Original Release Date: April 6, 2005
Run Time: 77 minutes
This is the first viewing I’ve ever had of a zombie movie that came out of Ireland, and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised.
“Boy Eats Girl” was clearly made in response to the success of 2004’s smash zom-com hit “Shaun of the Dead.” While this film obviously didn’t reach the same heights (in either exposure or quality), it does have some great high points and great takes on a lot of ideas that other zombie movies don’t pull off as effectively.
The movie tells the tale of Nathan, your average high school student that is a bit of a dork, and who is secretly in love with his classmate hottie, Jessica. After a particularly disastrous night where he not only fails to connect with Jessica but also mistakes her for fooling around with one of the “popular” school boys, he debates hanging himself, even going so far as to stand on a chair in his room with the noose around his neck. When his mother opens his bedroom door, knocking him off the chair and actually hanging him, she is so distraught she’ll do anything to bring him back – including using a strange voodoo book she found in the catacombs of the church she works at. Nathan reanimates and seems normal enough – except for that odd hungry feeling in his stomach…