Day of the Dead (2008) is a remake of George A. Romero’s 1985 film by the same name, and is exactly what a zombie movie should be. An outbreak takes place in a small town and the military is sent in to contain the infection, but things don’t go quite as planned.
Mena Suvari plays the main character, Sarah Bowman, who is dispatched back to her home town with her military unit to help contain whatever is going on in town.
Sarah, realizing that something bad may be going on, leaves her post to go check on her brother and mother. That sets off a chain reaction of events that lead to some of my favorite scenes in the movie.
Part of watching zombie movies is the desire to see the moment when the infection goes rampant and things go crazy. Day of the Dead did an awesome job of turning the hospital, and Sarah’s escape from it, into a violent orgy of zombie violence.
The makers of the movie understood the basic premise that George A. Romero was going for. Make people run, and those who don’t get eaten. It’s a basic principle that too many zombie movies forget.
If you haven’t seen Day of the Dead yet, I highly recommend it, the movie earned its 90/100.
It is so hard to find a good zombie movie these days.
Take the Antisocial series. It has a great premise, but then focuses on the wrong aspect of what makes a good zombie movie a good movie. I was really hopeful that the second edition would concentrate on surviving the zombie apocalypse, instead it tried to be the zombie matrix lite and missed out on what makes a good zombie horror flick a good movie.
Way too much mother son drama in Antisocial 2, and not nearly enough zombie fighting, killing, and fear of people being eaten.
I’m going to give Antisocial 2 a 33/100, but mostly because of the good acting and overall film quality. If the plot had been more focused around the hordes this could have been a great movie.
Dead Rising: Watchtower starts off strong. Who doesn’t want to see a zombie clown with a war ax trying to eat someone?
There is also a lot of faces you will recognize, which surprised me a bit, especially for the “All State” guy. It was strange seeing him as the hard ass military general.
There is a little lull after the initial action, which actually brings us back to where the adventure started by showing us exactly how Chase, played by Jesse Metcalfe, came to fight the clown in the first place.
Overall Dead Rising: Watchtower is a good Sunday afternoon zombie movie. It would have been better with slightly less time spent on the zombie med story line, because I’m really just here to see you fight zombies, know what I mean? Which means this movie scores a 70/100.
Zombie Apocalypse was a made for TV movie, and while it does have some big name stars like VIng Rhames and Eddie Steeples, the script and overall level of special effects are about what you would expect from a made for TV movie.
The special effects are mostly C+ and I honestly enjoyed the action scenes for maybe the wrong reasons. Like when the double barrel shotgun appears to have more than two shots, or a gun aimed at a stomach blows a zombies head off.
Buy hey, the point is to be entertained right?
There were some good survival notes though. I liked the no going anywhere alone rule, because that always drives me crazy when people are in a high danger environment, and people decide to wander off on their own.
I also liked that unlike other zombie worlds, where you wonder why people don’t just drive around in a combine, all electronics are basically useless in this world because the government set of EMP’s to kill modern transportation when they were trying to slow down the infection.
Overall I would save Zombie Apocalypse for a rainy day when you have nothing else to do. It’s not the best zombie movie ever made, but its not the worst ever, which earned it a 64/100.
Things I Liked:
- When an ice-skate was used as a throwing star in the sporting goods store.
- The “Thriller” effect for the zombies. How many of the zombies watched “Thriller” right before they went into their fight scenes? A lot of them had that lurching walk and crooked hands just like the music video.
- Heavy machine gun being fired with no recoil, and the belt not moving – but shells are being ejected because of CGI.
The Dead kicks off like every good zombie movie should. The biting starts and all hell breaks loose as the surprised populace begins to process the realities of the world they now live in .
Soldiers are fleeing in a plane, clearly having been overrun by the undead, but the plane isn’t in great shape, and ends up going down in the ocean. Three survivors make it to the beach only to have a horde come down on them.
The main character, Lieutenant Brian Murphy, played by Rob Freeman, does an excellent job of playing the quiet, controlled soldier, trying to survive so he can get back to his wife and daughter. He travels through the desert, quietly trying to survive as he navigates a world that is full of the undead.
When he finally finds a car, he is forced to race the clock, can he get the vehicle fueled and get a tire on the truck before the undead can get him? As Lieutenant Murphy travels, he partners with another soldier, also looking trying to get back to his family.
