For those of you horror film fans disappointed by recent “gay horror” movies that lack bite, you’ll need to check out this blood, gore and guts-packed zombie movie made with a pro-gay sensibility.
Taking place in the peaceful island town of Port Gamble, Washington, ZMD puts its political agenda up-front and center — with the flesh-eating zombies. Conservative Mayor Burton is facing a challenge from liberal teacher Cheryl Banks. The Reverend Haggis preaches his homophobic rhetoric to a half-empty church. The Iranian-American daughter of the owner of the local diner, Frida, is home from Princeton. Tom and his boyfriend Lance are returning for a visit with mom (with Tom planning to finally come out), but they are interrupted by the small matter of the bite on mom’s neck. The blood and guts start flying fast and furious. Mom becomes a zombie and the two gay men look out the window to see a town being overrun by the gruesome creatures. On the run, the guys end up in the church, locked in with a small group of crazed religious conservatives who bring out their “ex-gay” equipment — it’s either that or out the door to be eaten. Meanwhile, Frida has been taken hostage by an insane bigot who thinks that the zombies are Muslim terrorists, and that Frida is one of them. A political satire in disguise as a zombie movie or a horror film with a conscience? Either way, ZMD is buckets of blood-soaked, left-of-center fun. -- Scott Cranin
Saturday, July 18, 9:30 PM
Ritz East 1
Tickets at Venue