Night of the Living Jews
PAPA Phillip Levine
SALLY Sierra DeCrosta
JAMES Adam Forrest
MAMA Alexandra Angeloch
JOHN LIEBOWITZ Nate Earl
Night of the Living Jews Smacks you on the Head with Every Jewish Stereotype, then forces those stereotypes down your throat amid an extermination plot that backfires into Zombie Invasion.
Heeb Magazine is a Jewish publication by and for the Jewish community that represents the jibbing and wit of, primarily, New York City Jews. Heeb is not without humor; the issue that accompanied my advance copy of Night of the Living Jews, the horror/comedy short produced by the mag, includes features such as “The Big Penis Book” literary review and a Jewish pinup calendar portraying lovely bathing beauties on the beach surrounded by attacking shellfish or coyly munching on matzo. Oy vey!
The film begins with a “typical” gentile family saying grace before digging into the evening meal. Suddenly there is a noise outside – “Honey, there are Jews on the lawn!” It appears that a devious plot to do away with the members of a small Jewish community by tainting matzo with a deadly virus has backfired. On the first day of Passover the community of Jews does not perish as planned but instead become deadly zombies hungering for human flesh.
A handsome stranger rides to the rescue, on his lawn tractor, with a plan to save the family; attack them with the one thing that a Jew cannot survive… a bacon cheeseburger! The ultimate in non-Kosher food is the only hope for the terrified family, as long as they can track down the Rabbi and shoot this non-Kosher grease-burger into his heart! Oh the pain!
Night of the Living Jews is an irreverent spoof of the Romero-esque zombie flick that does not take a second to consider political correctness. The characters are appropriately stereotypical and the zombies are deadly and sinister – especially when they are hoisting one and other above the crowd in wedding chairs. The one thing that I am not certain of is whether there are hidden deep and significant meanings and symbolisms inherent in the film.
Is Attack of the Living Jews a veiled statement on the eternalness of the Jewish people? Should the entire world watch this film and have a new realization that any attempt to harm the Jews will result in a backlash of horrific proportions? Perhaps the message is that, even in the face of certain death and global annihilation, one should always stop the fighting long enough to hock a quick boob-feel.
Whether or not there is a meaningful life-lesson encapsulated in Night of the Living Jews the film is a hilarious romp through zombie Jewland… the perfect prequel to a night of movie watching with friends. There are also two important lessons to be learned from this film; NEVER tamper with matzo, especially with Passover approaching and it is always good to have a pet pot-bellied pig around the house… just in case.