aka The Neon Dead
When Allison (Marie Barker) encounters a zombie in the bathroom of her
freshly inherited house, she follows the suggestion of an annoying girl scout to
call in paranormal exterminators Desmond (Greg Garrison) and Jake (Dylan
Schettina). Given that Desmond and Jake have day jobs in a combined video and
grocery store (the USA are weird, and what’s a video store?) you wouldn’t expect
them to be all that great at their other job.
But surprisingly enough, zombie number one is quickly dispatched.
Unfortunately, Allison’s house has more than just a little zombie problem, for
there’s a veritable invasion of the undead serving a demon certainly not called
Xanax (it’s Z’athax, actually) who’d really rather like to achieve world
domination, and it’s the all the fault of one of Allison’s black magician
ancestors. Fortunately, Allison herself is tougher than expected and together
with the paranormal investigators (well, one of them, and one paranormal
investigator head) she just might be able to save the world. There’s also a
“romance” involved, but let’s not talk about that.
Unlike a lot of indie horror comedies that bow before the altar of 80s and
early 90s horror, Torey Haas’s Invasion of the Undead generally manages
to hit the spot where things aren’t trapped in perpetual wackiness. That isn’t
to say the film isn’t silly, but it’s silly in a personable and likeable way
that seems to have little interest in being ironic about genre conventions nor
in being completely random nor in doing that long drawn-out comedy style based
on general awkwardness and a lack of punch lines I honestly don’t get. So, while
I found myself not laughing uproariously at everything here, the film did
provoke a series of little grins, smiles, and even chuckles, all packed into a
very cute little 80s horror tale, the proper blue and red (and a little green)
lighting, cheap yet fun special effects and performances that are mostly
It may sound like a strange sort of praise for a horror comedy, but
Invasion is a pretty charming little film, sweet even in its bloodier
jokes, and completely lacking in the cynicism more typical of horror comedies.
If the film were a teenager, I’d call it a great kid and lend it some horror