ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Fido | #ZomCom

I’m in need of a good laugh and sometimes, the ZomCom is the way to go. If you’ve never seen Fido, give it a shot. It’s terrific!

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My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: Billy Connolly accepted the role of Fido in the weeks before filming since he was interested in the acting challenge of making the character compelling without any dialogue; Timmy’s bedroom contains curtains and a bedspread depicting action scenes from the zombie war; and the pregnancy subplot involving Carrie-Anne Moss’ character Helen Robinson was only added because Moss was really pregnant during filming, and they added the pregnancy scenes to keep the continuity through the movie as she grew larger.

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972)

Tombs of the Blind Dead is an interesting zombie film that twists historical lore with rotting corpses. If that type of movie intrigues you, give it a shot. It’s worth the watch.

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My Rating: B

Interesting Facts: The blind dead are never referred to as ‘Templar Knights’ or ‘Caballeros Templarios’ in the original Spanish language version (they are referred to as ‘los Guerreros de Oriente’—’The Warriors from the Orient’; during the films intro titles, the camera is looking around the “abandoned” ruins of the Templars monastery and in one shot, a van with a ladder strapped to its roof-rack can be seen going across a bridge in the background, at the top of the picture; and some distributors in the U.S. re-cut and released “La Noche del terror ciego” with the title “Revenge from Planet Ape” in an effort to capitalize on the success of the Planet of the Apes (1968) (A prologue was added in this cut version to make a dubious connection between the two films which explains that 3000 years ago a simian civilization of super intelligent apes struggled with man to gain control of the planet. In the end man conquered ape after a brutal battle which saw him destroy the ape, his culture and society. After this battle man tortured and killed all the ape prisoners by piercing their eyes with a red hot pokers. One of the prisoners, who was also the leader of the apes, vowed they would return from the dead to avenge man’s brutality at a point in time before man destroyed Earth himself. This alternate prologue is available for viewing on the Blue-Underground DVD release).

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Night of the Comet (1984)

If you’ve never seen  Night of the Comet, it’s about time you dug out an old copy somewhere and gave it a shot!

mv5bmty5ndiwnda1nv5bml5banbnxkftztcwotuxotm2na-_v1_uy268_cr110182268_al_Two pretty high school girls (one a cheerleader!) don’t like their stepmother or her new boyfriend (“Daddy would have gotten us Uzis!”). One morning, they wake up to find that everybody in Los Angeles has been turned to dust by a Comet except them, a guy who looks like Erik Estrada, some zombies and the occupants of a secret underground government installation.

My Rating: B+

Interesting Facts: The scenes of an empty Los Angeles were filmed in the morning on normal business days and the shots of the barren city were done quickly while the traffic was held up at stop lights; The LP that Sam tosses over her shoulder is the soundtrack to “Valley Girl”, which would become, for a short time, one of the most sought-after albums of all time; and Joss Whedon has cited this film as a “big influence” for his original film script of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), which is rebooted in his television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997).

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Snowpiercer | #NotZombies #StillGood

I picked up Snowpiercer based on the recommendation of a new friend and I was not disappointed. While it has its bizarre moments and interestingly flawed characters, the reasoning behind it all comes into focus as the plot progresses. Definitely worth the watch in my opinion.

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My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: The train in the set was more than 500m long; Snowpiercer is based on the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige”; Tilda Swinton had to spend more than two hours in the make-up chair; and the movie was filmed in 72 days.

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Dead Before Dawn | #Zombedy #Zemons

I watched Dead Before Dawn on Hallowe’en and I’ve got to admit that it was super funny! If you like a good zombie comedy with a twist, check this one out for sure!

DeadBeforeDawn.jpgA group of college kids accidentally create, and then unleash, a curse that makes anyone they come into contact with kill themselves and then turn into zombie demons.

My Rating: A-

Interesting Facts: Dead Before Dawn is the first ever live action, 100% Canadian feature film to be shot in Stereoscopic 3D; our young heroes attend college, yet the cheerleaders are wearing uniforms with embroidered initials that end with “HS”; and at about ten minutes from the end, the van is shown with a broad, even band of smeared blood across the front—immediately afterward we see an earlier version with significantly less blood.

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Flight of the Living Dead | #TerrorInTheSkies

I bought this movie on DVD without actually having seen it because I’m a Zombieholic and I ended up really enjoying it. If you’re a fan of Zombies in truly inescapable places, consider giving this one a watch.

images.jpgA fellow scientist accidentally escapes containment aboard a plane during turbulence. After she is gunned down by a security guard, she reanimates as a zombie, killing and infecting several passengers and crew members on board the flight. A U.S. federal air marshall, along with a police officer, a flight attendant and a handful of survivors, must ride out the horrific flight just long enough to stay alive.

