Friday, 7 February 2014

High School of the Dead (2010)

This is the fan serviest fan service that ever served fans.

Now generally, fan service annoys me. It feels dishonest to me (not to mention juvenile and sexist). It's basically the creators of the work admitting that they don't think their product is worth viewing on its own merits, so they threw in some pandering to try to keep you interested

In Highschool of the Dead, it's still juvenile and sexist, but it's so gleefully, unrestrainedly over the top about it, so blatant and absurd, that I cannot help but feel a grudging admiration. It also doesn't have that whiff of dishonesty to it. Fan service pretty much is the product. There are at least twelve instances in the opening credits.

The plot? Oh yeah. Takeshi is on the roof of his high school, moping about the girl who dumped him to date his best friend, when the zombie apocalypse happens. Takeshi, his ex, and four others (three of them beautiful women, surprise surprise) must stay alive in the chaos. Fortunately our hero is a born survivor, the other guy is a gun expert (from playing computer games), while most of the women are as improbably deadly as they are improbably buxom. They spend the twelve episodes of the show flashing their panties, falling out of their tops, and slaughtering zombies by the truck load.

I mean, come on, this is a show where the line 'You used my boobs as a brace for an AK-47!' is perfectly sensible. How can I not love it just a little?

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