Those with a voracious appetite for fresh variations on the zombie genre will lap up this juicy Belgian horror comedy about a virus outbreak in a run-down hospital offering cheap cosmetic surgery to desperate clients.
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The zombie film is forever springing back to life like some cheap jump scare. In the funny and grotesque Yummy, the playbook gets a new chapter with director Lars Damoiseaux’s lively Flemish take on the genre, drawing some fresh blood onto an already heavily coated crimson canvas.
Early signs of a splatter shit-storm on the horizon are apparent when a young couple travel to a dubious Eastern European hospital for some cosmetic surgery. Alison (Maaike Neuvillet), the girlfriend, wants a breast reduction while her surgery-addicted mother has also tagged along for yet another facelift. Eventually her boyfriend Michael (Bart Hollanders) wanders off to an abandoned area of the hospital, only to find a woman gagged and strapped to an operating table. She’s actually patient zero in a rejuvenation experiment and in releasing her, he unwittingly releases a virus that proceeds to infect and tear through all and sundry.
The film, much like its characters, resembles old flesh given a slick nip/tuck job via the talented hands of an up-and-coming European director. The end result is brimming with enough humour, outlandish gore and nudity to satiate the old-school horror cognoscenti and newcomers alike. — Ant Timpson
About the Filmmaker
Lars Damoiseaux is a writer and director born in The Netherlands. His short film Patient Zero (2016) was the basis for his feature debut, Yummy.