What is it about zombies that is so darn funny? Is it their shambling stupid walk or their grumpy groan or their bumbling aimless actions or the many hilarious and horrific ways of destroying them? Either way it seems Zom-Com’s will never die but luckily the latest edition to the genre, Zombie for Sale, proves there is still plenty of life left in them.
From first time director Lee Min-jae, Zombie for Sale is a Korean comedy horror with a heart. Opening with news reports detailing a pharmaceutical companies illegal experiments on human test subjects we see one of the reanimated escape the facility and head for the nearest hamlet.
The tiny town in the boonies he arrives at is also the home to the Park family, a band of misfits who spend most of their time hustling tourists by sabotaging their passing vehicles then repairing them for a huge cost. When the rampaging zombie bites the father of the family the rest of the Park’s freak out capturing the monster and preparing themselves to dispatch dear old dad when he turns.
Unexpectedly the old man awakes stronger and fitter than ever and it seems the zombies bite has revitalised him. When the other men in the village notice they all want to know the secret and soon the Park’s have turned their decomposing prisoner into a money making pet.
As more guys seek the magical bite of youth the cash roles in and the whole family dreams and schemes of better lives. Fighting for control over their undead cash cow the siblings are torn apart however the Park’s soon learn in the worst way that when things seem too good to be true, they usually are.
Packed with visual gags, stylised set pieces and plenty of laughs, Zombie for Sale works wonderfully well adding a excellently absurd element to a dysfunctional family drama. The cast are great and the script sizzles as the family bickers and fights over the cabbage munching zombie who is vital to all their money making plans.
The story gives an original twist on the usual Zom-Com while still allowing the chaos and carnage we have all come to expect from these films in its final act and Lee Min-jae’s direction is equally expert when tackling the comedic and all out action scenes.
Infectiously funny from start to finish Zombie for Sale is a hugely entertaining slice of social satire proving yet again that the zombies are by far the funniest monster around.