Teenager Nathan wants to ask out Jessica but, although encouraged
by his friends, it never seems to work out as events conspire
to get in the way. When his friends arrange a meeting for
the pair Nathan thinks he has been stood-up. Jessica sneaks
out late after being kept in by her father. Nathan has already
left and, as it begins to rain heavily, he sees Jessica being
driven home and, naturally, gets totally the wrong idea. Taking
a stuffed toy from a hangman's noose in his bedroom, he loops
it around his own neck and stands on a chair contemplating
his situation. Unfortunately, his mother comes in and accidentally
knocks the chair away with the door. Nathan wakes up the next
day not realising he is a zombie. His mother, who is restoring
artefacts in the church, has discovered an ancient zombie
reanimation text, but the last page is torn out. When confronted,
Nathan attacks the school bully who runs riot eating flesh
and turning much of the school and local town into zombies.
Can Nathan's mother discover the missing part of the ritual
and save him...?
the age-old story. Girl meets boy. Boy turns into zombie.
Girl loves zombie. Boy eats girl. Except that he doesn't,
so the clever title proves to be somewhat of a misnomer. This
2005 short film (only around 77 minutes) is an Irish / UK
co-production. There's more backers than you can shake a stick
at, taking another few minutes from the running time. However,
what you do get within a very limited genre is pretty good.
Boy Eats Girl mixes visceral horror with light humour
as a release. This balance has proved itself effective countless
times in the past, and I think the film gets away with it
When the school creep tries to seduce Jessica we have, "Is
there someone else?" "There's anyone else!". And I knew they
wouldn't get through the entire running time without using
the sexual connotation of the title. Nathan's two friends
are hiding from zombies in a cupboard with the school "It-girl"
when she makes a loud exclamation. One of the boys hisses,
"Shut up, or I'll eat you myself!" and the reply is "I've
heard that one before."
problem is that this movie has been dropped into a very crowded
genre. Perhaps they should have tried something different;
zombie pictures have been done to undeath, and the comedy
slant is obviously nothing new with many productions having
been much more successful. It would be a shame if this offering
disappeared without a trace, but its style is more suited
to late night Channel 4 than cinema.
two extras on the disc: Eating Out - a short making
of documentary, and a trailer. One more comment. On the end
of film credits the male snake is revealed to be called Buffy.
Having a female name must have given him quite a few psychological
problems. No wonder the snake is so angry in the film.
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