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Movie Review: Aaah! Zombies! (a.k.a. Wasting Away)

Last year when I wrote my Zombie Frogs stories, one of my characters raised some questions: “What do zombies think about? What motivates them?” This movie provides answers. It is unique in presenting a zombie infestation from the zombies’ point of view.

The story opens at a military base, where a private is being injected with a serum designed to make him a super-soldier. It doesn’t work. The barrels of serum are then loaded onto a truck for disposal. The truck collides with a mysterious motorcycle, and the serum falls off and contaminates the ice cream at a bowling alley where four bored teenagers are whiling away their evening. They try the ice cream, go into convulsions, and collapse.

After they regain consciousness, the rider of the mysterious motorcycle, a janitor from the army base, arrives and explains to them about the super-soldier serum, although there is some confusion as to who has been contaminated. It is also odd that the janitor’s motorcycle handlebar is protruding from his abdomen. One of the teens helps him remove it.

They soon discover that people around them now move very fast, talk like chipmunks, are terrified of them, and want to kill them. Except the drunks. The camera flashes between the perspective of the five, who see themselves behaving normally, and the perspective of everyone else, who sees them lurching and groaning

As the evening progresses, the five try to go on with their lives. There is romance; one girl goes to a job interview; the love-struck boy has an awkward meeting with his beloved’s parents to ask permission to date her; body parts fall off; there is a bowling match; the question of whether Mexican brains are spicy is raised and answered. Meanwhile the streets are full of police and military trying to contain the apocalypse.

At the climax of the story, we discover that zombies are capable of heroism, selflessness, and loyalty. Will they make it past the military checkpoint? Will their dream of a zombie utopia be realized? You’ll have to see the movie to find out.

I appreciated the light touch of the deadpan humor, and the fact that it wasn’t as gruesome as most such movies (although there is plenty of grue). It was a vastly more satisfying experience than, say, Scary Movie. I will definitely watch this one again.


11 thoughts on “Movie Review: Aaah! Zombies! (a.k.a. Wasting Away)

  1. OH! I like reading reviews. And I want to see this move. So thanks for this post! 🙂
    The trailer for this movie was funny.
    I am akin to zombies, so in zombie-speak I say, “Uuuuunnnnhhhh.”
    HUGS!!! 😀

  2. distractedbyzombies says:

    I added this one to my Netflix queue several months back. This renews my interest. (I agree about the gore, btw. I’ve taken to watching The Walking Dead from between my fingers.)

    • I think you’ll enjoy it. Is The Walking Dead the show about the cop who wakes up from a coma in an abandoned hospital and goes looking for his wife? Meanwhile his wife is with his ex-partner? I watched most of a season with my kids and enjoyed a lot of it, but was dissatisfied with the lack of appealing characters.

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