Directed by Mathias Dinter
I will try my best not to mention spoilers, or even joke about Feind liking to do so as I'm sure he's getting rather sick of it (*Feind Note: Not sick of it nor will I stop BWAHAHAHA). I will however gush about how much I enjoyed the full ninety-two minutes. Using the "clock test" (a quick explanation: if while watching a movie you feel the need to check the time, odds are the movie isn't holding your attention. If you look more than once odds are very high the movie isn't to your liking) NotLD passed this test with flying colors.
*Feind Side Note: I prefer watching foreign films with subtitles to see a movie as intended. I absolutely loathe English overdubbing.
Much of the humor is based around the kind of shenanigans found within a high school setting, although there are several nods, references and homage to several well known genre films. If you've ever seen the movie Idle Hands (another movie I will perhaps scribble upon at a later date) you might notice some similarities: slacker friends, stoner jokes, jock retribution, laughing at the undead predicament they find themselves in, an assortment of witch’s spells and the very obvious to everyone, except the ignorant and distracted, love interest between long-term friends. I can't help but feel that the writers may have borrowed a little inspiration from the aforementioned Idle Hands, regardless it doesn’t take anything away from NotLD as both are highly enjoyable and neither shy away from physical 'gross out' effects. A restroom scene (whoops! I nearly let slip my British roots by calling it a 'bathroom') with a well concealed windshield wiper is one I shan't forget anytime soon. Other scenes are exquisite and well executed with only one I can recall running a tad past a length deemed necessary to get 'the point' across.
*Feind Note – restroom/bathroom are acceptable ‘Murican references now “water closet” would show off Cult’s foreign roots HA!
My favorite instrument in this film, they really need to make this an Indy horror award category if there isn't one already, is a stapler. You will more than understand my choice after viewing. The Necromonicon, this bloody book seems to pop up everywhere, comes a very close second. To deviate for a moment, they state that the text is in Latin, and that it is only a mere thousand years old and found in most museum's (uhh… What!?!) as a fan of the Evil Dead franchise I always understood it to be in Sanskrit, written (in blood, bound in flesh) by a (mad) Arab and above all else rare y’know something not found very often at all! It is but a small detail so I'll let it pass! I'm sure there are those that won't though.
So as you can tell I thought Night of the Living Dorks was…