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A Zombie Movie For The Tender Hearted
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 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 voodoo ritual 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 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.