I had the pleasure of watching an incredible zombie movie yesterday…for free! That’s right: A Plague So Pleasant can be downloaded for free, or you can stream it and watch it right on their website: http://aplaguesopleasant.com/ It’s a full length indie film, and the budget was less than $3,000. I’m impressed that they made such a quality film with a minuscule budget.
The acting was well done, and the special effects were great, but the best part was the unique story. I’ve never seen a zombie movie quite like this one. The zombies are fascinating because they aren’t violent unless you provoke them. The story starts off one year after the zombie apocalypse began. At first, the zombies were violent when they were being slaughtered, but everyone eventually figured out that the zombies became docile if they were left alone. The violence of the initial outbreak only lasted twelve hours, but two billion people were killed by the half-day zombie conflict.
Fast forward to one year after the zombies started showing up, and the walking corpses are literally everywhere. They loiter in people’s front yards, and they plant themselves in the middle of roads, much to the frustration of commuters trying to make it to work on time. Zombies are more of a nuisance than a threat. It’s actually a felony to shoot a zombie because if a walking corpse is harmed, they will all attack. Unfortunately, the zombies keep multiplying because if you die of natural causes, you just get up again and shuffle the earth as one of the undead. Basically, zombies have replaced death. Humans are comfortable with the undead shuffling among them because the zombies actually prefer oats to brains, so people have nothing to fear…unless the zombies are provoked.
Everything seems fine in this pleasant post-apocalyptic world, but the plot thickens when the main character decides that it’s time for his little sister to get over her obsession with her undead boyfriend. Mia is a beautifully endearing young woman, who can’t seem to accept the fact that her boyfriend is dead. Before her boyfriend became zombified, she was madly in love with him, and she didn’t take his death well. It’s much easier to accept the death of a loved one when they’re not wandering around in the mangled body of the person you once loved.
Instead of cemeteries, there are zombie reserves, which are basically fenced in areas where the undead roam. Mia visits her zombie boyfriend twice a week, and she talks to him as if he’s still alive. It broke my heart when she ran up to him and lovingly exclaimed, “You haven’t decomposed at all this week!” Zombies don’t talk, and they certainly don’t understand humans, but that doesn’t stop Mia from holding one-sided conversations with her dead boyfriend. They were together three years before the zombies invaded, and she just never got over him. Mia’s older brother, Clay, decides that she has been stuck in a fantasy world long enough, and he takes matters into his own hands. I don’t want to give away anything, so you can enjoy it when you watch it for yourself (for free!!).
The makeup artist, Tylar Carver, was only seventeen years old when they started filming A Plague So Pleasant. She taught herself how to do zombie makeup by watching Youtube tutorials. I am really impressed with her work! The zombies were very well done. One of the coolest scenes in the movie involved a zombie whose eyes were gouged out, so he relied on only his hearing to stalk his prey. It was a nail-biting scene! The zombies in the movie are slow, just awkwardly milling around or swaying in place. But after they are provoked, they turn into crazed, running, screaming, arm-flailing corpses. It’s quite extraordinary. I highly recommend this movie to any zombie fan. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should watch A Plague So Pleasant on their website while it’s still free!
I give A Plague So Pleasant 5 out of 5 brains.