Fido

2007

Fido

Critics Consensus

Making the most of its thin premise, Fido is an occasionally touching satire that provides big laughs and enough blood and guts to please gorehounds.

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Welcome to Willard, a small town lost in the idyllic world of the '50s, where the sun shines every day, everybody knows their neighbor, and rotting zombies deliver the mail. Years ago, the earth passed through a cloud of space dust, causing the dead to rise with a craving for human flesh. A war began, pitting the living against the dead. In the ensuing revolution, a corporation was born: ZomCon, who defeated the legions of undead, and domesticated the zombies, making them our industrial workers, our domestic servants--a productive part of society. ZomCon would like the people of Willard to believe they have everything under control -- but do they? Timmy Robinson doesn't think so. At 11, Timmy already knows the world is phony baloney -- Mom and Dad just won't admit it. Now ZomCon's head of security has moved in across the street, and Timmy's Mom refuses to be the only housewife on the block who doesn't have a zombie of her own. When she brings a zombie servant home, Timmy discovers a new best friend, and names him Fido. And even though Dad has a bad case of zombie-phobia, Timmy is determined to keep Fido, even if he does eat the odd person. Sometimes, it takes a dead man to teach us all what it means to be alive.

Cast

Carrie-Anne Moss
as Helen Robinson
Dylan Baker
as Bill Robinson
K'Sun Ray
as Timmy Robinson
Henry Czerny
as Mr. Bottoms
Tim Blake Nelson
as Mr. Theopolis
Alexia Fast
as Cindy Bottoms
Jennifer Clement
as Dee Dee Bottoms
Aaron Brown
as Roy Fraser
Brandon Olds
as Stan Fraser
Mary Black
as Mrs. Henderson
Bernard Cuffling
as Mr. Henderson
Adam Scorgie
as Miss Mills' Boyfriend
Andy Parkin
as Dr. Hrothgar Geiger
Michael P. Northey
as Joe Petersen
Jan Skorzewski
as Eating Zombie
Kevin Tyell
as Zombie's Victom
Lynn Pendleton
as 1940s Mother
Gary Slater
as Father Zombie
Taylor Petri
as Little Girl
Glenn Richards
as Vicious Zombie
Raphael Kepinski
as Collar Light Zombie
Mike Azevedo
as Henderson Zombie
Glen Power
as Zombie Milkman
Michael Irwin
as Human Milkman
Doug Abrahams
as Commanding Officer
Rob LaBelle
as Frank Murphy
Liam Crocker
as Zombie Paperboy
Harold Courchene
as Zombie Grandpa
Lauro Chartrand
as Bezerk Zombie
Geoff Adams
as Public Service Officer
Doug Abrams
as Commanding Officer
Jacob Rupp
as Returns Room Clerk
Clint Carlton
as Returns Room Customer
Laurie Chartrand
as Berserk Zombie
Andrew Hedge
as Human Worker
Chad Sayn
as Poacher
Rick Pearce
as Poacher Driver
Barbara Moss
as Helen's Mom
David Kaye
as Voice of Newsreel Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Fido

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (21)

  • This indie exercise is so stultifying you might want to check your own pulse.

    Oct 23, 2007 | Full Review…
  • It's a one-gag movie that starts off clever and cute, but wears thin after half an hour, and ultimately is like an excruciating Enzyte commercial for an hour and a half.

    Jul 6, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie's breezy, blood-flecked entertainment, with no aim other than to give you a giggle and a shriek.

    Jul 6, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Fido is a one-joke movie with some good performances and a few good gross-out moments. But it's not dark enough or sick enough to be a cult favorite.

    Jun 18, 2007
  • In the ticklishly amusing satire Fido, the undead stagger along like stunned toddlers.

    Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Fido does offer a good number of laughs, along with a healthy serving of gore to satisfy horror fans.

    Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Fido

  • Dec 23, 2013
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    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2012
    If you ever wanted to see what a combination of Leave it to Beaver and Night of the living Dead looked like then boy do I have the movie for you?!?! While the movie certainly isn't as funny as I'd have expected it's still very entertaining. One of the cool things is that this world exists in an alternate universe where everything is completely different and there's completely different worries in this world. And the characters themselves reflect that, so it's obvious that a lot of work went into the world these characters live in, so props for that. The cast is also very strong, it feels like they're stuck in a very violent 50s sitcom and the dialogue is sometimes, intentionally, hokey. Unfortunately the movie isn't always that funny, but it's always good and it even has a bit of a sweet side as well with Bill finally realizing that his being afraid and unhappy all the time has driven his family to seek the company of a zombie. Pretty standard stuff, but it's good. So yea, not a perfect movie but it's still quite entertaining with a lot of inspiring and clever moments.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2012
    ** out of **** I have seen my share of zombie films both good and bad; and the Canadian-made "Fido" isn't either. It's a satirical horror-comedy with an intriguing premise, but unfortunately, I suppose it would be appropriate to just say up front that it does close to nothing with its simple but entertaining ideas. It presents us with futuristic ideas, although it sets the story in the 1950's; the idea is that radiation waves from space have hit earth and caused the dead to become the undead, or zombies, if you prefer. For a while, the living went to war with the dead - a battle which the former ultimately won - and after it was all over, a brilliant scientist had developed technology that would allow the zombies to become tame. From then on, zombies were to be treated as household pets or better yet even maids; in the film, we see these walking, rotting corpses mowing lawns and getting their masters lemonade. They can be controlled by a collar that they must wear at all times. It has been created by a company called Zomcom; and they provide consumers with a button and a collar, respectively, to be able to live out their lives without the fear of becoming a zombie's next meal. The film takes place mostly in suburbia, where the hero (a young boy named Timmy, played effectively by child actor K'Sun Ray) is living a quiet, peaceful, but uneventful life with parents Bill (Dylan Baker, still as funny and creepy in equal doses as ever) and Helen (Carrie-Anne Moss). Then, his parents decide to purchase their very own zombie, in spite of Bill's profound phobia of the creatures. Timmy warms right up to the hulking beast, and soon it becomes more of a boy and his dog story than one about the zombie apocalypse (or zombies at all). I'll just assume that was what writer-director Andrew Currie was aiming for and move on. Timmy calls his new friend Fido (played by Irish comic Billy Connelly, who breathes new life to the role of a character who is essentially lifeless). They have many misadventures over the course of the 90-minute film, including run-ins with classmates of Timmy's who aspire to work for Zomcom when they get older, and a tragic incident in which Fido chooses a not-so-kindly old lady that lives across the street from Timmy and his family as his meal of choice. For the most part, Timmy is able to keep such things a secret; but his new neighbor - the head of security for Zomcom - is on to his antics, and eventually it gets out of hand. I respect the artistic vision that first-timer Currie had in mind. "Fido" is a rare horror-comedy with the purist of intentions - the gore is toned down significantly in comparison to most horror films these days, supposedly to provide a more family-friendly viewing experience, I guess - but I was let down when it failed to live up to the premise that it had been building up for so long. I liked the musical and visual representation of a 1950's-era America, but the film still failed to draw me in. The satire is too obvious, and while it's occasionally kind of funny, there aren't enough well-written characters or comical situations for the movie to hold its own. There are side characters that I found amusing, such as one played by Tim Blake Nelson, but overall; it's never as clever as it wants to be. There are good performances. There is competent direction. And there are good, solid ambitions all-around. But I found the film to be a total drag; it never takes off as far as the premise goes, and it fails to combine gory scares with dark humor effectively. There were...a few big laughs, but that's pretty much it. Otherwise, you've just got a movie that feels as lifeless and dry as the decomposing corpses that occupy it. Maybe if the film hadn't exploded into a cesspool of heavy-handed sap and sentimentality towards the end, I might have gone easier on it, but even then, I can't say I was ever particularly entertained past the 20 minute mark. This isn't a good zombie movie, but it certainly isn't a bad one either. It fails to deliver the gore but I respect and admire what it's trying to do; just not what it actually does, which isn't much, to be honest. There isn't a doubt on my mind that others will find it to be more engaging, funny, and satisfactory; but I've been watching horror movies for far too long to make the mistake of applauding what is essentially a half-cooked effort. But then again, even those can be fun sometimes.
    Ryan M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2011
    NO. This is not the spoof needed for modern generations. I won't deny the "originality" of the concept; it's creative. There you go. What else? Nothing; just the same preposterous formula that has prevented the genre from trascending or finding new branches: stupid jokes, forgettable characters (sorry Carrie-Anne), no gore, not even an apocalyptic feeling, let's not say claustrophobic. For the matter, it is absolutely unfunny, too! Zzzzzz... 51/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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