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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 clich├ęs, 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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