A couple of recent zombie movies have toyed with the idea of society finding useful outlets for the undead by domesticating them and training them to perform menial tasks. You can’t help but wonder if they could be tasked with something like delivering the mail. Maybe reading and differentiating between numbers is asking too much of their oxygen-starved brains, but you could probably come up with a way to make it work.
This question comes to mind at this particular moment because I’m thinking about Luke Asa Guidici’s new short film, Certified. While my curiosity has nothing to do with the film itself, Certified does involve both zombies and the postal service.
Quick, clever, and to the point, Guidici’s short recently debuted on Fearnet. You can easily imagine it as a piece of something larger, perhaps as a segment on a horror anthology show like Tales From the Crypt, Outer Limits, or Tales From the Darkside.
The story starts innocently enough, with new postman Frank Nuttel (Thomas Garner) attempting to deliver a certified letter to a home on his route. Set in an idyllic 1950s neighborhood, everything may not be as peaceful as it appears on the surface. While waiting to perform his sworn duties, Frank encounters precocious youngster Alice (Rebecca Spicher), who informs him of her horrifying family tragedy, and the shocking secret that still lingers in her house.
What sets Certified apart from a slew of other films of this ilk is that the story doesn’t travel in the expected directions. You think you see exactly where the action is going, but Guidici spins the wheel in another direction. It’s fun, and definitely worth 8 minutes and 47 seconds of your time.