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Colin (DVD Review)

17 Oct, 2010 By: John Latchem

Street 10/19/10
Walking Shadows
$19.95 DVD, $29.95 two-DVD set
Not rated.
Stars Alastair Kirton.

British filmmaker Marc Price seems to have created an underground stir with Colin, a zombie film that has been generating buzz since hitting Cannes in 2009. The primary reason seems to be the marketing hook that the film was made on a budget of just $75.

Using an old camera and actors recruited from the Internet to cut costs, Price was able to make a very interesting movie that looks to have made the most of its limited resources. The budget claim of $75 would probably have to involve thousands of dollars worth of donated services and some creative accounting.

The film itself is a thinly veiled homage to Night of the Living Dead. An outbreak of zombies devastates society, and a young man named Colin becomes one of them. The film follows him around the city as he begins to adjust to a life of instinct and eating flesh.

Unlike another zombie POV movie, Aaah! Zombies!, this film maintains a serious tone. Dialogue is kept to a minimum, and Price compensates for his lack of production values by establishing a consistently dark mood, using tight shots to create intimacy and a feeling of claustrophobia.

Colin is most interesting in its last half-hour or so, when the movie introduces squads of zombie hunters trying to rid the world of the menace. Colin of course manages to escape and continues to wander through the city, giving us a better chance to learn about his plight in a tragic turn has become a hallmark of indie filmmaking.

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