Directed by: Lars Damoiseaux | 85 minutes | action, comedy | Actors: Maaike Neuville, Bart Hollanders, Benjamin Ramon, Clara Cleymans, Annick Christiaens, Eric Godon, Joshua Rubin, Taeke Nicolaï, Tom Audenaert, Noureddine Farihi, Dimitri ‘Vegas’ Thivaios, Louise Bergez, Stijn Van Opstal, Isabelle van Hecke, Hannelore Vens
A Belgian ‘Braindead’: did we need it? After seeing ‘Yummy’ the answer is simple. Yes! We can really use this sympathetic horror outfit. Especially now! Director Lars Damoiseaux has made a great debut that will hopefully reach a large audience. Only the commendation on the cover deserves praise. “Facelifts, boob jobs and… zombies”: this does the trick.
In ‘Yummy’ you meet a young couple. The girl (Maaike Neuville) is weighed down by her large breasts, causing her back problems and wrong attention. Her boyfriend goes with her – and his mother-in-law – to an Eastern European clinic for a breast reduction. Malief wants to undergo a whole series of procedures for a small price. It soon turns out that cheap turns out to be expensive. The clinic is overrun with zombies. Stem cell manipulation and other dubious things have led to this.
‘Yummy’ has a nice tempo. It doesn’t take long before things go wrong. Well wrong. Damoiseaux has created a true spectacle with a modest budget (half a million euros). The special effects are practical, convincing and downright gross. The blood flies through it in liters and amputations are not uncommon. The mutilations are also creative. Something about a very painful incident involving a recently lengthened penis, reverse liposuction and a pinched hand, for example. The humor is nice and graphic and pubescent. Fans of filth can indulge themselves.
Unfortunately, not everything is cake and egg. ‘Yummy’ is an unbalanced film. The atmosphere changes from brutal and nasty horror to chilly horror comedy. So that doesn’t work. At times, this movie is pitch black in tone, while a scene later you’re laughing at an idiotic death scene. The finale, for example, is in stark contrast to a ridiculous sex scene in a basement. It is difficult to empathize with caricatures and to care about them. Nevertheless, highly recommended!