Written by: Matt Molgaard
Directed by: Jack Abele
Cast: Jack Abele, Lisa Soprano, Lora Lee Ecobelli
Jack Abele’s Dating a Zombie is a cheap, cheesy, poorly shot movie stuffed full of offensive material and stiff performances. It’s also surprisingly entertaining because it’s just fine being a cheap, cheesy, poorly shot movie stuffed full of offensive material, and it’s hard not to like that quality. Of course, that’s the opinion of a guy who loves Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space like it was a lifelong pet that took a bullet for him. Take it all in, but do so with a grain of salt.
There’s nothing overly complex or groundbreaking about the story, but it works for the vibe Abele aims to produce. Clarence works for a zombie disposal outfit. He also has a strange fascination with the ladies. The zombie ladies. Not so discreetly infatuated with Princess Betty (who isn’t a zombie, for the record), it’s obvious that Clarence craves a living human being’s affection. Maybe he can still find it in Zombie Town. Maybe it’s been right in front of his eyes all along.
It’s basic and it’s ridiculous. It’s got terrible sound and missed cues left and right. But there’s charm in the film. I don’t know how, or why for that matter, but there’s definitely charm in this one. While I’m not convinced Abele (who also plays the role of Clarence) is really cut out for a big Hollywood career, he’s obviously got his attention aimed in the right direction. Lisa Soprano (Doofus) is a cute little thing that could really win viewers over with some refinement and Lora Lee Ecobelli (Princess Betty) is surprisingly polished, creating a character worthy of remembering. It all makes for a strange mix that works in ways it shouldn’t.
Zombie fans are going to get a laugh out of this one, as will those who share my affinity for terribly awesome movies. Dating a Zombie is – without doubt – a terribly awesome movie. A few scenes will linger in the memory bank and a character or two will have your support by the end of the first act. Don’t expect to see a major award winning flick, but look for good, nasty minded fun. It’s enough for me.