Just what we need…yet another horror-comedy with zombies. Another horror-comedy set in the 80s. Yeah…like we haven’t seen both of those one-joke premises beaten to death over the years. (commence eye-rolling)
But what’s this? A modern movie set in the 80s that doesn’t half its running time poking fun at the decade? No way! In fact, aside from a couple of songs and some creative set design, there’s no discernible reason why it takes place in the 80s.
And a zombie comedy that isn’t chock full of cartoon gore gags and “quirky” characters fighting the undead with “funny” weapons? Surely not! But a few gross bits notwithstanding, the zombies are benign and kind of sweet. Not only that, there isn’t a single gut-munching scene to be found (though one part featuring regurgitated cheese is kinda nauseating).
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The Loneliest Boy in the World rarely ventures into horror territory, not even of the splatstick variety. Though there are some amusing gags here and there, there's a bigger emphasis on Oliver’s friendships and personal growth, which results in a climax that’s surprisingly bittersweet. Nobody’s gonna walk away thinking they've just seen a classic, but at least it’s not another tired parody of zombie movies and 80s tropes. Without such preconceived expectations, the film is pretty enjoyable.