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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Animated French horror-comedy has some violence.

Movie NR 2017 78 minutes
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This has a somewhat interesting premise but doesn't quite deliver. Zombillénium isn't a bad movie, but it doesn't transcend any inevitable comparisons to Tim Burton movies. Even the self-aware Pixaresque ironical takes on vampires, demons, etc. feels shopworn by this point. And when the lead character Hector, newly dead, starts to transform into a demon, his resemblance to Hellboy is hard to ignore. While many of the big-picture comedy premises work, the sight gags and one-liners, more often than not, fall flat.

That said, it's a uniquely socialist satire on the undead. The idea of "class struggle" is a big source of the humor undergirding the entire story, with most of the undead either lurching around with a broom sweeping up after tourists or working the counters selling ice cream. The idea of Gretchen, the teen Goth girl who is also the Devil's daughter, working for the park as an unpaid intern is a rewarding joke that keeps on giving. These ideas are successfully executed in the movie, but these original concepts don't quite overcome all the aspects of the movie that are unoriginal.

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