Fido (2006)

Posted: September 16, 2012 in Movie Review
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Directed By: Andrew Currie

Starring: Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly, Dylan Baker, Henry Czerny, K’Sun Ray, Sonja Bennett, Tim Blake Nelson

Subgenre: Zombies, Horror-Comedy

Synopsis: In a Utopian future where humanity has survived a zombie outbreak, zombies are used as servants and cheap labor.  Timmy Robinson befriends his family’s zombie, and must go to extreme measures to protect him when he eats a neighbor.

Thoughts: To be honest, I didn’t have very high expectations when I sat down to watch Fido for the first time a couple years back, but I found myself really liking it, and decided to revisit it recently.  It still holds up, maybe even better this time around.  It’s cleverly written and the actors do a great job of supplying that Leave it to Beaver meets Night of the Living Dead feel.  It’s not your traditional horror movie though.  In fact it’s not really a horror movie at all, even though it has zombies in it.

The cast delivered a homerun in Fido.  Often times in genre flicks, you might get one or two great performances, but there are a lot to choose from here.  If I had to single one person out, it would be Carrie-Anne Moss.  She was spot on as the housewife that pines for a higher social status.  Her interactions with Billy Connolly were great.  Speaking of Connolly, he brought a level of emotion to a zombie that I haven’t seen before, especially for a character that doesn’t speak.

What I have a hard time figuring out is how in the hell has Andrew Curie not directed a movie since Fido, or written one for that matter.  He did a great job here and it’s a shame that he hasn’t done anything since.  I would love to see what else he can deliver.

Like I said, this isn’t a typical horror movie.  Honestly, it plays more like a family movie, just with zombies.  Even so, I think most horror fans would get a kick out of it.  I would have to imagine that if Fido were released today, it would be success at the box office with zombies being such a pop culture phenomenon.  Even so, it’s something you should check out if you haven’t.


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