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30 years ago, Verona, Italy has been run over by the living dead. Now
that's not half as bad as it may sound, because eventually, the zombies
could be domesticated, and nowadays the living and the dead live in a sort
of peaceful co-existence, even if the living don't trust their zombie
neighbours too much.
Juliet (Hannah Kaufmann) is a daughter of the
highly influential (and somewhat inbred) Capulet family, and everybody
expects her to marry her cousin, the goodlooking but arrogant and not too
bright jock Paris (Ross Kelly), and if not him, another cousin of hers,
Mercutio (Mark Chavez), whom everyone considers gay, would be more than
willing to be her plan B. But at a party, Juliet's eye is caught by a
partycrasher, Romeo (Jason Witter), and fortunately, he seems to like her
as well. There is just one problem: Romeo is a zombie ...
being a zombie, he nad Juliet embark on a romantic affair, much to the
dismay of everyone, from the Capulets and especially Paris to Rosaline
(Summer Olsson), Romeo's zombie girlfriend. Secretly, Romeo and Juliet get
married, but then he is accused of a murder and forced to flee the city at
least for a few months.
Then though, Juliet's family forces her to get
engaged to Paris, and to get out of this, Juliet decides to take some
poison to put her in suspended animation to fake her own death. Romeo
returns when he learns about Juliet's engagement, to find her seemingly
dead, and after battling it out with Paris and his men and finishing them
off for good, he drinks what's left from her drug which he considers
poison to reunite with her in (final) death. Once he dies, she wakes up
But Juliet doesn't enjoy her second lease on life for long, because
soon she runs into a machete and is killed - which is when Romeo wakes up
from the dead in more ways than one - because the drug has not only put
him in suspended animation, it also made him human again ...
here to open the Spoiler Pop-up!
Of course, this is a pretty silly adaptation
of William Shakespeare's possibly most famous play, of course there is
more gore in it than in all of Shakespeare's plays put together, and sure,
certain jokes (though by far not all of them) border the moronic - and yet
the film is more than a one-trick.pony, a cheap joke that loses its effect
once the title is read out aloud three times. Basically, the film's
writers Ryan Denmark and Jason Witter seem to have really read and
understood their source material, and tired to do a little more than just
make fun of it. This is evidenced in everything from the way the zombies
are introduced into the story to the way Shakespeare's verses are
juxtaposed with modern day dialogue in a completely nonchalant manner to
the ending that might have absolutely nothing to do with Shakespeare's
play as such - but makes sense still.
And if you add to this a competent
cast that doesn't go over the top with the material, and a compact
directorial effort that throws quite a few oddly fitting 1980's references
into the mix, and you're left with a pretty entertaining movie.