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‘Goal of the Dead’ combines zombies with French football, might win all the Oscars

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France has made many important contributions to cinema, but what is likely to be its greatest contribution is due out this year. And it's called Goal of the Dead.

If you thought the zombie genre had been stretched to its limits before, then you must have forgotten that it had not yet been combined with the world of French football. The trailer for Goal of the Dead is above, but sadly there are no English subtitles, so here's the synopsis of the two-part comedy/horror film (each part has a different director) to help you piece the complex action together. From FilmDistribution.com:

First half: For the Olympique de Paris soccer team, this friendly match scheduled against Caplongue was merely supposed to be one last chore before the end of the professional season. Yet no one could ever have imagined that an unknown rabies-like infection was going to spread like wildfire, turning this small town’s inhabitants into ultra-violent and highly contagious creatures.

For Samuel, the former golden boy who is nearing retirement, Idriss, the arrogant wunderkind, Coubert, the team’s depressed coach and Solène, the young ambitious journalist, this will turn into the most important confrontation of their lives.

Second half: While the rabid supporters prowl about Caplongue, which is in a state of ruin, another nightmare begins for Sam. Barricaded in the police station with other survivors, he has to face the young Cléo, his grumpy father, and Solène, who hasn't forgotten him this time. Meanwhile, Idriss and Marco, hidden in the stadium and looking for a way to escape, are also settling a few scores along the way.

If that doesn't have you desperate to see this work of art, then the poster will convince you to start throwing your money at the screen right now.

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Yes, that's a footballer kicking the head off of a zombie. And yes, it probably did just change your life for the better. If only this movie had a cameo from Zlatan Ibrahimovic in which he kills all the zombies with his Taekwondo skills, it would undoubtedly be the Citizen Kane of zombie football films.

Goal of the Dead opens in France on February 27. The film has several international distributors in place already, but release dates don't seem to have been announced yet.

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