'The Walking Deceased': Film Review

Where's Mel Brooks when you need him?

Scott Dow's zombie apocalypse comedy spoofs everything from the films of George Romero to "The Walking Dead"

Its lamely parodistic title is indicative of the general level of witlessness of Scott Dow's lame satire of zombie movies, whose shelf life expired even before it was made. Riffing on endless sources including the films of George Romero, 28 Days Later, the hit AMC series and even such far superior, similarly themed spoofs as Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland, The Walking Deceased is strictly DOA.

Written by and starring Tim Ogletree, the film depicts the effects of a zombie apocalypse on a group of stock characters whose inspirations are numbingly obvious. They include the raspy-voiced Sheriff Lincoln and his cowboy hat-wearing, young son, and if you have to be reminded that British actor Andrew Lincoln plays the deputy sheriff on The Walking Dead then this is clearly not the film for you.

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But even zombie film lovers will chafe at the amateurishness of the proceedings which also involve a jokey, narrating zombie named Romeo—the other characters keep referring to him as Romero, get it?—who tries to pass for human even while being pursued by a randy young woman attracted to his "panty-melting hotness."

It's action shifting from a suburban mall (I wonder where that idea came from) to the "Safe Haven Ranch" owned by an elderly couple (ditto), the film features such not so wittingly named characters as Chicago, Green Bay, Brooklyn and Harlem, leaving one to wonder whether the filmmakers are spoofing zombie movies or urban geography.

The jokes are even lamer than those in the execrable movies of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Date Movie, Epic Movie), such as when one zombie hunter shoots a young girl in the head even after she protests that she's not a zombie.

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"That's exactly what a zombie would say," he replies.

It all culminates with the surviving characters getting high on the "Hash of the Living Dead," which is something viewers will want to try if they intend sitting through this poorly acted, ineptly executed horror spoof.

Production: Aristar Entertainment, Sheridanscope
Cast: Tim Ogletree, Joey Oglesby, Dave Sheridan, Troy Ogletree, Sophie Taylor Ali, Danielle Garcia, Andrew Pozza, Dave Sheridan, Mason Dakota Galyon
Director: Scott Dow
Screenwriter: Tim Ogletree
Producers: Derek Lee Nixon, Kurt Wehner, Philip Marlatt, Todd Slater, Francis Casanova, Tim Ogletree, Dave Sheridan
Executive producers: Ken Tayloe, Michael Lurie, Jeffrey Giles, Tim Fisher
Director of photography: Shaun Hart
Production designer: Philip Marlatt
Editors: Brett Houston, Jordan Harris
Costume designer: Laura Evans
Composer: Omer Ben-Zvi
Casting: Claire Koonce

No rating, 88 min.