Writer: Nicolas Peufailit (Screenplay) Tristan Schulmann, Quoc Dang Tran, Marie Garel Weiss, Ismael Sy Savane, Laetitia Trapet (Scenario)
Starring: Alban Lenoir, Charlie Bruneau, Tiphaine Daviot, Ahmen Sylla, Bruno Salomone, Patrick Ligardes
Plot: Returning to his hometown for the first time since his big money move to the professional leagues, Sam Lorit expects a joyful homecoming and a routine cup-game victory. But with the zombie outbreak fueling bitter rivalries, the players and their entourage are dragged into a brutal game for their lives.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Film of Twi Halves
Story: Goal of the Dead starts as French football team Olympique De Paris are returning to once star player Sam Lorit (Lenoir) Caplongue for a cup match which has captured the headlines from around the nation. Sam gets welcomed back like a traitor while the rest of the team get mixed reception, Solene (Bruneau) is putting together a story about the returning fixture 17 years after Sam made the impact which got him signed which the town hasn’t forgotten him moving on.
Sam find enemies in the opposite team, crowd, the officials and his own team with new star man Idriss Diago (Sylla). When chaos breaks out on the pitch it turns into a battle to survive as the zombies start piling up searching for human flesh.
Thoughts on Goal of the Dead
Story – When it comes to zombie films there never really is much to the story only the change in setting and this while shot to be two parts to make it longer than it needs to be does give us a great survival horror second half after building the characters in the first half. If you are a fan of the zombie genre you will enjoy this one even if the story isn’t the most original.
Comedy/Horror – We get good laughs at the football hooligans in this film, we also get to look at how people see football be it fans, players or managers and how quickly they will sale out which also adds to the comedy. The horror comes from the seemingly endless amounts of zombies coming for the survivors.
Characters/Performance – The characters in this film are what you would expect from any zombie film with the reluctant hero, the love interest and the weasel like character and so on. The performances are not going to win any awards but they are all good for the style of this film.
Settings – Most of the settings are in and around the small football stadium where the fans and players are the zombies. This gives us the trapped location we like from all the zombie movies out there.
Special Effects – The zombie special effects are all good here and like many zombie films trying to do something original with the look and creation of zombies.
Final Thoughts – This is a film you can have a lot of fun watching so I would be recommending it to you all.
Overall: Sometimes you just want to have fun watching a film and this gives you that if you are a zombie film fan.