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

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

  • 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

  • Aug 04, 2010
    I was really expecting to like this mockumentary & at 1st I did but after awhile it just went from good to boring.American Zombie was a good idea & had a couple good parts here & there but it didnt have enough to keep my interest
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2009
    "Thoughts of suicide among teenagers and adults is common. You may experience rectal bleeding, shortness of breath and a drop of IQ by 102 point." Seriously what a load of rubbish. Take the Blaire Witch and then pile drive that into the concept of Land of the Dead but subtract any coolness that you could have got from them and you got this steaming pile. I sat through to the end just to see what was up. Needless to say I'm underwhelmed. You got a film crew trying to do a "documentary" about "zombies". They try and explain how it spreads and some very pedestrian science behind it. Basically this hour and a half of boredom inducing garbage makes you start to weigh the pro's and cons of hanging yourself just to see if you can come back as a zombie and do something far cooler than these jack holes. Then again maybe the thoughts of hanging myself just seemed less painful... The movie never picks up. It's the same monotonous pace throughout. Ohh here is a "zombie", talk about said "zombies" life. Watch me put my junk in a door jam and repeatedly SLAM the door just to keep my pulse up. I swear to god I should have brought some atropine with me just to be able to keep my heart beating. There is nothing that saves this film. It is boring from start to finish. The culmination, if you want to call it that, is this friggen "zombie stock" thing where all the deadtards get in a circle and sing kum bye ya or some shit. You only see 2 people die throughout the entire film. It all happens in like the last 10/15 minutes. I love zombie movies; they are a thing that brings me much passion. I have seen a large assortment, some good and then there are some that are just bad. This is not only bad, it's an abomination. I mean at least there are people out there making Z quality films that are so low budget you can see the ketchup bottle under their shirt squirting as they get "shot". I can appreciate how they decided to take this film as a "documentary" style but it was already done. I mean what kind of fool thinks they can do a better job than the god father of Zombies Mr. George A Romero. I think the scariest thing in this movie was the...maybe it was the...or it could have been...Oh I got it, the scariest thing was definitely when I realized that I could have been watching something better with a point and a plot and story arch that has a climax. So now I reiterate my point from the attention grabber and this is how sum it up.There should be some fine print like an anti-depressant label "Thoughts of suicide among teenagers and adults is common. You may experience rectal bleeding, shortness of breath and a drop of IQ by 102 point."
    Aurelius D Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2009
    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 T Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2009
    This makes Land of the Dead look Like Diary of the Dead, which still isnt saying much.
    James A Super Reviewer

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