$70 Zombie Movie Big Hit At Cannes
Every year, the most stuck-up film snobs in the world get together for a week of simultaneously turning up their noses at each other while kissing each other directly in the asshole, a hypnotic ballet of over-hype and artistic pretension, all against the backdrop of Cannes (pronounced “Kahn!”), France. Most years, the films that come out of the festival with the most hype attached to them are three-and-a-half-hour meditations on the beauty of a flower, or some such shit. But this year, the movie making the biggest news is a bit different. Forget about the new Quentin Tarantino film, a completely historically accurate WWII movie. Or the new Lars Von Trier film “Antichrist” that may or may not include Willem Dafoe’s genitals getting chopped off . The big Cannes film this year is “Colin”, a zombie movie that was made for 70 bucks.
With help from a makeshift band of friends and volunteers, Price shot and edited the feature — which ingeniously spins the zombie genre on it’s head by telling the story entirely from the zombie’s perspective — over a period of 18 months while working nights part-time as a booker for a taxi company.
Online social networking was an invaluable tool in both generating buzz and cheaply sourcing the undead: “We went on Facebook and MySpace and said ‘Who wants to be a zombie?'” Price told CNN. “We managed to get 50 brilliantly made up zombies and stuff them into a living room.”
Awesome. Another success story for all of you amateur filmmakers to pin on your bulletin board as proof that, yeah, you could do it. If you make a great product, people will buy it. Especially if it’s about zombies.
About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.