Indie movie lovers of the greater Los Angeles area, take note of a wonderful gem from this year's SXSW festival that's coming your way. Make-Out with Violence is an angsty teenage zombie horror comedy that I caught last year at the Oxford Film Festival, and tonight – November 12 – it screens in Los Angeles. For free!
Ok, technically it's screening in Alhambra. But this one-night only engagement will likely be your only chance to see the underappreciated indie film that our own Scott Weinberg called "pretty damn good" – and if I may add my own endorsement, Make-Out with Violence is original and gorgeously shot, a great alternative to mainstream (i.e. made with way more money) films about either teenage life or zombies. The best part? Make-Out with Violence is about both of those things. (It's also got the most attractive zombie hottie of the year, with apologies to Zombieland's Amber Heard.)
The story follows fraternal twins Patrick (Eric Lehning) and Carol Darling (Cody DeVos), who happen upon the mysteriously re-animated body of Gwendolyn Hearst (Shellie Marie Shartzer), heretofore the hottest girl in school. They hide the still-hot-even-though-she's-dead zombie in their bathroom and try to keep up the pretense that everything's normal, even as life begins to spiral out of control, and Gwendolyn starts getting hungry...
Make-Out was shot by The Deagol Brothers (also known as co-directors Christopher Doyle and Andy Duensing) from a script they wrote with co-stars Lehning and DeVos after graduating from film school, and their behind-the-scenes story is just as fascinating as what's on screen. After starting production in 2005, the group had to halt filming at least twice; during one hiatus, Lehning and his brother formed a band to play shows to raise money to finish the film. The resulting music comprises much of Make-Out with Violence's excellent pop score, which is also available in a 2-disc, 44-track soundtrack. Incidentally, this soundtrack is so good, it might skyrocket to your best of the year play list if you give it a listen.
The Deagol Brothers will be on hand at the Los Angeles premiere of Make-Out with Violence, so try and make it out!
When: Thursday November 12th @ 7pm
Where: Regal (Edwards) Atlantic Palace 10
W. Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801