Dan Khoo’s first foray into the zombie genre through this experimental short film. SPOILER: I was killed. D:
Originally, Dan didn’t want to do a zombie movie but for some magical reason, contradicted his objections a few weeks later. Note to self: do not recommend Dan to create a sparkly vampire movie, as the reverse might occur when he rejects it. As a zombie movie is something he had never done before, Dan decided to experiment on a smaller scale with a small cast and a simplistic story (do we even need plots for a zombie movie?), although kudos needs to be given to the number of volunteers who participated as zombies during the filming as well as the make-up artists responsible for the volunteer’s ‘zombification’.
In case I need to point out, I made my special appearance as Ghost… in a toilet… (also note the handgun Bryan is using is actually from my holster, and his flashlight which was also provided by me ‘moved’ to my rifle during this scene)
…and I died (but so was everyone else). Sort of ironic considering what happened to Ghost’s actual fate in Modern Warfare 2. My M4 actually broke during this scene, but I didn’t blame Thomas (big tough zombie who ‘killed’ me; he’s a pretty cool guy BTW) or any of the zombie volunteers. It was very much ‘that moment’ where everyone knew of their roles, and it was inevitable considering the methods of my ‘death’ that something like this would happen.
Indeed true that the movie’s casting and directing was very haphazard: the movie was filmed under a day, so everything was rushed and done rather quickly on-site with effects editing done in mere two days, resulting in the campiness you’d expect at this level of production value (wait, was there even one in the first place?). But again, these are all just appetizers, teasers of more things to come, and regardless, this almost no budget production still beats the crap out of the afternoon dramas and wannabe action shows on local TV. Dan mentioned that if this short film receives a fair amount of reception, he might direct a better sequel with the crappy bits ironed out, and with me getting a Phoenix Down so I can wake up with all my brains intact (and hopefully, more time to warm up to my character instead of being abruptly plucked from my Sunday morning slumber).
Some of the ‘casualties’ that occured during filming:
Considering my sarcastically unsupportive opinions in regards to the Lynas debacle a few months back (you Malaysians still care about it? *gasp* I’M SURPRISED!), perhaps some people might be asking, why are you in this movie if you don’t side with the green hippies? Ultimately, regardless if there are any political messages this short film tried to bring forth, it’s still a goddamn zombie movie, and nobody gives a crap about metaphors, double meanings, hidden political agendas, and all that complex mumbo-jumbo garbage because THERE ARE GODDAMN ZOMBIES IN IT!
If you like Dan Khoo’s work in this one, do also check out School Of War!