Film: Play Dead
Directors: Andres and Diego Meza-Valdes
Performers: Haylee (Haley), Diva, Kimmy (Princess), Cruiser (Robocop), Nemo
Breeds featured: Terrier mix, Australian Shepherd, Papillon, Labrador Retriever, Jack Russell Terrier, Border Collie
Production Information: Borscht Films, 2011 (USA)
While dogs have appeared as pivotal characters in zombie films (most notably in our knowledge is Chips in the remake of Dawn of the Dead), we had never heard of a zombie film that assumed the dog’s perspective — until this short film. We were really excited to receive our DVD copy of Play Dead just in time for Halloween. If you’ve ever wondered what would happen to urban pets in the event of a zombie apocalypse, this film might not whet your appetite, but it should stir your imagination. More frightening than zombies who eat humans are what humans are willing to eat in times of survival…
Thumbs up to the directors for their adept manipulation of genre conventions, combining zombie films and dog movies in entertaining, often hilarious ways. Miami appears in all its lurid glory, represented by a diversity of people and pets. The production company apparently gives back to the city by hosting a film festival that highlights regional talent.
You can experience the whole film online. Warning: mild but vivid gore as befits the genre.
Enjoy, and make sure to watch through the end credits!