The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

One Cut of the Dead

One Cut of the Dead

One Cut of the Dead (Don’t stop the camera!) is a zombie film within a zombie film that is as funny as it is gory—and it is very gory! In his directorial debut, writer/filmmaker Shin’ichirô Ueda made this 2018 low-budget reanimation film partially filmed in one take. His film has made history by grossing over a thousand times its budget while using unknown actors. One Cut of the Dead has been wowing audiences in theaters and on the film circuit, with its wild ride of a story and comedic acting performances earning it the ‘Best Film’ award at the 61st Blue Ribbon Awards (among many other awards and nominations).

In the film, a hack director and his eclectic crew are tasked with making a low-budget zombie film called “One Cut of the Dead”. As the production begins filming at an abandoned water filtration plant, an actual zombie outbreak begins, shocking the crew but delighting the director who insists that they continue filming in order to capture the real life action. As the film progresses and spills its guts, it is revealed that many unexpected problems arose during this one-take production, and not just from the zombies. 

Just when you think you’ve had your fill of zombie horror and satire, this 100% fresh zom-com comes along to fill your brains with its imaginative narrative and innovative structure.


“An ingenious, chest-thumpingly affectionate tribute to imagination and ideas trumping money” — Shaun Munro, Flickering Myth

“A totally new breed of DIY-genre movie, built on endless amounts of love for the form and proving that there’s plenty of room for feel-good laughs amongst all the flesh-eating action.” — Ben Robins, HeyUGuys

“Shin’ichirô Ueda’s zombie comedy is one that purposefully pretends to offer familiar zombie schlock only to rip the rug out from under us in an innovative, hilarious way. The level of detail is uncanny, and the comedy is equally matched by charm.” — Meagan Navarro, Bloody Disgusting

“A celebration of bold new talents, unexpected genre mashing, and audacious filmmaking that leaves your mouth on the floor.” — Nathanael Hood, Unseen Films

One Cut of the Dead