After a one night stand Deb wakes up in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.
Loved it! It is kind of Shaun of the Dead kind of flick, a romanticzombie comedy, but pretty fresh and funny and entertaining and cool.The actress that plays Deb, the lead character, is fantastic, charmingand funny. Ray Wise has a great supporting role. The music, the sound,photography, effects – all together made a very good movie in everylevel. The director played nicely with clichés, made a very light butexciting movie with zombies, and since there is so much zombies thesedays, it is a great success to make a movie that can stand out. Welldone in every way! I saw it at the closing of Dead Lake festival inPalic, Serbia. Highly recommended.
This movie is so good that I sign on IMDb to give my first review. Assome one who watches hundreds of movies a year, it is always refreshingto see something original in a very competitive movie types likeRom-Coms & Zombie films. They seem to be a dime a dozen. So when a filmtries to put the two together it’s got to be hard to stand out. Thisfilm Night of the Living Deb not only succeeds but is outstanding. ThisKickstarter back indie film is a perfect example of the great talentthat’s out there if only given a chance. From the clever title to theend the movie it is fantastic. The clever writing/dialogue will haveyou laughing out loud. The acting, directing and filming is great. Itis the best funny original Rom-Coms of the year. You add the Zombieangle and it falls into a very clever movie. It is filmed in PortlandMaine another great bonus. Hats off to ALL involved in this film and ifthe people behind this film want to fund another Kickstarter film letme know. I’ll be one of the first backers. Thank you all for the greatart of the film making.
Just for the skeptics out there, I had nothing to do with the fundingor production of this film, but I wish I was. Just go see it any wayyou can and enjoy.
Deb… Oh, Deb… Smart, fun, resourceful and ever-so-slightly insane.
Rankin and Co. created a fast-paced, entertaining romp through theRom-Zom-Com genre and you won’t be disappointed.
Old Skool Zombie-movie fans will appreciate the adherence to theRomero-Rules.
Comedy fans will enjoy the mix of quick wit and good-old-fashionedslapstick.
Romantics will appreciate the genuine heart and camaraderie between Deband the ensemble.
Lots of clever inside jokes for horror fans (especially those who loveStephen King films set in Maine). The use of the quirky small cityshines through as a love letter to Rankin’s home state.
Always great to see Ray Wise in an apron… or anywhere, really. Someof the funniest bits in the movie come from Chris Marquette, who isdelightful as a spoiled, militant Papa’s boy.
Too fun to miss.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
While I wouldn’t call it flavor of the month, the last couple of yearssaw a bit of a rise. Not only of the dead themselves but a rise inzombie comedies with a romantic touch. Some worked better than others,some just try to be a bit funny. And that is what this movie is. It’snot an instant classic or anything, but it does what the box says andit’s entertaining enough to watch.
It starts off innocently enough, just to turn things up and speedthings up a bit. The main actress is what either will draw you into itor appall you. I thought she was really funny and did a great job. Ofcourse it’s silly, it’s meant to be that way. I mean the title alongindicates that (how come no one thought of that before I wonder?) …It’s actually pretty easy to decide if you like this or not, butsomething I can’t do for you of course
Another zombie comedy. The makers of this film seem to think that’ssome kind of a novel thing, but it really isn’t because I’ve watchedabout half a dozen such films that were made in the last few years andmost of them have been a wash out. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB is noexception, a film that fails due to the appalling low brow humour andcompletely irritating cast of characters, none more so than Debherself.
This film unwisely attempts to meld the romantic comedy genre with thezombie film. I hate rom coms so I was instantly turned off by thepremise and struggled to sit through it if I’m honest. The character ofDeb, as played by Maria Thayer, is described as ”endearingly awkward”on this film’s home page and it soon becomes obvious that the writerswant you to warm to her quirkiness, her accident prone nature, her dumbidiosyncrasies. The problem is that I didn’t. I found her supremelyirritating and she made me want to switch the television off.
The rest of the cast are no better, with Chris Marquette stuck in firstgear with repetitive jokes and wooden acting. The only veteranperformer is Ray Wise (ROBOCOP), who you have to feel for, being stuckin this inanity. After a mildly original set up, the narrative soondescends into the ‘escape from one situation to the next’ mould, allset at night in a local location. There are splattery gore effects andbad zombie acting, and none of it is remotely entertaining. NIGHT OFTHE LIVING DEB is a film which demands a shot through the head to putit out of its misery.
