Well, this week we’re carrying on with the zombie theme and checking out a little whatchaknow called “Dead Kansas”, written by Aaron K Carter. What started out as a series of YouTube videos was edited together to form this fun little zombie flick that runs for a very succinct 63 minutes.
I’m not gonna lie. While I wasn’t blown away with the film, I did enjoy the story. You’re immediately immersed into a community plagued by what they call “rottens”. A small band of hoodlums makes plans to kidnap the local farmer’s daughter (yes, that’s what I said) for profit but things soon go awry. Dead Kansas is fun loving, not too overly dramatic, and full of shenanigans. I’d say that’s a great recipe for fun, wouldn’t you? I mean I saw carnies, a Colonel Sanders lookin’ motherfucker, what appeared to have probably been a heroic house slave, and the main character was played by 2 different actresses (evidence of this originating as a YouTube series).
I’d say to definitely give it a watch if you’ve got the spare hour. It’ll be over before you realize it. Hands down, this was no horror film. Sure, it had horror elements, but it was obviously a comedy. From the portrayal of overly stereotyped hillbilly folk and undertones of blatant racism, to the zombie sound effects (you almost never see a single zombie), this was a film you’d laugh at years before you’d think about being horrified. You know what, though? It works for the film. I’m not bashing it by any means, just explaining how it came across.
Most notably, this quick & quirky cinematic queef features appearances by Irwin Keyes (House of 1000 Corpses) and the late Ben Woolf, known mostly for his role on the American Horror Story series. They were definitely nice additions to an otherwise forgettable film.
I’ll give this one 3 cleavers, because at least Carter’s story was original. I hate to ever criticize someone’s imagination, and I definitely don’t do that here in this case. The execution is what took away from the film for me. It’s like creating a delicious recipe, except you fucked it up and the dish doesn’t taste as good as you imagined.