ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Resident Evil: Apocalypse | #UmbrellaCorporation #Zombies

So as we continue taking a look at the Resident Evil franchise, it brings us to Resident Evil: Apocalypse that takes place deep in the streets of Raccoon City. In my opinion, it was a great follow-up to the first movie and an excellent introduction to many of the favourite characters from the games.

mv5bmtc1ntuxmzk0nl5bml5banbnxkftztcwndq1mdizmw-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_Alice awakens from a terrible sleep to find her worst fears realized—the bloodthirsty Undead, which she and the now-annihilated squad of elite military fought to destroy, have been unleashed on the city that surrounds the secret facility of the Umbrella Corporation. Discovering she was an Umbrella experiment, Alice has been bio-genetically enhanced with new strengths, senses and dexterity—and she will need them. In the heart of the ravaged Raccoon City, a small group of uninfected people, including Jill Valentine, a recently demoted member of Umbrella Corp’s elite Special Tactics and Rescue Services team, and S.T.A.R.S team leader Carlos Oliveira, fight for their lives against swarms of Undead and the deadlier and faster Lickers. Running out of luck and resources, the group is rescued by Alice, and they begin to wage an exhilarating battle to survive and escape before the Umbrella Corporation erases its experiment from the face of the earth. Their only hope lies somewhere within…

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: The trailer for this film was one of the most watched on the Internet, with 8.5 million downloads from November 2003 to May 2004; The suit for Nemesis weighed in excess of 60 pounds and stuntman Matthew G. Taylor could only stay in it for periods of up to 15 minutes before it got too hot; Paul W.S. Anderson first started writing the screenplay almost immediately after completing the first film; and Oded Fehr had little difficulty in playing a character so familiar with handling guns – he was trained in the Israeli army.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

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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: Re-Animator | #Zombie #Film

If you haven′t seen Re-Animator, what the bloody heck are you waiting for? Stop reading this post and go and watch it.

Now!

But seriously, it′s a great film, one that every lover of zombies should see at one point.

Re-Animator-poster.jpgA dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: The special effects department went through 25 gallons of fake blood during the shoot; Stuart Gordon and Dennis Paoli originally intended to be faithful to H.P. Lovecraft’s story, but the film ultimately has little in common with the story, which was intended to be a parody of Frankenstein; and the “brains” in the severed head were made up of steer meat by-products, ground beef and fake blood and when they shot the scene in the autopsy room with the severed head being thrown out the door and then smashing onto the hallway wall, the crew were all behind the cameras with garbage bags over their clothes because no one knew just how much the brains would splatter.

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Zombie Night

I wouldn’t classify Zombie Night as a high-end, blockbuster type film, but it certainly had its enjoyable moments. I found the parts of the film that varied too far from the zombie mythos highly unbelievable; I mean how can they only have to survive until daylight when the zombies go dormant until night again? But it certainly was different so I have to give the screenwriter kudos for an original idea, however unfeasible I believe it to be. It does have Michael Anthony Hall in it so it can’t be all bad right?

ZombieNightThis is the synopsis and it’s epitomizes the film in all honesty:

Zombies come out at night and two families must survive until morning.

My Rating: C

Interesting Facts: It stars Daryl Hannah and Anthony Michael Hall; it was once titled’ Dark Night of the Living Dead’; The writer of the tale, Richard Schenkman has had an interesting past that includes writing children’s books, being one of the original staffers at MTV, and has collaborated many times with Jon Cryer (another 80s alum).

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAYS: Cockneys Vs Zombies

In this edition of Zombie Film Fridays, I’m going to take a few moments to talk about Cockneys Vs Zombies. I really enjoyed this film for a few reasons. Firstly, British comedies are some of my favourites and this one delivers on all levels. I also truly appreciated the way they handled the resourcefulness of the seniors in the film. I don’t want to give too much away but anyone, at any age, can kick some zombie ass when they need to.

CockneysvsZombiesThis British movie is about a group of inept criminals who decide to rob a bank so they can save their grandfather’s retirement home from being demolished by developers. Meanwhile on another building site some workers dig up an old graveyard and they get bitten by the “undead” which sets off a chain reaction. Then the bank robbers are cornered by the police while in the process of the robbery, but when they exit they find that they are all dead as a result of the horde of zombies. They have to get to the retirement home before the zombies do!

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: The film makers appealed quite extensively via local newspapers in and around London for volunteers to play the parts of the zombies; Many of the people who appeared in this film have also been in Dr Who; and In the bank, when the manager asks the robbers for their forms, she names of the forms as “27B-6,” which is a reference to Brazil (1985).

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Zombie Film Fridays: House of the Dead

I will admit that I saw House of the Dead in theaters back in 2003 and while it was good, it still had its moments of pure cheese. Meant to serve as the prequel to the popular House of the Dead video games, this film failed to receive the critical acclaim that other zombie games turned into multi-billion dollar have. Give it chance, it has a great cameo by one of Canada’s alt-rock legends!

This film is a prequel to all of the The House of the Dead video games. Set on an island off the coast, a techno rave party attracts a diverse group of college coeds and a Coast Guard officer. Soon, they discover that their X-laced escapades are to be interrupted by zombies and monsters that attack them on the ground, from the air, and in the sea, ruled by an evil entity in the House of the Dead…

My Rating: B-

Interesting Facts: The movie is set before the events of the first House of the Dead video game, thirty-two video clips from the original game appear in several parts of the movie (twenty-six appear during the 10-minute battle in front of the house; the remaining 6 are used as transitions prior to the battle). and this was the last film to use the turn-table technique for 360° shots (the risk of actors being hurt or killed by the fast-moving camera was too high).