I didn’t really know what this movie was about, nor did I have any realexpectations to it. All that mattered was the fact that it was a zombiemovie. Sure, I knew that it was going to be a comedy of sorts, but ithad zombies in it. And anything with zombies in it, is worth a watch inmy opinion.
The story had some interesting and good aspects to it, that mostlybeing the story of socially awkward eb Clarington (played by MariaThayer), which actually put the zombie outbreak in the background.
The comedy elements to ”Night of the Living Deb” were present allthroughout the entire movie, with the majority of those momentsactually bringing about laughs or a big smile. To that point, thendirector Kyle Rankin was certainly on to something.
”Night of the Living Deb” was, however, not an impressive movie. And bythat I mean that the storyline was a bit too forced and not all aspectsof the storyline worked out in favor of the movie.
And also the special effects were not overly impressive. Sure, this wasnot a zombie movie in the traditional sense, so one might debatewhether or not it should have had more impressive zombie make-up ornot. In my opinion, it should; you can’t have a zombie movie and thencut back on the special effects department. Most of the zombies in”Night of the Living Deb” were just equipped with that low budgetzombie make-up; you know, grayish skin foundation, blackened around theeyes and some theater blood sprayed here and there. It is just a blowto the movie when they don’t go all the way with zombie make-up. I amnot saying that they needed to show gruesome dismemberment and othersuch damage caused by zombies, but a proper zombie make-up on thoseportraying the zombies would have been nice.
The acting in ”Night of the Living Dead” was good. And it wasespecially Maria Thayer who carried the movie quite nicely. MichaelCassidy was also contributing a good amount to the movie. And it isalways nice to see Ray Wise make an appearance in a movie.
”Night of the Living Deb” is certainly entertaining enough for what itturned out to be, but it didn’t impress me in any way. Nor was it amovie that brought anything overly new to the zombie genre.
After a drunken one night stand with pretty boy Ryan (Michael Cassidy),zany redhead (ie., effin’ irritating ginger) Deb Clarington (MariaThayer) discovers that the town of Portland, Maine, is in the midst ofa zombie apocalypse.
Although clearly modelled after Shaun Of The Dead, Night of the LivingDeb doesn’t come anywhere near to matching the charm, wit ororiginality of Edgar Wright’s classic zombie comedy, the film offeringup tepid humour and lacklustre living dead action, with Thayer puttingin a performance that can best be described as thoroughly annoyingfiveminutes in her company and I would seriously be considering throwingmyself to the flesh-eaters.
Ray Wise and Chris Marquette are the most recognisable actors in thismess (Shawn C. Phillips doesn’t count), but I bet they wish that theyweren’t.
Not a Fan. The writer tried way too hard to force feed us cutesy andquirky in the lead actress. Her wardrobe was overly contrived to showjust how quirky she was, but just looked like she rolled around in athrift store and whatever stuck, stayed. Her dialogue, which wasstilted and sounded straight from an 8th grade play was a combo of 80’sreferences, current teen speak, and random nonsense phrases. When youadd in the overacted physical comedy, it just made for a seriouslyannoying character. Unfortunately all the dialogue and physical comedywas just poorly done, and varied from overacting to looking like theywere reading the bad dialogue off cue cards for the first time. Afailed attempt at zombie humor and a waste of time. I gave it a 2 forthe cute name.
