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DEAD CREATURES

UK, 2004 (MIFF 2004, FedEx International Panorama)

Director: Andrew Parkinson

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Imagine what Ken Loach would do with a zombie film and you have the flesh-munching treat that is Dead Creatures. This original entry into the grand tradition of films about the walking undead is happily free of all the clichés, especially the armies of corpses stumbling about in slow motion.

In this alternative Britain, a mystery ailment enables certain of the dead to arise, but with one catch: a terrible hunger. Most have a year or so before putrefaction begins to show, and the general public is unaware that the problem even exists. The film focuses on a small group of women drifting from one rundown apartment to another to harvest new suburbs for 'food', moving ahead of Reece, a vengeful hunter of the undead.

'Director Andrew Parkinson takes this wild premise and treats it with the utmost seriousness. Each female zombie character is a fully rounded creation. Despite the fact that they routinely murder people for meat, the film portrays them as everyday people rather than monsters. The hunt for human flesh is a humdrum necessity and the women are quite emotionally deadened to the numerous acts of murder that they have to commit in order to survive.' -Horror Review

Please note: contains scenes that may offend some viewers

D/P/S Andrew Parkinson WS Meedja Ltd TD 35mm/Col/2001/90mins

Andrew Parkinson's films include: I, Zombie: A Chronicle of Pain (1998).

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