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Lang Thompson - October 2, 2011 07:56 PM (GMT)
There have been a flood of zombie movies over the past few years. The few I've seen are amateur-ish lets-make-a-movie things (with the big exception of American Zombie) so does anybody know about zombie films from say 2000 forward that are worth watching?

William S. Wilson - October 2, 2011 08:52 PM (GMT)
I really liked DEADGIRL (2008). Also, depending on your definition of zombies, I thought [REC] (2007) and PONTYPOOL (2008) were both excellent.

Steve Erickson - October 2, 2011 09:57 PM (GMT)
I'm waiting for the Cuban zombie film JUAN DE LOS MUERTOS to make it here. It sounds intriguing. But I could be wrong.

Wade Sowers - October 2, 2011 10:06 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (William S. Wilson @ Oct 2 2011, 02:52 PM)
depending on your definition of zombies, I thought [REC] (2007) and PONTYPOOL (2008) were both excellent.

I thought both of these were excellent , PONTYPOOL in particular.

Lisa Larkin - October 2, 2011 11:49 PM (GMT)
On the subject of zombie films, I saw a trailer years ago for a Danish? [maybe Dutch] zombie movie that looked intriguing, but I don't know if the movie ever played here and I have no idea what it was called. I think the plot had something to do with rampaging nazi zombies storming the beaches of Denmark [or Holland]. The trailer compared them to obnoxious German tourists and I think there was a reference to losing the World Cup to them, or some other sports rivalry. Ring any bells? It's probable that I was directed to the trailer from Mobius so someone here must know the movie I'm talking about. It might have been 5-10 years ago.

William S. Wilson - October 2, 2011 11:56 PM (GMT)
That was WORST CASE SCENARIO. Sadly, it was a short promo piece for a proposed feature that never got funding. The filmmakers are currently making something called FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY though.

Trailer 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-PpUygrwKg

Trailer 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHTc0DTbazw

Terry Barhorst, Jr. - October 3, 2011 02:01 AM (GMT)
If you're in the right mood, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DORKS, might play well. It's kind of a teen sex comedy with zombies and it's German. I haven't seen DEAD SNOW (Norwegian), but I"ve heard some good stuff (and bad stuff) about it. Norwegian college kids go out to the country for the weekend and get more than they bargained for.

Kim Greene - October 3, 2011 07:30 AM (GMT)
Here's one called FLIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD--I think it's a New Zealand flick,but I'll have to check:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JQs-5b7huY

Here's a trailer for an Australian zombie flick called PRIMAL (2010):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q5wBUAkSbA


I also second William's recommendation of both REC and PONTYPOOL--both good,well-made, and creepy (the second one in particular). Haven't seen I,ZOMBIE:THE CHRONICLES OF PAIN (1999) or COLIN (2008)--two British zombie films made from a zombie's point of view----but I read the first one is worth catching--if you can find it, that is.

A trailer for COLIN:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKXQCYbjQM8

A rare clip from I,ZOMBIE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijmWs1JBgYY&feature=related

I stumbled across this trailer for a new Swedish zombie film titled ZONE 261---very suspenseful-looking/intrieging---might be worth watching out for, plus I've never seen a Swedish zombie flick,ever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-AgUm_vGwk

And,of course, the recent partially made-in-Detroit ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE REDEMPTION, made by local folks here in the D, featuring an a**-kicking, AK-47 toting, zombie-blasting Fred Williamson in one of the main roles:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQN2FnXsygs&feature=related

I've only seen REC,PONTYPOOL and ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE REDEMPTION (which was pretty good, even with some cheap special effects). Since I love me some zombie flicks, and have started to like them even more lately, I thought I'd go all out with some possible recommendations. Also, 28 WEEKS LATER is an even better follow-up sequel to 28 DAYS LATER--definitely see that one,it's the bomb!

Here's a goofy Toshiba computer commercial featuring zombies,of all things:

http://www.youtube.com/user/toshibaUS?v=9J...e}&kw={keyword}

Steve:

I'm been looking forward to JUAN DE LOS MUERTOS to come out for about several months--sadly, it dosen't seem to have gotten any real distribution anywhere in the Midwest,or in the U.S., for that matter---I'll just have to hold out for the DVD with extras in Spanish! Meanwhile, here's the funny/crazy-as-hell trailer that got me in interested in it in the first place--it's not everyday you get to see a Communist horror flick,let alone with zombies:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOquktXvkT4

Marty McKee - October 3, 2011 06:26 PM (GMT)
I have been burned out on zombie movies for several years now. I think zombies are the least interesting movies imaginable, and, really, once you've seen one zombie movie, you've seen a hundred others.

