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A Zombie Movie For The Tender Hearted

Updated on August 21, 2012
The cover to the film Fido
The cover to the film Fido

Not Your Typical Zombie Film

I am a huge fan of the zombie genre, having seen so many films it boggles the mind. Recently I cam across a film called Fido at a friend's thrift store and for three bucks I thought, why not? It did not take me long to realize Fido was not the typical zombie film, filled with guts and blood. It was more of a dramatic masterpiece than a traditional gore fest I had grown so accustomed to with other zombie productions.

Fido is set in the 1950s were radiation as resulted in the dead being reanimated. This is right there with the original Night of the Living Dead that Romero built his zombie kingdom on. A great war has taken place that pitted the zombies against the living, and irony sets in as the living are triumphant. (Of course we know this would not be the case at all.)

The Zomcon corporation now polices every city, keeping the zombie menace outside of heavy fences, well except for the zombies you can buy from the company. Yep, I said buy zombies, and I am not talking voodoo ritual revenge zombies, nope. These are brain hungry shambling dead guys and gals who have been retro fitted with collars that allow the owner to control them and keep them at bay. Some serve as cooks, some act as maids, while others, like Fido become pets for the family. It is sweet when the government can use a deadly monster to please the American family.

Fido is a gentle zombie, until his collar malfunctions and he eats the elderly neighbor! The trouble is now a twisting turn of craziness. Zomcon declares him dangerous and take him to their labs to destroy him. His owner, a young child named Timmy can't bare to lose his friend, so he goes after his comrade.

To make a short story shorter Fido becomes more than a friend as he steps in for the child's fallen father. I wish I could tell you more as far as the story goes but this is one you just have to see for yourself.

The story features rich plot twist and several underlying themes such as slavery, love, and of course the bonds of friendship that are so strong that they can link a zombie and a young boy at the heart. The next time you are contemplating renting a good family film, by all means grab this one. I assure you it will leave you with a warm feeling in your heart, and a raving curiosity of the human nature.

Fido dances with his owner's mother, zombies need love too.
Fido dances with his owner's mother, zombies need love too.

Fido is more human than we think....

 The zombie pet/slave known as Fido exhibits traits that most honorable humans are lacking of. He learns to dance and to love. His passion for life, even though he no longer has it guides him to overcome the restraints of being a zombie to become a friend to a little boy who is much in need of a companion.

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      Sam Little 5 years ago from Wheelwright KY

      as soon as I have some free time I will check it out for sure. Thanks so much for the great comment

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      Horror Movie Medication 5 years ago

      Great review. I like the way you think. Personally, I think this movie has all the right things going for it. Amazing cast, great cinematography, unique premises and lots of laughs. I think it's great to see a zombie-apocalypse movie where humanity is improved as a result. What would you do with your own zombie servant? I'd get him to fold laundry. I have laundry.

      I also got the chance to review this movie on my Horror Movie Review blog. Take a look if you get a chance, I can always use some feedback from another critic.

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      Sam Little 7 years ago from Wheelwright KY

      My bad. This film was just such a breath of fresh air on a very tried and true form of story telling. It was nice to see something different than the usual zombie tale.

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      Pierre Savoie 7 years ago from Canada

      You forgot to mention the two major actors in this 2006 film: Billy Connolly, and Carrie-Anne Moss (of the MATRIX movies).

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      Pierre Savoie 7 years ago from Canada

      Yes, I saw it in theaters. A funny, original take on the brain-eating zombie genre where people fight to shut out evil and preserve their 1950's society, with hilarious results. Fido evolves over time and the plot resolution offers a way out of that mess.