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Thursday, September 20, 2012

DVD Review: THE WALKING DEAD GIRLS (2011)



-------------Review by contributing writer Scott Baker------------------


THE WALKING DEAD GIRLS
Directed by  Tyler Benjamin
Distributed by Cheezy Flicks


Wow...I guess it’s been a while since I’ve reviewed something for Hayes. Where have I been, you might ask? Well, quite a few places. But that is neither here nor there (or is it?). So on with the review!

This week’s film is THE WALKING DEAD GIRLS, a documentary that looks at the recent rise of zombie popularity in the U.S., as well as the macabre fascination with hot models doled up like the living dead. Are you interested yet? Of course you are. And I have to admit: this was a film that jumped off the shelf at me.

If you are not familiar with THE WALKING DEAD GIRLS, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of the Cheezy Flicks website:
 
The Walking Dead Girls is a behind-the-scenes look into zombie culture in the United States and the obsession into "Sexy Female Zombies". What is it about Zombie Bimbos or "Zimbies" that are starting to gain the worlds interest? Why are zombies now in mainstream culture and seen in advertising from JCPenny and Sears? With interviews with zombie master maker George Romero and cult movie star Bruce Campbell from ZomBcon 2010 and so much more. Also with a rare look into the making of a Zombie Pinup Calendar, behind the scenes of "Stripperland" The Walking Dead Girls is a sexy look into the zombie phenomenon created by George Romero that is 40 years in the making.

THE WALKING DEAD GIRLS is an interesting, albeit short, exposition into why zombies are so entertaining. Yet the film is lacking in certain areas. There’s no real depth here, no “fleshing out”, as it were. In its place are a series of semi-meaty interviews and behind-the-scenes snippets from a Zombie Pinup Calendar shoot.
 
The documentary starts with an interview of horror icon George Romero. I am a HUGE fan of Romero and am always interested to see him interviewed. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t really bring anything new to the table; the dialogue is familiar because I’ve seen him answer the same questions several times before during different interviews.

There are several other interviews in THE WALKING DEAD GIRLS as well, including visits with Bruce Campbell, Terry Alexander, John Amplas, Linnea Quigley, and more. Most of these interviews ask the same questions, and I suppose it is interesting to note the difference in the interviewees responses. I do have to mention that the woman doing the interviewing asks some very nonsensical questions of her guests, such as “What is your favorite food?” and “What kind of car do you drive?”.

The behind-the-scenes footage of the Zombie Pinup Calendar is pretty interesting though. It is cool to see the models before and after their transformations; not to mention seeing the sets on which the shoot take place. And the interviews with the models are, surprisingly enough, actually more interesting than those with the celebrities for the most part.

THE WALKING DEAD GIRLS, while somewhat entertaining, is not necessarily one that I’m recommending. If you’re looking for in-depth zombie commentary, I would steer clear. However if you’re interested in checking out the pinup girls, then definitely give it a look.
 
- MSB

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