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Fido
Directed by Andrew Currie
Produced by Trent Carlson
Patrick Cassavetti
Blake Corbet
Kevin Eastwood
Daniel Iron
Michael Shepard
Mary Anne Waterhouse
Ki Wight
Written by Robert Chomiak
Andrew Currie
Dennis Heaton
Starring Carrie-Anne Moss
Billy Connolly
Dylan Baker
K'Sun Ray
Henry Czerny
Tim Blake Nelson
Distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment
Release date(s) March 16 (Canada)
June 15 (U.S.) 2007
Running time 91 min
Country  Canada
Language English
Budget $8 million

Fido is a Canadian zombie comedy film released in 2006. It was directed by Andrew Currie and written by Robert Chomiak, Andrew Currie, and Dennis Heaton from an original story by Dennis Heaton. It was produced by Lions Gate Entertainment, Anagram Pictures, British Columbia Film Commission and Téléfilm Canada.

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Plot summary

The film takes place in a 1950s-esque alternate universe where radiation from space has turned the dead into zombies. This radiation still plagues humanity, as all those who die after the original contamination turn into the undead. In order to continue living normal lives, communities are fenced with the help of a governing corporation named Zomcon. Zomcon provides collars with accompanying remote controls to control the zombies' hunger for flesh so as to use them as slaves or servants.

In the town of Willard, whose name is a reference to the town in the original 1968 Night of the Living Dead, housewife Helen Robinson buys a zombie in spite of her husband Bill's zombie phobia. Their son, Timmy, befriends the zombie, naming him "Fido". One day Fido's collar malfunctions and he kills their next door neighbor, who turns into a zombie. Timmy "kills" the zombified neighbor.

When a pair of local bullies are blamed for the missing neighbor, they capture Fido and Timmy. Fido escapes and runs to find Helen, who comes and rescues Timmy from the bullies (who, through misadventure and Fido's hunger for human flesh, are now zombies), and they try to forget about the whole thing. Several days later, the neighbor's body is found and the murder is traced back to Fido, who is taken away to Zomcon where the public is told he will be destroyed. Timmy learns through a friend (the daughter of Zomcon's security chief) that Fido is simply working in a factory at Zomcon. Timmy sets out to rescue him with the help of another next door neighbor (a former Zomcon employee who was forced into early retirement when it was discovered he was in a romantic relationship with his female zombie). Meanwhile, Timmy locates Fido, but is captured by Zomcon's security chief, who attempts to throw Timmy into the zombie-infested "wild zone" that exists outside of the fenced communities. Bill comes to the rescue and is killed by the security chief, who is killed by Fido. Timmy is set free and the film ends with Fido, Helen and Timmy and a few neighbors happily enjoying their new domestic lives together.

Release

This film premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. It was also shown at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, the 2006 Vancouver International Film Festival, the 2007 Kingston Canadian Film Festival, the 2007 Florida Film Festival and the 2007 Fantasy Filmfest in Germany. Its release date was March 16, 2007 in Canada.In the U.S. it opened on June 15, 2007 on two screens: the Nuart in L.A. and the Angelika in New York. On July 6 of the same year, the film expanded to four more screens in San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Boston. In August 2007 the film played in France and Singapore, and in October it opened in Japan under the name Zombino[ゾンビーノ]. The DVD was released on October 23, 2007 in the U.S. and November 6, 2007 in Canada. The film made locally US Gross $298,110 and Worldwide Gross $419,801. (as shown on the-numbers.com) Despite positive reviews, Fido was a huge financial failure. With an estimated budget of $8million, Box Office Mojo lists Fido among the lowest return on investment recorded for any film.

Critical response

Based on 67 reviews Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 69% "Fresh" rating. Robert Abele of the Los Angeles Times, John Anderson of Newsday, Manohla Dargis of the New York Times, Kirk Honeycutt of the Hollywood Reporter, Geoff Pevere of the Toronto Star, and Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News turned in positive reviews. However, Richard Roeper gave it a resounding 'two thumbs down.'

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