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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: THX 1183 | #SocietyofZombies

I happened to catch THX 1183 on television the other night, and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed in the least. While it’s not a zombie movie in the classic brain-eating, mindless-wandering sense, it still touches on the way in which we, as a society, can become zombie-like when we forget to truly live. Check it out if you’re looking for something a little different, but still entertaining. Oh and it is George Lucas’ directorial debut…

THX1138“Work hard, increase production, prevent accidents, and be happy.” THX 1138 presents a cold, dystopian future in which individual thought and love are forbidden. But two citizens dare to rebel. LUH 3417, a disenchanted surveillance worker, consciously stops taking her mandatory drugs — medication that suppresses emotions — and gives placebos to her roommate, THX 1138. Now free to feel, the two fall in love, but find themselves on the run for breaking laws of conformity.

My Rating: A-

Interesting Facts: To provide the large number of extras required, George Lucas contacted the Synanon drug rehabilitation facility where he found many recovering drug users who were required to be shaved bald for the drug program anyway; the sounds of the police motorcycles are the sped-up sounds of women screaming together in a tiled bathroom; and very little makeup was used on the actors to give them a look of authenticity.

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Zombi 2 | #AlsoKnownasZombieFleshEaters

This classic film came out in 1979, the year after I was born, and contains one of the single most grossest moments I can stomach – you need to watch this one!

Zombie_Flesh_eaters.jpgA zombie is found aboard a boat off the New York coast which belongs to do a famous scientist. Peter West, a journalist, travels to the Antilles with Ann, the daughter of the scientist. On the way, they meet with Brian, a ethnologist, and Susan. When they arrive at Matul Island, they find Dr. Menard, and discover a terrifying disease which is turning the islanders into horrifying zombies which devour human flesh and seem indestructible…

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: Despite being called “Zombi 2”, the film is not a sequel to anything (when Dawn of the Dead (1978) was released under the title “Zombi” in Italy, this film was retitled “Zombi 2” to cash in on the success of the American film); only 3 zombies have their eyes open; scriptwriter Dardano Sacchetti chose to take his name off the credits due to his father’s death during preproduction; and hordes of the living dead stumble across the Brooklyn Bridge at the end of the film because although a national state of emergency had been declared and the local radio station had been overrun by zombies, the traffic below still flows freely due to budgetary constraints – there was not enough money to stop traffic on the bridge.

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: White Zombie | #ClassicZombies

Even if you’re a zombie lover, you may or may not have seen the classics which started it all. While they may not be high on production value compared to the CGIed films of today, they still have a certain nostalgia and utter creepiness that rings through even today.

So let’s talk White Zombie. It’s a classic, no doubt about that, and it stars Bela Lugosi. If you’ve yet to see it, and love all types of zombie films, I give this one two decomposing thumbs up!

imagesYoung couple Madeleine and Neil are coaxed by acquaintance Monsieur Beaumont to get married on his Haitian plantation. Beaumont’s motives are purely selfish as he makes every attempt to convince the beautiful young girl to run away with him. For help Beaumont turns to the devious Legendre, a man who runs his mill by mind controlling people he has turned into zombies. After Beaumont uses Legendre’s zombie potion on Madeleine, he is dissatisfied with her emotionless being and wants her to be changed back. Legendre has no intention of doing this and he drugs Beaumont as well to add to his zombie collection. Meanwhile, grieving ‘widower’ Neil is convinced by a local priest that Madeleine may still be alive and he seeks her out.

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: This film was shot in only eleven days and was completed in March 1932; according to friends of Bela Lugosi, the actor always regretted that he had taken the role of “Murder” Legendre for only $800 while the film was quite successful at the box office for the Halperin brothers; and the voodoo chanting that plays over the opening credits is sampled in the song El Imperio del Mal by the Spanish rock band Migala.

