Night Of The Living Dorks (2004)

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Three not-so-cool school friends decide to try a old voodoo ritual. Later, they die in a car accident, but live on as zombies. But being a zombie has advantages, too... --IMDb
Tino Mewes
Tino Mewes
Manuel Cortez
Manuel Cortez
Thomas Schmieder
Thomas Schmieder
Collien Ulmen-Fernandes
Collien Ulmen-Fernandes
Hendrik Borgmann
Hendrik Borgmann
Review by Chad
Added: June 07, 2007
It seems as though the zombie-comedy is the new 'it' thing in the world of horror, thanks in no small part to the success of Shaun of the Dead. Some of these followers have been excellent (why do we still not have an official US release of Boy Eats Girl?!), while others have been... well, let's just say "less than stellar" to avoid getting nasty. When I heard about Germany getting in on the act with their release of Night of the Living Dorks, I thought that it sounded a little too far out there to work properly. Damn, was I ever wrong.

Our story centers around the titular dorks - ringleader Philip (Tino Mewes), stoner Wurst (Manuel Cortez), and ultra-geek Konrad (Thomas Schmieder) - and their quest for world peace, an end to world starvation, and a car in every garage. Actually, Philip just wants to get into the pants of the school hotty, Uschi (Nadine Germann, who has got to be the ugliest "hotty" that I've ever seen - I hate to be rude, but it had to be said). This leads the gang to uber-goth Rebecca (Collien Fernandes) and her voodoo-loving friends who promise that, with a simple spell, Philip can have Uschi all over him in no time flat. There's two minor problems with this arrangement, however. First and foremost, Rebecca has a huge crush on Philip and wants nothing more than for him to ask her out, and she only agrees to help him score with another woman in order to keep him happy. How sweet. The second problem is that a sudden gust of wind screws up the spell by blowing the zombie ashes away from the spell circle and all over our lovable dorks. Don't you hate when that happens?

The dorks decide to give up the voodoo and try more conventional methods, so they pile into Wurst's van and head for home. However, thanks to their bong acting up and filling the van with smoke, they end up driving straight into a tree and dying... but thanks to being covered in the zombie dust, they come back to life as - you guessed it! - the walking undead. What do they want now? Brains? Human flesh? Forget that - these dorks want pussy, pot, and revenge on all of the people who mocked them in high school.

Screw subtlety, I'm just going to come right out and say it: I loved the hell out of every last minute of this film. This is due to the fact that it works on so many levels; the comedy is funny, nay, hilarious, the storyline is engrossing from start to finish, and there's also a splash of the sex comedy style of film that was made so famous by the likes of Porky's. There's even some teen romance to be found that probably won't pull any tears from the audience, but it definitely works well enough so that it'll have you rooting for the leading lovers to realize that they're perfect for one another.

I was also particularly impressed by the acting abilities of these leading men (please, for the love of God, avoid the dubbed version of the film). These three guys came across as seasoned veterans by way of their abilities to make a so-so joke hilarious and a hilarious joke into something downright classic. From their line delivery to their body language to their facial expressions, these guys were definitely on top of their games here. I also enjoyed the performance by Collien Fernandes and wished that she had received just a little more time than what she did, as her character could have been particularly memorable with a few more lines and an added scene or two.

If you enjoyed Porky's or American Pie and want to see how those two films would have played out with a couple of zombies in the leading roles, pick this one up - you definitely won't regret it. 9/10.
Cryptorchild #1: Cryptorchild - added 06/07/2007, 06:47 AM
Thank you for reviewing this movie. I loved it to death. Not too much blood or gore but the humor makes up for it. It's like Can't Hardly Wait and Idle Hands, just with zombies. Great movie.
Tristan #2: Tristan - added 11/17/2007, 08:39 PM
Aside from a few lame gags at the end, this movie was pretty much flawless. I haven't watch a comedy this good in quite awhile, and certainly not one with zombies. And like Chad said, avoid the dubbed version. Lucky me, I watched that one first, and the people they used for it are terrible. 9/10
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