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Zombie Film Fridays: The Cabin in the Woods

There’s many out there that did not like The Cabin in the Woods. I did. And I think it qualifies to be featured on Zombie Film Fridays!

Five teenagers head off for a weekend at a secluded cabin in the woods. They arrive to find they are quite isolated with no means of communicating with the outside world. When the cellar door flings itself open, they of course go down to investigate. They find an odd assortment of relics and curios but when one of the women, Dana, reads from a book she awakens a family of deadly zombie killers. There’s far more going on however than meets the eye as the five campers are all under observation.

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: In the scene where Jules kisses the wolf head on the wall, the wolf’s tongue is covered in powdered sugar to give it a dusty look and to make the scene tolerable for the actress, The entry date in the book they read from is April 4th; the same day that the George Orwell novel 1984 begins and the Latin that Dana reads from the diary is: “Dolor supervivo caro. Dolor sublimus caro. Dolor ignio animus.” It means: Pain outlives the flesh. Pain raises the flesh. Pain ignites the spirit.

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Zombie Film Fridays: Undead or Alive: A Zombedy

If you have not seen Undead or Alive: A Zombedy go out and see it! It’s hugely entertaining and you’ll love Chris Kattan!

In a world devastated by an outbreak, Brian, his girlfriend Bobby, his brother Danny and their friend, Kate, are heading to a beach where the brothers spent their childhood vacations expecting it to be a sanctuary. When their car breaks down on the road in the desert, they negotiate with a man called Frank, who is also stranded but without gas. He is trying to get his daughter Jodie to the hospital (she is infected with a disease of some kind), they all decide to travel together. During the journey, massive moral dilemmas arise, as events head into a downward spiral.

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: When Ben is cut down from the noose of the hanging post you can clearly see his tongue when the priest is over him. Yet earlier in the movie it is explained that Ben had eaten his own tongue and when Elmer and Luke take turns shooting at a tin can, the can is a modern version. Tin cans from that era would not have “beading” – the ridges that ring a modern can to give the shape strength and stability.

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Zombie Film Fridays: Dead and Breakfast

Zombie Film Fridays is alive with a great ZomCom called Dead & Breakfast. If you haven’t seen this one, you’re going to want to – it’s got crazy comedy in all the right places and just the right amount of cheese to satisfy your desire for it!

Six friends take a road trip to Galveston in an RV for the wedding of their friend, Kelly. The driver, Johnny, gets lost and they arrive in the small town of Lovelock and his friends Sara, Kate, Melody, Christian, and David, decide to spend the night in the Bed and Breakfast owned by the creepy Mr. Robert Wise. David has an argument with the chef of the inn, Henri, and when the chef is found dead and Mr. Wise has a heart attack in the middle of the night, the local Sheriff suspects the group of travelers and tells his Deputy, Enus to seize the keys to their RV and stay in Lovelock for the duration of the investigation. Then the Sheriff arrests “The Mysterious Drifter” who soon becomes his prime suspect. When the clumsy Johnny accidentally breaks an ancient exotic wooden box belonging to Mr. Wise, he releases the terrible, monstrous “Kuman Thong” and the evil spirit held inside escapes and possesses all the local town folk, transforming them into zombies. Ultimately, “The Mysterious Drifter”, becomes our Hero. He is a long time student of powers from “the other side”, and a relentless hunter of the dreaded, evil “Kuman Thong”. He is the only one who knows how to fight and kill the evil spirit, which he does with the help of Sara and Melody, saving only the two remaining girls and himself, before leaving the destroyed horrible and destroyed Bed & Breakfast, and the pitiful ravaged town of Lovelock behind for good.

My Rating: A-

Interesting Facts: The Bed and Breakfast house is located at the Concannon Winery in Livermore, CA. While it is unusable and has been for many years, there is talk of it being renovated into a real bed and breakfast in the future, 34 gallons of “blood” were used over the course of the shoot. 4.5 gallons of “blood” were used just to cut off Erik Palladino’s head, and Erik Palladino’s driver’s license is still blood stained from his battle with a chainsaw.

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Zombie Film Fridays: 28 Weeks Later

Last Friday, I presented 28 Days Later… and as I think its sequel is the better film in the series (the third of which is apparently in the works as well), this Friday we’re going to explore 28 Weeks Later; who can go wrong with Robert Carlyle?

28 Weeks Later picks up six months after the Rage Virus has decimated the city of London. The US Army has restored order and is repopulating the quarantined city, when a carrier of the Rage Virus enters London and unknowingly re-ignites the spread of the deadly infection and the nightmare begins… again.

My Rating: A+

Interesting Facts: Robert Carlyle had turned down the Christopher Eccleston part in 28 Days Later…, when Danny Boyle, Alex Garland and Andrew Macdonald first began to consider a sequel to 28 Days Later…, their initial idea was to do 29 Days Later, possibly using the characters of Jim, Selena, and Hannah from the first film. This idea was dropped in favor of doing a film set within the time-frame of 28 Days Later…, focusing on an SAS team sent into London to retrieve either the Prime Minister or the Queen. Finally, it was suggested to set the film some time after the events of the initial film, and to deal with the impact Rage has had on society in general, and the farm that Don and Alice hide out in the start of the film is the same farm that appears in Children of Men.

And now its time for the trailer!