I was surprised to enjoy BLACK SHEEP, however, a comedic New Zealand (?) film about, yes, zombie sheep, and FIDO, a clever satire about American suburbanites who train zombies for use as pets and domestics.

I would like to see PONTYPOOL, but is it available in the U.S.? I actually VCRed it off one of the hi-def cable channels, but somehow accidentally deleted it.

Bill Picard - October 3, 2011 06:27 PM (GMT)
Not recent, but I just discovered this American-dubbed 1940 Soviet short film with the ominous title EXPERIMENTS IN THE REVIVAL OF ORGANISMS that might make a good appetizer to a modern zombie movie. Dog lovers might not want to watch it, though.

Bill Picard - October 3, 2011 06:31 PM (GMT)
QUOTE
I would like to see PONTYPOOL, but is it available in the U.S.? I actually VCRed it off one of the hi-def cable channels, but somehow accidentally deleted it.

When I rented it from Blockbuster, the case claimed it was a "Blockbuster exclusive." Yet it's available for sale on amazon. It's a well-done take on zombie movies but it's still just another zombie movie.

Mike Thomas - October 3, 2011 06:59 PM (GMT)
The German film RAMMBOCK is pretty good.

I found COLIN unwatchable.

John Charles - October 3, 2011 07:02 PM (GMT)
Seconding Mike's comment on COLIN, one of the most unbearable movie experiences I've had in ages. I will not sit through any more of this no-budget, shaky-cam rubbish.

Terry Barhorst, Jr. - October 4, 2011 12:14 AM (GMT)
Aaah! Zombies!! (2007) is pretty good. It's a zombie movie from the zombies' perspective. Laughs and some surprisingly heartfelt moments.

William D'Annucci - October 4, 2011 01:28 AM (GMT)
If you're checking out recent horror movies, don't forget Land Of The Dead. Problematic and flawed, but it still looks great and dishes out lots of amazing KNB practical zombie/gore effects. And, if you haven't yet, check out The Walking Dead TV series. At its best, the show does more with the zombie genre than anything seen in 10-20 years.

Craig Blamer - October 4, 2011 09:42 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (John Charles @ Oct 3 2011, 12:02 PM)
Seconding Mike's comment on COLIN, one of the most unbearable movie experiences I've had in ages. I will not sit through any more of this no-budget, shaky-cam rubbish.

I liked Colin and thought its £45 aesthetic worked well with the premise. Granted, it's rough going if you need polish to get through a movie, but I thought it was interesting enough to buy the disc. Here's more on what I had to say about it. Another no-budgeter that I still enjoyed despite technical weaknesses was Zombies of Mass Destruction (heavy on the social satire).

And I'll second Flight of the Dead, a tongue-in-cheeky take that still delivers the goods. REC and Pontypool are must-sees. And I loved Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror, James Gunn's Slither and the Japanese Versus (a delirious zombie/Yakuza mash-up).

Others that have stood out for me recently have been The Horde (an over-the-top French actioner), Dance of the Dead (not the MOH abomination, this one is more a throwback to RotLD), Jake West's Doghouse (a busload of crass Brit gobs get stuck in a town full of zombie chicks) and the German Siege of the Dead (AKA: Rammbock: Berlin Undead) didn't break any new ground, but I thought it was interesting enough.

And while it was a Brit miniseries and not a movie, you absolutely have to get your hands on Charlie Brooker's Dead Set, a pitch black satire set in (and around) the Big Brother house. Scathingly funny and mindblowingly graphic for a TV show. Top notch stuff.

Lisa Larkin - October 8, 2011 03:47 AM (GMT)
I came back to this thread to mention FIDO and DEAD SET but I see Marty and Craig beat me to it. FIDO was playing pretty regularly on IFC or Sundance for a while and I kept trying and failing to record it. Then it just disappeared. The DVD is fairly cheap at amazon.

Lang Thompson - October 8, 2011 11:52 PM (GMT)
Thanks for the recommendations. I liked [REC] which wasn't particularly original but was energetic and fast-paced. Am about halfway through Dead Set which is well done. And of course The Walking Dead which I seems to me a great improvement on the books. I've liked the recent Romeros as severely flawed as they are though have wondered if they were by an unknown if I would have given them the benefit of the doubt. Oddly enough I didn't find the remake of Day of the Dead as unwatchable as I'd been led to believe (how's that for ambivalence?).

Pontypool is around my place somewhere so if I find it that goes to the top of the watch pile. Had forgotten about Slither but that always sounded interesting. And probably The Horde too.

