31 Days of Hallowe’en 2020, Day 16: Yummy [2019]

Yummy (2019) - IMDb

This would have been four stars if not for the stupid ending that would have been great if this had been a SHORT FILM. So screw you, Dutch movie Yummy. You played yourself.

The set-up is classic Eurotrash horror: a young Flemish couple and the girl’s skanky mum drive to a dodgy Eastern bloc country so the girl can get a breast reduction. The movie doesn’t care that she outright says she suffers from back pain and is tired of being so disproportionate and getting bad attention, because every single person she meets marvels at her tits and insists she should either keep them or go bigger. And the hospital? It’s in the kind of country where you’re not supposed to drink the tap water, surgeons are smoking and drinking coffee in the operating theatres, and the sole office gopher is your run-of-the-mill Rx junkie.

Less typical for a hospital is that there is a secret room with a strapped-down zombie brought into existence by experimental stem cell research from abortions. I can’t tell if this is a pro- or anti-choice motif, but since this is from the EU and the male main character is a supportive actual human being who seems quite liberal, maybe this is OK.

The movie pretty much gets going, with its first zombie beat within 20 minutes, and things get more fantastically disgusting. Finally, a movie that properly shows the lengths of the human intestines! It makes for a largely fun middle section, until the aforementioned ending takes a pointless turn into mean-spirited territory. There are so many better narrative beats on which this could have ended that it practically nullifies any lasting impression this film has. A day or two later I’ve already forgotten most of it, but that’s also in part to its breezy tone and frantic pace. So you if you fancy some inventive Euro-gore, there are worse ways to spend an hour and a half.

Score: 🎃🎃🎃

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