My Rating: B+

Interesting Facts: The amount of blood on First Officer Ray’s shirt, when he comes out of the cargo hold, keeps changing between shots; when the Pentagon is shown, the captioning says that it is in Washington, DC, but the Pentagon is actually in Arlington, Virginia; and during the discussion at the Pentagon, there is talk of a new strain of “malaria virus.” (FYI — Malaria is caused by Plasmodium, a protozoan parasite, not a virus).

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: The Living Dead | #ZombieMovieWithLotsaTitles

The Living Dead, also known as Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, also known as The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue, is a cult film from 1974 that deserves a watch.

1974-let-sleeping-corpses-lie-bdvdA cop chases two young people visiting the English countryside, suspecting them of a local murder; unbeknownst to him, the real culprits are the living dead, brought to life with a thirst for human flesh by radiation being used by area farmers as a pesticide alternative.

My Rating: B+

Interesting Facts: The English tagline, “To avoid fainting keep repeating, it’s only a movie… only a movie… only a movie… only a movie…” was taken from the advertising campaign for Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left (1972); the film has a grand total of 16 alternate titles from its various international releases; director Jorge Grau purposely cast an actress known for having a flat chest in the role of the nurse so that a fake chest piece could be applied that the zombies could tear into for her death scene; and Since Fernando Hilbeck’s zombie was suppose to have died drowning in the river, director Jorge Grau kept Hilbeck soaked with water throughout the film (Grau said that this often annoyed Hilbeck).

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Doomsday | #NotZombiesButStillGood #PostApocalyptic

While Doomsday is not a Zombie film, the cannibalistic and post-apocalyptic elements make it a fantastic film to showcase. If you’ve yet to see it, give it a watch.

doomsdayA lethal virus spreads throughout Scotland, infecting millions and killing hundreds of thousands. To contain the threat, acting authorities brutally quarantine the country as it succumbs to fear and chaos. The quarantine is successful. Three decades later, the Reaper virus violently resurfaces in London. An elite group of specialists, including Eden Sinclair, is urgently dispatched into Scotland to retrieve a cure by any means necessary. Shut off from the rest of the world, the unit must battle through a landscape that has become a waking nightmare.

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: Though the film takes place in London and Scotland, most of principal photography was done in South Africa and the last scene shot on the continent before moving to the UK was the lengthy car chase with the Bentley crashing through the bus; the film was made into a haunted house at Universal’s “Halloween Horror Nights” in Orlando Florida; and Scottish Screen contributed 300,000 pounds towards the film’s budget.

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: 28 Days Later | #FastZombies #UKZombies

I’ve likely already blogged about 28 Days Later but it does deserve a second mention in my opinion. It’s a movie that really made me think about the zombie apocalypse in a different way – what if zombies weren’t sluggish and easy to evade? And it was also the first film that truly depicted the virus as something that affected a person psychologically instead of just physically.

twenty_eight_days_later.jpgAnimal activists invade a laboratory with the intention of releasing chimpanzees that are undergoing experimentation, infected by a virus -a virus that causes rage. The naive activists ignore the pleas of a scientist to keep the cages locked, with disastrous results. Twenty-eight days later, our protagonist, Jim, wakes up from a coma, alone, in an abandoned hospital. He begins to seek out anyone else to find London is deserted, apparently without a living soul. After finding a church, which had become inhabited by zombie like humans intent on his demise, he runs for his life. Selena and Mark rescue him from the horde and bring him up to date on the mass carnage and horror as all of London tore itself apart. This is a tale of survival and ultimately, heroics, with nice subtext about mankind’s savage nature.

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: The film was shot almost entirely in sequence; only pickups and a few reshoots were shot out of sequence; the scene where Jim and Selena celebrate with Frank and Hannah was shot on September 11, 2001 (Danny Boyle said it felt extremely strange to shoot a celebratory scene on that particular day); and Stephen King bought out an entire showing of the film in New York City.

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror

I love movies from the 1980s and Burial Night: The Nights of Terror is no exception to that rule. It’s cheesy goodness with relatively bad effects that make it nostalgic and even better. Give it a shot if you’ve yet to see it!

burialgroundProfessor Ayres discovers a secret in an ancient stone and when he opens a crypt, he revives zombies that kill him. He had invited three couples to visit him in his manor to reveal his discovery. However, they never get around to meeting the professor. Out of the blue, the zombies attack them and they seek shelter in the mansion. The creatures put the manor under siege while they protect themselves trying to survive to the horde of zombies.

My Rating: B (get it??)

Interesting Facts: The movie was shot in four weeks; it was filmed on location at a real castle; and Peter Bark was cast in the role of 12 year old Michael, when at the time of filming, he was approximately 26 years old (in real life, Peter Bark is a dwarf).

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