Yummy is a simple answer to a question when’s the last time you saw a good zombie comedy. With possibly the worst title in the zombie movie history, Yummy is a fun and entertaining Belgian zombedy with a lot to offer. The jokes work and the special effects are phenomenal. So, If this is what 600.000 euros can get you where are all those killer horror movies? This is a directorial debut for Lars Damoiseaux and I can’t wait to see his next movie. Man’s got some serious talent. Right from the start, Yummy sets the tone and lets the viewer what’s he in for. Two females with big boobies and a clumsy guy are all you need for a great opener.
Yummy is similar to other great European zombie comedies Dead Snow, Goal of the Dead, Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies or Juan of the Dead. It’s more a comedy than horror with a lot of running jokes like Michael constantly hitting his head or tripping. It takes advantage of its Eastern European setting creating a very carefree, gritty and endearing atmosphere. Filmed in Poland, it does have some Hostel vibes but it’s more EuroTrip with a zombie twist than unsettling gore porn. I guess the most similar movie is British horror Severance. They even invented a language, Balkanese, to get you in the right mood. And not to name names in Eastern Europe.
Alison has been cursed with huge breasts all her life. She can’t run properly and her back hurts all the time. Finally, she had enough and decided to do a breast reduction surgery. To lower the cost her boyfriend is driving her and her mother, a plastic surgery addict, to a cheap hospital in Easter Europe. Everything seemed to be going fine until Michael, her boyfriend, discovered something in the basement of the hospital…
In case you’re wondering, yes, people are driving to these destinations to save money on surgeries. From teeth to boobs and penises, they are doing everything for significantly less money than in posh EU countries. The term is cosmetic tourism and it’s booming. There are clinics in Prague and Croatia that are no different than there counterparts in posh EU countries. If you’re planning on doing some work, do your research right, something that applies to any undertaking.
There are some scenes that look gnarly as hell as they made some really sound casting choices. I’ll leave it at that and just comment that this setup works so good for everybody involved. The gore is juicy and over-the-top, just the way I like it. We also have decent amounts of nudity, something I approve of. Especially since we have full-frontal male nudity and the girls were just showing their tiddies. Jesus Zombie Christ, I just remembered a scene and started laughing. Now that’s something that every movie should accomplish.
Creative and stylish, Yummy brings back hope that the zombie comedy genre is not dead yet. It also proves that if you put in the work, you will create something truly beautiful. With a lot of nods to the classical horror genre complete with jars of pickled fetuses, Yummy ticks off all the boxes. Not to mention innovative gore that I don’t remember seeing in any other movie. And I’ve seen a lot of movies. So, if you’re a fan of the genre and you’re looking to have a good time, don’t hesitate and check out this movie. It will blow you away with its effective simplicity and charm.
Director: Lars Damoiseaux
Writers: Lars Damoiseaux, Eveline Hagenbeek
Cast: Maaike Neuville, Bart Hollanders, Benjamin Ramon, Clara Cleymans, Annick Christiaens, Eric Godon, Joshua Rubin, Tom Audenaert
Fun Facts: Stijn Van Opstal, the one-eyed zombie is the same zombie as in Striker Bob short film of Lars Damoiseaux, even the shirt and footprint on his head are the same after 20 years…