Harold's Going Stiff

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Onset Rigors Disease – O.R.D – leaves elderly men resembling zombies and their bonces vulnerable to the violent attentions of vigilante. For Harold (Rowe), an ORD sufferer, and his caring nurse Penny (Spencer), this could spell catastrophe.


Writer-director Keith Wright’s budget effort is at once a mock-doc and a zombie comedy; two near-the-end-of-their-shelf-life cycles admittedly, but there’s always room for a good film on even the most overexposed subjects. Here, Onset Rigors Disease affects only men, making them seem like zombies, especially to vigilantes raised on videogames and knockoff movies. As Harold (Stan Rowe) battles ORD with the help of a caring nurse (Sarah Spencer), the head-bashers close in. A humane zombie movie, this is wryly humorous, but tackles serious material about ageing, illness and isolation in its brief, inventive running time.

Blackly funny and surprisingly touching, this zombie mock-doc is far more inventive than it has any right to be.