Keith. Was it his great acting that kept him from falling into the “uncareable” category? It helped. Was it the fact that he had daughters? Doubt it. Whatever it was I did not want to see him die. The other characters I did not care too much about. The only reason I did not want to see them die, is because they were too damn funny to me, to not be in the movie anymore.
Are those small issues? Absolutely! Those little things are the only thing that kept this from greatness. And by greatness I mean the coveted 5 can award. Was I being very picky about this movie? Yes, but you started it with the quote on the front!
I suggest this movie to anyone with a good sense of humor. Hell, I think people with no sense of humor will find this funny. It is smartly written, well acted, great direction, and enough to get me excited about the next movie that the directors work on.
I give Hide and Creep a very strong 4 cans!
Added: Wednesday, July 06, 2005
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