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Muldoon wants to tell you about a $25,000 zombie flick he saw at Fantastic Fest called YESTERDAY!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with Muldoon who works behind the scenes with us here at AICN when he's not off hunting raptors on Isla Nublar. He caught a low budget ultra-Indie horror flick at Fantastic Fest and was worried it might get overlooked by the higher profile flicks, so he wrote this up for your reading pleasure. Enjoy his take on YESTERDAY!

Yo, so here's my review. Let it be known, I have a very odd taste in movies apparently, so be warned... YESTERDAY Last night it was either Romero’s SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD, BRONSON, CLIVE BARKER’S DREAD or YESTERDAY, a little Canadian zombie flick that was shot for roughly 25 grand (Canadian). I’m pretty sure the first three will all be widely released or at least easy to catch further on down the line, so I figured YESTERDAY was where it’s at. I’m not going to lie, the fact that the movie is super low budget and made it into this fest in the first place is what drew me in. Zombie movies bore the piss out of me… SHAUN OF THE DEAD and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD aside, every ghoul filled movie out there is pretty much the exact same story. First thing’s first, this movie is so not for theaters, it’s for beer drinking movie night with your buds. Sitting through the flick was like being teleported to the mid eighties. I’m pretty sure the guys shot on super 16mm, but it very much felt like one of the movies made back in the day with a VHS camcorder; no budget, but a hell of a lot of heart. That said, during the Q and A they said they shot on 16mm to give it more credibility. Why? I totally respect the idea of shooting on film, but don’t think the film vs. digital credibility contest even exists anymore, since at it’s core – it’s the story that you give a shit about. Last year I was blown away by a low budget horror film called HELL’S GROUND, and I can gladly say, YESTERDAY is this year’s HELL’S GROUND. I loved the hell out of YESTERDAY, not because of the amazing cinematography, the great acting, or the impressive visual effects, but because the heart of the flick totally jumps out of the screen and kicks you in the face. This movie is nothing short of backyard badassness! I’ve seen some amazing movies so far at this fest, but in terms of which ones have given me an actual experience, hands down this is it. This is the kind of movie a true horror fan can appreciate, because it’s so obvious the guys who made it are completely in love with the genre and worked with what they could to add their own little mark in the genre world. The movie just works. The acting is by no means Oscar worthy, but the film is so well crafted and the characters are well developed that it doesn’t matter. The movie is straight up fun. The movie starts off with a random group of guys in a van driving into the woods. The rest of the film shows us everything leading up to that point and how these individuals all came together. As I mentioned above, that’s pretty formulaic in terms of a zombie movie, as most zombie movies are, but the humor is what I think helps to separate this from the pack. The intended humor is there and works, but it’s that bit of unintentional humor that just popped for me. The film’s plot is made of following these five or six guys and eventually how they interact at the end when they reach their destination in the woods. There is a Cowboy character who stands out as the badass of the film, as a perfect shot kind of guy who never misses his target and has nothing to lose. The rest of the guys are pretty much normal everyday guys. To spoil the thing, everyone dies, which is badass. They all of course turn zombie and that just sticks to me as awesome. I don’t remember a zombie movie where every single character turns zombie and that was pretty cool to finally get to see. This movie is able to push back at the monotonous typical zombie movie storyline and ballsilly makes its own mark in the zombie world. If you are looking for a good time, this movie is it. -Muldoon

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  • Sept. 28, 2009, 4:11 a.m. CST

    First! A year later, how was Hell's Ground?

    by Pop_aristocrat

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 4:12 a.m. CST


    by AlchemicStrife

    Never had a first before. lol.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Everybody dies

    by Deucex

    Dead Set, the Brit Zombie Mini-series ended all zombie.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Hope it pumps up my 14 year old

    by ShiniGamiSan

    He's been working on a Zombie film, and we just got a new editing system here, and the blue and green screen rooms are clear allot for the next few months, so gonna use things like this to get him moving faster. His script wasn't that bad either, and I'm not going to really touch any of it, just help him with technical. His favorite movie was Shaun of the Dead, but the other day, he told me, it's now "Little Big Man", and I was kinda like, OK. Then he went into, that while the origininality of Citizen Kane photography and and lighting was what had made it his favorite, the story line, acting and camera work in "Little Big Man" he thought more watchable overall. Scares me what he'll be like at 16.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Let's SING this SONG together....

    by puppiesandicecream

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Don't give up the day job

    by Ray Gamma

    Worst written 'review' on AICN ever. I still know nothing about this film.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Everyone turns zombie? Yeah, been done.

    by V'Shael

    Off the top of my head, DEAD SET did that. I'm sure there's more, because it didn't even stand out at the time as "OMG, they're ALL zombies now!"

