Zombie love story provides laughs

It seems over the years, Hollywood has run back and forth through the list of zombie movies. From shuffling rotting corpses to rage infected marathon sprinters, nearly every kind of zombie you can imagine has been done.  For every Nazi stripper zombies in the hood movie, there are 10 knock-offs just like it.

Fortunately though, every once in awhile, a truly original zombie movie comes out–one like “DeadHeads.” A love story and horror movie in one, “DeadHeads” takes the saying “true love never dies” to the extreme.

After waking up in a room full of medical equipment, geeky Mike Kellerman (Michael McKiddy) wakes to find himself with no memory, full of bullet holes and quite dead.

Stumbling out of the strange room and into the woods, Mike is surrounded by a horde of creeping cannibals who do not seem to be big talkers. He soon meets Brent (Ross Kidder), another self-aware zombie with a penchant for the gross and inappropriate.

When the two find an engagement ring in Mike’s pocket, they set off on a road trip to track down Mike’s lost love, Ellie. Bonding and decomposing along the way, Mike and Brent are unaware that they are being hunted down by a convict and two incompetent agents working for the company in charge of a top secret zombie experiment.

“DeadHeads” is independently produced, directed and written by Brett and Drew T. Pierce, but that doesn’t stop it from being well-done. For one, the Pierce Brothers are no stranger to horror; their dad, Bart Pierce, was the photographic FX artist for Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead.” Therefore, “DeadHeads” does not skimp on the blood and guts.

While “DeadHeads” is not as hilarious as more well-known zomb-edies like “Shaun of the Dead” or “Zombieland,” it still brings the laughs. McKiddy and Kidder, although unknown actors, are a near perfect comedic duo. Kidder, especially, is laugh out loud funny with his loser zombie act, and the bearded Benjamin Webster is on-spot as the loud, obnoxious goon McDinkle.

“DeadHeads” might not have you rolling on the floor laughing or wide-eyed at the effects, but its original storyline, witty cast and quirky happy ending will not disappoint.