Category Archives: Zombie Films
Directed by Joe Dante
Screenplay by Sam Hamm
This episode gave me such a fucking headache and I will tell you why with all honesty. I am by far the most non-political person I know. I have no interest in politics or what’s going on in Washington, D.C. or what have you. I don’t care nor do I understand who has who’s hand up whose ass or who the master and who the puppets are. I’m just not interested. When I watched this episode of Masters of Horror the only thing I could do was view it as a typical zombie movie. The only thing about that is that it was nowhere near being a typical zombie movie. Typical zombies rise from the dead, eat the living, make more zombies and die when you kill the brain, therefore killing the ghoul. They do not rise from the dead, vote and drop dead again. What the hell were they trying to say with this one? That the dead have a right to vote? I’m sorry, but no they don’t! They are dead, deceased, taking dirt naps, the Long Goodbye and all that. More than anything, this episode did nothing but bore the hell out of me and makes my head ache.
The political undertones (overtones?) aside, what the hell happened to the Joe Dante that directed the greatest werewolf movie of all time? There are none of the trademarks of Dante’s earlier films in Homecoming. There’s Robert Picardo (The Howling and Innerspace), but that’s more of a wise casting choice than it is a directorial trademark. Where was Dick Miller? Where was the reference to the Warner Bros. cartoons? Did I miss them? Damn, my headache’s getting worse. Bottom line, this episode blew monkey balls.
Now where the hell did I put that Ibuprofen?
At the end, when the zombie soldiers are coming out of their graves, the tombstones have the names of veterans of the horror and zombie genre, easy to read are Jacques Tourneur, G.A. Romero ( George A. Romero), Jean Yarbrough, and Delbert Tenney ( ‘Del Tenney (I)’). Harder to read are Lucio Fulci, Victor Halperin, and Gordon Douglas. The (readable) graves have this order: Romero and Tenney in the first line, behind them Fulci and Halperin, and in the last line behind Fulci is Tourneur, who is in the middle of Douglas and Yarbrough.
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Directed by Tommy Wirkola
Written by Tommy Wirkola and Stig Frode Henriksen
My wife has suggested to me for years that we should take some time off and go camping. Although it sounds like fun I still find myself coming up with all sorts of reasons not to go. So far I’ve come up with Bigfoot, the Wendigo, werewolves, vampires and the Blair Witch just to name a few. Needless to say, she’s not buying my bullshit. But now I can add a reason to the list that I know she can’t say no to: Nazi Zombies. All I have to do is show her “Dead Snow” and let her see what happens to a group of medical students who take a holiday in a remote cabin and are beset upon by a blitzkrieg of the undead. “Dead Snow” gives a pretty half-ass reason for the existence of this walking dead gestapo, but to be honest that doesn’t really matter. “Dead Snow” has helped me to realize that it doesn’t matter how the zombies were created. What does matter is how much blood, guts and gore can be spilled and how inventive it can be done. Axes, chainsaws, scythes, hammers, shotguns and machine guns all play a major role in this movie; not to mention a snowmobile that doubles as a zombie Cuisinart. “Dead Snow” is bloody fun from beginning to end. Just remember one thing: it’s all fun and games until the Nazi Zombies show up.
Originally it was going to be called “Rød Snø” (or Red Snow in English), as an homage to the Swedish/Norwegian mini-series with the same name.
This film’s main trailer shows black-and-white World War II archive footage including battleships, parachuting and a command room featuring Adolf Hitler but this material is not seen in the actual movie.
The Nazi zombies in this film are a combination of typical zombies in popular culture and ancient Norse mythical beings known as draug. A draug is a undead being who would (like a vampire) inhabit graves. They would often out of jealously live in the graves of important men as they often had treasures in them and protect these treasures as if they were their own.
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- Movie Review: The Cabin in the Woods (tammysalyer.wordpress.com)
ZOMBIES OF MASS DESTRUCTION-United States-2009
Directed by Kevin Hamedani
Written by Ramon Isao and Kevin Hamedani
Zombies; they’re dead, they’re decaying and they eat the flesh of the living. If a person were to be bitten by a zombie then they in turn will become a zombie. We should fear zombies. We should kill zombies. If you will notice I just like saying the word ‘zombie.’
