Movie marathon with zombies Pt. I

Time again for a rather big update of movies I’ve watched in the last couple of weeks or even months, starting now with a recent small movies night from Saturday, June 11 ’til Sunday, June 12.
The list isn’t that big as we played some Guitar Hero/Rock Band games in between (even after non-stop watching movies the next day), but it’s still a pretty good selection I think. Funny that we didn’t really want to do a zombies-special feature, but almost all the movies had them in anyway ;).

Saturday, June 11th
Fido
(USA 2006, director: Andrew Currie)

Combining a Pleasantville style atmosphere (50ies/60ies utopian society) with horror elements, that is zombies as part of community service, is an ingenious idea from the start, and the execution doesn’t disappoint. Very good actors (adults and children alike), a nice musical score and cool ideas and funny situations make up for one of the best horror comedies with not too much blood, but enough laughter to appeal to a broader audience. Maybe it looks a bit too clean sometimes and lacks a bit of suspense and interesting characters, but all in all it works quite well and is nice entertainment for a rainy Sunday afternoon, even though it was a sunny Saturday noon we watched it.
Rating: 8/10
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Zombieland
(USA 2009, director: Ruben Fleischer)

Another zombie comedy, but a bit less innovative, playing with the concept of a post-apocalyptic world after zombies decimated most of its people. This time the zombies aren’t of your old-fashioned slow-moving or stumbling variety, they are pretty fast. But if you know the rules, like the main protagonist does (and they are prompted on screen in big letters), there’s still a chance for survival. There’s a bit more blood and gore in it, but it doesn’t take itself too serious, except maybe for some emotional and rather clicheed situations. The highlight (next to Woody Harrelsons greed for Twinkies) is most definitely Bill Murrays cameo…as himself. There’s a lot to like here, action, humor, dialogues, really nothing to go wrong with, even though the running zombies and the story is nothing new or to get excited about. Just entertaining.
Rating: 8/10
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Dawn of the Dead (Remake)
(USA 2004, director: Zack Snyder)

Another running-zombies-flick and also a remake of Romero’s classic (which got a pretty stupid German title, even though it tells almost all there is to this movie: zombies in the shopping mall). I already watched the original and found it (purists may get the stones ready) rather boring and a bit ridiculous at times, especially with the bad make-up. Now Zack Snyder’s version is the definitive zombie flick for me, as it has claustrophic elements, lots of action and some neat ideas (shooting zombies as a leisure-time activity from the rooftops). There aren’t a lot of characters to like, but in a way one cares about them anyway, or at least one can’t wait what horrible death awaits them. Even with a runtime of nearly two hours it doesn’t have any dull or boring moments, there’s always something happening, usually with lots of blood and gore, something which is sadly lacking in Snyder’s latest movie and complete failure Sucker Punch. What’s also interesting to note is that the German version of the original is still on the index and only available in a cut 18+ version whereas the remake is a lot heavier on the graphical violence and has even more disturbing content.
Rating: 8/10
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Braindead
(New Zealand 1992)

Before Peter Jackson went mainstream with his Lord-of-the-Rings-trilogy, he delivered one of the goriest and also funniest splatter movies of all time. Just the idea of using a landmower to decimate the horde of zombies is not only brilliant but great in execution, and the whole bloody mess has to be see to be believed. There are so many cool scenes, like a priest who “kicks arse for the lord”, it would take away some of the fun if anything more is spoiled. Don’t be put off by the overacting and silly music or you miss one hell of a bloody fun ride which still holds up today. Can’t wait for the BD release as the DVD already showed its age with not-so-great picture or sound quality. I don’t care about the extended BD-edition of LOTR as this HAS to get a restorated version. But unfortunately probably not for the German audience, as the uncut version is still not only on the index, but banned. Something which is (like the original Dawn of the Dead) hard to understand, as it’s nothing more than a fun ride and (except for one touching anaesthesia scene) doesn’t have any offending subject matter to take it seriously at all. A shame for German censorship again :(.
Rating: 9/10
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About nufafitc

Being an avid gamer, cinemaniac, and bookworm in addition to other things the internet and new media present, I'm also very much into DIY music, rock and pop in particular. Writing short or longer pieces about anything that interests me has always made me happy. As both an editor for German website "Adventure-Treff" and UK website "Future Sack", I like to write reviews and news about recent developments in the movies, games and book industry.
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