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: 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: 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).

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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.

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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!

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Zombie Film Fridays: Black Sheep

While Black Sheep is not the most cinematic of movies, it still is worth the watch – even just to see a different take on the genre.

Growing up on the family sheep farm was idyllic for smart, sensitive Harry Olfield, except for some knavish mischief from cocky brother Angus, until their dad has a fatal accident. Fifteen years later, Harry has finished sheep-phobia therapy and his ICT schooling and returns. Angus buys him out, all ready to present the genetically engineered Oldfield sheep he bred with a ruthless team. When environmentalist Grant steals a discarded embryo, which has sharp teeth, he gets bitten by it, and thus the first the be infected with predatory hunger and a mechanism that turns any mammal into a werewolf version. Running for the farm men, Grant’s mate, student Experience, gets teamed up with Harry and his boorish but gentle pastoral youth friend Tucker. They must survive both the bloodthirsty sheep and their creators, who didn’t realize this yet but dispose of an antidote.

My Rating: C+

Interesting Facts: The special effects were done by Weta Workshops (the same crew who did the Lord of the Rings trilogy), the sequence with the sheep driving the land rover took several days to film while the scene with the land rover going over the cliff was done in a single take, and it took four people to operate the Grant monster sheep suit.

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Zombie Film Fridays: Cargo

So I’ve been seeing the link for Cargo being passed around Facebook over the past few days and I decided to sit down and watch the short film the other day. I have to say I was blown away. So much packed into such a tiny package. Watch it – I’d love to hear your thoughts! Cargo was a finalist for Tropfest 2013 and besides that, I don’t know much about it, but I give an A++!

Zombie Film Fridays: A Little Bit Zombie

I happened to catch A Little Bit Zombie one evening on The Movie Network and was enthralled by it. I will admit it’s not the best of films, but it’s funny, co-stars Stephen McHattie (a fantastic Canadian actor), and has references to Tactical Bacon. What else do you really need??

Infected by a virus, a mild mannered HR manager attempts to fulfill his overwhelming desire for brains, all while trying to keep it together so as not to incur the wrath of his bridezilla-to-be.

My Rating: A-

Interesting Facts: The beer that Craig drinks throughout the film is an actual beer, called “Devil’s Pale Ale”, and is brewed in Ontario, Canada, by the company Great Lakes Brewery, and following the credits there is a shot of Muffins’ foot bursting from its grave.

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Zombie Film Fridays: Braindead (Dead Alive)

If you have not seen Braindead (or Dead Alive as it’s called in the United States), I suggest watching it. Immediately! Directed by Peter Jackson and cheesy to the core, it’s a fun movie!

Lionel, a Mama’s boy has the unwanted honor of having to look after his overbearingly evil mother. He ends up falling in love with a local woman who believes that they’re destined together. In a moment of intentional sabotage of one of their dates, his mother is bitten by a mysterious creature that ends up zombifying her. It’s only a matter of time before she rises from the dead a powerful, bloodthirsty zombie. It’s only a matter of time before she starts infecting residents of the town and Lionel has to stop her…and them.

My Rating: A-

Interesting Facts: During the lawnmower scene, movie blood was pumped at five gallons per second, rental of the movie in Sweden (and probably other countries as well) came with supplemental vomit bags, and this movie is said to be the bloodiest of all time (measured in amount of film blood used during the production).

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I is for I Sell The Dead

The first time that I tried to watch I Sell the Dead, I just wasn’t in the mood for it. When I gave it a second try, I was delightfully surprised. If you have yet to see it, give it a try!

18th century justice catches up with a pair of grave robbers. With only a few hours to go before his date with the guillotine, Arthur Blake tells his life story to Father Francis Duffy. Before long, Arthur spills the beans on how he got started in the grim corpse peddling business with seasoned ghoul Willie Grimes.

My Rating: B

Interesting Fact: A graphic novel of the film has been released, with Glenn McQuaid writing and illustrations by Brahm Revel (October, 2009).

Honourable Mention for the letter I: I Am Legend

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