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.
Is Serenity a zombie movie? It sure is. The Federation has unleashed the Reavers on the universe after experimenting with weaponizing modified humans. What could go wrong right?
Sure, there is an awesome plot that revolves around the crew of the Serenity, and the movie not a classical zombie movie, so I am going to deduct a point for that. Which leaves Serenity with an almost perfect 99/100.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching this classic, make it a priority, you won’t regret it.
I’d never hear of The Girl With All The Gifts when by brother brought it over for us to watch. It turned out to be one of those gems that you somehow missed when it was in the theaters, and your not sure how it slipped by.
Sennia Nanua plays the young female lead, and her performance as Melanie is amazing. Sennia plays Melanie perfectly, and the connection between her and Gemma Arterton, who plays Helen Justineau is what makes this movie the beautiful thing that it is. Please keep in mind that Gen Close plays one of the leads, and yet Sennia steals every scene she is in, regardless of who is on screen with her.
The Girl With All The Gifts takes a new spin on the zombie genre, and does it in a way that is unique and riveting, while also giving us some great movie moments.
In one of my favorites Melanie tells one of the soldiers to pretend to be scared, which he doesn’t really need to do at that moment in time.
Overall, The Girl With All The Gifts earned its 95/100 score, and the only thing that cost it five points was the fact that they didn’t leave a lot of room open for a sequel.
Ravenous takes place in small town Quebec, so the original movie is in French with English subtitles, but don’t let that keep you away. Ravenous has great character development and great action scenes, which isn’t always true of some zombie films.
The first half hour has some great scenes. One of them involves a the main characters fleeing through the woods as a horde runs after them through the trees, it was well shot and gave me the creeps.
I actually really liked the fact that they don’t try to explain the why its happening, the movie instead concentrates on what surviving takes, and how simple choices can mean life or death.
The ending is a bit strange, but came full circle, which I liked. Overall I’m giving Ravenous a 68/100. The movie is well worth watching if your a zombiephile.
The apocalypse is over. Humanity won a hard fought war against the undead, and paid a high price. The virus that caused the outbreaks has been confined to a single island where the wealthy go to hunt the undead in controlled kills. The war is over, it is time to go to The Rezort and kill the undead for good.
For Melanie, she is hoping The Rezort can help her get over her post traumatic stress and finally deal with her memories of the undead war. Of course, not everything goes as planned, and Melanie finds herself in the middle of a zombie war zone.
The Rezort was really well done with good action scenes, good acting, and a novel concept. If you haven’t had a chance to to see The Rezort yet, it is well worth watching and scored a respectable 72/100.
Train to Busan is one of those amazing movies that you get sucked into and you forget that it is in subtitles. The original movie was filmed in South Korea and centers around a father and his daughter who board a train just as the zombie apocalypse begins.
The movie really is a solid 100 out of 100.
It does so many things just right. I love how the zombies break through glass because of the pressure their massed bodies are creating. I also love the fact that no one is really safe.
I won’t ruin the movie for you, because it is well worth watching, but I will promise you it is full of fast, deadly zombies, and once the action starts, it is nonstop.
Rylie Sampson was just trying to survive on the streets until she was old enough to escape social services. For Rylie, the end of her world meant being pulled back into the system. She had no idea she was about to survive so much more.