life after beth


We can thank – or blame, depending on your perspective – George A. Romero for single-handedly creating (or co-creating) the zombie sub-genre. Zombies existed before Romero came along almost fifty years ago with Night of the Living Dead, of course, but pre-Romero zombies weren’t the ravenous, cannibalistic hordes he created. They were still slow, shuffling, and (more or less) brainless automatons, tied, however, to Western conceptions of voodoo culture. Romero stripped zombies of their supernatural, non- Western elements, making them the product of a plague (radiation in the first film, a virus-like contagion in subsequent films). Since then, the zombie sub-genre has gone into death-like hibernation from time to time, but never truly disappearing. New angles or takes, however, have been hard to come by, with only the occasional twist or genre mash-up like Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, or Fido to break up the not infrequent monotony.

Writer-director Jeff Baena’s (I Heart Huckabees) feature-length debut, Life After Beth, falls into the horror-comedy mash-up mold, though it leans more toward black comedy than the broader, more moviegoer-friendly comedy of Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead. Like Wright’s film, however, Life After Beth combines the horror and romantic comedy genres, but again for different purposes and effects.  (more…)

Waves upon waves of zombies assault us on a daily basis.  The hordes are here, but they’re not in the streets of our cities.  Instead, they’re invading our movie theaters and television sets with a stream of zombie-themed programming, some of it good, most of it not-so-good.  One more attack is underway as John C. Reilly (AKA Dr. Steve Brule) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) are set to come together in a zombie comedy.

Named Life After Beth, the only thing we known about the new project is that it is, in the words of Plaza, “a really fucked-up movie.”  Hmm… doesn’t sound like much of a comedy, but who knows?  Jeff Baena (I Heart Huckabees) is writing the script and will be taking his first shot in the director’s chair with this film.

Any opinions from the peanut gallery?  Too many zombie films?  Worth it to see Reilly in a movie of this genre?  Could care the hell less?


Thanks to CinemaBlend for the heads-up.