Cinecoup is a Canadian project where independent filmmakers submit 60 second trailers for a chance to win 1 million dollars to make a full feature, and have it released at Cinecoup theatres across the country. And the cool thing about it is that, we, the fans, get to take part and dictate the voting It’s thanks to Cinecoup we have Wolfcop in our lives; but what will be the next cult classic in the making?
One of the entries in this years contest is Wasted, a slacker comedy with zombies. It revolves around a group of deadbeat friends as they drink terrible Canadian beer, smoke the drugs and discuss how they’d survive a zombie apocalypse. The star of the show is Mark, a stoned budding sociopath, who is not only convinced the zombie apocalypse is going to happen, but he’s actually looking forward to it. His friends – Sid, Steve and Anthony – are a little more grounded (and sober) than Mark, but not nearly as equipped.
In order to survive the end of mankind as they know it, a Zombie Survival Kit is a necessity; this kit has to include essential items such as a first aid kit, with bandages, rubbing alcohol and so on. Flash lights are also a requirement; as well as matches for light, cooking and smoking Mary Jane. But, the most important item of all is condoms, just in case you bump into a hot survivor – or decide to have sex with the undead. Personally, I’d take either at this point.
Mark also plans to drive around with an AK47, a chainsaw and a samurai sword in the trunk of his car, which makes sense since he’s the weapons and hunting expert of the group. Anthony, on the other hand will be their designated doctor because he ”looks like one”. due to him being Asian. Moreover, Steve will need to learn to become a mechanic, and from what we see of him fixing cars in their hypothetical discussion, he’ll need to become a better one, should an outbreak happen. Lastly, they’d need a builder, which would be Sid’s duty, and like his friends, he’s a fumbling mess of a man.
Their discussion is accompanied by animated diagrams of their plan, and live action scenes of their potential scenarios. There’s ample amounts of blood, explosions and walking undead to wet your appetite, but it’s the relationship between the characters that makes it engaging. They’re a loveable bunch of goons who seem to have it barely figured out.
I was treated to an exclusive of the 12 minute short film, which will hopefully light up many a festival in 2015, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The strength is in the characters: you could watch an entire movie of these guys just hanging out, getting drunk and talking nonsense and it’d be fantastic. I don’t know what they put in the beer over in Canada, but whatever the magic ingredient is, it’s inspired some good humoured genre pictures the past few years, and I have no doubt in my mind the guys at Retro Grave Productions will make many valuable contributions in the future. Just like the act of getting intoxicated, Wasted is mindless fun, filled with laughs, joy and imminent violence. 8/10
Written & Directed By:
Darrin Drugan, Steve Kasan, Samuel Lin, Satheesan Nagenthiram