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2012 is turning out to be a big year for independent horror
filmmaker Devi Snively (pictured). Not only are her acclaimed shorts and new feature
TRIPPIN’ heading for their DVDebuts in April (see story here),
but she’s on her way to the Sundance Film Festival next week with her
prize-winning script LOVE IN THE TIME OF ZOMBIES.
A horror/comedy described as a cross between SHAUN OF THE
DEAD and a John Hughes film with a steampunk aesthetic, LOVE actually won two
honors in the Park City, Utah festival’s Table Read My Screenplay competition.
“It won for best horror script as well as the grand jury prize,” Snively tells
Fango. “So they’re flying me out for the first weekend of Sundance, and will
stage a reading in Park City with professional actors while I’m there. Not a
bad start to the new year!”
LOVE IN THE TIME OF ZOMBIES focuses on a love-wary teenage
girl, whose doubts about her boyfriend grow when an undead apocalypse causes
both her and his true colors to come out. “It’s actually an allegory for my
first year in LA, during which I found myself surrounded by a bunch of
zombies—not nearly as fun as they make it seem in the movies, alas. Fortunately, it made for great
screenplay fodder, and I’ve learned that life post-zombie-apocalypse rocks. The
story also has a fun ‘Willy Wonka meets steampunk’ subplot that I believe is a
first for a zombie film. It’s positively begging to be shot in 3D. I’ve also
been encouraged to turn it into a YA novel, which would be an interesting new
adventure. But rest assured, if I do opt to go that route, I promise my zombies
will not sparkle.
“I’m always pleased when a horror script wins an honor like
this,” she continues, “because our beloved genre is so often maligned in
festivals and competitions that do not specifically cater to genre films.
Naturally, I’m particularly pleased in this case, as it happens to be my
Snively has talked with several producers about putting LOVE
IN THE TIME OF ZOMBIES into production, but no plans have been finalized as of
now. Stay tuned for future developments, and look for a Notes from the Underground
piece by Snively in a future issue of Fango.
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