Friday Night Flix: Deadheads

 

deadheads-screen-shotWelcome to Friday Night Flix, where there’s never a need to leave the couch or put on pants. Each week I’ll recommend an under-the-radar movie currently available on one or more of the major streaming platforms. They won’t all be classics, but every selection is guaranteed to be 100% watchable or your money back.

Oh Jesus this is gonna be some lazy shit right here. I mean lazier than usual.

I got a last-minute assignment yesterday that, while optional, I really couldn’t pass up. I was delighted to get it, in fact. The downside is it meant my evening (and, to be honest, a good chunk of the wee hours of this morning) had to be devoted to watching and reviewing Afflicted, which is out in theaters and on VOD today. (It’s not bad!)

So I couldn’t devote the roughly 42 heroic minutes I usually reserve for this column. Instead, you get the first 500 words I can vomit out before I have to go to work. YOU’RE WELCOME.

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Deadheads (Netflix) is a rom-zom-com that falls somewhere between Shaun of the Dead and The Revenant. That’s obviously a pretty wide gap. One of those is among the finest horror comedies of all time, the other is a piece of shit unworthy of being watched by anyone ever. Fortunately, Deadheads is much closer to Shaun (though, forgivably, nowhere near the same level of professionalism or quality).

The main thing Deadheads has going for it is a really sweet sense of morbid humor. The two main characters – a pair of buddy zombies – are pretty darn endearing, even if one of them is over-the-top with weird affectations and the other (who wrote the movie) is pretty bland. You root for these guys to work it out, and it only gets better when they start to pick up stray companions on their cross-country road trip. That in itself is unique, since most times those sorts of extra characters and introduced only to be brutally murdered for laughs. In Deadheads, however, these guys (the awesomest of whom is a hulking, mindless zombie they call Cheese) are given time to develop. They have their own stories and they get emotional moments at their conclusions. That is nice.

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One thing Deadheads could do without is the weird romance angle, the resolution of which will leave you scratching your head. But all in all, it’s fun, gross, and weird. And really, who could ask for more?

Added bonus: I slept 3 hours last night. Gimme a break, you bastards.

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