Archive of films Choking hazard / Choking hazard

Czech Republic
2004, 81 min

Section: Czech Films 2003-2004
Year: 2004

Eddie Cockrell, Variety: “Helmer Marek Dobeš keeps cheeky fun at the fore, with buckets of raspberry-hued gore fleshing out odd rhytmus of double-take comedy.”


The first Czech zombie-comedy takes place in the isolated motel Halali, surrounded by forests as though created for the organisation of various kinds of encounters and activities requiring full concentration. The participants of a weekend course intended for people seeking the meaning of existence are travelling to the empty motel, which out of season is staffed only by essential personnel. The timid Hanušová, the sex-obsessed Křenovcová, the diligent Lefnerová, her partner the submissive Nedobyl, the young nihilist Verner – all of them are here to learn more about life and themselves. The porn-star Měchura has blundered here by mistake, but he too has something to add to the theme...
The leader of this group of very different people is the philosopher Reiniš, blind but enlightened within, who is to teach them how to live. However, critical circumstances force them to learn rather how to survive. The surrounding forest is full of hungry zombies who launch an attack on the motel. And not all the participants have the good fortune or courage to escape their bloodthirsty assault… 

About the director

Marek Dobeš (b. 1971, Prague) made his debut in 1999 with the short horror comedy I Was a Teenage Intellectual, which was made under amateur conditions but distributed to cinemas where it won a number of awards (including the prize for direction, camera and editing at the festival Ein Fenster zum Osten in Berlin and awards at the festival in Ebensee in Austria and the Worldfest in Huston). An experienced publicist (he originally studied journalism), he and Choking Hazard screenwriter Štěpán Kopřiva specialize in B films. He has aslo published two collections of sci-fi, founded a publishing house for comics (Crew), and established himself as a TV script-writer (the script for two historical comedies, On Caesar’s Order (Na rozkaz císaře) and Musica viva, and the series “Room Upstairs” directed by Karel Smyczek).  Eddie Cockrell, Variety: “Helmer Marek Dobeš keeps cheeky fun at the fore, with buckets of raspberry-hued gore fleshing out odd rhytmus of double-take comedy.”


Brutto Film
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Czech Republic
Tel: +420602328082
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Bontonfilm, a.s.
Na Poříčí 1047/26, 110 00, Praha 1
Czech Republic
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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Czech Films 2003-2004
Director: Marek Dobeš
Screenplay: Štěpán Kopřiva
Dir. of Photography: Martin Preiss
Music: František Fuka, Daniel Krob
Editor: Michal Hýka
Producer: Marek Dobeš
Production: Brutto Film, koprodukce / co-production: Narek Oganesjan
Cast: Jaroslav Dušek, Jan Dolanský, Dáda Patrasová, Kamil Švejda, Eva Nadaždyová
Contact: Brutto Film, Bontonfilm, a.s.


Marek Dobeš

Film Director / Producer


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