This is a classic zombie movie, and it is well done. There aren’t a massive amount of special effects, but the movie was well done, and stays true to itself. There are long stretches without any dialogue, but that is just fine. Who watches a zombie movie for the dialogue anyway?
If you are looking for a solid, enjoyable zombie movie to watch, you can’t go wrong with The Dead , which scores it a very respectable 76/100.
Sure, Shed of the Dead almost seems like it could have been written by the same people as Shaun Of The Dead but for us Americans, that may be a symptom of watching a British Zombie Comedy movie. Then again, they did literally copy the scene where the main character wonders down the street amidst the destruction, so its not like it was all original.
So, the big question, was it worth watching? Yes, the acting was above par, and the plot was amusing. Overall it is a good Saturday afternoon movie, especially if it is raining or you just want to relax with a movie that doesn’t require much thought, which earns this movie a 74/100.
Zombie Hunter is a script written by a twelve zombie lover. Don’t get me wrong though, that isn’t always a bad thing. You have the bad ass, a few hot chicks, a few other survivors, and Danny Trejo – who is in the movie for what I think is a total of 5 minutes. I think it was all they could afford, it is a B movie after all.
If your in the mood for a silly, classic, B Zombie Movie, then Zombie Hunter is just the flick for you, and it scores a 70/100 because of it.
Hostile tells the story of Juliet, played by Brittany Ashworth, as she tries to survive in the post apocalyptic world. Food and resources are scarce, and at night the “Reapers” come out to hunt for food. The movie starts out strong, with Juliet scavenging.
Things are looking good for Hostile at this point, at least until Juliet swerves off a dirt road and flips her truck, and breaks her leg. This is where the movie really went south. There are long flashbacks revealing her addiction, and her previous relationship with the man who helped save her from heroine.
This would all be fine, except it really broke the rhythm of the movie. What could have been a classic zombie survival movie turned into a strange Romeo and Juliet (at least they didn’t name the male character Romeo) story.
The ending was as bad as it was predictable, and I’m being generous when giving it a 40/100. There are better zombie movies out there, and this is one you should skip.
When Another World started I was so psyched. It had all the things I want in a zombie movie. It is the end of the world, the undead are roaming and humanity is on the brink of dying. The two main characters have a mission, and it is simpler, kill as many of the undead as they can. They set up ambushes, lure the undead in, and then blow the hell out of the biters.
I honestly could have watched a movie just built around that simple, hunt and kill, premise. As the duo moves on to another target, the female leads enter the picture. They aren’t the reason the movie takes a turn for the worse, at least not directly, but when they join, the conversations get more involved, and the writer/director felt the need to try and give the characters “deeper motivations”. How did that work out? Let me graph for it for:
Did I need to add the color? No, but I liked the way it looked. This movie did not need a complicated back story. It was a Zombie Movie and should have been about surviving, and killing zombies. We didn’t need the additional, very predictable, origin story. This movie would have been so much better if it just followed the pattern set in the first ten or fifteen minutes of the movie. Survivors find other survivors, they train them how to fight, and then the movie ends with an epic zombie horde coming down on the survivors.
This was a budget movie, but the fight scenes were well done. If Another World had gone a slightly different direction, it could have been a sleeper hit, but as it was, it reached too far, and fell flat on its face.
So how did it rank overall? I’m giving it a 35/100, but the honest truth is that 34 of those points are just because of the first fifteen minutes of the movie.
Daylight’s End takes the classic end of the world zombie apocalypse and adds in a bit of vampire lore. The sun hurts the undead, and they swarm at night. The world has been overrun, but there are survivors, fighting over what’s left of the world. One of those survivors, Rourke, helps a female scavenger after her group of survivors was ambushed by other scavengers. In return she offers Rourke gas and ammo if she takes her back to her home base.
It turns out that home base isn’t as safe as she thought, and the undead aren’t as brainless as they seemed. Rourke agrees to try to help her, and her group of survivors, but of course nothing is ever easy in the apocalypse.
At just over an hour and forty minutes long, the movie played to its strengths and didn’t put a lot of filler in. So how does Daylight’s End stack up? It is a very watchable movie, and is true to itself. It isn’t ground breaking, but it is a good movie, and earns a 71/100. If you haven’t seen it, add it to your list and let me know what you think.