Handling the Undead: A Groundbreaking and Somber Zombie Movie at Sundance 2024

Park City, Utah – A new genre film that showcases the ability of the horror genre to innovate has premiered at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival. “Handling the Undead,” directed by Thea Hvistendahl, offers a unique take on the zombie movie, presenting an unconventional and somber approach to the genre. The film, based on a novel by Swedish horror author John Ajvide Lindqvist, explores the theme of grief through the stories of three different characters who are dealing with the recent loss of loved ones.

One of the strengths of “Handling the Undead” is its ability to depict the range of emotions that ordinary people might experience when faced with the resurrection of their loved ones. The film takes a slow and deliberate pace, focusing on the intimate stories of the characters as they navigate the complexities of grief and the supernatural phenomenon of the undead returning to life. The power outage that sparks the supernatural events serves as a catalyst for the characters’ emotional journeys.

While the wider world’s reaction to the resurrection of the dead is not extensively explored in the film, “Handling the Undead” excels in its realistic portrayal of the intimate stories it focuses on. The film evokes a sense of Scandinavian austerity, effectively capturing the rawness and melancholy of the characters’ experiences. The performances from the cast, particularly Renate Reinsve as the grieving mother and the car-crash victim, add depth and authenticity to the film.

The somber tone and realistic exploration of grief set “Handling the Undead” apart from traditional zombie movies. It delves into the depths of human emotions amidst a backdrop of supernatural events, creating a haunting and thought-provoking viewing experience. While the film’s release date in the United States is yet to be announced, distributer Neon has picked up the rights to bring this unique zombie movie to American audiences.

In conclusion, “Handling the Undead” offers a fresh take on the zombie genre, focusing on the human experience of grief when confronted with the return of the dead. Director Thea Hvistendahl, in collaboration with author John Ajvide Lindqvist, delivers a compelling and somber film that highlights the genre’s potential for innovation. The slow pace and realistic portrayal of intimate stories make this film a standout entry in the genre. Audiences can anticipate the U.S. release of “Handling the Undead” distributed by Neon.