Boy Eats Girl (2005) 1 brain1 brainhalf brain

Boy Eats Girl is an enjoyable enough movie, but doesn't really bring anything original to the screen. One can't help drawing comparisons between it and Night of the Living Dorks, another teen zombie comedy romance, just as formulaic, but also well-done enough to be fun to watch. Yet again we have the power trio of social outcasts, Nathan (David Leon), Diggs (Tadhg Murphy), and Henry (Laurence Kinlan), who just want to get laid, find love, or some variation thereof. Nathan is pining after long-time friend Jessica (Samantha Mumba) while trying to avoid the advances of the school slut, so that her boyfriend doesn't thrash him. Through a series of mishaps and misunderstandings, Nathan ends up dead before he can tell Jessica how he feels, and his distraught mother turns to an old voodoo book she found in the local church to bring him back. Unfortunately, the book has been damaged, so the spell doesn't quite work as intended. He comes back, but with a craving for human flesh. He manages to control it, mostly, but in a fit of anger he bites a classmate who has less restraint, and the zombie plague begins.

It seems to be a pattern in these types of movies that the "good" boys and girls have more ability to resist the flesh-eating urges than their more jaded, more morally bankrupt classmates. The fact that anybody can resist indicates that these aren't true zombies, since there is still a sense of self at first, but after they give in to the urge to feed, the end result is pretty much the same, so it seems permissible to let it slide. But the question of how the good boy/girl is able to resist gets back to the moralizing at the core of much horror: straying from the moral path makes you more susceptible to evil dangers, and remaining pure of heart can get you to the end of the film.

Despite the films other shortcomings, director Stephen Bradley gets solid performances from the whole cast, and the effects are imaginative and well-done. Bradley also knows how to add the little touches here and there that give the film its own life. Particularly fun to watch are Diggs and Henry as they run around together, trying to stay alive in the zombie-infested town.

This film isn't memorable, but it's a solid piece of work and will probably entertain you for its short running time (1 hr, 12 min). Which, now that I think about it, is more than a lot of zombie films can say.