DVD Review: Life After Beth
Life After Beth isn’t your typical zombie film. For one, it takes quite a while for any zombies to show up. So much so that my daughter said to me part way through the film, “Ï thought this was supposed to be a Zombie film!”
The film begins with a funeral, and a grieving family and boyfriend, Zach. Zach stays connected with his dead girlfriends father as they both come to terms with the loss, but then one night, the father unexpectedly cuts off all communication with the Zach. Undeterred he makes it his mission to reconnect, and one day whilst, sneaking looks through the windows of his dead girlfriends house he spots Beth, the girlfriend in question, alive and walking around the house.
Beth’s parents can only think of one thing – a miracle resurrection of their lovely daughter. Zach however has a more grounded take on the situation. Beth must be a zombie. Beth’s parents however are scared of what will become of their daughter if she or anyone else finds out she has come back from the dead, and because she is her almost usual self, and more importantly looks normal, they think things will be just fine.
It’s Zach that notices the differences in Beth however – no obvious brain munching tendencies, just the unpredictable jumping from snarky teen to enraged and unnervingly strong stranger. It’s Beth’s unpredictability, her schizophrenic behaviour that makes the film so watchable. Being kept in the dark about her un-deadness delivers most of the films laughs, and the deadpan delivery creates a surreal journey through one of the most original zombie flicks since Shaun of the Dead.
Rating: R13 Horror, sex scenes, drug use & offensive language.