Those wacky Germans! Just when you think all they’ve got to offer is great beer, killer cars, gorgeous women, and artery-clogging sausages, they go and drop this bomb on us!
Yes, the laugh-out-loud funny “Night of the Living Dorks” proves they’ve got a pretty wicked sense of humor, too (as if their love of David Hasselhoff wasn’t enough to suggest that).
Philip (Mewes), Wurst (Cortez), and Konrad (Schmieder) are three hapless geeks who spend much of their time playing video games, smoking weed, and fantasizing about women they can’t have. Philip is especially obsessed with his Uschi, the most popular girl in school, and also the girlfriend of macho jock, Wolf. Philip asks Uschi to the school’s big dance, but is both verbally and physically beaten down by her and Wolf, leading him to desperate measures.
He recruits his Goth neighbor Rebecca (played by the outrageously attractive Collien Fernandes) and her friends to craft a spell to win over Uschi, completely oblivious to the fact that Rebecca is in love with him. When the three boys go to the cemetery to meet Rebecca and her friends, they interrupt the Goth’s attempts at raising the dead, and end up covered in a mysterious powder imported for the ceremony.
Later, the three boys get in what should be a fatal car crash, only to find themselves waking up in the county morgue. When the guys realize what has happened to them, they decide to use their newfound zombie powers to right all the wrongs in their lives. However, when things go to far, the boys must find a way to reverse the curse, lest they succumb to the flesh eating desires of the dead!
Night of the Living Dorks plays out like the lovechild of Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Idle Hands, with a little bit of John Hughes-style heart thrown in for good measure. It’s a fast, funny, gorey, and thoroughly enjoyable flick that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the best of the horror comedies. The film sports a very likeable cast, especially Fernandes who’s not only easy on the eyes, but displays a great sense of comic timing and vulnerability that recalls Cameron Diaz’ star turn in The Mask. This is the sort of actress that has international superstar written all over her.
Anchor Bay, who has been really cranking out some great stuff of late, offers Night of the Living Dorks on a fairly well-stocked DVD that features both German and English audio tracks (watch the German one, people. Subtitles are your friends!), a making-of featurette (in German with English subz), a blooper reel, deleted scenes, and more.
The German answer to Shaun of the Dead, Night of the Living Dorks is sure to satisfy fans of zomb-coms, as well as anyone looking for a throwback to the classic 80’s teen romps without the bad hairstyles and Member’s Only jackets. Some jokes get a little lost in translation, but this is still funnier than a boatload of Adam Sandler movies. Definitely pick this one up!