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Night of the Living Bread
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by Jack Sommersby

"Yeast of the Dead"
3 stars

Preferable to most of today's unctuous sitcoms.

Writer/director Kevin S. O'Brien's video-short parody of the 1968 George A. Romero horror classic is somewhat neat stuff for something so purely inconsequential, with a running time of a whopping eight-and-a-half minutes. It, too, was filmed in black-and-white; and it, too, has the same two sets - a brief one in a graveyard where a woman's husband is killed by a flying slice of bread that lands on his face, and a nearby farmhouse where the panicked woman flees to where a headstrong man (same African-American race as Romero's doomed hero) is hiding out. There are a couple more people who've come up from the basement, and we hear on the radio that the city and surrounding counties are being invaded by rampaging bread slices resulting from yesterday's explosion at the Wondrous Bread factory - everyone's advised to protect themselves from the projectile dough by burning them, resulting in toasters and toaster ovens used as weapons rather than guns. There's a wonderful bit at a church where a Catholic priest is being interviewed by a TV reporter over the risk of holding communion services during such a crisis, with the reporter pointing out the wafers on the tongue are made of bread, and we then hear a blood-curdling scream from off screen (apparently human saliva isn't a viable deterrent). And it all culminates in a not-bad final sight gag involving the final victim's body spread out on the floor in the position of the sacrificed Christ all-encompassed in a hoard of sinister slices. Adequately photographed and amusingly scored, Night of the Living Bread might just make a minor splash as a recruitment film for atheists.

(One quibble: Couldn't buttered and wheat bread have been included and portrayed as more deadly than the plain white slices for some nutso reason with, say, seven-grain the most lethal of them all?)

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  11-May-1990 (NR)



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  Kevin S. O'Brien

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  Kevin S. O'Brien

  Vince Ware
  Kate Harris
  Robert J. Saunders

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