This is the first review I've written for a movie this is also the first movie in years that has spoken to me as a woman by providing a strong female character whose position and struggles I both empathize and identify with.
I drove to Pittsburgh to the premiere of My Uncle John Is A Zombie. I didn't know very much about the film and had been invited by a friend. I didn't know what to expect and based on the review buy Eric E. Poe I did not have high expectations and I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised.
The movie starts out very much the same as the original Night Of The Living Dead and I settled in to watch what I expected to be another spin off or rehashing of the original. I couldn't have been more wrong.
John Russo was so funny as Uncle John. He put together a fun campy story and did a stellar job of writing, casting, and directing the movie But in every scene Cy-Fi dominated the screen. From her original eye catching wardrobe to her expressions communicating tangible emotions to her being the only character who behaved differently when faced with different situations. The interactions between her and Oscar are gold. I wish there would be more scenes with the two of them interacting. The interactions between her and Sarah French need better development, but her contempt and hostility towards the woman police officer is very much mirrors how many people feel about how the police allow dangerous criminals walk free due to sloppy work (a child molester in this instance) while harassing everyday people struggling to protect and provide for their families. As a single mother I identify with Cy-Fi's character in many ways. While she struggles to care for her aging uncle while providing for her family. It's struggle I know very well.
As a feminist I can't say enough good about the majority of the main characters being female and not being cheaply exploited. Good actresses or not, it's refreshing to see women taken seriously instead of being used as fan service to keep male interest. All of the female characters were written as strong, confident, and intelligent women.
The really bad: Whomever was in charge of continuity for the script did an awful job, You can tell that have the scenes for the female reporter where shot at an entirely different time. The drastic changes in her hair color make the time line for her character's involvement extremely confusing. I'm still not clear as to when the scene of her standing in front of the brick wall is supposed to fit in, same with the extremely choppy and awkward scene between the Reporter and Sarah French in the dressing room. In several scenes it seems like the dialogue was just chopped up and carelessly slapped together this negatively affects the momentum of the film.
The most touching part of the entire experience was actually meeting Cy-Fi. The premiere was on her birthday, and she event invited me to come to the restaurant with them afterwards. It might not seem like a big deal to everyone, but that was the first time a movie star has talked to me without my having paid. Sadly I had to get home to my son, I don't like leaving him with a sitter past midnight. Then her and some of her friends walked me the three blocks to my car in the cold in formal wear. She'd just met me and was willing to take time out of her busy schedule to see that I got there safely.
I know these reviews are supposed to be about the movie, but Cy-Fi made my experience memorable. It's rare to see a person of her status honestly care about the safety of a stranger.
Review by RorryC from the Internet Movie Database.