But what else should we be afraid of? I believe director Kevin Hamedani and writer Ramon Isao are asking that same question with “Zombies of Mass Destruction”. In the town of Port Gamble a zombie outbreak has begun. The townsfolk rise to the challenge as best they can; but many people fall down alive and rise up dead. Port Gamble needs a Bonnie Tyler montage. Port Gamble needs a hero and Port Gamble gets four of them.
There’s one little problem though; the people of Port Gamble are more afraid of the heroes than they are of the walking dead. There’s Frita Abbas (Jannette Armand), the American born woman of Iranian descent. She left Port Gamble for Princeton. God only knows where else she went. She might even be a terrorist.
What about Cheryl Banks (Cornelia Moore)? She’s a schoolteacher running for the office of Mayor. Word has it that she’s a liberal. I bet she don’t even like guns. Does the town of Port Gamble really need a woman like her running the show?
Finally, we come to Lance (Cooper Hopkins) and Tom (Doug Fahl). A lovely couple; Tom has brought Lance to his hometown of Port Gamble for one reason: to come out as homosexual to his mother. Let’s give him a little space. He’s a little nervous and his mom hasn’t been quite the same after being bitten at the supermarket. Oh wait, by their confession Tom ‘sucks d**k’ and Lance ‘receives’. Do we really want these two defending us against a zombie horde?
I hope you realize that I said all these things with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek. I leave the ignorance to the people in the film that oppose these four heroes. People like Mayor Hal E. Burton (James Mesher), Joe Miller (Russell Hodgkinson) and Reverend Haggis (Bill Johnson). These three men seek to oppose and convert our four heroes. It’s alright for America to have flesh eating zombies in our midst; but Iranians, liberals and gays? No way.
As for me, I’ll take my chances and I will aim for the head. It’s the only way to kill a zombie. Don’t you ever watch a George Romero film?
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- Why We Like Zombies (foxbusiness.com)
- Plans to revive historic Port Gamble unveiled (king5.com)
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- WMD… WOD of Mass Destruction (crossfiteverett.com)
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- Using zombies to teach science [Aetiology] (scienceblogs.com)
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- Connectedness Is Zombies (greatfinds.icrossing.com)
- Feds vs. Zombies: CDC officially denies ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ (sott.net)
- The End of the World (boiseweekly.com)
- Zombie Cupcakes: Goodies with Bite (doingthewritething.wordpress.com)
- Is Mexico The Zombie Capital Of The World? (gadling.com)
- Duncan to host its first brain-eating contest as zombies mass downtown (cowichannewsleader.com)
THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD-United States-1985
Directed by Dan O’Bannon
Screenplay by Dan O’Bannon
Story by Rudy Ricci and Russell Streiner
Book by John Russo
“The Return of the Living Dead” is rock ‘n’ roll, zombies, comedy, horror and action melted down into one hell of a movie. It’s “Abbot and Costello Meet the Night of the Living Dead” and “Assault on Precinct 13” if it featured zombies and were directed by the Farrelly Brothers. This film never takes itself seriously and if you try to read too much into it or take it as anything more than a horror film with a sense of humor then you are either a complete dumb-ass with no sense of how to enjoy yourself. This movie is fun with a capital ‘F’ and there’s no two ways around it.
A deadly chemical is released into the air and pretty soon the dead have risen and are in search of one thing and thing only and that’s the brains of the living. Now, might I remind you that these re-animated sons of bitches and their life-challenged buddies don’t care to eat the rest of you; just the brains. The brains take away the pain of dying, of feeling their bodies rotting. Well, shit, that is an explanation straight from the cadaver’s mouth and I never would have thought of it. Zombies suffer the same pain I do when I pass by a TV and I hear Snookie or any one of the Kardashians and their mindless drivel. If zombies need brains and human need to get rid of zombie the answer to the equation is quite simple. Lure them to the set of a reality TV series and watch them starve to death. Everyone knows there is no nutritional value in a Kardashian or Jersey Shore cerebellum.
The two heroes of the movie are names Burt and Ernie, obviously an ironic reference to the popular Sesame Street characters, right? Wrong. Turns out Dan O’Bannon didn’t know he was using the names of the two beloved children’s show’s puppets (from liner notes in the Collector’s Edition DVD).
John A. Russo wrote a script called “The Return of the Living Dead” at the same time that George A. Romero was doing Dawn of the Dead. An independent producer, Tom Fox, bought Russo’s script. He set up production and gave the script to Dan O’Bannon. O’Bannon refused to direct it as it was written. He felt that it was too much of a serious attempt at making a sequel to Night of the Living Dead, and did not want to “…intrude so directly on Romero’s turf.” It was re-written with more humor.
