Movie of the Day – Fido
May 24, 2011 1 Comment
Out the massive amount of zombie movies, there are a few that kind of turn the genre on its head (or remove it all together, a little zombie humor). Shaun of the Dead was one of those movies that brought comedy in the general horror driven genre. British people are so damn funny that it is hard to find any fault in the movie. So I was surprised that there was another zombie comedy that came out a few year after the whole revival of the zombie genre. A small Canadian zombie comedy called Fido was released to very, very small fanfare.
The story of Fido is an interesting one. Set in an Alternate world in the 1950′s where zombies were caused by cosmic radiation, which re-animated the dead and lead America into its first zombie war. After the zombies were rounded up, a company by the name Zomcon devised a collar that suppresses the zombies need for flesh and can be used as slaves for menial labor. The story settles on a family who purchase a zombie for use around the house. The husband is opposed to having a zombie servant since he was a veteran of the zombie wars. The wife feels that they need a little help around house which is why she wanted the zombie. Their young son, Timmy (which leads to lassie like jokes in the movie) is kind of a loner kid. He inevitably develops a friendship with his zombie, whom he names Fido and they both share a special bond.
With their friendship establish, Fido one day is no longer controlled by the collar and accidentally kills their old lady neighbor. The son, wanting to protect his friend, kills the re-animated corpse and gets rid of the evidence, not before the old lady infects another person. Soon there is a mini outbreak of zombies and this means that Zomcon gets involved and are on the hunt for Fido. The mother finds out about Fido causing the outbreak and wants to protect her son and Fido from harm.
The movie is kind of all over the place with the story line, mainly touching on different ideas of zombie relationship and that the zombies were once people and how we treat them. We seem them throughout the movie as slaves and servants, becoming these bottom rung citizens. I really think that the movie wanted to dive into the comparison between racial and zombie correlations as a parallel to the time that the movie was set in. Fido just skims the surface of the subject and is comical than thought provoking. I am not sure they didn’t want to go into the subject since they had the perfect subject for it. I guess seeing the success of Shaun of the Dead might have spurred them into a more comedic movie.
Overall I love the old, nostalgic feel that the movie goes for. You have white suburban lifestyle and family values, but throw in a little zombie action and watch life adapt to the change. I enjoy the whole propaganda angle of the Zomcon PSA’s and some of more timely jokes in the movie. It is sad that this movie was an essential bomb when it was released. Seem like distributors didn’t have a lot of faith in the movie it barely got a wide release here. Still if you want a little bit different zombie movie experience, but without the whole gore aspect, Fido is a good change of pace.