Category: Movie Reviews
Rating: Night of the Living Dead
George A. Romero
Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea
10 out of 10 brains
Reviewing George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead in 2013 presents a difficult challenge, especially for an avowed zombie movie fanatic. Despite its flaws, nothing short of a perfect score suffices, not only because Night of the Living Dead laid the foundation for our favorite horror movie sub-genre, but for its influence on filmmaking generally.
The film opens with a brother and sister visiting their father’s grave. A shambling man soon kills the brother in broad daylight, and his sister, Barbara, fighting bouts of hysteria, flees to a nearby farmhouse. The movie then examines the actions and interactions of a group of survivors holed up in this farmhouse, trying to survive the siege of a growing zombie horde. The hero, a black man named Ben, tries to rally the survivors, engaging in various failed attempts to subdue their attackers and conquer their fears. It all culminates in one of the greatest horror movie endings, a must-see for any fan of the genre.
Despite having to rely on a miniscule budget of $114,000, and an inexperienced cast, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead holds … Read More »
(Image taken from the movie The Horde)
Rating: The Horde
Yannick Dahan, Benjamin Rocher
Claude Perron, Jean-Pierre Martins, Eriq Ebouaney
3 out of 10 brains
NOTE: The Horde is presented in French with English subtitles.
The Horde opens drearily, at a funeral: not an exciting, zombies-clawing-out-of-graves-to-eat-the-mourners funeral, but a sincere grieving for a fallen police officer. However, the Horde quickly loses any claim to sincerity, as the fallen officer’s vigilante colleagues decide to exact revenge upon the responsible criminals. Queue the excessive violence and scumbag characters. Soon after a failed and bloody siege attempt on a derelict apartment building, our “protagonists” must join forces with their criminal enemies to survive a sudden-onset zombie apocalypse.
The directors, Dahan and Rocher, could have used the setting and unsympathetic characters of the Horde as a canvas to explore humanity’s flaws when faced with the collapse of society. Unfortunately, such insight is completely absent in this bloody and violent mess. Even when the story attempts to delve into and explore the most deplorable aspects of humanity, it results in awkward and difficult to watch scenes. Although Dahan and Rocher provide much in the way of gore, they contribute nothing new to … Read More »
(Image taken from the movie Rammbock: Berlin Undead)
Rating: Rammbock: Berlin Undead
Michael Fuith, Theo Trebs, Anka Graczyk
8 out of 10 brains
NOTE: Rammbock is presented in German with English subtitles. This reviewer must warn you, dear reader, that he speaks fluent German. Therefore, this review may contain a slight bias, as this reviewer seeks out and treasures German movies, especially German zombie movies.
Marvin Kren, the hitherto unknown Austrian director, has crafted a worthy and concise entry in zombie cinema. Concise might be an understatement: with a running time of barely over an hour, this movie has no time for superfluousness, which, sadly, leaves our characters slightly underdeveloped. Nonetheless, Rammbock creates an emotional connection rare among zombie movies.
Michael or “Michi” arrives in Berlin to confront his ex-girlfriend, Gabi, and salvage their relationship, which she recently ended. In her apartment, Michi encounters not Gabi, but a maintenance man and his apprentice, Harper. The maintenance man appears demented and attacks Michi. Michi and Harper force the deranged maintenance man out of the apartment and barricade the door, realizing that other people are aggressively storming up the stairwell.
Michi and Harper quickly learn that an unknown virus, “like rabies,” has infected the population of … Read More »
There’s no better way to start preparing for zombies than to plant your victory garden AND research survival techniques by watching some good zombie movies. We’ve added a category to our calendar to help you keep track of upcoming films. We’re only putting up films that we’ve confirmed ARE in the making and have release dates. If you think we’re missing something, email us and let us know!
There have been unconfirmed rumors going around about a handful of films we’re looking forward to seeing including:
Pride Prejudice and Zombies
If we see any of these go into production, we’ll put them on our calendar ASAP!
If you’re not caught up on your watching, here’s a list of zombie movies we highly enjoy. This is not meant to be an all inclusive list, just some of our favorites!
Shaun of the Dead
Dawn of the Dead
Cabin in the Woods (not exactly a zombie movie… but it’s excellent and it has zombies)
28 Days Later
28 Weeks Later
The Walking Dead Series
We have just added a zombie movie reviewer to our team and will be posting movie reviews of some of our favorites as well as some hidden gems soon.