Directed by: Martin Owen
Written by: Piers Ashworth
Starring: Max Harwood, Ben Miller, Susan Wokoma, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Ashley Benson, Evan Ross
Grimmfest Characteristic by: Darren Tilby
Synopsis: After the tragic lack of his mom, Oliver is threatened with state custody except he can discover a new household. And so Oliver does simply that… by digging one up on the native cemetery. He should now persuade the social staff that he has discovered the right household – who simply occur to be decomposing… A contemporary fairytale – with zombies.
Grimmfest say: We all know what you’re considering: Ho hum…One more British horror-comedy about zombies… However set these preconceptions apart proper now. That is one thing genuinely surprising; a sweet-natured fairytale concerning the want for household assist and social acceptance, impressed by some of the notoriously disturbing legal instances in historical past. An orphaned, unstable, otherworldly mom’s boy is launched from the asylum, to return to the home the place he grew up, solely to start out exhuming corpses from the native graveyard to function his new family and friends. Sound acquainted? Yep, you bought it. However whereas the story would possibly resemble that of Ed Gein, the fashion and tone are nearer to EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, owing much more to Tim Burton than to Hitchcock or Tobe Hooper, because the reanimated corpses turn out to be an actual household and assist the hapless protagonist to rebuild his life, in an ideal, retro-styled, pastel-candy-coloured suburban dwelling. It’s as if Gein’s psychotic delusions had taken the type of a Nineteen Sixties American sitcom. This isn’t America, however a bizarro Fifties British fantasy model, a form of Transatlantic Otherworld, whereby the 2 cultures can conflict and cross-pollinate, and just about something can occur, nonetheless inconceivable or unbelievable. Balancing wry style knowingness with broad black comedy and a streak of pure grotesquerie, sharply performed by a advantageous solid, and packed filled with quirky, eccentric element and sheer wilful oddness, it’s a movie of (sur)actual allure.
What I am anticipating: But once more, the great of us at Grimmfest are proper: there are too many British horror comedies about zombies. The truth is, I would argue that, resulting from oversaturation within the movie business, zombie movies, on the whole, have gotten slightly tiresome. Nonetheless, The Loneliest Boy within the World sounds very attention-grabbing. The concept to take, as its basis, the deeply disturbing story of Ed Gein and infuse it with the good-natured allure of Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands is both genius or insanity. However I do not assume anybody does “black comedy” fairly just like the British! Finally, I envision this being extra akin to the Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe movie, Swiss Military Man, in its use of surrealist themes to inform a melancholy however candy story concerning the human want for mates, household, and acceptance. In the long run, The Loneliest Boy within the World’s success will possible come right down to good writing and performances to actually convey the characters to life (sorry!). I’ve my fingers crossed for this one, as I believe it has the potential to be one thing very particular.