ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Night of the Creeps | #ZomCom

Haven’t seen Night of the Creeps?? Seriously?? You are missing out on a great 1980s zombie comedy!

nightIn 1959, an alien experiment crashes to earth and infects a fraternity member. They freeze the body, but in the modern day, two geeks pledging a fraternity accidentally thaw the corpse, which proceeds to infect the campus with parasites that transform their hosts into killer zombies.

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: The movie the house mother is watching on TV is Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), a fair share of the film was shot in an old Woolworth’s department store that was converted into a makeshift studio; Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger play Zombie extras; and the “Corman Clarion” newspaper, along with the university name, is a reference to Roger Corman.

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse | #AlwaysBringProtection

I loved, love, loved Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. With equal parts gore and laughter, it was a delightful romp of fantastic zombie watching.

scouts-guide-posterA reckless janitor accidentally releases a zombie from a laboratory of research. Meanwhile, the teenagers scouts Ben Goudy and Carter Grant decide to camp for the last time since they are too old to be scouts. The problem is that they do not want to harm the feelings of their friend Augie Foster and the Scout Leader Rogers. They have a flat tire after hitting a deer on the road and Carter’s sister Kendall Grant, her boyfriend and her friend Chloe stop their Jeep to see whether they need a ride. They invite Ben and Carter to go to a party in the night. The two scouts leave the camping during the night to go to the party. When they drive through the town, they do not see a living soul and they decide to visit a night-club since the bouncer is not at the door. They discover that people have turned into zombies and they team-up with Ben’s recent acquaintance Denise Russo, who is bartender in the nightclub, and Augie that was left alone at the camp and came to the town. Soon they discover …

My Rating: A++

Interesting Facts: It was originally titled, Scouts VS Zombies; Augie’s Scout shirt has badges showing two intertwined female symbols and a handgun; a mile marker seen during the movie shows “Haddonfield” as a nearby city. Haddonfield is the setting for the movie Halloween (1978); and before Augie and Carter fight the old lady in the house, you can see a zombie on the street with a “YOLO” T-shirt.

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: I Walked with a Zombie | #VoodooZombies

Another classic voodoo zombie movie to give a chance is I Walked with a Zombie from 1943. It melds horror with a classic love story and deserves a chance if you love the genre.

220px-Iwalkedwithazombie.jpgA young Canadian nurse comes to the West Indies to care for Jessica, the wife of a plantation manager. Jessica seems to be suffering from a kind of mental paralysis as a result of fever. When she falls in love with Paul, Betsy determines to cure Jessica even if she needs to use a voodoo ceremony, to give Paul what she thinks he wants.

My Rating: A-

Interesting Facts: Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, edited by Steven Schneider; although the screenplay is credited to Curt Siodmak and Ardel Wray, the two did not work together on the film and in fact never even met each other (Wray was brought in after Siodmak left); and hanging on the wall in Jessica’s room is a copy of Arnold Böcklin’s mysterious painting Isle of the Dead.

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: The Beyond | #ZombiesFromHell #Literally

Haven’t seen this classic from 1971? Perhaps it’s time you gave The Beyond a chance…

the-beyond-movie-poster-1982-1010685606The cellar of an old hotel is built on top of the door to the beyond. Bloody zombies roam there. A young woman who is heir of the hotel wants to restore it. She is confronted with strange events. A painter has a lethal fall, the plumber vanishes and her friend breaks his neck. When she escapes to the hospital of a friendly doctor she doesn’t know what a nightmare is waiting there…

My Rating: B+

Interesting Facts: During the final scene in the Beyond’s abyss, the sand-covered bodies lying on the ground were actually stark naked street derelicts, who were “paid” in alcohol; E tu vivrai nel terrore! L’aldilà when translated means and you will live in fear, the afterlife; and the zombie rampage was done at the insistence of the film’s German distributors whose movie market was going through a zombie craze.

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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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