Melvin (2009)

Melvin (2009)

I’ve seen dozens of low-budget zombie films over the years, most of them forgettable. Melvin, from 531 Productions and being distributed by Chemical Burn, is definitely a bright spot amongst them!Chemical Burn Entertainment's Logo

Melvin is a nerdy high school kid who is picked on by everyone- the cheerleaders, the punk rockers, and even his sister Wendy’s boyfriend. After a prank goes awry, Melvin is accidentally suffocated in the trunk of a car.

At the same time we meet Melvin, we are introduced to Norton, a nerdy college student whose life is basically identical to Melvin’s. He has a crush on Wendy, but he also gets picked on by the same punk rockers and the same boyfriend. It turns out Norton’s timeline is 3 years after the death of Melvin, and life hasn’t really changed all that much for the characters. While walking home from a party, Norton is attacked by the zombie of Melvin. He kills Melvin (for a second time), but is bitten in the process. Afterwards, Norton begins to see visions of the now twice-deceased Melvin telling him he was chosen to avenge Melvin’s life and those who made it so miserable. After initially refusing to help Melvin, Norton starts to see signs that he isn’t completely in control of his body at all times, and Melvin might just might be getting the retribution he craves.

Horror comedies are usually so hit or miss, but Melvin is definitely a hit. Even featuring aNorton cameo from the “Godfather of Independent Schlock”, Lloyd Kaufman, this is no run-of-the-mill Troma-esque movie. Melvin has just the right amount of humor spread throughout its fast-paced 63 minute run time, but unlike most indie flicks it doesn’t skip out on the dark horror. Add to this some well-done gore and special effects, some exceptional acting from leads Patrick O’Driscoll (Norton) and Lilly Maher (Wendy) and you have a piece of indie gold. Additionally, the movie-within-a-movie “Night Of The Driller Killer” was extremely well-made and is the kind of 70’s grindhouse-era movie I absolutely adore! (I would love to see that one made into a movie all its own someday)

For fans of zombies or comedies, or just well-made indie flicks, I gotta recommend picking up a copy of Melvin; it was a pleasant surprise that I’ve already enjoyed multiple times. I’m hoping to see more from director Henry Weintraub and 531 Productions as this was a true gem amongst independent horror films.

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Matt has been a fan of horror films since his first trip to the video store when he was transfixed by classic vhs cover art. Now he primarily enjoys films from the grindhouse era of the 70's and 80's, but holds a soft spot in in his heart for low budget flicks.

2 Responses to “Melvin (2009)”

  1. Hey, anyone knows where i can see this movie?

  2. I have not found any websites that stream Chemical Burn movies, and they are not available through netflix or blockbuster. As far as I can see DVD is the only options. You can pick it up at amazon for as little as $7, and I’d say it’s worth it.

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