August 25, 2011

Night of the Living Dorks (2004)

(AKA Die Nacht der lebenden Loser)

"Three not-so-cool school friends decide to try a old voodoo ritual. Later, they die in a car accident, but live on as zombies. But being a zombie has advantages, too..."

Here's a rarity for you, a German horror-comedy. Yes, it surprised me too as I never really think of Germans as having either a horror movie industry or a marketable sense of humour but I'm sure they do. Another complete surprise for me was that it was actually really good.

Netflix in their infinite wisdom have a dubbed version of this streaming which isn't completely awful but almost had me switching the film off in the first couple of minutes. I prefer original voices with subtitles when it comes to foreign language films but I've got a feeling that I may be in the minority otherwise dubbed versions for the hard of understanding wouldn't even exist.

"Night of the Living Dorks" was exactly what I thought it would be only even more so. It was very silly but extremely well acted. It reminded me a lot of '80s comedies such as "Porky's" (1982), "Weird Science" (1985) and "Vamp" (1986), especially the latter. It even had some quite neat effects.

As you know, ordinarily I don't review a lot of horror-comedies but, having reached the final dregs of the Netflix "Watch Instantly" horror section, I simply didn't have anything better to watch.

Of course, even though I was completely fascinated by the weirdness of a German-made American-style horror-comedy, I really only kept watching this for Collien Fernandes as Rebecca (above).

If the film has a major flaw to it other than the obvious ones which provide the predictable comedy, it's the fact that Goth-girl Rebecca is unbelievably gorgeous especially when compared to the snobby object of the leading zombie boy's affections, Uschi. How could Philip (Tino Mewes) not notice something like her living next door to him? Maybe I overthink things a bit too much.

Since I don't often recommend comedies, I'm going to recommend this one. Just like every other teen comedy in the universe, it won't leave a lasting impression on you but "Night of the Living Dorks" is an entertaining way to spend an hour and a half.

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