This is an absurdist American horror/comedy movie directed and written by Jim Jamusch (Only Lovers Left Alive, Paterson) which opened to mixed reviews at the Cannes Film Festival.
It is star-studded with the greatest zombie cast ever – and as policeman Ronnie Robertson (Adam Driver) says “this is going to end badly”.
Entering small town Centerville the sign reads “A Real Nice Place” – but strange things are going on. Polar fracking has sent the earth off its axis, the animals are disappearing, electronic devices don’t work and day does not turn into night.
The dead are rising as Hermit Bob (Tom Waites) watches from a forest. Two bespectacled police officers (Adam Driver and Bill Murray) are patrolling in a car while the radio is playing a recurring song called “The Dead Don’t Die” (“it’s the theme song” says Ronnie). They have a deadpan and very relaxed attitude to law enforcement – and Ronnie knows the plot, as Jim gave him the whole script.
Meantime lots of flesh-eating zombies are rising from their graves – staggering about obsessed and calling out for with things they wanted when they were living – such as coffee, chardonnay, and Wi-Fi.
People are being ripped apart and eaten – black man Hank Thompson (Danny Glover) who wears a cap which says “keep America white again”, Mindy (Chloe Sevigny) another police person wearing glasses, farmer Frank (Steve Buscemi) and a few others.
Decapitation is the only way to get rid of them. Helped by a Scottish extra-terrestrial mortician called Zelda (Tilda Swinton) who wields a sword with great strength, before she is beamed up by a flying saucer, the cops go into action.
The second film of the Perth Festival film season. Showing at UWA Somerville from Monday, December 2, to Sunday December 8, at 8 pm and December 6 at 8.30 pm.
Gates open at 6pm. Food vendors are on-site. Picnics and BYO drinks are welcome.
Watch the trailer…