Michael Mfume, the Morgan State student who wrote, produced, directed and appears in "The Weekend It Lives," has told a Sun reporter that it isn't "Citizen Kane."
And it isn't.
So let's begin with the good news. The good news is that at least for a while, the movie is engaging. A somewhat crude tracing of a somewhat crude original (Sam Raimi's "The Evil Dead"), it follows as a group of college students head off to a house in the country for a weekend of partying and then are assaulted by a large zombie fellow with a machete and an ax.
Chop chop, snap snap, and the group is reduced by half. In quarters. And thirds. And tenths.
But at least at first "The Weekend It Lives" has some charm. Mfume's best trick is the rapport he has with his actors: The kids all seem fresh and alive and completely unaware that they are in a bad horror movie. Evidently improvising their lines to suggestions outlined by the director, they're able to deftly create a number of vivid, humorous characterizations, some lively byplay and, more importantly, a sense of community.