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07 Feb 2017

Home Video Review: Netflix's 'Santa Clarita Diet' Offers a Fun Twist on the Zombie Genre

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Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore in Santa Clarita Diet. Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore in Santa Clarita Diet.

Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet begins with Sheila (Drew Barrymore)—a real estate agent along with her husband, Joel (Timothy Olyphant)—getting a little stomachache. That’s followed by some major projectile vomiting during a house showing.

She’s having diet problems … and, as things turn out, she’s craving human flesh. And that human flesh needs to be fresh. Basically, she’s a zombie, and Joel is doing his best to be understanding about the whole thing. When Sheila eats one of their co-workers, however, things get a little intense.

Barrymore and Olyphant make for a funny, bizarre couple. Olyphant seems a little out of place in the first episode or two, but he finds his footing and hits his stride. Liv Hewson is a good find as their daughter, Abby, while Skyler Gisondo adds a nice geek element as the helpful neighbor who knows all about zombies from his comic books.

The show is pretty damn gory (Sheila’s first kill is memorably disgusting), so you shouldn’t watch if you can’t handle stuff that goes beyond an R-rating. Walking Dead and Evil Dead fans … you will have a blast!

Santa Clarita Diet is streaming on Netflix.

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