Stag Night Of The Dead - Online Review

'as a survivor style horror film the elements are largely all here; there's enough good eggs to root for and enough evil blokes just waiting to have a limb ripped off by an errant zombie'

Stag Night Of The Dead is an independent, British horror-comedy which takes a stag party, puts them in a position to kill or be killed by a group of zombies and waits to see what happens next. The result is some fun comedy, presided over by writer, director and producer Neil Jones, beset by a raft of technical and scripting problems which leave the horror element of the film largely redundant.

Performance wise, Stag Night is exactly what you would expect from this sort of indie with acting which ranges from wooden (Sophie Lovell Anderson) to over-played (Joe Rainbow and James G. Fain as the comic relief; think Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen's 'twins') to actually quite decent (Sebastian Street as the lead, doing a great job). As a survivor style horror film the elements are largely all here; there's enough good eggs to root for and enough evil blokes just waiting to have a limb ripped off by an errant zombie. Doug Grant battles manfully as the lone voice of calm in the group but is ultimately given a thankless task by a script which ties itself in knots once the conclusion is reached and his character becomes all-too important.

On the whole, Jones' script veers (like the cast) from good to pointless. An early running joke referencing Charlie And The Chocolate Factory raises a solid laugh but too often he resorts to watching lads swear at each other and drink beer. The problems are all too apparent with Marky (Bruce Lawrence); Jones knows what he wants to do with him but seems to take an age to get there, strangling the plot point before its been revealed.

The horror element of the film too is let down distinctly by the group's choice of weaponry: laser stun-guns of the sort you might find in Austin Powers or, worse, Spaceballs. They're un-threatening and provide none of the meaty zombie-dispatches that elevate clever pastiches (such as Shaun Of The Dead) into both solid comedy and solid horror genre entries, leaving the film overly reliant on its gore content to satisfy horror fans. You can see that the ideas are all there with Stag Night but some of the execution leaves it stunted at the 'great concept' phase.




Stag Night Of The Dead is available to watch online here for a small rental fee.

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'The film hangs together well with some good direction and thought put into the shots. At no point did I feel like I was watching somebody cutting their teeth making a movie' - Zombie Command

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