There have been a lot of takes on the zombie genre, most of them deal with the outbreak and subsequent fight for survival. Few have dealt with life after such a horrible incident, but Spoiler does it and does it well. This short film shows what life might be like after a zombie outbreak, but in this case the living have won and now measures have been put into place to prevent another spread of the virus.
The job of Coroner has changed since the worldwide infection. Now Tommy Rossman doesn’t just come to collect the dead. He comes to make sure you really are dead. Or to help you get there.
Here we have a world that has dealt with a zombie outbreak and survived. Civilization and infrastructure haven’t broken down, the planet isn’t overrun with flesh eating undead, and people still live their lives pretty much like they always have. The major difference here is that extreme measures have been put in place to both detect and contain any viral outbreaks.
This riveting tale follows Los Angeles coroner Tommy Rossman as he deals with a couple and their infant daughter while the wife suffers from the virus. It’s an extremely tense story that focuses more on the human impact than the violence and gore. We’re shown the psychological effects of life in a world where the threat of a zombie outbreak is very real. It’s not easy or pretty.
The full short is below, but before you watch it I must warn you that there is some profanity, although used sparingly. Spoiler has won no less than 12 awards from various film festivals and is a thoroughly engrossing tale that’s just a bit different from most zombie stories. I recommend watching it in full screen mode.
The zombie apocalypse happened — and we won.
But though society has recovered, the threat of infection is always there — and Los Angeles coroner Tommy Rossman is the man they call when things go wrong.
Special thanks to my good friend, Ron, who sent me a link to this movie.
Studio Splow Productions
Starring Michael Faradie, David Bryant, Randy Crowder, Margaret Bright-Ryan, Luke Albright
Directed By Daniel Thron
Written By Daniel Thron
Screenplay By Daniel Thron
Produced By Karl Denham