One Cut of the Dead
Written, directed, and edited by Shinichiro Ueda
Cast: Takayuki Hamatsu, Mao, Harumi Shuhama, Yuzuki Akiyama, Kazuaki Nagaya, Manabu Hosoi
Shudder | Variance Films
96 minutes | Not Rated
U.S. Release: September 13, 2019 (NY/LA)
Dan Oâ€™Bannonâ€™s The Return of the Living Dead from 1985 is the first major case of the â€œZom-Com,â€ the blending of zombie horror and comedy. A seminal classic about punks battling the undead in a cemetery, itâ€™s not hard to find influence for Edgar Wrightâ€™s genre redefining Shaun of the Dead from 2004. While the zom-com has become prevalent in recent years with films like Zombieland (2009) and this yearâ€™s The Dead Donâ€™t Die from Jim Jarmusch, the best of the lot by a mile is Shinichiro Uedaâ€™s One Cut of the Dead. The Japanese zom-com first premiered last year, but is making its American theatrical release later this month. The word of mouth has been off the charts and Iâ€™m happy to say that all the hype was real and One Cut of the Dead can take its place on the Mount Rushmore of zombie comedies.
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