Wasting Away

AKA: Aaah Zombies

Tag line : Zombies are People Too!!!

Wasting AwayA group of youths (including a pre-"Vampire Diaries" Mathew Davis), who work behind the fast food counter at the local bowling alley, become infected with an experimental military germ warfare virus, after eating a batch of contaminated ice cream.

Feeling unwell, but not realising that they’re now part of the living dead, they shuffle off and try to find help. Only to find that everyone they meet either runs off or is exceptionally hostile towards them.

Having finally discovered the truth about their affliction, they’re aided by a zombie soldier named Nick Steel (Colby French), who seems to think their may be an anti-dote back at the military labs. However, with the infection spreading to other people in the city and the police and armed forces gunning down anything that even mildly resembles a zombie, the group and their ever increasing number of new undead friends realise they have to find a way out of town before the army finds them.

Something of a comedy horror, this film is quite unlike others of its ilk, in that it tells the story from the zombies perspective. As to each other, they appear normal, but there seems to be something wrong with everyone else. This is shown in the film by having the scenes between the zombies and how they see themselves in colour, and the other scenes showing to how hey appear to everyone else in black and white.

Full of gory slapstick humour, the film is well paced, action packed and pretty damn funny. It obviously owes more than a passing nod to some of Peter Jackson’s earlier works, not to mention various George Romero films. Although the switching between colour and black & white can be a little distracting at times as the perspectives change.

But if you enjoyed the "Return of the Living Dead" films you should definitely enjoy this. There’s some great gags, some hilarious fight sequences and of course plenty of gore.

Overall Marks 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "A New Perspective on the Zombie Movie".

  • The film's budget was $1,000,000.

  • Despite being an American film, it had its DVD premiere in the UK, a full year before it was released in the US.

  • Mathew Davies, who plays Mike, went on to play Alaric in the US TV series "The Vampire Diaries".

  • The film played festivals, and was released to UK DVD as "Wasting Away", but when the film was finally released to US DVD, the distributors used the films working title "Aaah Zombies".

  • Betsy Beutler, who plays Cindy, went on to play Katie in the US TV comedy "Scrubs".

  • Directorial debut of Matthew Kohnen.

  • Character actor Richard Riehle, who plays Colonel South, also appeared in "Hatchet" and the "Halloween 2" remake.

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