Local filmmakers unleash zombie doc Doc of the Dead at SXSW
The past ten years have made it apparent that there is no more room in hell, because everywhere you look, the dead are walking the earth. Zombies are a genuine pop-cultural phenomenon, starring in cable TV's most popular show, sitting at the center of tentpole film franchises and appearing in more video games than Mario and Master Chief combined. And now, in the brand-new Doc of the Dead, our strange cultural fascination with the undead is getting the thorough post mortem it deserves.
Theresa Mercado is just one zombie you may recognize in Doc of the Dead.
Denver filmmakers Alexandre O. Phillipe and Robert Muratore are unleashing the film today at SXSW. Like their previous film, The People Vs. George Lucas, Doc of the Dead is an in-depth examination of a unique pop-cultural phenomenon that should appeal to both hardcore fans and curious onlookers.
"I really tried to make a film that was both going to be accessible to people who have no clue, no understanding what zombies are all about, and that the most sophisticated zombie fans can watch and have a really good time," Phillipe says. "It's really friendly to both people who are zombie fans and people who may have been walking by the zombie walk,scratching their heads and wondering what the hell is going on."
Featuring interviews with almost every big name in the zombieverse, from zombie godfather George A. Romero to Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman, plus footage from some of the biggest zombie movies and games, Doc of the Dead is a deep, involving film that offers a thorough overview of the place of zombies in the world today without becoming a tired recitation of every zombie book, film or game in existence.
"I didn't want to get into a whole zombie history," Philippe says. "That's been done before. I really wanted to be minimal about that, and focus on a few important milestones, to then be able to focus on the culture, which is my main reason for making this film."
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