Glen’s just your average American dude, trying to make his way in the world. And he’s got, oh, just a little, well…defect. He’s a zombie. But you know what? He’s OK with it, and you should be too.
The only ‘prop’ here is Helms’ face FX, by Anthony Pepe, which is used to nice comic effect, including a little Q-tip ballet. The icy-green eyes are also a key touch, allowing a nice edge of walking dead to counter-balance Glen’s happy-go-lucky bearing.
There’s something in Glen’s matter-of-fact, persevering demeanor that has a hint of tragic to it: whether he’s doing the crossword, flounderingly shooting hoops or trigger-pointing at himself in the mirror – ‘I look good…‘ – there’s an undertone of melancholy that runs throughout. It’s just enough of a departure from the Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy shtick (they’re the guys behind Funny or Die) to make you forget about that gestalt. It provides a nice reprieve.
Chapter 2 is where the zombie triptych peaks (appropriately enough): Glen talks about the perils of dating, and the importance of getting out there. And as he phones his blind date to set up a time, warns her that, “Oh, and by the way I’m a zombie,” and then witness his awkward wait at a table in the brick-walled restaurant where he’s stood up, there’s a universality that’s all too familiar to the lot of us.
Helms and his far less known/exposed co-writer and director Nick Poppy have come up with a rather sweet turn of writing with Zombie-American, even if it does, in the traditions of the Daily Show and shorts on Saturday Night Live, feel all too familiar.
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