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Zombie for Sale

Summary
An infectiously funny slice of modern Korean cinema where Train to Busan, The Quiet Family and Warm Bodies collide to create a memorable rom-zom-com from first time director Lee Min-jae. When the illegal human experiments of Korea's biggest Pharmaceutical company go wrong, one of their "undead" test subjects escapes and ends up in a shabby gas station owned by the Park family - a band of misfits spanning three generations who hustle passers-by to make ends meet. When the Park family uncover their undead visitor, he bites the head of their household, who instead of transforming into an undead ghoul becomes revitalised and full of life! The family then hatch a plan to exploit this unexpected fountain of youth, allowing locals to pay to be bitten too, until things go wrong... With a cabbage-munching zombie who prefers ketchup over blood, and a dysfunctional family that gives the Kim family of Parasite a run for their money, Zombie for Sale will warm the deadest of hearts and breathe some new life into the zombie genre.
8.6
Great
Video - 8.8
Audio - 8.9
Movie - 7.8
Special Features - 9

Zombie for Sale is about how drugs can make your afterlife better than whatever it is you’re doing now. That’s right, kids…it’s a post Romero societal allegory with cannibalism. A Korean pharmaceutical makes a bunch of zombies. One escapes, bites an old man and we’ve got the best commercial for Cialis ever made. Screw old people holding hands in tubs, we got chompers.

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Korean cinema really has a way with horror. Flipping out around a tale about too many pharmaceuticals being society into a Korean family exploiting a relative for personal gain feels familiar. If they went with a People Under The Stairs vibe, they could’ve won Best Picture.

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When it comes to foreign horror releases, something hits my eye weird. The Korean Cinema market loves their bright colors and that’s cool. However, the juxtaposition of a lot of the kinetic scenes throws off my gaze. It’s not that big of a problem, but it defeats the benefit of momentum when watching a film.

Horror thrives when you can get swept up in the action onscreen. Between Zombie for Sale never knowing when to go for the laugh or for the gore, the momentum shifts kinda felt deflated. If that’s the worst thing to happen in Zombie for Sale, then we’re doing OK.

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The Blu-ray comes with a new commentary, video essay, featurettes and a Q&A as the special features. I love it when foreign genre releases come loaded like this. However, it still didn’t make me totally love the movie. It’s worth giving a shot and I’d love to hear others try to sell me on the ending.

Zombie for Sale is now available!

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Troy Anderson is the Owner/Editor-in-Chief of AndersonVision. He uses a crack team of unknown heroes to bring you the latest and greatest in Entertainment News.

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