Some of the zombie extras were paid more to eat real calf brains in the film. Dan O’Bannon didn’t want the actors to do anything he wasn’t willing to do and ate some raw calf brains first in front of them.
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and featuring Lance Henriksen as the voice of God.
Written and directed by Jesse T. Cook
There are two things I love in this world; horror movies and professional wrestling. It was around the age of seven years old that my sister began scaring the crap out of me and leaving a lasting mark by telling me that there was a werewolf in my closet just waiting for the full moon to ravage and devour my tender young body. Wait a minute, stop, hold on, time out. Did I just say ‘my tender young body’? That sounds so…icky. The next thing you know I’ll have NAMBLA following my blog. Back off, you sick pervs!
Cut to three years later and at the age of ten I attended my very first professional wrestling match in 1972. The main event featured “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair and Johnny Valentine versus “Number One” Paul Jones and “The Eighth Wonder of The World” Andre the Giant. To say that it made an impression on my impressionable young mind would be the most understated of understatements. I am now 50 years old, and even though I know that pro wrestling is about as real as a Paris Hilton orgasm, I still have no intention of giving it up.
Now, for two interests as diverse as ‘rasslin’ and fright flicks you would think that never the two shall meet. But I am here to tell you right now that is as far from the truth as a porn star saying they’ve never done anal. Just look at the cinematic fright world for the match-ups that have taken place over the years. There’s King Kong versus Godzilla, Frankenstein versus The Wolf Man, Aliens versus Predator and on and on and on. Let us not also forget that professional wrestling has had its share of monstrosities. There’s The Undertaker, Kane, Gangrel, “The Monster” Abyss, Vampiro and many, many more creatures of the squared circle. Wrestling and monsters have been strange bedfellows for a number of years.
This brings me to the main event of the evening, ladies and gentlemen. It’s the battle for the ages, the fight of the century between the creatures and the undead. I am talking about the brawl to end it all and the war that will settle the score; the WrestleMania from the crypt and the death match of death matches. “Monster Brawl” is the type of movie that answers the question that we have all wanted to ask and would have done just that if we had just smoked a little more pot; what would happen if the world’s most (in) famous monsters met in the middle of the ring to determine who is the best of the best among the denizens of the darkness? Frankenstein, Werewolf, Lady Vampire, Zombie Man, The Mummy, Swamp Gut, Cyclops and Witch Bitch pound it out in the middle of the ring in this extravaganza of the weird. Lending a hand to the festivities are none other than “Big Daddy Cool” Kevin Nash and the “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart. So, if you love wrestling and you love horror movies then you just cannot go wrong with “Monster Brawl.” However, if you’re looking for a movie full of metaphors, subtleties and Academy Award winning performances then I suggest you watch something else. But seriously, if you can’t enjoy a movie like this on the lowest of levels then you really need to get that stick out of your ass. Wooooo!!
P.S. There are actually three things I love in this world. The third and most important thing is my wife. I don’t sleep with monsters and I don’t sleep with pro wrestlers. I do sleep with my wife. So if I want that sleep to be a peaceful one I damn sure better give my baby her props. Hail to the queen of my world!!
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WARNING: At the request of the wonderful Elizabeth Massie it is my duty to warn you that this post does indeed contain spoilers. This is just a warning and I hope it in no way deters you from reading the review or seeing the film. Thank you.
Directed by Ryan Leiske
Screenplay by Ryan Leiske
Rachel Finan as Meggie
Vickie Deshaw-Fairman as Mama
Daniel E. Falicki as Quint
Did you ever have one of those married friends whose mother just would not leave him alone to make her a grandmother? I’m talking about the kind of woman who would, if given the chance, hop right into bed with hubby and wife to show them where to put what in order to get the proper results nine months later. Okay, you got that mental picture embedded in your mind? Good, now take that image and add the fact that the hubby is a now a drooling, decaying zombie and the wife is still a lovely and very much alive woman. Then add in Mama to stimulate her (yes, that way) and to get a rise out of dear, dead son (yes, that way). Put all that together and you have “abed”, one of the most amazing (disturbing) short films I’ve seen in a long time. Based on the controversial story by Elizabeth Massie, director Ryan Leiske makes her story all the more shocking with visuals that stick in your mind long after the final credits roll.