Dead Snow I thought was terrible - too much "funny" mugging and over-the-top gags. Flight of the Dead, Doghouse and Versus also didn't do much for me. Maybe I've seen more than I realized though there are lots more out there and Marty is right that they all sound pretty much the same. Seems like books such as World War Z, Monster Island and some of the anthologies are much more imaginative.

Barry Kraus - October 9, 2011 08:06 AM (GMT)
Two Japanese Zomb-Fests I recommend are:

"WILD ZERO(2000)" starring the late way-cool Punk MotorHead-Ish Rockers, GUITAR WOLF. Some really nice sequences set to Wolfs' Hard Slammin' Beats. Would'a liked to see more films with these cats. The Ghoul scenes have sum nice freaky shots with over the top make-up, which add to the shock & weirdness...

"STACY(2001)" is a unique, personal film, with many ROMERO references & freaky, bizarro touches. I like this one a good deal, & any gore-hound will dig it. Out of all the Romero rip-offs since 1969, I dig this one more than many. Has a lot to offer with original ideas & Director Tomomatsu using a personal incident work to give the film some heart & emotion. The Female Military Lead was the Mother in Takashi Miike's "VISITOR Q"...

It's an oldie, but I have to mention a contemporary "ground-breaker" to Romeros' "NOTLD(1968)", which any cannibalistic Zombo-Gore-Feaster needs to see is:

"THE STRANGE WORLD OF COFFIN JOE(1968)". Brazils' ZE DO CAIXAO creates an "EC Comics"-like Trilogy of magnificence menagerie. It's the 3rd/final story, "IDEOLOGIA' that pulls out all the stops & let's loose a blood feast like no other. This was made in 1968, & after seeing this, nothing, but nothing comes close to impressing me further. Has to be seen! Hopefully it will be released on DVD in America soon, but is available with English subtitles in a Brazilian Box Set of 6 COFFIN JOE Films...

Justin Kerswell - October 18, 2011 12:29 PM (GMT)
I'd tentatively recommend the new UK (but set in Africa) zombie opus THE DEAD (2010). Whilst it has the prerequisite gore (which is incredibly well done) it's more of a road movie with zombies. A zombie plague is sweeping Africa and an American engineer survives a plane crash with other (all white) escapees on the last flight. He is washed ashore and has to use his wits to dodge the undead until he meets up with an African soldier, who is on a trek to find his son; who has been taken by the military to an army base after their village is over run by zombies. They join forces to try and survive both the undead and the already hostile environment.

Obviously a relatively low budget film, it is beautifully shot and makes the most of shooting in Africa (where I imagine money stretches that bit further). It satisfies as a zombie movie, but stumbles with some sentimental scenes - and is (as are many road movies) a little bogged down by some ponderous passages.

Still, it's definitely worth a watch if you're looking for a zombie film that follows the conventions, but tries to do something a little different with them.

Eric Cotenas - October 25, 2011 09:55 PM (GMT)
My review of DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND over at DVDBeaver. Okay, but nothing new.

I received a review copy of ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE: REDEMPTION today.

William D'Annucci - October 25, 2011 11:40 PM (GMT)
If you have the nerve and the stomach to handle it, definitely seek out Grace (2009). It comes at the modern zombie myth through the anxieties of pregnancy and babies. Jordan Ladd (Cabin Fever, Death Proof) plays a young woman plagued with a terrible history of miscarriages. She's so desperate not to lose her newest baby, so hellbent on willing the child to stay alive and be born... and, well... it's best that I not spoil things. One of the most disturbing movies of any kind that I've seen in years. And, as excellent as it is, I may never be able to bring myself to watch it again. The final line and image come together to make one of the best horror movie endings ever.

Bob Cashill - October 26, 2011 03:12 AM (GMT)
Worse that INSIDE? That really did me in. Not the movie to watch a few weeks before your child is born...

Lang Thompson - October 26, 2011 05:04 AM (GMT)
Thanks for the tip about Grace - will watch it this weekend. And I agree that Inside was pretty tough to take but thought it mostly worked. (Though it doesn't have anything to do with babies or zombies Martyrs struck me in a similar way.)

As for zombie films I finally got around to Pontypool and The Horde which are both fantastic though in quite different ways. Pontypool is almost like a psychological art film and could easily be done as a stage play. I laughed out loud at the source of the problem, not because it's ridiculous but because it fits the overall approach of the film in such a clever, unexpected way. (Am avoiding spoilers of course).

The Horde was more a bleak, brutal action film that while it wasn't particularly inventive was at least determined and focused. Made me go back and play Left 4 Dead.

