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The Code…Meh

Let me start this review by assuring you that I take no great joy from negative critiques. This is especially true when the work is done by up-and-comers. I don’t want to drag people down man, I just want to give my honest opinions. So with that being said, let’s get to the short film The Code, directed by Mark Blitch, written by Jason Walter Vaile, and Alan Tregoning, and starring Tamara Voss, Taylor James Brandt, and Todd Terry.
So first major issue is I didn’t find it that funny. When your video is on the site Funny or Die, I don’t know, I guess I just expect more. To give you a basic description of the plot, a couple is stalked by zombies, then a masked killer shows up, some other monsters arrive as well, shenanigans ensue. A rule book is turned to for the rules about who gets to kill the couple.
So yes, there were a few giggles to be had. The guy who plays the pornstar, Chad (Daylon Walton) does a silly laugh at the beginning, which is hilarious. When Shaun the zombie(Brandt) tells bigfoot to just shoo, I laughed. And the part where Shaun the zombie reads the specific rules and sections about which of the monsters or killers get to kill and when was humorous.
But lest ye think I loved the short, let me go into my other dislikes. I disliked the make up. Now, I know, this short wasn’t supposed to be about making the monsters look good; it’s obviously just about having them there. But, well, why not get some decent make up going on anyway? Effective horror comedies traditionally also have decent make up effects work. So that annoyed me. If you’re going to have zombies, could you try to do a little more work than gray hair and black make up under the eyes? These are zombies, not geriatrics.
The acting is okay, nothing amazing. Todd Terry clearly gives the best performance as Carl, the masked killer. And I like that he is wearing a wig for some reason.
The film switches tone at the end, and that was where it lost me. Yes, there is one kill with a…I think it’s a weed wacker, which was cool, but the rest were very run-of-the-mill.
In the end, I just can’t help but feel like I’ve seen this short before. It’s not the worst short I’ve ever seen, but it certainly wasn’t the best. If I was to grade it, I’d give it a C.
Here’s the link, you can go and give it a view, and decide whether or not you like it for yourself.
The credits sequence was pretty cool looking. Yet, after watching this short two times, I was left with a profound feeling of meh. It was there, and then it was over. Meh.

The Code


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