Stars: Marc De Roy and Christel Pedrinelli
|This film was an official selection at the 10th annual International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival in Phoenix in 2014. Here's an index to my reviews of 2014 films.|
Happy Birthday, Mr Zombie runs a short seven minutes, never outstaying its welcome and never showing that it's Belgian because it's entirely wordless (Mr Zombie's guests are never intelligible and the closest they get is their approximation of the tune to Happy Birthday). It manages to keep us engaged through strong character design (in addition to Ms Zombie, the party is made up of Half Brain Zombie, Infected Zombie, Smoking Neck Zombie and Face Nailed Zombie) and a host of great little touches as Mr Zombie escalates his battle with the finger candle. My favourite has to be the split screen we get when shown Ms Zombie's point of view; one of her eyeballs is dangling on her cheek, so her vision is notably inconsistent until she lifts it up and pops it back in the eyesocket. There's enough here for everyone in the family to pick their own favourite though, right down to the minor twist at the end and the capable use of the standard way for zombies to respond to any problem. They eat it.