Lisa Larkin - October 26, 2011 06:16 AM (GMT)
GRACE has been playing on Showtime/TMC for a few months now. I had no idea it was something worth watching. My tv listings have it next airing on Halloween at 6:10pm on SHOWBP [not sure which one that is].

William D'Annucci - October 26, 2011 08:30 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Bob Cashill @ Oct 25 2011, 10:12 PM)
Worse that INSIDE? That really did me in. Not the movie to watch a few weeks before your child is born...

I've never seen Inside. But if you want a (slight, vague, and not too spoilerish) look at some of the plot developments I chose not to reveal, here is the red band trailer:

GRACE Red Band Trailer in HD on YouTube

Rob Peace - October 27, 2011 07:51 PM (GMT)
Grace is also on Netflix streaming, but will be pulled on Nov. 1st.

JEFFREY ALLEN RYDELL - October 27, 2011 09:19 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Rob Peace @ Oct 27 2011, 02:51 PM)
pulled

induced

Rob Peace - October 28, 2011 04:20 AM (GMT)
... terminated!

Vincent Pereira - October 28, 2011 05:15 AM (GMT)
Maybe I'm nuts, but I thought GRACE was pretty terrible.

I didn't think a whole lot of the much beloved INSIDE either.

Vincent

Eric Cotenas - November 7, 2011 10:50 PM (GMT)
My review of ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE: REDEMPTION

Supposedly inspired by John Carpenter's eighties genre flicks, but reminds me more of the late eighties/nineties DTV post-nuke flicks (synth score and all) a Empire Pictures/Full Moon/etc minus the interesting/charismatic cast (other than Fred Williamson doing his cigar chomping "The Hammer" act).

William S. Wilson - September 13, 2013 08:31 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (William S. Wilson @ Oct 2 2011, 05:56 PM)
That was WORST CASE SCENARIO.  Sadly, it was a short promo piece for a proposed feature that never got funding.  The filmmakers are currently making something called FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY though.

Trailer 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-PpUygrwKg

Trailer 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHTc0DTbazw

Well, FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY was finally stitched together (haha) and, unfortunately, it turns out to be a bummer. My buddy Tom's review here:

http://originalvidjunkie.blogspot.com/2013...-army-2013.html

Speaking of recent zombie movies, has anyone been brave enough to watch ZOMBIE WARZ: FALLS THE SHADOW?

Alan Maxwell - September 15, 2013 02:50 PM (GMT)
I saw FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY recently and thought it was okay (and as far as monster/Nazi combos go, it's a better OUTPOST movie than OUTPOST III is) but very definitely a missed opportunity. On the other hand, I really loved the creature designs, which were endearingly old fashioned and pretty mad.

Bill Picard - September 16, 2013 04:05 AM (GMT)
QUOTE
Speaking of recent zombie movies, has anyone been brave enough to watch ZOMBIE WARZ: FALLS THE SHADOW?

Wilson, you bastard. FINE.

ZOMBIE WARZ: FALLS THE SHADOW (2011) Three years after an infection has decimated the country and turned many of its survivors into running, violent, 28 DAYS LATER-style “zombies,” cult leader Reverend Phelps has established a small, well-guarded White Nationalist community (whose flag is the Southern cross overlaid with a swastika) that seems to spend more of its energy hunting down the area’s remaining black people than its infected. Three separate storylines eventually resolve with an assault on the compound: ex-Special Forces soldier Michael and his father-in-law Frank, who are trying to rescue Michael’s kidnapped daughter following the death of his wife at the hands of Phelps’ goons; Noah and Elena, a couple tagging along with Michael after he saves their lives; and Kina, a mother whose son is immune to the virus and who has also been kidnapped. WARZ began life as director Steven Berryessa’s senior year student film at Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film in Nashville. It was shot under the title “Falls the Shadow” in late 2010 and early 2011 and partially funded with a $6000 Kickstarter campaign. Distributor Hannover House prefixed “Zombie Warz,” which Berryessa has publicly come out as saying he hates, to the original title for the 2013 DVD release in order to piggyback on the contemporaneous Brad Pitt movie, just as it changed David Heavener’s “Curse of the Maya” to “Dawn of the Living Dead” to play off the Snyder film in 2004. The new title may be inappropriate, but it did get “Warz” into Redbox and sold around the world to an extent that a random phrase from Eliot’s “Waste Land” probably wouldn’t have. Unfortunately, the movie is unwilling to take any risks with the well-trodden zombie/infection mythos, resulting in a streamlined and fast-moving but predictable story whose anti-racism theme makes for some embarrassingly earnest symbolism, like Phelps getting strangled with a Confederate flag, or the unironic closing shot of a white girl holding hands with a black boy, a cringeworthy moment already parodied by the Simpsons back in 2000. It also suffers from acting that’s uniformly poor even by the standards of B-movies, the worst example being an infected priest who both sounds and speaks just like Grover from Sesame Street. (For the record, Ron Berryessa, the director’s father, gives the best performance.) Maybe most interesting is the way in which all of the worst stylistic aspects of current movies, from shaky-cam action scenes to overediting that hides underwritten dialogue scenes, to the kind of high-contrast digital photography used in the music videos of hirsute Americana bands on CMT Edge, have been faithfully recreated by kids not even out of college. Though an admirable achievement in many ways, especially considering the filmmaker’s age, there are too many other original and interesting low-budget zombie movies out there now (“The Battery,” for one) to make this one recommendable.

