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Zombie Honeymoon
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by Scott Weinberg

"Could YOU stay married to a ravenous undead cannibal freak?"
4 stars

SCREENED AT THE 2005 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: If I told you that I've come across a low-budget little winner that capably combines solid horror fare with touching dramatic moments...capped off with a real sense of sincere human romance, you'd probably be a little bit skeptical. But if you found last year's "Shaun of the Dead" proof positive that an astute screenwriter can successfully combine ANY mixture of genres into an excellent movie (and it surely was), then you should have no trouble appreciating what "Zombie Honeymoon" has to offer.

Two giddy young newlyweds head on over to their uncle's empty house for a honeymoon filled with sex, love, laughs and more sex. While Denise and Danny roll around on the beach, engaged in a warm bout of lip-lock, a rotten-looking figure emerges from the beach and descends upon the pair. Danny ends up on the receiving end of some nauseating oral goo, is quickly rushed to the hospital, and then promptly expires. Denise is, of course, beside herself with grief...but wait! Hey, Danny's alive after all! Whew! (Or is he?)

It's not long after the young lovers return to the beach house that Danny starts to get some strange cravings. New...mastication cravings. As in, he has a painful and ravenous desire to eat people! Yep, seems that the groom has been infected with full-on zombie-itis, but not the traditional Romero-esque zombies that merely shuffle around and chomp. Danny's the kind of mid-way zombie who can still speak and feel guilty for the carnage he's causing...but sometimes an addiction can be too much to bear. Denise, for her part, wants to do all she can to cure and protect her new husband...but with so many dismembered corpses popping up, this proves a pretty tough cross to bear. (Damn nosy cops!)

Zombie Honeymoon could have been a simply silly bout of zombie-centric comedy fodder, but there's a real sense of heart and passion within the two main characters that imply something more serious going on behind the scenes. Despite the admittedly absurd scenario, writer/director Dave Gebroe is able to bring all sorts of unexpected emotion to the proceedings. That we're able to feel for Denise's loss and sympathize with her desperation, all while we delight in the flesh-chomping zombie-ness of the full-on horror side of the movie, is a clear indication that Gebroe is shooting for much more than just a goofy little gorefest.

As Danny, Graham Sibley is quite solid, allowing us to believe in both the lovesick groom AND the guilt-racked undead cannibal. But the crown jewel of Zombie Honeymoon has to be Tracy Coogan as Denise. There are so many ways that a misstep in this performance could fling the movie in one obvious direction (towards camp or towards cheese, for example), but Tracy is the absolute rock of the movie. Even while you're screaming at the screen "Just leave! He's a freaking ZOMBIE!" - the pure and clear love she displays for her man is simply too authentic to ignore. I mean, who among us hasn't found themselves stuck in a doomed relationship thanks to love's Krazy Glue grasp?

"Zombie Honeymoon" is a sure-footed and genre-melding delight, and it's one of the true highlights of the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival. Against all normal odds, it's equal parts funny and sweet, gruesome and ghastly. For a horror movie, it has a lot of sincerely hewn heart and emotion; for a romance, it's got a lot of nasty gristle and zombie-chomp mayhem. For those who like their genres combined in cool and confident fashion, I recommend searching this one out as soon as you can.

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User Comments

1/09/15 mitchell goldberg great story 5 stars
6/14/12 matthew thompson Dalldorf It's a movie. 3 stars
10/26/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess Am I the only one who neither loved nor hated this picture? 3 stars
10/14/07 mr.mike somewhat dreadful 2 stars
8/19/06 danthewrestlingman The Greatest Love Story Of Our Time,I was crying For Days 5 stars
9/28/05 jenn THIS MOVIE sucks, unoriginal 1 stars
7/13/05 Jay Seaver This movie really sucks 1 stars
2/13/05 Frank Booth I saw this movie at Slamdance this yea, and I thought it was incredible--gory but moving. 5 stars
1/30/05 craig varney great sci-fi fantasy 4 stars
1/29/05 buddy garrett a pleasant little surprise 4 stars
1/26/05 Bryan Roeben This is a surprisingly wonderful love story... Set within a classic gory horror movie. 5 stars
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