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Fantasia Festival Review: ‘Yummy’

September 1, 2020Ben MK

From zombies on a train to zombies in a pub, it seems like we've already exasperated every last possible scenario when it comes to the tales of the flesh-eating undead. Yet, with his feature debut, Yummy, director Lars Damoiseaux manages to give moviegoers one more good reason to take a bite out of the genre, in this story about zombies run amok in an Eastern European hospital.

Centering on the well-endowed Alison (Maaike Neuville) and her hemophobic boyfriend Michael (Bart Hollanders), the film follows the couple as they and Alison's mother, Sylvia (Annick Christiaens), take a road trip to Klinika Krawczyk, a plastic surgery clinic where Alison intends to get breast reduction surgery. What neither of them realize, however, is that the boasts about special stem cell rejuvenation treatments made by the clinic's namesake, Dr. K. (Eric Godon), hides a dark secret. And when the clumsy and curious Michael goes poking around the building's restricted areas, he unwittingly unleashes a flesh-craving plague that overruns the entire facility.

It's a tried-and-true premise that sets the stage for a blood-splattering — albeit familiar-feeling — finale. But make no mistake, Yummy is still a more than worthwhile diversion, especially for zombie fans who prefer their brains served up with a heaping helping of gore.

Yummy makes its Quebec premiere at the 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 29 min.

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