There are films that are a bit confusing from the title and at times it ends up affecting the films performance. People take things literally most of the time and even if the title makes sense for the actual film, if it ends up not being what the viewer thought then they tend to head in a negative direction for the film. Zombie Hamlet is one of those types of films that will have people think it’s a zombie film, but that’s not quite what they are going to get.
Zombie Hamlet follows a desperate filmmaker who dreams of making his civil war Hamlet but when production funding dries up, he agrees to take a southern matron’s offer to fund the film if he throws some zombies in it to make their money back. But when she dies in mid shoot, he dresses up as here to cash the last check and awakens the suspicions of both the local police and ambitious local news reporter. Sure this film has zombies, but this is far from any kind of horror film. This is a comedy through and through and thanks to the ridiculous nature of it all ended up being pretty funny. The cast all do a fine job with some of the performances not working all that well, but some familiar faces including John Amos, John De Lancie, June Lockhart, Shelley Long, and the always awesome Jason Mewes. Everyone one of them seem to be having some fun with this movie making it work way better than it should. The format of the film plays both the found footage style as well as the standard movie format which could have gone horribly wrong, but thanks to the way it’s worked into the story works fine.
The first part of the film struggles to find its footing, but once it gets to the filming aspect of the film within the film it actually gets pretty funny at times. Overall this isn’t breaking any comedy barriers, but has that ridiculous silliness at times that make it worth checking out, if for no other reason than to watch Jason Mewes spew Shakespeare while fighting zombies.
Don’t miss out on the chance the world of zombies, comedy, and Shakespeare collide when Zombie Hamlet hits stores on December 31st.