The Horror Honeys: Short Film Review: CHOMP ~ Eat up Zombie Boy!

Short Film Review: CHOMP ~ Eat up Zombie Boy!

A Guest Honey Short Film Spotlight by Tonjia Atomic

I recently got the chance to see Lynne Hansen’s short zombie film, Chomp and it charmed me. It’s difficult to describe it without giving too much away, but basically it’s the story of Millie, a retired woman who is obsessed with zombies, or “z”s as she calls them. Her obsession has been fuelled by a celebrity zombie expert Dr. Jon Croft. The film opens and closes with bookend segments of Dr. Croft’s zombie show. Dr. Croft, hilariously played by Joel D. Wynkoop, serves to set the scene and act as the punchline for the movie.

The movie centers around Millie, played by Susan O’Gara, and her “zombie” that she kidnaps and keeps in the garage. Millie is delightfully morbid. The zombie, solidly portrayed by Kyle Porter, spends his time trying to convince Millie to let him go. Zombies aren’t real right? Or are they? The movie is funny and refreshingly against the trend of current indie horror films. The colors are warm and surprisingly the production value is quite beautiful at times. There are also a few genuine gross out moments as well.

All in all Chomp is an enjoyable short that I’m glad I got the chance to see. This is Lynne Hansen’s first attempt at filmmaking and proves to be a successful one. I honestly can’t wait to see more from this talented first-time director. 

Director’s Statement
When a woman is held captive by a maniac, you sympathize immediately with her plight. How will she ever be able to escape such an intimidating foe? Too often, though, the stories end up being excuses to torture a skimpily clad, big-busted woman of questionable intelligence. The forgettable girl ends up being just “the victim” and it’s always the villain you gleefully tell your friends about after the credits roll. 
With Chomp, I wanted to make a movie that turned the tables on the stereotype, putting a young man in jeopardy in a circumstance that seemed impossible to escape. And I wanted to pit him against a non-traditional villain–Millie, the sweetest, most twisted little old lady you’d never want to meet. Chomp is Misery meets Saw if Annie Wilkes had wanted a zombie.

Tonjia Atomic is a frequent Guest Honey contributor and is a filmmaker, musician, and freelance writer. You can find out more about her at www.tonjiaatomic.comor connect at Twitter!