A poignant tale of the undead awaits in Chris Russell's enthralling short film, "Zombie in a Penguin Suit."

Taking a drastic depart from our pick for last week's Zombie of the Week, Zombie's Day Out, a light-hearted short film telling the tale from the zombie's point of view, this week's Zombie of the Week is yet another short film that tells the tale from the point of view of a member of the undead. Yet this one is so distinctly different in so many ways.

Quite likely one of the best short films focusing on the undead, Zombie in a Penguin Suit tells the moving tale of an aquarium worker in a penguin costume who was killed and turned into a zombie during work. Directed by Chris Russell, the film is at once humorous yet heartbreaking as the eponymous zombie continues its never-ending undead walk.

While one might associate the opening scene with the close-up shot at the protagonist's eye with the opening scene of the award-winning trailer for Deep Silver and Techland's Dead Island, the scene's clever use of the method to depict the turning of the protagonist into a zombie is a novel presentation.

With surprisingly high production values, an excellent score ('Mara's Lullaby' by Marc Mellits, as deftly performed by Real Quiet), and great performances from the actors, this is a short film not to be missed by any self-respecting zombie fans.


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