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A Cadaver Christmas (2011) is a Christmas-themed horror/comedy directed by Joe Zerull for Natural Wipe Films. Written by Daniel Rairdin-Hale, Joe Zerull and Hanlon Smith-Dorsey. Starring Dan Hale, Hanlon Smith-Dorsey, Yosh Hayashi; also starring Ben Hopkins, Jessica Denney, Andrew Harvey, and Michael Kennedy.

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the Lab, not a creature was stirring, except for the cadavers! When a biology professor’s Christmas Eve experiment goes horribly awry, it’s up to the university’s janitor to mop up the mess… But dealing with the undead may be a job even the best janitor can’t keep under control. After a quick beer at the local bar, the Janitor suddenly finds himself back at Mt. Peacemore University along with a bartender, a depressed drunk, a disgraced cop, his creepy perp and an overly ambitious student security guard.

Armed with nothing but oddly effective holiday decorations they must all work together to find the professor, re-kill the cadavers, and save the world… all by Christmas morning. And like every good Zombie Christmas movie, they also learn a little about friendship and the holiday spirit along the way.

This soon-to-be Christmas classic is a delightful blend of holiday gore and zombie cheer, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face when you’re not turning away in disgust- just like holidays with the family. A cross between “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Night of the Living Dead” – “A Cadaver Christmas” tells the story of an unlikely band of heroes given the task of saving the world from an army of living corpses that are quickly recruiting new members. The dead have been given the gift of life this Christmas, and it’s up to the janitor to take it back!

Not rated. 85 minutes. Watch the trailer #2 here …

Watch the trailer #2 on Vimeo (here), and trailer #3 (here).

A Cadaver Christmas was originally a short movie “made during the 2006 48 hour film project’s first ever Fall ShootOut. Sponsored by Sam Adams beer.” Watch the original short movie (here).

Film links: website/Facebook

My thoughts… A Cadaver Christmas is an awesome Grindhouse-inspired zombie -umm, I mean cadaver- comedy! It’s bloody, funny and retro! The film’s grainy stock, ’70s automobiles and rotary dial phones are as much a part of this film’s charm as the wonderful performances! I especially loved adorable actress Jessica Denney [the only girl in the film – other than a few zombies!] as adorable student security guard Kristen! I hate, however, that she was killed off and turned into a zombie so soon! A Cadaver Christmas has more zombies and more Christmas cheer than that domestic drama Silent Night, Zombie Night (2009)!

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