Review: ‘One About Zombies’

Bodily fluids are the only thing to flow nicely in first-timer Miguel Angel Lamata's low-budget comedy-horror. Occasional OK gags and a bouncy central perf from Miguel Aparicio are not enough to redeem a lame script that makes the Farrelly Brothers look like Merchant Ivory. Decent B.O. is likely to be extended to Spanish-speaking territories.

Bodily fluids are the only thing to flow nicely in first-timer Miguel Angel Lamata’s low-budget comedy-horror “One About Zombies.” Occasional OK gags and a bouncy central perf from Miguel Aparicio are not enough to redeem a lame script that makes the Farrelly Brothers look like Merchant Ivory. Leading comic Santiago Segura’s hand in production has focused home attention on the pic, released Jan. 2. Its decent B.O. is likely to be extended to Spanish-speaking territories.

Twentysomething DJ Caspas (Aparicio) and his buddy, nerdy Aijon (Miguel Angel Aijon), charmless both, dream of making a movie, but they have neither contacts nor money. When they meet up with wannabe producer Carla (Mayte Navales), they’re dragged screaming into an unlikely yarn involving zombies created by Entrecot (Segura) and his various unpleasant sidekicks. The boys are aided by unlikely hero El Duende (Nacho Rubio). Pic’s comedy-horror triggers little laughter or terror, apart from the occasional comment on Spanish cinema. Coherence of the first 15 minutes declines into a noisy, overextended series of gross gore, peppered by cameos from some of Segura’s high-profile thesping buddies and occasional allusions for buffs.

One About Zombies

Spain

Production

A Manga Films release of an Amiguetes Entertainment production, in association with Antena 3 TV. Produced by Santiago Segura. Directed by Miguel Angel Lamata. Script, Lamata, Miguel Angel Aijon.

Crew

Camera (color), Teo Delgado; editor, Nacho Blasco; music, Carlos Jean. Reviewed at Yelmo Cineplex Ideal, Madrid, Jan. 9, 2004. Running time: 99 MIN.

With

Miguel Angel Aijon, Miguel Aparicio, Mayte Navales, Santiago Segura, Nacho Rubio, Salome Jimenez.
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