American Zombie (2007)

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As the walking dead fill the streets of Los Angeles, filmmakers John Solomon and Grace Lee turn their cameras on the misunderstood flesh-eaters, their fierce proponents, and their staunch opponents to offer a glimpse of just how society has changed in the wake of the zombie uprising.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Grace Lee, Rebecca Sonnenshine
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 8, 2008
Runtime:

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as Himself

as Herself

as Dr. Gloria Reynolds

as Hank Baker

as Rodrigo Weiss

as Jim Miller

as Stan Boyd

as Beverly Fitzpatton

as Esperanza McNunn

as Factory Owner

as Theresa Morgan

as Mr. Right

as Frank Velasco

as Zombie Guard

as Reverend Donovan

as Neighbor

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as Officer Hannigan

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Critic Reviews for American Zombie

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

The best zombie movies shock us into a realization about ourselves and the world in which we live, but how much can zombies teach us when their world so closely resembles 1995?

Full Review… | March 27, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Performances vary widely in quality. Some of the "experts" who expound on zombie culture are portrayed by such amateurish actors that the film threatens to collapse.

March 24, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

If Lee intended primarily to spoof documentary conventions, she should have chosen a theme less commercially overexposed -- and worked harder at making it more than just sorta-kinda humorous.

Full Review… | March 23, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

The mere fact that [director Grace] Lee can make both a media satire and, in the end, a creepy horror flick, while at least alluding to bigger social issues, suggests the breadth of her wit and intelligence.

Full Review… | January 24, 2007
Salon.com
Top Critic

A clever kind of documentary hybrid.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Entertainment Insiders

[Director] Lee covers all bases and when we least expect it, she also manages to sneak in a creepy zombie flick...

Full Review… | July 8, 2008
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for American Zombie

½

Is it just me or is the whole mockumenatary thing wearing a little thin? This has a few enjoyable quirky moments but overall it never really takes flight. Starting from the top, I thought the concept was great, the acting was good, but the collective quality of the material never rises above 'passively interesting'.

flixsterman
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

This makes Land of the Dead look Like Diary of the Dead, which still isnt saying much.

Godless
James Alvarez

Super Reviewer

½

I REALLY hate when a movie is so middle of the road in quality that I struggle with what I want to say about it.

I do know that I had high hopes for this film for many reasons. The satirization of zombie movies has hit a peak this decade, and I expected another whopper to add to the list. I also thought it might be more insightful on the genre, and do for zombies what Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon did for slashers. Also, whenever you title something American ___dadada____ it had better be damn good.

It's interesting how these zombies fit into normal society, but that's where the entertainment ends. Very minimal makeup, nothing for zombie fans to see here. Very stereotypical acting for a mockumentary that seems too influenced by 'The Office' (talkin Gervais and Merchant as well as the American bastardization) and doesn't feel realistic or fresh at all. Nice shooting for a handicam, but mind you this is supposed to be a professional documentary crew.

There's nothing exceptionally BAD, but there's nothing exceptionally good or worth remembering. The movie does paste the zombie onto the pattern of oppressed groups and common problems within oppressed minorities well enough. But there's not any horror to justify the utter lack of comedy, and vice versa.

Just lukewarm and leaving one with an "you could have done so MUCH better" feeling, as this movie packs more promise than your typical Z-budget, but delivers just as little.

A once watch for zombie fans MAYBE. I can't recommend this to anyone however, and I would never screen it to anyone. It's paradigm middleness earns its a 2.5 but overall the production rates a 3 and the acting isn't atrociously but also around a 3. The separation between this film's potential and what is achieves is so great a gap that I can't in good mind give it a 3.

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_kelly .King

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