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Another Day, Another Zombie movie

    by ganymede3010

    I fucking hate zombie movies.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 5:43 a.m. CST

    This review brought to you by the biker chiks from this week's S

    by felwithe

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 6:31 a.m. CST

    You Like All Things Zombie? Check This Out!

    by Googolplex

    Any of you guys who are into zombie related stuff, check out this web-series called 'Zomblogalypse'. Made in England its a vlog-style improvised comedy series which is about to air it's season 2 finale. If you like it, show it to others or become the shows friend on Facebook. Anyway, here's the link to season 1, episode 1, enjoy!

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Why,.. she... had to GO? I don't know

    by ricarleite2

    She wouldn't stay

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Why can the Canadians

    by Powerring

    make a kick ass zombie movie for $25,000 and Romero completely fucking ruin a project for millions?

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Not a first

    by The StarWolf

    The 'everybody turns into a zombie" is not new. It was strongly implied that this happened to everyone at the end of the awful DAWN OF THE DEAD remake. But then, the characters behaved stupidly and paid for it. No symnpathies.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 8:07 a.m. CST

    So who do you root for?

    by stvnhthr

    Part of a rewarding zombie film experience is to root for the survivors; heroes overcoming overwhelming odds. Why would you care to see the zombies win? Because it is novel and different?

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Watch Dead Set for another brilliant zombie flick

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    And one where everyone gets Zomb'd out at the end :)

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Sorry, Muldoon...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...not new or fresh. If you were a fan of the genre you'd know that. Not saying that there's something lacking in you because you're not. You have to be willing to stand neck deep in a lot of cinematic shit to find gold in those graves. But it does keep you from writing reviews that end with..."And then you find out that Hank and Sally were...ADAM AND EVE." or "HE was the killer he was looking for!!!!"

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Horrible Review

    by djbmike81

    As someone else stated there was really no mention of what the movie was about besides zombies and "badassery," and to top it all off he spoils the ending. I had read a little about this film on the fantastic fest website, and was curious, but now that this dilhole has ruined the ending, I'll just wait for netflix now.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Bad review, Bad Muldoon

    by D.Vader

    No treat for you!

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Spoiler warning Please

    by Minaton

    Some of us can read more than one word at a time. In the future please highlight the fact you are going to give away the ending - well in advance.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 1:41 p.m. CST

    "one of the movies made back in the day with a VHS camcorder"

    by Toilet_Terror


  • Sept. 28, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Yeah, keep this Muldoon guy behind the scenes

    by carlanga

    until someone teaches him how to review a movie without spoiling it.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Hmmm...I smell a lawsuit from Paul McCartney...

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Friend of mine shot a zombie flick on Super 8

    by FlurryOfChocolateGlazedKrispyKremeDonuts

    Had a cheezy 70's vibe. Used Campbell's Chunky Soups as gore, we went through several cases. Even had an shotgunned exploding head scene. It was fun. Ah... high school.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 11:02 p.m. CST

    When you clicked on this story

    by MacReady452

    it had a Spoiler warning. Open up them peepers

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Digi scam

    by Celluloidhero

    "I totally respect the idea of shooting on film, but don't think the film vs. digital credibility contest even exists anymore..." Um, since when? You're writing on a site that is supposedly interested in the world of cinema, yet you dismiss, outright, and in one sentence, one of the biggest issues facing modern cinema... and that is the film vs. digital acquisition debate, yet you won't even go there. Clearly, the guys who made this film said that they shot on 16mm for a reason... but we'll never really know why they dismissed the over-hyped Red, or Genesis or other glorified video cams... all because you think it's not relevant! Not what I would call good journalism... but I guess that's never really been a strong point on this site.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST


    by Toilet_Terror

    Since when were horror films ever made using 'VHS camcorders'? Since when did people stop caring about film? This guy is either a complete maroon, or five.