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Fido (2006)

Fido Director: Andrew Currie
Starring: Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly, Dylan Baker, K'Sun Ray, Tim Blake Nelson, Henry Czerny, Sonja Bennett, Jennifer Clement

Tagline: Must...not...quote...Groundskeeper Willie line!

Set in an alternate 1950s USA minus the Red Menace, but after the Zombie Wars, the small town of Willard is the peaceful place where Timmy's (K'Sun Ray) family lives and domesticated zombies roam perform menial labour thanks to ZomCom.

Timmy doesn't trust the zombies and gets into trouble with the school bullies for making fun of the benevolent and generous ZomCom. His mother Helen (Carrie-Anne Moss) tells him not to worry, but she is pre-occupied with making a good impression on their new neighbours the Bottoms as the man of the house is head of security at ZomCom in their town.

The next day Helen says she has a surprise for Timmy and her husband, and introduces them to their new zombie (Billy Connolly), who ends up being chained in the backyard when he isn't doing anything. Timmy tries to stay away from him, but when he saves him from some bullies in the park he begins to like him. Unfortunately things go wrong and the zombie eats a neighbour, which is where the story really starts.

With the nasty horror of Saw and the Hostel films covering the scream end of the market, it is good to see there are more horror comedies coming out to follow on from Shaun of the Dead. There is some violence and gore in this movie, but is always in a comic context and is not over the top.

I liked Helen calmly getting a gut out of her purse and plugging zombies in the head and the cops sitting back in their patrol car waiting for the deputies to finish dealing with the outbreak.

Some unkind reviewers might go as far to suggest that Billy Connolly is better off not talking in his future roles, as he had to extend his range here to play a caring zombie. The Lassie jokes would have been hard not to laugh at also.

I liked Timmy as the wimpy little kid who proves not to be too wimpy after all and his father playing a real stick in the mud. Tim Blake Nelson as wacky neighbour Mr. Theopolis was great also as he had some great scene stealing lines.

The setting and effects were great too and I would like to see the story extended to show the zombie wars fought with World War II technology, but in the same comic style of the movie.

I am sure this movie will go on to have a lot of fans on its release as it is not too scary for comedy fans and still has some horror elements for people to laugh at.

Rating: 8/10

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