A palate cleanser in honor of the Democrats’ talking point about an America beset by mindless mobs, with a bat-wielding Woody Harrelson in the SEIU role. As a zombie connoisseur, I’m excited yet apprehensive. Comedy/horror is hard to balance; “Scream” did it wonderfully but “Shaun of the Dead” leaned too hard towards the former, at least until the climax inside the pub. This one looks like it’ll make the mistake. Plus, as cathartic as it is to watch a little of the ol’ ultraviolence being perpetrated on zombies, the more cartoonish the kills, the less intense the feeling of menace is and the less frightened you feel. “Night of the Living Dead” is the canonical zombie movie not just because it launched the genre but because it was so low-budget that Romero was forced to shoot it in a sort of verite style — which ended up helping the picture by making a ridiculous, schlocky premise seem oddly realistic. This flick, by contrast, is being sold as an amusement park ride, which is fine and fun but not likely to provide the claustrophobia true zombie aficionados crave.
Plus, fast-moving zombies? Weak. Let’s show a little respect for tradition, please. You’ll find a couple of F-bombs waiting for you below so please observe this, your official content warning.