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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.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

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.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

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.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

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.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

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).

And now it’s time for the trailer…

ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: The Serpent and the Rainbow | #Zombies

If you haven’t seen The Serpent and the Rainbow, it’s a classic.

Go and get it now and give it a watch – you won’t be disappointed.

I’ll wait for you here…

the-serpent-and-the-rainbow-movie-poster-1988-1020233686.jpgIn 1985, after a successful research in Amazonas, Dr. Dennis Alan from Harvard is invited by the president of a Boston pharmaceutics industry, Andrew Cassedy, to travel to Haiti to investigate the case of a man named Christophe that died in 1978 and has apparently returned to life. Andrew wants samples of the voodoo drug that was used in Christophe to be tested with the intention of producing a powerful anesthetic. Dr. Alan travels to meet Dr. Marielle Duchamp that is treating Christophe and arrives in Haiti in a period of revolution. Soon Alan is threatened by the chief of the feared Tonton Macuse Dargent Peytraud, who is a torturer and powerful witch. Alan learns that death is not the end in the beginning of his journey to hell.

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: Newly-wed, Bill Pullman’s wife was invited to be an extra and appears on screen as the blonde who pushes a long needle through a willing man’s cheek; author Wade Davis agreed to sell the book rights on the condition that Peter Weir direct and Mel Gibson star — neither man had any involvement in the project; and Bill Pullman acted alongside a jaguar, a viper and a tarantula during the course of film (all the animals were raised in captivity and were relatively tame).

And now it’s time for the trailer…

ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Planet Terror | #Zombies

When you consider Planet Terror, two things come to mind most easily – zombies and Rose McGowan with one of the best zombie fighting weapon ever. If you have yet to see this film, pick it up. It’s got corny moments and thrilling moments – everything you want from a good Zombie flick.

planetterror2After an experimental bio-nerve gas is accidentally released at a remote U.S. military base in Texas, those exposed to the gas turn into flesh-eating, mutating zombies out to kill. An assortment of various people who include stripper Cherry, her shady mechanic ex-boyfriend Wray, a strong-willed doctor, the local sheriff, and an assortment of various people must join forces to survive the night as the so-called “sickos” threaten to take over the whole town and the world.

My Rating: A-

Interesting Facts: The appearance of Bruce Willis in a minor role is a subtle nod to an old marketing trick often employed by Grindhouse makers who would contract a big-name movie star to appear in their movie for one day, for a few frontal shots only, while the rest of the scenes were done with a double filmed from the back and a picture of the big star would then be placed prominently on the movie’s poster in order to boost sales; the “machine-gun leg” effect was pulled off by putting a cast on Rose McGowan’s leg to keep it stiff and wrapping green first aid tape around it; and the total body count of Planet Terror is 281 — El Wrey has 52 kills, Cherri Darling has 50 kills and Sheriff Hague has 13 kills.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Re-Animator | #Zombie #Film

If you haven′t seen Re-Animator, what the bloody heck are you waiting for? Stop reading this post and go and watch it.

Now!

But seriously, it′s a great film, one that every lover of zombies should see at one point.

Re-Animator-poster.jpgA dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: The special effects department went through 25 gallons of fake blood during the shoot; Stuart Gordon and Dennis Paoli originally intended to be faithful to H.P. Lovecraft’s story, but the film ultimately has little in common with the story, which was intended to be a parody of Frankenstein; and the “brains” in the severed head were made up of steer meat by-products, ground beef and fake blood and when they shot the scene in the autopsy room with the severed head being thrown out the door and then smashing onto the hallway wall, the crew were all behind the cameras with garbage bags over their clothes because no one knew just how much the brains would splatter.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

 

ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies | #Zombie #Film

I won’t lie about this film — when I first heard about Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, I assumed it wasn’t going to be stellar. Surprising fact: it was. I really enjoyed it. That’s not to say it’s doesn’t have some issues but is any zombie movie perfect? Do none of them break the ‘rules’? We all know they do and that’s what makes for great diversity within the genre.

Abraham.jpgAs Abraham Lincoln labors over the Gettysburg address, the importance of which he is fully aware, he learns that a menace from his past has returned, threatening to tear the already fractured nation to pieces. He must journey behind enemy lines to face a foe far more fearsome than the Confederate army: the walking dead.

My Rating: A-

Interesting Facts: Teddy Roosevelt was two years old at the beginning of the civil war far too young to walk softly and carry a big stick; the fort featured in the film was also used in the filming of Robert Redford’s movie The Conspirator; and an avid history buff, actor Bill Oberst Jr. agreed to take on the role of Lincoln, provided he could deliver the Gettysburg Address (much to his excitement, he was able to do so, which he did mostly from memory, having played Lincoln multiple times on stage).

And now it’s time for the trailer…

ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Exit Humanity

Exit Humanity is a recent film, 2011 qualifies it as recent in my mind, and I wasn’t sure what I to think when I watched it. The premise was interesting and I’m a lover of zombie films so I figured I’d give it a chance. What I found was a movie that started off slow and then ramped up, taking it away from the typical story of survival into that of a search. I actually really enjoyed it.

ExitHumanityA young man’s struggle to survive in the aftermath of a deadly undead outbreak during the American Civil War.

My Rating: A-

Interesting facts: The movie contains live action with a smattering of classical animation; it was filmed in small town Ontario, Canada (Owen Sound, Collingwood, and Kimberley to be exact); and if you watch closely in an early scene, you’ll see a shirtless zombie walking through a pond,  which washes off the make-up on his forearms.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

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