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Fido reviewed by Joseph Kephart
The Film
Fido
The Director
Andrew Currie
Year
2006

Zombie films..  Ok, honestly..I have to say I’m pretty sick of zombie flicks at this point. I mean after you enjoy the true masterpiece "Night of the Living Dead" by George Romero, (which scared the pants off me when I was younger) then subsequently (to the present day) been assaulted by every other one that’s come down the pike since, everything from The Walking Dead to Zombie Strippers.  Basically you know a big part of the story will involve dead people in various stages of decomposition still chasing after living people. It doesn't change, Zombies will always chase the living, it's like the circle of life.
Imagine mixing the movie Pleasantville with any zombie film.. which one? Well..your choice. Fido concerns the story of a society where zombies have been made into servants. The film is about a boy who adopts one as a pet. Surprisingly the story goes deeper and we are entertained as we watch the family come to terms with the zombie pet (Billy Connolly) as they try to treat him with the respect of a regular human being. Fido puts the civil rights message into an amusing and thoughtful  black comedy, set in a 1950s world.

Fido was filmed with a beautiful techicolor look and was the recipient of the DGC (Directors Guild of Canada) Craft Award for production design. It premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was the Opening Canadian Gala film. It was also shown at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, the 2006 Vancouver International Film Festival, the 2007 Kingston Canadian Film Festival, the 2007 Florida Film Festival, and the 2007 Gérardmer Fantasy Filmfest in France. The theatrical release was June 15, 2007 and the film grossed $304,533 in the US and a total of $426,224 worldwide. Domestic DVD sales were $2.95 million

Synopsis: Sometimes you just can't do any better than Wikipedia.

The film takes place in a 1950s-esque alternate universe where radiation from space has turned the dead into zombies. This resulted in the "Zombie Wars", where humanity battled zombies to prevent a zombie apocalypse, with humanity the ultimate victor. The radiation still plagues humanity, as all those who die after the original contamination turn into the undead, unless the dead body is disposed of by decapitation or cremation. In order to continue living normal lives, communities are fenced with the help of a governing corporation named Zomcon. Zomcon provides collars with accompanying remote controls to control the zombies' hunger for flesh so as to use them as slaves or servants.
Joseph Kephart, is a member of the Executive committee for the Tacoma Film Alliance, as well as running his own production company Hooligan Street Pictures.
                                                       After that, to me, it doesn’t matter what kind of story wrapper you put around it..whether it's zombies who were created by a big evil company in a lab aka, (big industry gone astray) a social commentary about aids, a philosophical tirade on what we’ve become as a society….it still boils down to “Dead people are going to be chasing those who are not." With that said, I found "Shaun of the Dead" refreshing, "Zombie Land" surprising, and again, still without pants because of "Night of the Living Dead."  Fido is a comedy with a twist, and weve seen twisted zombie comedies before... oh yes we have... just so you know "Zombie Strippers" was for research purpses only. But today however we are talking about another zombie film that steps outside the genre as well. Fido. As a matter of fact, if you really like odd strange films... you might as well call this movie "My new friend Fido" .. or.. "Why haven't I discovered you sooner...my new friend Fido."
In the town of Willard, whose name is a reference to the town in the original 1968 Night of the Living Dead, housewife Helen Robinson buys a zombie in spite of her husband Bill's zombie phobia, as Bill has had bad experiences with zombies having been a veteran of the Zombie Wars. Their son, Timmy, befriends the zombie, naming him "Fido". One day Fido's collar malfunctions and he kills their next door neighbor, who turns into a zombie. Timmy "kills" the zombified neighbor later, but not before she kills and infects another person, causing a small zombie outbreak. Zomcom security forces quell the situation and then investigate what caused the outbreak.

Digging a little deeper into the brillance of this film, I present the following clip. You will notice the amazing color and production design. This scene balances humor with good ole american marital angst, and though we clearly recognize the obsurdity of a woman (
Carrie-Anne Moss) dancing with a zombie we cannot help but feel sympathy for her.
Fido, starring K'Sun Ray as Timmy Robinson, Billy Connolly as Fido ,Carrie-Anne Moss as Helen Robinson, Dylan Baker as Bill Robinson  and Tim Blake Nelson as Mr. Theopolis
Memorable quote:

Bill Robinson: I'd say I'm a pretty darn good father. My father tried to eat me, I don't remember trying to eat Timmy.

Helen Robinson: Bill, just because your father tried to eat you, does that mean we all have to be unhappy... forever?
In closing, I highly recomend this film,  If you haven't seen it already, please do. this is one zombie comedy that you will remember fondly. 
Fido Trailer presented by Lionsgate
The zombie dance scene from Fido
 
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