Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Horrorthonpalooza 2013: Stalled

Horrothonpalooza kicks off on a positive note! I decided to go with unknown (to me) films (with two exceptions) for this horror adventure. Every night is going to be a complete surprise as to the quality of the movie. Unfortunately, most horror movies are terrible. This isn’t like pizza and sex – where even if it’s bad – it’s still good.

Tonight’s movie is Stalled.

To use the cute abbreviations this movie could be labeled a RomZomCom. The blurb states: “A janitor gets trapped in a women’s restroom and encounters an all-out attack by a hoard of zombies.” And that is exactly what happens.

Stalled is an English production directed by Christian James with Dan Palmer as writer and lead actor. The two definitely make the most out of their estimated budget of 450,000 pounds. Using the women’s restroom as the main location is a bit of genius. Not only does it provide for the good old fashioned feeling of dreaded isolation but it also cuts down on the need for additional sets and locations. This allows the majority of the budge to go straight into zombie effects, and there’s no shortage of gore.

Most horror movies have trouble turning 84 minutes into something watchable but despite the single location Stalled works. The comedic aspects of the movie are mostly portrayed by the zombies themselves as they were all attending a company Christmas party before becoming undead. Apparently it is completely appropriate to dress like a slutty Santa or tree ornament at Christmas parties in the UK. Stalled doesn’t go for all out comedy but maintains a sense of macabre absurdity. The main character performs his actions out of necessity, frustration, and urgency.

And of course, I mentioned it was a Rom…. A little something extra tossed in is a budding relationship between Dan Palmer’s lead and another person trapped in one of the bathroom stalls, actress Antonia Bernath. Bernath’s character allows both leads to explore depth in what would otherwise be a horrible, ridiculous situation.

Would I recommend this film? Absolutely! Watching Stalled was a great way to kick off the month of October and my Horrorthonpalooza! Stick around to see if tomorrow’s movie continues the trend or is a complete shotgun to the face!

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