GEORGE: A ZOMBIE INTERVENTION
George's Intervention is one of these zombie comedies and wacky conceptual collusions. It has a slight premise a group of friends stage an intervention to stop one of their friends who has become a zombie and get him to stop eating people that produces a vague smile when you first read about it. Unfortunately, the entire film feels like it is stuck with a premise that would have done an okay job in extending to an amusing short film that has instead been extruded to a full-length film. It essentially results in a one-joke film that drags out the few gags it has. The film has also been shot entirely in director J.T. Seatons own home, resulting in a zombie film that takes place in a single location it seems a little absurd when Seaton is trying to mount an apocalyptic siege to the death when all that the zombies are doing is crowding in from the other side of the living room or blocking the exit from the kitchen.
The set-up also requires that the nature of the zombie be changed somewhat from what we are familiar with Carlos Larkins George is intelligent and in command of faculties, indeed sits through the intervention making sarcastic comments. For that matter, George's Intervention could easily be a film where a group have intervened to sort out a slacker or a stoner about the only difference being that he eats people. Although in contradiction to this, the other zombies that turn up in the cellar are much more in the way of standard mindlessly stumbling things. Still there was the odd part about the film I liked such as the climax, which is determined to play against expectation and deflate cliches the budding romantic attraction between surviving guy (Peter Stickles) and girl (Michelle Tomlinson) is punctured when he reveals that he is gay; Vincent Cusimanos stoner character realises he is the improbable hero of the show and gets the girl; Cusimano is killed and Peter Stickles is forced to playact being a priest and deliver the last rites.
The filmmakers show a typical obeisance to the genre (as many of these zombie film imitators do) all the characters in the film are named after the characters in George Romeros original trilogy of zombie films Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985) while even the 1980s B-movie classic C.H.U.D. (1984) is namedropped in the first few minutes. The film gets a casting coup out of Lynn Lowry who appeared in George Romeros The Crazies (1973), as well as David Cronenbergs Shivers/They Came from Within (1975) and roles in adult films such as Sugar Cookies (1973) and Score (1974). Lowry gives the best performance in the film, showing an unexpected flair for comedy that one has not seen before in her role as the nervous and inexperienced interventionist. There are also minor cameos towards the end from Scream Queen Brinke Stevens and Troma head Lloyd Kaufman.