You’ve got to say this for Utah filmmaker John Lyde: He’s versatile.
In November, Lyde’s holiday movie “Christmas Oranges” hit DVD shelves. It’s a PG-rated melodrama, filmed in Utah, about an orphan girl (Bailie Johnson) warming the cold heart of the orphanage’s operator (Edward Herrmann).
This week, another Utah-made movie directed by Lyde has arrived in stores — though presumably not on the same shelves.
It’s “Osombie,” a horror thriller about a platoon of hard-bitten U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan hunting down zombie insurgents — led by an undead Osama Bin Laden.
The splatter-filled movie is chock-a-block with Utah talent. The screenwriter is Kurt Hale, best known around these parts for directing the LDS comedy “The Singles Ward.” And the cast includes locals Jasen Wade (“Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed”) and Danielle Chuchran (“12 Dogs of Christmas: The Great Puppy Rescue”).