Written by: Matt Molgaard
Directed by: Kyle Rankin
Cast: Maria Thayer, Michael Cassidy, Ray Wise, Chris Marquette
I’m always a sucker for a good zom-com, and Night of the Living Deb is most certainly an impressive film, effective in its laughs just as it is in the gore department. With well-rounded performances from the ensemble, tuning in makes for easy work. As neurotic as Deb is, it’s hard as hell to do anything but adore her. And that affection fits at the center of this puzzle, snug.
Deb gets ballsy one night while drinking and decides she’s going to be assertive and approach the hunky dude at the bar, alone. As it turns out this dude, Ryan, isn’t really alone, but the broad who comes to his side is a shallow waste of space and the viewer is made fully aware of that fact early. But Deb, now in an awkward position, actually proves to be Ryan’s escape route, and the two are off. Somehow both end up particularly intoxicated and we leap to the morning after, which is particularly odd, as Ryan doesn’t seem to be remotely near interested in Deb. In fact, he looks a bit disgusted with himself for having spent the night with the woman. It’s a problem, but it’s a rather insignificant one, as we learn inside of a few minutes. See, there’s an outbreak, and everyone in the city has been attacked and transformed into flesh eating zombies.
The nice thing about Night of the Living Deb is that we can, to a degree completely dismiss the actual storyline, as the film functions smoothly in large part due to the effectiveness of our two leads – the titular character, played by Maria Thayer and Ryan, played by Michael Cassidy. The awkward sexual tension that simmers before the inevitable boil is really the heart of this picture. As crazy yet cliché as it may sound, Night of the Living Deb is really a love story above all else.
Love story or not, I found myself enjoying Night of the Living Deb constantly. The humor is sharper than anticipated and we get more than a single wink to other genre films. Aesthetically the film works wonderfully and the sound mix is top notch. Technically speaking Night of the Living Deb is a huge success. Personally speaking, Night of the Living Deb is a huge success.
Track this one down ASAP!