“They wanted to look yummy. They do” and “Facelifts, boob jobs and… zombies!” are just two of the catch lines they have used to advertise the horror and comedy flick Yummy (2019). And, indeed, they are catchy. In the movie, a girl, her mother and her boyfriend arrive at a disreputable clinic in Eastern Europe to undergo different kinds of plastic surgery. But at the same time, the center is testing an experimental cell rejuvenation treatment that leads to the unintended outbreak of a zombie infection. But let’s take a deeper look at it.
Yummy (2019) is an orgy of blood, violence and fun in which a young couple travels to a shabby Eastern European hospital for plastic surgery. The young woman wants a breast reduction. Her mother comes along for yet another face-lift. Wandering through an abandoned ward the boyfriend stumbles upon a young woman, gagged and strapped to an operating table; she is the result of experimental rejuvenation treatment. He frees her but does not realize he just caused the outbreak of a virus that will change doctors, patients and his mother-in-law into bloodthirsty zombies.
It is said that Yummy (2019) is the first Belgian zombie film. But, really? There is not another one out there? I can’t think of one at the moment, but it’s kinda surprising, no? The movie is the debut feature film of director Lars Damoiseaux, who was also the co-writer together with Eveline Hagenbeek. Maaike Neuville, Bart Hollanders, Benjamin Ramon, Clara Cleymans, Annick Christiaens, Eric Godon, Joshua Rubin, and Taeke Nicolaï form the main cast.
Although the movie was released in Belgium in 2019 and it is already available on DVD and on-demand via Shudder, it is having a second life running on several film festivals this year. It has been part of Fantasy Filmfest in Germany, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea, and Imagine Film Festival in the Netherlands this summer, and it will also take part in L’Absurde Séance Festival in France and Sitges Film Festival in Catalunya in October. Here you can watch the trailer for Yummy (2019).
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