Director: Andrew Currie

Many positive things have been said about the 2004 cult favorite Shaun of the Dead, and all the praise is well deserved. Unfortunately, the widespread fawning over Edgar Wright's breakthrough horror-comedy has made it virtually impossible for Canadian director Andrew Currie's like-minded 2006 flick Fido to earn even half of Shaun's good will. And that's disheartening for anyone who's seen Fido.

With clever subversions of the genre, likable characters, and well-handled emotions, Fido does a great deal with a quite silly premise that up-ends the old "boy and his dog" motif. Here, the story follows a little kid whose mother, against the father's wishes, buys him a zombie pet, which he names, yes, "Fido."

The standard coming-of-age narrative elements are all in place in Currie's movie, from the disreputable bullies to the overbearingly strict dad, and all are manipulated in ways that satisfy both comedic expectations and hopes for some playful gruesomeness.