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Life After Beth | #Zombies #Comedy

Haven’t seen Life After Beth yet? You really should give it a shot. It blends comedy and romance with horror in an interesting way…

MV5BMjA3OTUwOTMxOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODg4NTkwMjE@._V1_UY1200_CR90,0,630,1200_AL_.jpgA hike alone in the woods ends tragically for Beth Slocum with a fatal snake bite. Her death leaves her parents and boyfriend Zach reeling. After the funeral, Zach tries to make friends with Mr. and Mrs. Slocum, but even they reject him, and he’s determined to figure out why. Then he sees Beth. Her parents are trying to keep her resurrection a secret, but zombie Beth provides Zach with the opportunity to do everything with her that he didn’t get to do while she was still alive. But with Beth’s increasingly erratic behaviour and even more strange occurrences around town, life with the undead Beth proves to be particularly complicated for her still-living loved ones.

My Rating: B

Interesting Facts: Nick Offerman can be heard narrating the documentary on Machu Pichu in the beginning of the film; it’s the 2nd time Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick appear in a movie after Scott Pilgrim vs the World; and it’s the first comedy film for Dane DeHaan.

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Resident Evil: Retribution | #UmbrellaCorporation #Zombies

The last film in the Resident Evil franchise, until the next one is released, is Resident Evil: Retribution. This is an interesting film and one that definitely deserves being watched. If you haven’t seen it, be sure to catch up on the rest of the films first!

mv5bmta2ntkwnjuxntzeqtjeqwpwz15bbwu3mde2otmxmtg-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_Alice awakes at home with her daughter Becky and her husband. But soon she realizes that she is actually in an Umbrella Corporation’s underground facility. Out of the blue, the computer security system shuts-down and Alice flees to the central control room of the facility. She meets Ada Wong, who works with Albert Wesker, and she learns that a five-man team has been sent by Wesker to rescue them. However, the Red Queen sends Jill Valentine and Rain to hunt them down.

My Rating: A+

Interesting Facts: The voice over for the trailer of the film is Patrick Stewart; Bingbing Li’s entire dialogue was dubbed by Sally Cahill who voiced Ada Wong in the video games; and the character Becky was not originally to be hearing-impaired, but after an outstanding audition, the role was given to Aryana Engineer.

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Resident Evil: Afterlife | #UmbrellaCorporation #Zombies

Next up on Zombie Film Friday is Resident Evil: Afterlife.

I loved this installment of the franchise for quite a few reasons—the evolution of the zombies, Kim Coates, and all the scenes in the prison. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend it.

mv5bmtkxnzm3otg5of5bml5banbnxkftztcwmda5mda2mw-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead takes them to Los Angeles, but when they arrive the city is overrun by thousands of Undead – and Alice and her comrades are about to step into a deadly trap.

My Rating: A+

Interesting Facts: During filming, Milla Jovovich accidentally shot out a $100,000 camera; this is the only film in the series without the trademark close-up shot to Alice’s eye, and without any scene with Alice waking up from slumber; and the weird creatures with the flower-like mouths are called majini and are lifted directly from the video games.

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Resident Evil: Extinction | #UmbrellaCorporation #Zombies

Resident Evil: Extinction may be my least favourite of the franchise but it’s still a very good film in its own right. The desert setting makes for a number of interesting situations and the tide of the apocalypse sweeping across the landscape and what it left behind is breathtaking and utterly terrifying.

mv5bmja0nziwmdi2mf5bml5banbnxkftztcwnze1ntg0mq-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_Years after the Raccoon City disaster, Alice is on her own; aware that she has become a liability and could endanger those around her, she is struggling to survive and bring down the Umbrella Corporation led by the sinister Albert Wesker and head researcher Dr. Isaacs. Meanwhile, traveling through the Nevada Desert and the ruins of Las Vegas, Carlos Olivera, L.J., and new survivors K-Mart, Claire Redfield, and Nurse Betty must fight to survive extinction against hordes of zombies, killer crows and the most terrifying creatures created as a result of the deadly T-Virus that has killed millions.

