Dead Shack

Dead Shack (2017)

Dead Shack is available to stream on Shudder.

There is no shortage of zombie movies, with most playing with the imagery, ideas and themes born from Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead. Dead Shack is also keen to embrace a series of classic zombie movie cliches with its isolated house surrounded by woods and a family under siege. But what makes this slice of flesh-munching action so much fun is the dry Canadian wit that ripples through every scene. 

Based on a classic cabin in the woods premise, Dead Shack laces its zombie gore with gloriously dark humour. Fourteen-year-old Jason (Matthew Nelson-Mahood) is about to escape his volatile home life for a weekend in the woods with best friend Colin (Gabriel LaBelle), his older sister Summer (Lizzie Boys), their dad Roger (Donavon Stinson) and his new girlfriend Lisa (Valerie Tian). The trip is about escape, their log cabin a sanctuary of relaxation, card games and teenage hormonal energy. However, not far up the road, a doting mother protects her unique family at all costs with their family mealtimes, a sinister game of cat and mouse.

Dead Shack gloriously unpicks the family unit, openly challenging the notion that adults know best by placing its teen leads in charge. Here its intelligent screenplay hums with brilliantly timed comedy while the blood and gore flow through creative, practical effects work. The result is a genuinely engaging and entertaining zombie horror full of dry humour and Canadian charm.

Canada | 1hr 25 mins | Director: Peter Ricq

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