If you recall my last installment of What You Should Have Watched, I hinted at covering a zombie survival comedy. It is true that I was going to cover the 2008 film Last of the Living, but since my Poughkeepsie Tapes feature I decided to cover more easily-accessible films (I am so sorry No Roi, perhaps later). So this time around I am still covering a zombie comedy, but I chose something a little more me. Ladies and gentlemen, Fido.
Fido takes place in an alternate universe, circa 1950. Radiation from space has turned the recently dead into flesh-eating monsters, bringing humanity’s savior, Zomcon, into power to end these Zombie Wars. Zomcon has created a device to control zombies, allowing them to be civil servants to the higher class. When a young boy named Timmy befriends his family’s zombie, calling him “Fido,” this causes a stir between his parents. Then when Fido accidentally slips his collar and causes a small outbreak, their friendship is tested as Zomcon is called in to destroy the cause of the panic.
Fido is truly a zombie flick unlike any other. The fact that it’s based in the fifties backs a subtle civil rights agenda, but it’s presented in such a way that it’s almost a subtle parody, especially because the film sports the theme that zombies are people too, even though they’re no longer people. The setting also has a wonderful kitschiness to it, which allows bonus points in my book – not to mention an excellent cast, headlined by Carrie-Anne Moss and Billy Connolly.
Cute, quirky, and equally disgusting, Fido is a must-see for zombie fans.
Next time on WYSHW, a comedy about being souless.