Shudder, AMC Networks’ premiere streaming destination for exclusive and original genre entertainment, has an exclusive new film that debuted today: One Cut of the Dead. The hit zombie comedy will be available for all Shudder members to stream in the U.S., Canada, UK and Ireland. Based on the trailer and the synopsis below, it seems to be an entertaining take on the undead that I look forward to checking out.
One of the most critically-acclaimed genre films of the past decade and a record-shattering blockbuster in its native Japan (it was made for $27,000 with a cast of unknown actors and went on to gross $28 million in Japan), One Cut of the Dead first appears to be a one-take indie zombie film… but something magical happens 37 minutes in: the film’s director yells cut and—throwing all cinematic conventions and viewer expectations to the wind—it transforms into a charming story about the power of family, the passion that goes into making movies, and, in its stunning final sequence, an uproarious meta re-examination of the film’s opening single take and how it came to be!
The movie has been called “the best zombie comedy since Shaun of the Dead” and has a 100% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes with 63 reviews.
During its festival run, One Cut of the Dead received numerous awards and accolades, including the Audience Award and Best Director at Fantastic Fest, Best Film at Fantasia, Best Film at Bifan Fantastic Film Festival, Grand Prix at Vevey International Funny Film Festival, the Press Award at Morbido Film Festival, and Audience Awards at Imagine Film Festival, Panic Fest, Brussels International Film Festival, and Lees Film Festival.