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March 31, 2013

Eddie The Sleepwalking Cannibal

EddieFine-tuning the nuances of cannibals, rather than zombies, proves modestly rewarding in a dark little comedy that owes more to Roger Corman’s “Bucket of Blood” than to “Dawn of the Dead.” Co-writer/director Boris Rodriguez compensates for his film’s low-budget constraints with a well-contained script and a more than capable cast. Thure Lindhardt (“Flame and Citron”) makes for an appropriately conflicted protagonist as Lars, a once-successful painter reduced to teaching at a struggling Canadian art school. Upon his arrival, Lars takes it on the chin when he is entrusted to host and care for Eddie (Dylan Smith), a sleepwalking mute and permanent student at the school. The husky Eddie murders small animals during his nightly nocturnal outings. No amount of snow or cold can prevent the underwear-clad Eddie from hunting for blood. As it turns out, such carnage is just what Lars needs to fuel his inspiration on canvas. Artistic fulfillment coincides with romance. Lars’s newfound mojo acts as an aphrodisiac to his comely co-worker Lesley (Georgina Reilly). Lars points Eddie in a homicidal direction in order to stimulate his own fetishistic need for seeing gore that will inform his ability to make marketable paintings. However lightweight in its construction, “Eddie the Sleepwalking Cannibal” is an enjoyable little horror romp—if you don’t expect too much.

Not Rated. 90 mins. (B-) (Three Stars - out of five/no halves)

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