“Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings,” the latter part of which translates from Tagalog to “gay zombies,” is an unapologetically goofy horror comedy about a Filipino boy who taunts the homosexuals in his town until a drag queen curses him. Fifteen years later, on the cusp of his 21st birthday, drunk, ne’er-do-well Remington (Mart Escudero) finds he’s experiencing a life change: a full body shave, purple lingo (literally, the subtitles for his new slang are in purple script) and budding feelings for his best bud Jigs (Kerbi Zamora). He’s gay!
Remington’s new identity wouldn’t be so bad in his community of fluid sexuality if it weren’t for the serial killer on the loose with a bona fide gaydar — and his drag-queen victims who rise from the dead. All of this is ridiculously silly, of course, with low-rent special effects to boot. But you may laugh despite yourself as Remington’s body and newfound desires betray a lifetime of bigotry.
Just as Remington is ready to give up and accept his new lifestyle, his loved ones encourage him to be true to himself — that is, straight. Mixed message or clever reverse? From a film that portrays women in positions of power and strength (the police force is all ladies), one suspects the latter.
“Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings.”
MPAA rating: None.
Running time: 1 hour, 36 minutes.
Playing: At Laemmle NoHo 7, North Hollywood.