!!!WARNING. MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. !!!
Potential viewers of 'Stag Night Of The Dead' could be forgiven for thinking that this is yet another zombie film on the lookout for a gimmick. In fact, this low budget, highly satisfactory British horror has enough laughs, gore and nice little touches to set it apart from the flock.
The plot, concerning a stag party deciding that Zomball, a sort of paintball involving zombies, would be the perfect climax to their fun. Some nice satirical touches here, as the living dead, victims of a Bird Flu pandemic, are being used as a money making enterprise by a shady American businessman. Anyway, it all starts off fine, with the boys having quite a ball shooting up the shambling dead. However, when the hunters become the hunted, things aren't quite so enjoyable anymore. The best man is revealed as a coward and a love rat, one of the party falls in love with a very comely zombie lass, and soon everyone is fighting for their lives.
The characters are on the whole well rounded and likeable. There is one big exception. Ronnie. Ah yes, Ronnie, possibly the most annoying character to grace a British horror film. However, once he recieves a love bite and becomes an unofficial spokesman for the Zombie Party, Ronnie improves a lot.
The acting is very good, the standouts being Sophie Lovell Anderson as novice stripper Candy and Doug Grant as potential father in law Gordon.
The main thing is that 'Stag Night Of The Dead' is just so bloody enjoyable. The zombie film needn't worry, for as long as films like this continue to be made, there will be plenty of life in the old, rotting corpse. Plenty of extras on this release, including an informative 'making-of' featurette, and the highlight for me, the 'bollocks' out take.
5 out of 5 for the whole package, a great entertainment.