The awkward girl next door Deb wakes up in a stranger's bed after a night out. She has no regrets, but the guy only wants her to leave. Little does he know that he forces her out into the zombie apocalypse. The two take help from each other while trying fight off the hordes and get to safety.
The horror comedy genre needs to be reinvented somehow, but I have no idea how. We've seen it laugh at most subgenres, sometimes in subtle ways and some times in an over-the-top parody way. "Night of the Living Deb" is miles away from something like "Tucker and Dale vs. Evil" and "What We Do in the Shadows", which are arguably two of the only horror comedies in recent years that actually felt fresh. While I wait for something truly unique to come, I guess movies like "Night of the Living Deb" will do just fine.
Oddball Deb is out on a girl's night out that ends up in an unknown man's bed. As she wakes up, she couldn't be happier to wake up in his apartment. He, who is not single, does not share the excitement, and desperately wants Deb to leave. But his luck has run out, as he has to team up with Deb as the zombie apocalypse has just decided to break out during that same morning. The two decide that they need to find their family and friends before the split up.
The best way to describe "Night of the Living Deb" is by bringing up two titles that I am sure every reviewer of this movie have mentioned: it's "Shaun of the Dead" meets "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt". The latter title is a very strange coincidence, as the style of comedy and stupidity of our lead is extremely reminiscent of Kimmy Schmidt, but I believe this movie and that TV show were made around the same time. While watching the movie it almost bothered me how much it felt like it almost stole from "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt". Sure, that TV show is not the only show or movie with that style of comedy, but the fact that it's about two red-headed, dimwitted girls that act pretty much the same was too odd to be a coincidence. But now I am certain that's what it was.
Despite my annoyance of Deb's similarities to Kimmy Schmidt turning out to be quite unfair and unjustified, there are still things about "Night of the Living Deb" that keeps it from being as great of a zombie comedy as it could be. The fact is that it often doesn't matter that it's a zombie apocalypse. A lot about the movie could have worked without the horror aspect. I'm not complaining that it used the horror genre, but it still seemed like an odd choice at times. Yes, it can be funny to watch a dimwitted person trying to survive the zombie apocalypse, but we've seen that done better before - and usually in movies that take better care of its horror roots. A few aspects about the way the zombie virus transfers were used in a great way though, adding a little extra twist to it towards the end.
The best thing about "Night of the Living Deb" is... Ray Wise. That's not saying the movie is horrible, just that Ray Wise is awesome in everything he does. The movie isn't bad, but it lacks something to stand out. I know that we will continue to get shitty horror comedies that just miss the mark completely, and at least "Night of the Living Deb" was somewhat entertaining. That's why I think that until we get another horror comedy masterpiece, movies like this one are decent enough without changing the formula much. That said, this movie will probably work best if you watch it with someone who doesn't care about horror movies, because it doesn't utilize the zombie part well enough.