Z is for Zombie

Fulci’s Zombie (or Zombi 2) contains one of my favourite scenes of all time in a Zombie movie. If you’ve seen it, you know what scene I’m talking about. If you haven’t, what the heck are you waiting for??

A 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 Fact: As shown in trailers before the film was released, airline “barf bags” were handed out to theater moviegoers due to the unusually high amount of violence and gore for a horror film of that time.

Honourable Mentions for the letter Z: Zombieland

And now it’s time for the trailer!

Y is for Yoroi: Samurai Zonbi

Who doesn’t love a foreign film? Heck, who doesn’t love a foreign Zombie film? Yoroi: Samurai Zonbi is a Japanese film that you’ll love to watch!

While on a road trip around Eight Spears Village, a family is stopped by a car accident. Forced to stop in thinking that they hit someone, evidently armed, a couple shoots the man and hijacks the family’s car, holding the father at gun point and demanding he hit the gas. When one of the tires is punctured, the father goes to find a spare, leaving his family with the captors. Eventually finding a ghost village, the father goes on top of a hill to look down on the village. After spotting a cemetery at the base of the hill, the father starts bizarrely digging until he finds a rusty knife. Using the rusty knife the father cuts his head off, with the resulting fountain of blood spraying an ancient tomb. A moment later, a razor-sharp Japanese sword strikes through the ground and an eerie samurai warrior appears from underneath. After the samurai is resurrected by the father’s blood, an old woman comes to the family and their captors and tells him that they’re all going to die. Following that Yoroi begins to hunt the family and the captors one by one in the Eight Spears Village forest.

My Rating: B+

Interesting Fact: The tagline for this movie is “Dead… and still slicing!”

Honourable Mentions for the Letter Y: There are none…

And now it’s time for the trailer!

A to Z Bonus Post: The Worst Zombie Movie I Have Ever Seen

When I was trying to decide what my bonus posts would be, I simply couldn’t tell you about my favourite Zombie film, without telling you about the worst one that I have seen (in my humble yet honest opinion). There were quite a few to choose from… I fully acknowledge that I am not a filmmaker and that making a movie is not an easy task. I’d love to hear your thoughts too, if you’ve seen it!

The movie has two names – Dawn of the Living Dead or Evil Grave: Curse of the Maya. I’ll let you take your pick as to what you want to call it…

The ex-addicted and paranoid Renee and her fiancé and former doctor Jeffrey move together to a remote house nearby the Mexican border. She meets Michael, who works in the area taking care of wind mills, and invites him to have dinner with Jeffrey and her. Sooner they find that the place is under siege of a hungry Mayan descendant family of zombies that was killed by an unknown murderer and cursed by an old ritual.

My Rating: D-

Interesting Fact: They spent $750,000 making this movie.

And here’s a link to the film on YouTube! I’m a little embarrassed to admit I own the film…

X is for Day X

Day X is also on my list of zombie films to watch at some point – if you’ve seen it, let me know what you thought about it by leaving a comment!

In an underground research laboratory scientists from the fictional IDC experiment with biological agents when it erupts in a momentous disaster. A gas escapes, “series 14”, which contains an airborne pathogen. The deadly substance kills those it infects, producing toxins and changes the victims into extremely aggressive, carnivorous beasts who are virtually immortal. The bites of these instinct-driven creatures are deadly. Unfortunately, this organism gets into the atmosphere, where it triggers a nation-wide epidemic in short time.

My Rating:

Interesting fact: This movie cost a lot less than you think…

Honourable Mentions for the letter X: Got none for you…

And now it’s time for the trailer!

W is for Warm Bodies

I saw Warm Bodies in theaters and I have to say I actually liked it! I also reviewed it for DarkMedia Online and you can read my thoughts on the film here.

With much of the future world’s population rendered into an undead horde, R is a young, and oddly introspective, zombie. On a feeding encounter with a human gathering party, R meets Julie and feels an urge to protect her. What happens with that is the beginnings of a strangely warm relationship that causes R to start to regain his humanity. As this change spreads throughout the undead population, Julie and R eventually find they are facing a larger issue even as their friendship is challenged. Caught between the paranoid human forces and the ferocious Boney zombies who are a mutual threat, R and Julie must find a way to bridge the sides to fight for a better world no one thought possible.

My Rating: A

Interesting Fact: The actors portraying the zombies in this film chose not to blink. It was particularly uncomfortable for Nicholas Hoult who did a few long scenes without blinking. Later in the film (when the zombies become more human), the zombies start blinking.