A zombie plague has swept across the nation. Only a handful of people are still alive and doing the best they can to adapt to the new way of life. “abed” focuses on Meggy, Quint and Mama. When we first see mama it is when she calmly takes aim with a shotgun and blows the brains out of a zombie passing through her yard. This is when we realize that here is a woman who knows what she wants and what she needs to do to get it. Mama wants a granddaughter and her son Quint being dead sure as hell isn’t going to stop her from having one. The final minutes of the film will have your jaw doing double duty as a dust-pan.
I don’t want to be one of those critics who blow sunshine up the ass of the people they’re writing about. Director Ryan Leiske sent me a copy of “abed” to review and I intended to review it fairly and honestly. There are a couple of minor technical mistakes in the film, but they do nothing to take away from the impact of the story. ”abed” may not be “Night of the Living Dead” and Leiske may not be the next George Romero; but that shouldn’t matter. It’s an original film from an equally original story and I can truthfully say that if it’s any indication of his future as a filmmaker then his future is very bright indeed.
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Directed by Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel
Written by Trent Haaga
File this one under F for ‘Fucked Up.’
When you first begin watching “Deadgirl” you think that it’s a representation of teenagers who have no parental supervision and the lengths that they will go to because of that. You would be right about that. Two boys, Rickie (Shiloh Fernandez-”Red Riding Hood”), and JT (Noah Segan-”Brick”) discover a woman chained to a gurney in the basement of an abandoned mental asylum. Ricky wants nothing to do with the whole situation; but JT wades in balls deep into depravity and not only abuses her sexually, but discovers that no matter what he does to her, be it breaking her neck, strangling her or even multiple gunshot wounds, she simple will not die. So, is “Deadgirl” a take on the unsupervised teens of today? Yes, I do believe that it is. But wait, there’s more fun for you boys and girls.
When I reviewed “Pontypool” I thought that it would be a long time before I saw another film that treated the zombie genre as more than just human beings blowing the heads off the undead and the living impaired plodding along begging for brains with vocal cords that have seen better days. I didn’t have to wait very long after all as “Deadgirl” is exactly that type of film. Like “Pontypool” it never mentions the word ‘zombie’ because it doesn’t have to. It treats the viewer like it has a brain and an intelligent one at that. There are also, of course, the obvious reasons why the film belongs in the zombie genre; but I’ll let you watch the film and figure it out for yourself.
As the ‘Deadgirl’, Jenny Spain impressed me. It’s not often that an actress can be naked onscreen the entire time, never utter a word and still make you feel for her and her situation. If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave an Oscar for ‘Best Performance by an Actor/Actress playing dead’ she would win hands down.
As I said before you can file “Deadgirl” under F for ‘Fucked Up’ and that’s exactly what it is. You can also file it under D for ‘damn good.’
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Directed by Bruce McDonald
Written by Tony Burgess and based on his novel
Words are a powerful thing. Did you ever take a simple word and repeat it over and over to yourself? A word as simple as ‘what’ or ‘who’ can become completely foreign to you if repeated enough times. “Pontypool” is a twist of zombie film in which the zombie apocalypse begins not with a virus, not with a comet passing over the earth; but instead it begins when the words we hear each and every day affect us in such a way that we are driven to unspeakable acts.
Stephen McHattie is Grant Mazzy, a radio DJ in the cold little town of Pontypool. Mazzy is the morning DJ, the guy that wakes you up long before that hot cup of coffee or that cold shower. In a film that echoes the October 30, 1938 radio broadcast of the “War of the Worlds“, Mazzy is our Orson Welles as he reports on the strange goings on in the town of Pontypool. The word ‘zombie’ is never used at any time in the film. It doesn’t have to be. As Mazzy speaks to eyewitnesses over the phone it is made all too clear that it’s the end of the world as we know it and that those fuckers in REM were wrong. Nobody feels fine because ‘fine’ may very well be the word that turns them into monsters.
This is as ingenious a horror film as you’re likely to see. There’s not a lot of gore, which may turn hardcore zombie fans off a bit. That doesn’t matter; what matters is that Pontypool is a new way of telling an old story. This is proof that words are so powerful that they can kill you.
