A Different Kind Of Zombie

Autumn

A virus has overtaken an English city and 99.9% of its occupants start coughing, bleeding from primary orifices, then dying. Sucks if you fall into that group percentile. What few survivors remain hole up in a bingo hall and try to figure out what to do next. While they bitch, moan and argue to the point of punching each other in the primary orifice, the bodies, humdreds of thousands of them (the DVD cover says billions – yeah right, no one can count that high), lay rotting in the streets. It doesn’t take long for said worm hotels to get up and start walking around. These aren’t hostile zombies, nor do they go after your skin like Kentucky Fried Chicken Original Recipe™ entrees. You can put your face right up next to theirs and no surprise face-biting-off.

Several people — three guys and a chick (she has choices, they don’t) — decide to break off from the group and find a house in the countryside. The arrive at a place that has a generator in a separate garage, and, for a short time, all is well. Until the dead find them. Drawn by the sound of the generator, apparently noise angries up their coagulated motor oil blood. Turn the sound off, they go back to being docile. For now. Slowly, the dead are regaining their intelligence, like waking up after a night of binge drinking. And they’re getting more aggressive. (Didn’t anyone think about getting a house boat?)

Autumn zombie

One guy decides to drive a motorcycle back into the city to pay one last visit to his dead wife and daughter. Not a good idea. The last remaining man and chick build a fence around the house to keep the walking dead out. Good idea, though it doesn’t work. The motorcycle guy comes back (barely), and the dead, now going bat-shit crazy, descend on the house. Someone needs to change their name to bait so the other two can escape. Good idea — for two of ’em anyway.

Autumn is a slow, methodical and realistic approach to the dead coming back to life. While the “zombies” are pretty cool in all their various stages of decomposing, there’s hardly any blood, no guts, no severed limbs, and no face-biting-off. And yet it’s oddly entertaining. David Carradine makes a cameo as an aging hippie who survived the virus, but his mom didn’t. He still takes care of her, though. If you like movies about the undead, you’ll like Autumn’s um, fresh handling of the subject matter. If you’re looking for face-biting-off, keep moving.

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