Honourable Mentions for the letter W: Waxwork, Wake the Dead

And now it’s time for the trailer!

V is for The Video Dead

80’s cheese at it’s best! That’s the only way to describe The Video Dead!

An unlabeled crate from an unknown source is delivered to a house in the woods. The homeowner unwisely accepts the delivery, only to discover it contains a TV set that starts spewing giggling zombies all over the place. When a new family moves into the now-abandoned house, the son discovers the haunted television and is soon told what he needs to do to send the zombies back where they belong. Knowing and doing, however, are two very different things, and the zombies are not likely to go quietly.

My Rating: B-

Interesting Fact: Actor Jack Stellman would get so into his zombie role that he wouldn’t talk to his other cast members, he would instead glare at them from across the room or grunt when they spoke to him. All of the zombies in the film had to audition for their roles by grunting/growling and performing their best zombie walk which were then incorporated into the finished film. Mr. Stellman came into his audition completely silent and in character, staring at the director with his “glare” and only delivering inaudible noises when asked questions. He was cast on the spot.

Honourable Mention for the letter V: Vampires Vs. Zombies

And now it’s time for the trailer!

U is for Universal Dead

Universal Dead is a short film I reviewed for DarkMedia Online. It’s a great film with an interesting take on the genre. If you’d like to read my review, you can check it out here.

Planet Earth is ravaged by a strange disease that turns people into mindless murderers. As civilization struggles to survive, a small team of US Navy SEALs must protect a doctor from the Center for Disease Control on a mission to evaluate the claims of an erratic scientist who may have discovered the secret to mankind’s salvation.

My Rating: B+

Interesting Fact: The outdoor scenes were shot in Descanso, Ca., forty miles east of San Diego. So when DB Sweeney’s character says, “We’re only 40 miles from San Diego. Sometimes they wander”, he’s speaking the literal truth.

Honourable Mentions for the letter U: Undead or Alive, Undead Ted

Since the short film is available on Youtube for free…

T is for They Walk

It’s been a while since I saw They Walk and it will likely be a while more. Not one of the best films, but if you’re an aficionado like me, you’ll probably watch it anyways 🙂 

After a meteor shower strikes and a college couple disappears from a party, their friends go searching for them. What they find is the living dead, and the large group of friends split off into five separate groups, each with their own story of survival.

My Rating: D

Interesting Fact: There are many homages made in the movie including the scene where a group of punk rockers become infected, resorting to cutting off their hands with a chainsaw and creating a weaponized arm out of said chainsaw and various gauges of shotguns a la Evil Dead II.

Honourable Mentions for the letter T: Trailer Park of Terror

And now it’s time for the trailer!

S is for Shaun of the Dead

One cannot simply have an A to Z list of Zombie films without mentioning Shaun of the Dead! The first time I saw this film, I think I laughed until I cried. I LOVE it!!!

Shaun doesn’t have a very good day, so he decides to turn his life around by getting his ex to take him back, but he times it for right in the middle of what may be a zombie apocalypse… But for him, it’s an opportunity to show everyone he knows how useful he is by saving them all. All he has to do is survive… And get his ex back.

My Rating: A+

Interesting Fact: When Shaun and the group are running out of Liz’s flat they are all carrying weapons of some kind, but only Shaun actually hits any zombies. This was because only the cricket bat that Shaun was carrying was a padded fake, all the other items were real and would have hurt the extras playing zombies if they had been hit with them.

Honourable Mentions for the letter S: Severed: Forest of the Dead, Scooby Doo on Zombie Island, Survival of the Dead

And now it’s time for the trailer!

A to Z Bonus Post: My Apocalypse Soundtrack

Movies have soundtracks and if my life were an apocalyptic movie containing Zombies, here’s what the soundtrack would sound like – enjoy!

Overall theme for the Apocalypse

Mad, Mad World – Gary Jules

What plays when I kill my first zombie

Another One Bites the Dust – Queen

What plays when you’re chased by the horde

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

When you have to kill a loved one

The Man Who Sold the Word – Jordis Unga

When you find a group of survivors

Whataya Want From Me – Adam Lambert

Meeting a new love interest

Dolphin’s Cry – Live

Making a Final Stand

Not Afraid – Eminem

You’ve survived it all

Imagine – John Lennon

Then you discover a bite mark

A Change is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke

End Credits

Have You Ever Seen The Rain – CCR

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What might some of your songs be?