ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Maggie

I had been wanting to see Maggie ever since I’d read a review from a friend on Facebook. After sitting down to watch it, I have to say I’m not 100% sure how I felt about it. It was certainly different and I applaud the filmmakers for taking chances with accepted zombie mythos (if there is such a thing) and for casting such huge stars in something that could have been a devastating failure. Or maybe that was the point – cast Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin in an attempt to trick people into coming to see it. The movie itself moved slowly but the drama was there. If you’re looking for an all out Zombie apocalypse action ride, this is not that movie.

MaggieAfter a couple of weeks seeking out his teenage daughter Maggie, Wade finds her in the quarantine wing of a hospital. Maggie has been infected by a lethal outbreak that transforms the victim into a zombie. Wade’s friend Dr. Vern Kaplan releases Maggie to spend her last days with Wade and her family. Her stepmother Caroline asks Wade to take their little kids to her sister’s house to keep them safe. While Maggie is slowly transformed, Wade stays with her protecting Maggie. But Dr. Vern warns him that the moment that he will have to take an ultimate decision is closer.

My Rating: B

Interesting Facts: This is the lowest budgeted movie Arnold Schwarzenegger has appeared in since the original The Terminator (1984); Arnold did not receive any sort of payment to star in this film — he did the film for $0 after falling in love with the script; and the term of the disease for those infected – necroambulist – is a mixture of the Greek word necro meaning death/dead, and the Latin-derived ambulist meaning walker. Thus together the literal translation is dead-walker.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Zombie Massacre

Zombie Massacre as a film wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t overly great either. It’s a typical pathogen-released-from-the-lab zombie story with a military angle that pits zombies against guys with guns. I did enjoy watching it but it had nothing different about it.

ZombieMassacreA bacteriological weapon developed by the US Government to create a super soldier – spreads an epidemic in a quiet little town in the middle of Eastern Europe. All citizens have been turned into infected zombies. The plan is to bring an atomic bomb into the city’s nuclear plant to pretend a terrible accident occurred. No one has to know the truth. A team of mercenaries is hired to complete the mission. The battle is on. Hordes of monsters against the team. WHO WILL SURVIVE?

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Interesting Facts: It’s alternate title is Apocalypse Z; it was filmed in Italy; and it’s budget was an estimated $1,000,000!

And now it’s time for the trailer…

ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Zombie Night

I wouldn’t classify Zombie Night as a high-end, blockbuster type film, but it certainly had its enjoyable moments. I found the parts of the film that varied too far from the zombie mythos highly unbelievable; I mean how can they only have to survive until daylight when the zombies go dormant until night again? But it certainly was different so I have to give the screenwriter kudos for an original idea, however unfeasible I believe it to be. It does have Michael Anthony Hall in it so it can’t be all bad right?

ZombieNightThis is the synopsis and it’s epitomizes the film in all honesty:

Zombies come out at night and two families must survive until morning.

My Rating: C

Interesting Facts: It stars Daryl Hannah and Anthony Michael Hall; it was once titled’ Dark Night of the Living Dead’; The writer of the tale, Richard Schenkman has had an interesting past that includes writing children’s books, being one of the original staffers at MTV, and has collaborated many times with Jon Cryer (another 80s alum).

And now it’s time for the trailer…

ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAYS: Cockneys Vs Zombies

In this edition of Zombie Film Fridays, I’m going to take a few moments to talk about Cockneys Vs Zombies. I really enjoyed this film for a few reasons. Firstly, British comedies are some of my favourites and this one delivers on all levels. I also truly appreciated the way they handled the resourcefulness of the seniors in the film. I don’t want to give too much away but anyone, at any age, can kick some zombie ass when they need to.

CockneysvsZombiesThis British movie is about a group of inept criminals who decide to rob a bank so they can save their grandfather’s retirement home from being demolished by developers. Meanwhile on another building site some workers dig up an old graveyard and they get bitten by the “undead” which sets off a chain reaction. Then the bank robbers are cornered by the police while in the process of the robbery, but when they exit they find that they are all dead as a result of the horde of zombies. They have to get to the retirement home before the zombies do!

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: The film makers appealed quite extensively via local newspapers in and around London for volunteers to play the parts of the zombies; Many of the people who appeared in this film have also been in Dr Who; and In the bank, when the manager asks the robbers for their forms, she names of the forms as “27B-6,” which is a reference to Brazil (1985).

And now it’s time for the trailer…

 

ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAYS: Extinction

On this edition of Zombie Film Fridays, we’re going to take a moment to talk about the film Extinction. The movie started out really fast but then tapered to a slower watch, full of the starkness of life after the world ends. I enjoyed the way in which the characters made lives for themselves, protecting what they had managed to save and looking for more when they could. I also appreciated the psychological effects of such an event portrayed with a certain level of honesty. While people may be able to cope with a zombie apocalypse, not everyone who ultimately survives is going to maintain a level of sanity or be able to handle day to day social interactions. Extinction presents a few different pictures of what the aftermath may look like that meld together quite well. The idea of mutation, or perhaps a better word here might be adaptation, is explored in an interesting way that adds to the bleakness of the film.

Extinction_(2015)_cover_art.jpegAnd suddenly, overnight, the world came to a halt. Two men, two survivors, one kid, and hatred that separates them. A place forgotten by everyone, including the creatures that inhabit the Earth… until now.

My Rating: A-

Interesting Facts: They filmed in Budapest due to its snowy winter, but it turned out to be the first winter in over a decade with no snow at all; the movie was at one time titled “welcome to Harmony” which was the name of the town they were in; and it’s adapted from the bestselling novel Y Pese a Todo from author Juan de Dios Garduno.

And now it’s time for the trailer…