If I hear the word ‘cunt’ one more fucking time…
Bruce McDonald, the director of the film, has said that the victims of the virus are called “conversationalists,” as opposed to “zombies”. In describing the stages of the virus, McDonald said: “There are three stages to this virus. The first stage is you might begin to repeat a word. Something gets stuck. And usually it’s words that are terms of endearment, like sweetheart or honey. The second stage is your language becomes scrambled and you can’t express yourself properly. The third stage is that you become so distraught at your condition that the only way out of the situation you feel, as an infected person, is to try and chew your way through the mouth of another person”.
Actress Georgina Reilly had a problem with her character’s having to “babble” and was concerned about what the words would mean to her character.
Tony Burgess, the film’s writer and the author of the novel on which the film is based – “Pontypool Changes Everything” – makes a brief cameo in the film as the male singer of Lawrence and the Arabians. His character is credited as “Tony (Lawrence)”. (In fact, at the end of the scene where the singers have performed for the bemused Grant Mazzy, Mazzy himself actually refers to Burgess’ character as “Tony Burgess.”)
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Directed by J.S. Cardone
Story by Boaz Davidson
Screenplay by Ben Nedivi
A better title for Wicked Little Things would have been “The Minor Miners Who Become Minor Miner Zombies and Terrorize the Woods at Night.” Lori Heuring is Karen Tunney. After the (off-screen) death of her husband, she moves with her daughters Sarah (Scout Taylor-Compton, Halloween) and Emma (Chloë Moretz, Let Me In) into the old family house left to her from his will.
Of course, the house is located in an old mining town and therefore creepiness comes with the territory. Wicked Little Things is filled with token creepy characters. There’s the local store owner who makes it a point to tell Karen that he doesn’t make deliveries to their house in an ominous voice. If you blink you’ll miss Geoffrey Lewis (The Devil’s Rejects) as the grouchy handy man who fixes the pipes at the new old homestead. There’s also Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek) as Mr. Hanks, the token old weird guy who paints people’s doors with blood and offers hogs as sacrifice to the children.
Ah, the children. It seems that in 1913 these children were used in the mines to get to the places the adults were too big to get into. In the prologue there is a mining disaster and the children are killed. Cut to modern times and they spend their days in the mines and their nights in search of human flesh.
“…in search of human flesh.” Therein lies the problem. Watching Wicked Little Things I got the feeling that the writers had no idea what they wanted these monstrous munchkins to be in the first place. Despite its clichés the film does have its moments. The acting is above average and the directing shows promise. It’s fun seeing Scout Taylor-Compton and Chloë Grace Moretz in earlier roles. I enjoyed all these things about the film. But the writing, not so much.
Tobe Hooper was initially attached to direct the film.
You know how you can tell that you’re a true, bona fide hardcore horror fan? It’s deceptively easy, really. It’s Friday night; you’re bored, you got no girlfriend (maybe because you live in your parent’s basement) and you’ve got nothing to do. So, you get a bright idea. You think “Hey! I’m going to go to the video store!” So you go, and you’re looking through the horror film section and all of a sudden you come upon a film with the most enticing of titles: ZOMBIE STRIPPERS. You grab it from off the shelf and you draw in a deep breath and you say, out loud, “ALL RIGHT!!! ZOMBIES!!! Then you look even further and you see that it stars JENNA JAMESON and ROBERT ENGLUND. Well, Katy bars the door because you have just become about as happy as Rosie O’Donnell at a discount carpet store. This movie has got ROBERT FREAKIN’ ENGLUND in it. Oh wait, what’s it about? You look at the back of the cover…military…experiment gone wrong…strippers turning into zombies…yada yada yada…Jenna Jameson. Yes, oh yes, Jenna Jameson plays a stripper in this movie. Ladies and gentleman, the award for biggest acting stretch goes to…oh, who gives a shit about Jenna Jameson? You can see her munching on all sorts of body parts if you do the right Google search. Incidentally, have you got a good look at her lately? I can assure you that they didn’t have to use much makeup to turn her into a zombie. But may I remind you once again that this movie has got ROBERT FREAKIN’ ENGLUND in it!! You put it under your hairy little arm, walk to the counter, slap down your rental card and your cash and bing, boom, bam you are out the door and on your way home to watch Zombies and that guy that played Freddy Krueger. What was his name again? Let me think…oh yeah, ROBERT FREAKIN’ ENGLUND!
By the way, for those of you who aren’t bona fide hardcore horror fans; this movie has strippers in it. Jenna Jameson is in it, too. She gets naked. Yeah.