“Thanks to Zomcon we can all become productive members of society, even after we die. Or for those who can afford it, a Zomcon funeral complete with head-coffin, guarantees you a burial that you won’t come back from.”
Fido is a 2006 Canadian zombie comedy film directed by Andrew Currie.
The film takes place in a 1950s-esque alternate universe where radiation from space has turned the dead into zombies. This resulted in the “Zombie Wars”, where humanity battled zombies to prevent a zombie apocalypse. With humanity the ultimate victor. The radiation still plagues humanity, as all those who die after the original contamination turn into the undead. Unless the dead body is disposed of by decapitation or cremation. In order to continue living normal lives, communities are fenced with the help of a governing corporation named ZomCon. ZomCon provides collars with accompanying remote controls. They control the zombies’ hunger for flesh so as to use them as slaves or servants.
In the town of Willard housewife Helen Robinson (Carrie-Anne Moss) buys a zombie in spite of her husband Bill’s (Dylan Baker) zombie phobia. Bill had to kill his own father who had become a zombie and tried to eat his son’s flesh, so naturally he finds their presence unsettling. Their son, Timmy (K’Sun Ray), befriends the zombie, naming him “Fido” (Billy Connolly). One day, Fido’s collar malfunctions and he kills their next door neighbour, who turns into a zombie. Timmy “kills” the zombified neighbour later. But not before she kills and infects another person, causing a small outbreak. ZomCon security forces quell the situation and then investigate what caused the outbreak.
When a pair of local bullies are blamed for the missing neighbour, they capture Fido and Timmy. Fido escapes and runs to find Helen. She comes and rescues Timmy from the bullies (who, through misadventure and Fido’s hunger for human flesh, are now zombies), and they try to forget about the whole thing. Several days later, the neighbour’s body is found and the murder is traced back to Fido He’s taken away to ZomCon where the public is told he will be destroyed.
Can Timmy rescue Fido or will his best pal be put down for good?
More of a comedy than a horror, what Fido lacks in gore it more than makes up with in laughs. A homage to the era of the 50’s and the sci fi pulp fiction that came with it, Fido is a film all of its own – with a few nods here and there. It’s criminal that this movie is unheard of as it definitely deserves to have a following. From the cheesy lines, to the sweetness this film brings, it feels almost family friendly. The most surprising part for me was discovering that Fido is played by Billy Connolly! Without his trademark facial hair, he becomes a new man. And it’s a true testament to his loveable nature that he’s able to worm his way into your heart without saying a single word.
Overall, Fido is a good-natured zombie comedy which will leave your heart feeling full. With its wonderful cast and quality black comedy. You may think you know everything about zombies, but you haven’t seen Fido.