We've seen about every kind of zombie film mutation you can imagine over the course of the past few years, but one new twist that film fans attending the Melbourne International Film Festival will not be seeing this August is "gay zombie porn." Controversial filmmaker Bruce LaBruce's L.A. Zombie was set to screen at the fest next month but has been pulled after the Australian Film Classification Board found the simulated sex with the dead breached local taste standards. The irony in all of this? This was the softcore version and not the full-on X-rated release.
According to the Wikipedia page, the film follows a homeless schizophrenic (played by French porn star François Sagat -- apparently famous for his scalp tattoo. The more you know!) who's convinced he's an alien zombie -- apparently with a wicked case of rigor mortis. He wanders L.A. looking for dead beefcake to make sexytime with, in hopes that the men can be brought back to life.
As you might imagine, LaBruce is not pleased by this development: "Although apparently the Australian Classification Board has no problem passing all manner of mainstream torture porn movies which feature, amongst other things, the rape and dismemberment of women, it's interesting that they have no stomach for a movie that reaffirms life." [Flash to Bruce writing the Aussie film board a thank you card for all the free press.]
Festival organizers were clearly aware of what LaBruce had in mind, as the fest guide states the film "raises the stakes with LaBruce's infamous 'schlock' tactics -- promising plenty of wound-shagging and more penises than you can shake a stick at." They had me a wound-shagging ...
The first of the film's two slots will be filled by Rubber while the second replacement film hasn't been decided. L.A. Zombiewill play other festivals and the hardcore porn version will release in October. Watch the trailer after the jump.