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'Dead Shack' Toronto After Dark 2017 Review: A zombie comedy that has plenty of brains, but lacks intelligence

October 21, 2017Ferdosa Abdi

While on a camping trip with their parents, a trio of crass and annoying teenagers (Lizzie Boys, Gabriel LaBelle and Matthew Nelson-Mahood) must band together to save themselves from becoming the next meal for some zombies.

That's the basic premise behind Dead Shack, an indie zombie comedy that tries to evoke the feeling of Stranger Things meets Shaun of the Dead, but instead comes across as a cheap knock-off. The screenplay by Phil Ivanusic, Davila LeBlanc and Peter Ricq isn’t particularly witty or smart, Ricq’s direction is serviceable, and the acting is quite laughable. In fact, with the exception of Lauren Holly's performance as the mysterious neighbor who’s trying to feed these kids to her zombies, no one and nothing about this film is compelling to any degree.

Even though the movie has potential, it ultimately falters due to its poor script, misguided direction and subpar acting. In the end, Dead Shack is not outright horrible; it just comes off as a low-rent version of better horror-comedies about foul-mouthed adolescents who find themselves in precarious and terrifying situations.

Dead Shack is a special presentation of Toronto After Dark 2017.

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