director Andrew Currie
Fido is a kinder, gentler zombie comedy. Less gore (though not gore-free), with a softer spot in its heart than one might expect.
Fido does come from 2006, four years before TV’s The Walking Dead would create a zombie ubiquity in our universe. Fido also, somewhat significantly, comes from Canada, which may account for aspects of its slightly unusual bent.
Opening on a mock 1950’s-style newsreel that tells the origin of the film’s personal zombie apocalypse, we are brought into this suburban fantasy, the nuclear family, in a world that survived the zombie apocalypse and has ways of neutralizing and enslaving zombies. Director/co-writer Andrew Currie riffs on this Leave It to Beaver era North American town and the culture of it and below it.
Carrie-Anne Moss is a welcome presence as “the Mom” and Billy Connolly plays “Fido”, the zombie that the family has taken in as a status symbol and eventual family pet.
While it doesn’t begin to achieve greatness, it rarely flags from being affable and likable.