On the beginning, they seemed anomalies which were difficult toclassify into horror cinema, but eventually, the ”zombie romanticcomedies” (also known as ”zom-rom-coms”) earned a niche into fantasticcinema. Night of the Living Deb is an addition to that category with anexcellent sense of humor and an affable narrative which places moreemphasis on the romance than the zombie crisis… something I ended upliking much more than I expected. Like any romantic comedy, Night ofthe Living Deb includes numerous clichés, but screenwriter Andy Selsorknew how to bring them a twist, making them less predictable; forexample, the obligatory romantic triangle between Deb, Ryan Waverly andhis fiancé Stacy is tangentially related to the origin of the zombieinfestation, creating an interesting dynamic in which Ryan’s powerfulfamily is also involved, because they don’t want to see the oldest son(and possible heir of the family empire) in a relationship with ahumble middle-class camerawoman. As I previously said: clichés, butvery well implemented as catalysts of the narrative. Oh, and besides,the great Ray Wise as the father of the groom. What can go wrong?Another pro is the sense of humor from the main character, perfectlyplayed by Maria Thayer as the classic ”adorable harebrained” wegenuinely want to see triumphing against adversity. I liked seeingThayer finally playing a leading role after uncountable works as ”gueststar” in many sitcoms and TV series (including some of my favoriteones: 30 Rock, The Mindy Project and New Girl). Her exuberantperformance complements Deb’s personality without ever making herirritating or affected. And even though Thayer is an attractiveredhead, she doesn’t reach the unreal standard of Hollywood beauty whoautomatically nullifies the ”normal girl with a bad luck for love”premise. I’m sorry if that sounds sexist, but I’m tired of all thoseroles with gorgeous actresses who try to look ”ugly” in order toconvince us of their incapability of attracting men; if only they taketheir glasses off… I think I have already spoken enough about theromance. What about the zombies? Frankly, Night of the Living Debdoesn’t take the living dead threat very seriously; yes, we see someblood, there are a few ”head shots” and some unfortunate bites oncharacters we hadn’t expected to see infected; but in general, thezombies are a source of humor instead of horror. Fortunately, Selsordidn’t rely on tedious artificial conflicts to complicate therelationship between Deb and Ryan, so the zombies are also employed asan obstacle the couple must overcome to be happy. There are nomisunderstandings, or surprising revelations, or courtships which startbeing a bet until becoming real, or similar foolishness. We just have alikable couple mutually attracted to each other, caught in the middleof a zombie apocalypse. In my opinion, that worked brilliantly, becauseI found Night of the Living Deb an excellent zom-rom-com which didn’tneed any big tricks to keep me very amused. The likable interactionbetween Deb and Ryan is the main course; the zombies are just aseasoning of the romance.
Night of the Living Deb (2015)
** (out of 4)
Deb (Maria Thayer) wakes up after a night of drinking in the apartmentof Ryan (MichaeL Cassidy). The two quickly try to play off their nightbut soon they’re back together when they realize that a zombieapocalypse has broken out.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB isn’t the greatest horror spoof ever createdbut there are a couple nice laughs that help keep it moving but there’sreally not enough here for a feature-length film. I think this herewould have worked much better as a short film because there’s really noplot here as we basically see Deb, a rather nerdy person, falling inlove with the good looking Ryan and the majority of the film has herbeing mistreated or taken advantage of. Oh yeah, the other thing isthat she is very sarcastic and this is where the majority of the laughscome from.
Thankfully both Thayer and Cassidy are good in their roles and thiscertainly helps since we spend the majority of the running time withthem. Thayer is the star here and she turns in a nice performance but Istill felt that only twenty-percent or so of her jokes actually worked.The film could have benefited had there been something more going on.Perhaps more in-jokes or at least something more to hold the viewer’sattention.
As it stands, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB has a creative title but it’s toobad the film itself wasn’t more creative.
On the Eve of July, 4th, in Portland, Maine, the camerawoman andaspiring anchor Deb Clarington (Maria Thayer) is drinking with her bestfriend Ruby (Julie Brister) in a bar. She falls for a handsome strangerand flirts with him. They drink a lot together and in the morning, Debwakes up in his apartment in an awkward situation since they do notremember what they did on the previous night. When Deb leaves hisapartment, she finds in middle of a zombie apocalypse. She returns tothe apartment and she learns that he is Ryan Waverly (Michael Cassidy),the son of the wealthy Frank Waverly (Ray Wise), who is the responsiblefor supplying water to the town. Deb decides to leave Portland to meether mother, but Ryan convinces her to go to the mansion of his fatherto meet his brother Chaz Waverly (Chris Marquette) and his girlfriendStacy (Syd Wilder) and leave the town together. Soon Den learns thatFrank and the Governor are the responsible for the outbreak. Will theysucceed to escape from the zombies?
”Night of the Living Deb” is one of those films that the viewer wantsto like, mostly because of the cute lead actress. However the writersare weak and the cast has unfunny dialogues and situations in thescreenplay. In the end, this movie is a waste of a nice cast. My voteis five.
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Deb is a smart, socially awkward girl who is drinking with her friendone night at the bar. The next morning she wakes up in a guy’s placeafter a one night stand. While she is leaving a zombie outbreak istaking place all around. She takes her car, grabs the one night standand begins her zombie survival adventure.
This was actually pretty good. It’s a smart zomedy with good writingand several clichés avoided. Not really violent at all with maybe abite or two and people get shot. Nobody is taking bats to their headsand the zombies aren’t playing with intestines. Ray Wise does a goodjob as the evil company owner.
I was surprised with this one for sure. You can even watch this onewith the significant other as there is a love story as well.