When a nerdy sorority girl falls in love with a zombie, it’s only a matter of time before a zombie apocalypse is unleashed on campus. The sorority girl discovers that weed is the cure–now she must smoke out the entire school before it’s too late.
I have watched a lot of zombie films and have even suffered through many because I had to for review sake–this was one of those. From the entertainment company that brought you Sharknado, Airplane vs. Volcano and Zombie Night comes The Asylum’s latest effort The Coed and the Zombie Stoner. I have really enjoyed many of their low-budget flicks with former ‘A List” stars that have fallen out of fashion and onto the ‘C List’. So what went wrong?
The story centers around Chrissy (Catherine Annette), an over talkative sexy lab nerd who needs to find a new boyfriend or be thrown out of her sorority house. Enter Grant O’Connell who plays Rigo. Only one problem, Rigo is undead. Turned into a zombie of his own doing by an extended life experiment gone wrong some twenty years earlier. Chrissy’s lab professor Dr. Avon (Louis J. Dezsoran) has been hiding him away, being kept passive by Rigo’s need to smoke weed. It doesn’t take long for Chrissy to fall for the sensitive, cute zombie nor for things to go awry.
The zomcom was written by first-timer Scotty Mullen, and his inexperience showed in a major way. Though his basic concept appeared to be solid, the screenplay was more like a first draft than a final script. How this ever got production approval without numerous rewrites is a conundrum in itself. Perhaps The Asylum got overly eager at the prospect of doing a mashup of Warm Bodies and Detention of the Dead that they pushed the production through so fast that no one bothered with any oversight, instead let the director take the reigns. Big mistake. The entire film relied on bad dialog (one character uses the F-word more than a Martin Scorsese film), asinine gags and juvenile antics with screaming naked girls running around for the T&A factor.
Glen Miller’s direction is only slightly better than his last film, the horrendous (2012) The Bell Witch Haunting. Miller reportedly had his name removed from the IMDB credits for that movie. With a poor script and the majority of the cast clearly inexperienced, Miller did nothing to help save a film that–with work–could have been mildly amusing. Instead his lack of ambition and vision only contributed to Mullen’s poorly constructed script, resulting in an uneven and infantile film that lacks originality and creativity.
The Coed and the Zombie Stoner is rude–not in the good American Pie way–stupid and ladened with uninteresting characters that not even a stoner would be able to bear for 91 minutes.
The Coed and the Zombie Stoner
Directed by Glenn Miller
Screenplay by Scotty Mullen
Cast: Catherine Annette, Jamie Noel, Grant O’Connell, Aaron Caleb, Dora Pereli, Lena Young, Ben Whalen
Run time: 91 mins.
Release Date: Out Now