MOVIE REVIEW: A Plague So Pleasant (2013)

By Travis Love

A Plague So Pleasant

Directed by Benjamin Roberds and due to be released 9/29/2015 on Wild Eye Releasing, A Plague So Pleasant is a dry humor, cynical zom-dram-comedy (zombie drama comedy) which takes place in a city where, after a zombie outbreak occurred years prior, it has now been decreed that killing zombies is “inhumane” and illegal. Humans live their everyday lives side by side with the undead in an awkward cohabitation. But, when that line is crossed and the law is broken, the town soon finds out that the zombies aren’t as compliant as they once thought. Living alongside zombies can be hazardous to your health.

The story finds two roommates caught in the mundane day to day of a normal life (save for being surrounded by enough zombies to fill a Walmart parking lot). During a breakfast conversation, the lead character, Clay Marshall (David Chandler), agrees to help his roommate pursue a relationship with his sister Mia (Eva Boehnke). Complications arise when Marshall’s sister refuses to date anyone but her boyfriend Jerry…who just so happens to be a zombie (Jerry Springer  — a WTF moment). The moral dilemma is dropped into Marshall’s lap: break the no killing zombies law in order to kill Jerry and help his sister move on to finally receive closure and possible happiness with his roommate or obey the law and watch his sister throw away her life. The choice to carry through with it leads to an onslaught of carnage as one shot fired into the back of Zombie Jerry’s skull creates a zombie horde tidal wave loose on the town. Peace is no longer an option.

The cinematography is black and white for the majority of the film, a splash of color transitions after the gunshot to Zombie Jerry’s head which is almost foreboding as to the shift in zombie temperament. The dialog is at times hilariously dry and nonchalant, almost like if Shaun of the Dead was too cool to care if you thought it was funny. The gore is what you’d come to expect from a zombie film: legions of undead feasting on internal organs like hungry teenagers at an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet (zombie fortune cookie fortunes only say “Gwarsghgrrrr” btw. If you are a zombie, you can appreciate the depth of that fortune). The story itself is heartfelt and sad yet balanced with enough humor and zombie on human violence to keep you from shedding those Lifetime made for TV movie tears.

A Plague So Pleasant firmly sets a precedent that a zombie film doesn’t have to be heartless just because a zombie ate it. If you’re looking for a laid back, interesting take on a low budget zombie film, this movie will make a soft spot out of your chest cavity by feasting on your heart, and you’ll love every minute of it.

Rating: 6/10


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