TAD 2013 Review: Stalled

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Stalled is another horror film about having to survive a zombie outbreak. However, this British horror-comedy does not simply follow the same over-done tropes that pervade similar films in the genre. Instead, Stalled presents a humours tale about a maintenance worker named W.C. who becomes trapped in a bathroom stall in the women’s washroom at an office Christmas party during the onset of the zombie apocalypse.

The hero of the movie is quite flawed. It is soon revealed that he steals from charity boxes and any unsuspecting office worker he can, and stashes all of the stolen money in his toolbox. The downfall of this behaviour is not so much that it is morally wrong, but that when he needs to defend himself against hordes of zombies, he realizes that instead of having tools to use as weapons, all he has are useless paper bills. As a result of his lack of weapons, W.C. is forced to come up with a variety of innovative ways to attempt to escape from the washroom stall.

As more and more hilariously Christmas costumed zombies (some of the most memorable being a hideously bloody Santa Clause, and a terrifying zombie Jesus) pile into the bathroom, it is soon revealed that W.C. is not the only survivor. Just a few stalls down a woman named Heather is also trying to stay sheltered from the flesh-eating creatures. As W.C. and Heather begin talking, the more they reveal about themselves, and as a result, they are forced to recognize and come to terms with the negative aspects of their lives.

Although the majority of the movie takes place inside of a washroom stall, Stalled presents a well-developed story and great characterisation. Despite all of W.C.’s faults, he is a very likeable character, and in his own flawed way, ends up redeeming himself.

Stalled is ultimately a successful horror-comedy that pokes fun at office dynamics and the hierarchies that exist in the workplace. The movie is also great for horror fans, since there is tons of gore and zombie action.

Emily Andersen
Emily is a recent graduate from Dalhousie University with a degree in English language and literature. Getting to combine her two passions of watching movies and writing is basically the coolest.

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