‘Yummy’ review

When you walk into a cosmetic surgery clinic, the last thing you expect to happen is to be caught in the middle of a zombie outbreak, right at its epicenter. That’s what you get for setting up an appointment with the suspicious Dr. Krawczyk. Lars Damoiseaux brought his first feature film, “Yummy” to Fantasia for its Quebec premiere.

Alison (Maaike Neuville) has a scheduled appointment at a very sketchy cosmetic surgery clinic for a breast reduction. She brings along her hemophobic (fear of blood) boyfriend, Michael (Bart Hollanders), as well as her mother (Annick Christiaens), who is there for her fourth or fifth surgery. Just before our heavy-chested protagonist goes under the knife, a seemingly experimental patient escapes from the basement, craving flesh and blood. All Hell, and the patients, are about to break loose.

It wouldn’t be Fantasia without one zombie horror-comedy movie. “Yummy” does bring its fair share of laughs, but we’re nowhere near a modern-day classic zomedy like “Zombieland” or “Shaun of the Dead”. Then again, it wasn’t meant to be a full-out comedy, either. Writer/director Lars Damoiseaux developed this film, his first full-length feature, from his 2016 short film “Patient Zero”. He does a decent job, although the plot is rather typical and senseless, but all in good fun of a splatterfest, living dead film. In addition to this stereotypical zombie storyline, we unfortunately don’t get attached to any character throughout the film, as none really seem to evoke any sense of empathy or connection to the audience.

On the plus side, there is a tremendous amount of practical effects. While the film doesn’t necessarily innovate in the ways zombies get killed, we are witness to an impressive amount of good ol’ real FX, courtesy of Thomas Jonckheere, Thomas Desmet and Arne Normon. Heads get crushed on the floor; arms get diced up into mush; and legless zombies eerily crawl down the clinic’s chaotic halls. Granted, there is a hint of CGI, but the amount of goo and fluids flying around and onto the actors makes you forget about it real quick.

You still shouldn’t avoid “Yummy” at all costs, unless you’re really not into subtitles, as there are a few different European languages involved throughout the movie. It’s a lighthearted, typical zombie film with unappealing characters, but a good dose of violence, make-up and practical effects. For his first feature film, Lars Damoiseaux deserves a fair 6/10 score.

Article written by SIMON ROTHER

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