Fido (2006), with it’s genre-blending plot of campy horror, 1950s nostalgia, and alternate historical timeline, is not your typical Frock Flicks film. I first saw it when it came out, being a fan of camp and zombie movies in general, and it’s been kicking around in the back of my brain (mmm brains) for a while now, because the costumes by Mary E. McLeod are easily one of my favorite things about it. Well, the costumes and the fact that it is an excellent dark comedy.
Set in an alternative 1950s timeline, after deadly space radiation turns half the human population of Earth into flesh-eating zombies (who then go forth and make more zombies in the usual way), a company called ZomCon invents a collar that makes zombies docile and curbs their flesh cravings. This, in turn, makes them kind of trendy to own as a combination of a servant and house pet. The Robinsons acquire a zombie, which their son Timmy names “Fido” (the eternally fantastic Billy Connolly). A weird sort of love triangle develops between the collared Fido and Mrs. Robinson (Carrie-Anne Moss), with her husband, an executive at ZomCon with a phobia of zombies, increasingly feeling pushed out of his marriage by the undead addition to their family.
At 91 minutes, this film is short and sweet (as well as gory, because, well, it’s a zombie flick). It’s definitely worth watching if you’re into weirdly feel-good heartwarming stories about flesh-eating reanimated corpses.
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