he residents of Thorsby Alabama are discovering that it’s a matter of life and death as hordes of the undead have risen from their graves, flying saucers are abducting the residents, and Chuck has to deal with people renting all of his zombie movies at his video store, so they can find out how to survive the zombie apocalypse.
It’s just another day at Chuck’s video store with crazy customers calling in requesting zombie movies, which leads him into an argument as to whether or not The Evil Dead is a zombie movie. Soon, Chuck is attacked by a zombie, whom he thinks is just a homeless guy. He knocks the zombie in the head with a VCR with Night of the Living Dead inside, and drags the corpse to the police station. Afterwards, he leaves the corpse at the station and goes to get some breakfast, where he has to enlighten the cashier that Coke is better than Pepsi. Eventually, Chuck finds himself trapped with other Thorsby residents as legions of the undead are surrounding the town.
Zombie films come out all the time, and usually there aren’t many that are that great. It’s even more unlikely that a zombie film would come from the state of Alabama. What exactly is Alabama known for? It’s definitely not filmmaking, much less zombie films, and quality ones at that! Being from Alabama, there’s not much that goes on around here, and this is definitely a warm welcome to our little state.
Hide and Creep is a smart flick that knows where it comes from and pays homage to the zombie films before it. However, it manages to be its own film, with hilarious Alabama in jokes. One of my favorite scenes was when Chuck argues with the TV reporter for turning off the Alabama vs Auburn game to report on the zombie outbreak in Thorsby.
Hide and Creep was shot on 16mm with roughly a 20,000 dollar budget. The acting is good and the quality is very well done. There were a few problems with the film, but a little bit more editing could fix that. Another film that was shot in Alabama was Alice’s Misadventures in Wonderland. It was fun to sit there and notice all of these actors who were also involved with that film, involved with this one.
Overall, I highly recommend you checking out Hide and Creep. As of right now, it’s only touring film festivals, so if you find this film at a festival near you, be sure to check it out. It’s a fun hour and a half and definitely something worth catching a few times! I give it an 8 out of 10.