Although this documentary and the film it documents the making of have both been on my radar for quite some time, it wasn't until Hulu recently made it available to us all that I finally got to see it. 'Zombie Girl : The Movie' is a documentary which covers the making of 'Pathogen', a feature length low budget zombie flick - directed by a 12 year old. Yes, Emily Hagins was just 12 years old at the time she made her first movie. As i've pointed out in the past, I was still eating dirt and wetting the bed when I was 12 years old. So how does such a young girl end up making a movie - a zombie movie at that?
Hagins is a lifelong fan of movies and when she layed eyes on the Aussie zombie flick Undead, at Harry Knowles' annual Butt-Numb-A-Thon, at the age of 10, she fell in love and decided at that moment that she was going to make her own undead opus. Simple as that. And with the help of her incredibly supportive parents, her friends, and a few friendly locals, 12 year old Emily Hagins did just that. This documentary covers the whole ordeal - from the filming of the movie all the way through the world premiere. As you can imagine, it's incredibly inspiring and it's just one of those stories that has to be seen to be believed. And don't worry if you haven't yet seen Pathogen because i'd actually recommend you see this making of before you go ahead and watch the movie itself. I myself have not yet seen Pathogen but will definetly be buying a copy (which you can snag for 8 bucks HERE) and checking it out real soon. Between you and me, i'd shell out a lot more than eight bucks for the DVD not only because I really want to see it but because i'd be more than happy to help support Emily and put money in her pocket so she can complete her next project, which she's currently hard at work on. If only we all had the courage and determination to do what we wanted to do at such a young age, eh? You truly are an inspiration, Emily.
WATCH ZOMBIE GIRL FOR FREE ON HULU NOW!
You only have through August 20th so I highly recommend you check this documentary out ASAP. It's not out on DVD yet, so this is really your only chance to see it outside of festivals for now. WATCH IT. Then go buy Pathogen. If you're all about supporting young indy genre filmmakers, this is a great chance to be able to do that.
Now lets just hope my credit card actually has eight dollars on it....