Saturday, January 31, 2009

Undead Or Alive

Another zombedy (zombie comedy), this time set in the old west. Given my affection for Weird Westerns, it’s amazing it took me this long to get to this one. The explanation for this is one of the movie’s stars, and the only recognizable actor in the cast, is Chris Kattan, the former Saturday Night Live cast member, who annoys me immensely.

An Army deserter (James Denton, who is actually pretty good in his role) gets in a fight with a faux cowboy (Kattan) over a hooker. They get thrown into jail, and bond when they break out and flee the corrupt sheriff. But the corrupt pair have more to worry about, since the Curse of Geronimo is sweeping the area. Apparently before he died (in the movie, they repeatedly state Geronimo was forced off a cliff and died, although the real Geronimo died of pneumonia at Fort Sill), Geronimo cursed white men, causing them to turn into zombies. Although zombification here is the result of a curse, it works just like a virus, being transmitted by bites. Soon the duo are fighting for their lives against the outbreak of the undead, aided by the granddaughter of Geronimo (Navi Rawat, who is very hot), who is waging her own war against the army.

The effects are decent, and from a technical point of view, the movie is competently made, but the recurring jokes around Kattan’s character being unsuited for western life got very old. This is a movie for hard-core zombie fans, and few others.

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