Kim Greene - September 16, 2013 07:13 AM (GMT)
Saw the Canadian horror flick PONTYPOOL (2008) for the second time recently, and it's probably the only film within recent memory I've seen that would actually make a perfect radio play---that's how good the writing for this film was. Plus the fact that most of the horror is implied/inferred and unseen makes it even creepier (and better,on top of that.) A true underrated gem that should have gotten more promotion when it came out (I can't even remember if it played anywhere in the D.) There's also an unusual short film on the DVD release of PONTYPOOL worth checking out.

Interestingly enough, the word "zombie" isn't mentioned once throughout the whole film, and the reasons behind the sudden plague infecting people, and how it manifests itself, provide--finally--an original approach/nice new addition to the whole zombie genre for a change. The small cast is pretty good (especially Stephen McHattie as the cantankerous DJ and Lisa Houle as the station producer/manager) and it was directed by Bruce McDonald, who did another film I liked called HARD CORE LOGO---big change of pace for him in terms of tackling a different genre.


Speaking of zombie flicks, has anyone seen THE DEAD (a 2010 West African zombie film made by two Brits,in the land where the zombie myth originated from) or JUAN OF THE DEAD (2011) (touted as being Cuba's first real horror-comedy flick.) Here's trailers for the both of them:

Juan of the Dead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6wsWfVRypg
The Dead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvY3uIhXtTQ
The Dead 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17g3UNON0LM

Just came across the trailer for a sequel to THE DEAD above--just saw it.


Also, has anyone ever seen this Swedish zombie flick called ZONE 261--it came out last year, but as far as I know, never got a U.S. release. Here's the trailer for that one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YydrzUF6QYE

Come to think of it, neither THE DEAD nor JUAN OF THE DEAD got any real major hype--the latter got a very limited release here,though.

Craig Blamer - September 18, 2013 02:53 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Kim Greene @ Sep 16 2013, 12:13 AM)
Saw the Canadian horror flick PONTYPOOL (2008) for the second time recently, and it's probably the only film within recent memory I've seen that would actually make a perfect radio play---that's how good the writing for this film was.

FWIW, it does make an excellent radio play: BBC Pontypool.

And it adapts pretty well as a stageplay.

Marty McKee - November 20, 2013 02:31 AM (GMT)
PONTYPOOL (2008)—Directed by Bruce McDonald. Stars Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly. Tony Burgess adapted his novel PONTYPOOL CHANGES EVERYTHING for this inventive Canadian zombie flick by the director of the acclaimed ROADKILL and HIGHWAY 61. McHattie (CENTENNIAL) is perfectly cast as power-voiced small-town DJ Grant Mazzy, whose past antics have limited his employment options to a small station in a church basement in Pontypool, Ontario. Along with producer Houle and engineer Reilly, Mazzy’s usual routine of broadcasting school closings and lost cat news is shockingly broken by reports of townspeople chanting and eating each other. No, the word “zombie” is never used by McDonald and Burgess, and technically it’s only a zombie movie like 28 DAYS LATER is a zombie movie, because the cause of Pontypool’s collapse is a virus caused by…well, caused by the English language. At first, it was difficult for me to buy PONTYPOOL’s premise, but, hell, if I can accept that meteors or military nerve gas can cause zombieism in other movies, why not talking? For a motormouth like Mazzy, it’s the worst thing that can happen, and McHattie is mesmerizing behind the microphone as he fights to hold the station together while it’s under attack. Low on gore and high on tension, PONTYPOOL never leaves the radio station in a clever mixture of TALK RADIO and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Parts are perhaps too clever for the film’s own good (feel free to skip the self-indulgent post-credits coda), but PONTYPOOL managed to penetrate my usual weary response to still another zombie movie by being one of the most original.




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