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: There were unused scenes from the original script where Alice manages to hack into the files of Umbrella, revealing her real name is not Alice Abernathy but Janice Prospero; a conscious decision was made early on to make this the bloodiest of the Resident Evil films; and Ali Larter was cast largely on the strength of her performance in the first two Final Destination movies.

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Resident Evil: Apocalypse | #UmbrellaCorporation #Zombies

So as we continue taking a look at the Resident Evil franchise, it brings us to Resident Evil: Apocalypse that takes place deep in the streets of Raccoon City. In my opinion, it was a great follow-up to the first movie and an excellent introduction to many of the favourite characters from the games.

mv5bmtc1ntuxmzk0nl5bml5banbnxkftztcwndq1mdizmw-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_Alice awakens from a terrible sleep to find her worst fears realized—the bloodthirsty Undead, which she and the now-annihilated squad of elite military fought to destroy, have been unleashed on the city that surrounds the secret facility of the Umbrella Corporation. Discovering she was an Umbrella experiment, Alice has been bio-genetically enhanced with new strengths, senses and dexterity—and she will need them. In the heart of the ravaged Raccoon City, a small group of uninfected people, including Jill Valentine, a recently demoted member of Umbrella Corp’s elite Special Tactics and Rescue Services team, and S.T.A.R.S team leader Carlos Oliveira, fight for their lives against swarms of Undead and the deadlier and faster Lickers. Running out of luck and resources, the group is rescued by Alice, and they begin to wage an exhilarating battle to survive and escape before the Umbrella Corporation erases its experiment from the face of the earth. Their only hope lies somewhere within…

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: The trailer for this film was one of the most watched on the Internet, with 8.5 million downloads from November 2003 to May 2004; The suit for Nemesis weighed in excess of 60 pounds and stuntman Matthew G. Taylor could only stay in it for periods of up to 15 minutes before it got too hot; Paul W.S. Anderson first started writing the screenplay almost immediately after completing the first film; and Oded Fehr had little difficulty in playing a character so familiar with handling guns – he was trained in the Israeli army.

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Resident Evil | #BewareofUmbrellaCorp

I love Resident Evil – I love the franchise from the movies to the games. It’s probably one of my favourite franchises and if you’ve never seen it, I would suggest giving it a whirl.

mv5bmti5nzq3oti1nf5bml5banbnxkftztywmdgyntk5-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_A virus has escaped in a secret facility called “The Hive,” turning the staff into hungry zombies and releasing the mutated Lab “Animals” that they were studying. The complex computer shuts down the base to prevent infection. The parent corporation sends in an elite military unit, where they meet Alice, who is suffering from amnesia due to exposure to nerve gas. The military team must shut down the computer and get out, fighting their way past zombies, mutants, and the computer itself, before the virus escapes and infects the rest of the world. Alice must also come to terms with her slowly-returning memories.

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: All the minor cuts and bruises on Milla Jovovich’s character are real—no make-up was applied; the crew had a hard time dealing with the dogs who kept licking the blood and meat off themselves; and even though they’re everywhere, the word “zombie” is never spoken in this film.

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Slither | #AlienZombies

Some might not consider Slither a Zombie film but I do. While it’s elements stretch the boundaries of the genre, it’s still contained within it if you consider what the alien slugs turn people into. That should be enough to make you want to watch it but if I have to entice you more, I have just two words…

Nathan Fillion

slitherIn this blend of the B movie classic The Blob (1958), and some Romero’s zombies film, a meteorite collides in a small town. Grant finds it, and is infected by a parasite worm, which installs in his brain and causes him a creepy transformation into a monster. Starla, his wife, and Bill, a policeman, will try to stop him and the plague of worms generated by the creature.

My Rating: B

Interesting Facts: Brenda is watching the Troma film The Toxic Avenger with her baby when Grant comes to her house; in the opening scene as they pan down the street, you can see “RJ McCready’s Funeral Home”( RJ McCready is Kurt Russell’s character in The Thing); and in the script, Jack tells Bill that Brenda is the niece of Randy Flagg (Randall Flagg is the bad guy in several Stephen King novels including The Stand).

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