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.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

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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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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Resident Evil | #BewareofUmbrellaCorp

I love Resident Evil – I love the franchise from the movies to the games. It’s probably one of my favourite franchises and if you’ve never seen it, I would suggest giving it a whirl.

mv5bmti5nzq3oti1nf5bml5banbnxkftztywmdgyntk5-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_A virus has escaped in a secret facility called “The Hive,” turning the staff into hungry zombies and releasing the mutated Lab “Animals” that they were studying. The complex computer shuts down the base to prevent infection. The parent corporation sends in an elite military unit, where they meet Alice, who is suffering from amnesia due to exposure to nerve gas. The military team must shut down the computer and get out, fighting their way past zombies, mutants, and the computer itself, before the virus escapes and infects the rest of the world. Alice must also come to terms with her slowly-returning memories.

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: All the minor cuts and bruises on Milla Jovovich’s character are real—no make-up was applied; the crew had a hard time dealing with the dogs who kept licking the blood and meat off themselves; and even though they’re everywhere, the word “zombie” is never spoken in this film.

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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 Fridays: 13 Eerie

Okay so I happened to watch 13 Eerie the other day before bed. It was an interesting little zombie film without a big budget and filmed in Canada. I have to say that while there were parts that made me cringe (and not in the good way), I still enjoyed it overall. It could have been the added body farm/forensics angle though…

Six forensic undergrads embark on a scientific expedition to a remote island that was once used as illegal biological testing grounds for life-term prisoners.

My Rating: B-

Interesting Facts: Today (Jan 17) is director Lowell Dean’s birthday; the zombies are thought of as uniquely crafted with head and body tattoos highlighting their design; and it’s been touted as an 80’s zombie horror throwback that gives the sub-genre a refreshment.

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