NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB
Night of the Living Deb is a Horror Comedy that focuses on zombies and romance. ... Did that sound at all familiar to you? Yes, we are talking about the same story elements that made Shaun of the Dead successful, and I think it's safe to say that you can draw any number of parallels between NOTLB and SOTD. Shaun is definitely the better movie, funnier and captures the best of the zed makeup and kills. On the other hand, Night of the Living Deb is actually pretty good. It's got moments of humor that really work, performances that are solid and it actually has enough Horror elements to prevent it from being an outright parody of the zombie genre.
The Zom Rom Com (Zombie Romantic Comedy for you squares) has been attempted ever seen the success of Edgar Wright's wildly successful cult phenomenon. Most feel forced, way too lighthearted or rely on shitty computer generated effects leaving the zombie film lovers feeling cheated. Zombie fans love George Romero and all his practically effected satire. The interaction between our two leads, the romance, really works which is how Deb becomes a more solid entry in the genre. That doesn't mean that our lead, Deb, doens't have her issues. She borders on annoying with her brand of humor. She saves the performance from going full Fran Drescher by pulling back. She doesn't quite go over the top.
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After a girls' night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. She's thrilled, but can't remember much of what got her there. Pretty boy Ryan only knows it was a mistake and ushers her out the door...into a full-scale zombie apocalypse. Now, a walk of shame becomes a fight for survival as the mismatched pair discovers that the only thing scarier than trusting someone with your life is trusting them with your heart.