I don't know how many of you remember my Nashville Film Festival coverage from early in 2009, but the narrative feature winner was a local zombie picture called Make-Out with Violence. Referring to it as a 'local picture' doesn't do its justice because it definitely looks like there was a budget... even if there wasn't. Referring to it as a 'zombie picture' doesn't do it justice because it's definitely its own thing. Being your own thing is a neat trick that too few movies perform.
It's a head scratcher that some smaller distributor hasn't, uh, bitten (sorry) given the built-in audience for genre movies, the festival awards its managed (not just Nashville) and the good chance that it would win enthusiastic reviews. Plus there's the possibility that The Deagol Brothers who made it are the next Coens or Wachowskis or Polishes (remember them? They got a few idiosyncratic features released. Different times I guess). Brother teams are their own marketing hook, right? The soundtrack is also fine... I even bought it at the festival assuming it would be hard to find elsewhere.
If you're in the Alhambra area or within driving distance (how close is LA?) the film screens for free Thursday night (that's tomorrow). And if you take the chance, I'd love to hear back. E-mail me and maybe I'll even share your film experience right here.
Regal (Edwards) Atlantic Palace
Thursday November 12th, 7:00 PM
W Main Street Alhambra CA 91801
event phone (626) 458-9748
I've been meaning to write about the movie at length because it aged well for me. But time is a difficult mistress. You know what else is? zombie girlfriends.