American Zombie


American Zombie

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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.

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John Solomon
as Himself
Grace Lee
as Herself
Amy D. Higgins
as Dr. Gloria Reynolds
Paul Eiding
as Hank Baker
Philip Newby
as Rodrigo Weiss
Roger Ainslie
as Jim Miller
Ossie Mair
as Stan Boyd
Andi Matheny
as Beverly Fitzpatton
Alice Amter
as Esperanza McNunn
Raymond Ma
as Factory Owner
Lorna Scott
as Theresa Morgan
Gerry Katzman
as Mr. Right
Yuri Elvin
as Zombie Guard
Micki Schloss
as Frank Velasco
Tracy Thorpe
as Neighbor
Donovan Oakleaf
as Reverend Donovan
David L. Delman
as Bible Study Participant #1
Jesse D. Goins
as Officer Hannigan
James M. Logan
as Bible Study Participant #2
Hartley Engel
as Bible Study Participant #3
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Critic Reviews for American Zombie

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  • Lee wants to make an up-with-dead-people portrait that shines light on how the diverse zombie community integrates into the city.

    Mar 31, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • 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?

    Mar 27, 2008 | Full Review…

    Sam Sweet

    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.

    Mar 24, 2008
  • 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.

    Mar 23, 2007

    Dennis Harvey

    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.

    Jan 24, 2007
  • A clever kind of documentary hybrid.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Zombie


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'.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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

James Alvarez
James Alvarez

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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.

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

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A satirical zombie film that for the most part succeeds mainly due to the fact that it feels real. In other words if zombies were real I could see me watching this "documentary" on A&E. Where it fails is that it takes too long to get to the "punchline" and when you do it's not really surprising and winds up leaving you cold. Still a worthwhile effort and certainly more enjoyable (and believable) than it's pseudo-documentary counterparts like The Blair Witch Project and Diary of the Dead just without all the headache-inducing camerawork and gimmicky feel.

A.D. Villarreal
A.D. Villarreal

Super Reviewer

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