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: 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: 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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