Bong of the Living Dead (2017) feels like the zombie move sixteen year old me would have made when seeing a girl without a top on would have blown my mind. There is a good bit of gratuitous sex that really doesn’t do anything for the plot or story, but I guess it does help hide the fact that the rest of the movie is basically about a group of friends smoking and being silly.
That means its not the best zombie flick, but if you are in a little bit of an altered state and or just want to see some pretty girls with a good bit of nudity, then you will enjoy Bong of the Living Dead. However, if you are looking for a zombie flick, this isn’t it, which earned Bong of the Living Dead a 54/100.
Fun and silly is fine, but it still needs to make sense. For some reason they give the lovely blonde a prolonged crying nude scene and then kill her off due to allergies? I’m not even sure what happened.
It made me feel that she rage quit after being forced to do a prolonged set of nude scenes.
Red Spring (2017) started out so strong. A group of survivors is escaping in a van, afraid to stop, afraid to be found by whatever has destroyed the populace. The undead vampires have taken over the world, and if they smell you, they can track you. The small group of survivors meets Vicky, played by Elysia White who convinces the group to head to her fathers farm.
Unfortunately the plan doesn’t work out that well and the vampires find them.
This is about where the movie went from being pretty awesome to formulaic. The survivors start doing some dumb sh*t like all going off on their own. While scavenging, one of the survivors gets wounded, then, after deciding they need to find a vehicle to run again, everyone makes the classic horror movie mistake of separating. One goes into a dark shed and gets eaten, and on top of that leaves the wounded girl on her own to then get eaten because he also leaves the bomb shelter door open.
It cost this movie a lot of points, as up until then it was in the solid 90s. How many? Enough to knock this down to a 63/100. Honestly, watch the first forty minutes or so and then turn it off, which sucks, but the strong start led to a very weak ending. One other minor pet peeve is that the monsters on the cover were apparently drawn by someone who never saw the movie.
The last movie was such a let down I had to watch another.
When For A Few Zombies More begins I thought this was going to be another low budget, college project film, but I kept watching, mostly because I was also enjoying a tumbler of bourbon at the same time.
Actually, I was already on my second tumbler of Basil Hayden’s, because it is one of my standard bourbons, but anyway it did help me enjoy this campy, sometimes silly, but also enjoyable zombie flick.
Have a few drinks and enjoy For A Few Zombies More. Its not the best zombie move ever, but its also not the worst, and it was fun to watch, earning it a passing grade of 70/100.
I stumbled on this gem completely by accident. It is everything a zombie movie should be, and would have scored a perfect 100 out of 100 except for one small fact, it is a short film. An awesome short film to be sure, but if they could have made a future length movie from this it would have been perfect.
This is intense, and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time, which earned it a 99/100.
Make sure you expand it to full screen when you watch it…
I love the premise of Exit Humanity, Malcolm Young is reading his ancestors diary, and when you hear his voice you will immediately recognize Brian Cox’s voice from any of a number of movies (Red, Red 2, Bourne Identity, Super Troopers etc). It is just after the civil war, and the undead have ravaged the land.
Edward Young returns from the war to find his family has already been eaten. Edward decides he must take his son’s ashes to a waterfall he had told the boy about before the war, it is a place of peace for Edward.
On the way, he meets another survivor, only to find out that the war isn’t quite over yet. Isaac’s sister has been taken, and he needs Edward’s help to rescue her from a General trying to use the Undead to continue the fight against the north.
The filming and action is top notch. The zombies are well done and die with appropriate levels of gore. So why did Exit Humanity earn a 69/100? First of all let me say the movie is enjoyable to watch, but there were a few things which could have made it even better.
There are potential spoilers below, so stop reading here until you watch the movie…
The first 30 minutes could have been condensed down to 5. I know its character development – but its a zombie movie for god’s sake, lets get to the zombies.
The suicide scene was a little over the top. I get it, his wife and child were bitten and turned. Again, its a zombie movie, so we don’t need agonizing emotional development.
Too much story development at times, the movie could have been cut down and focused on the zombies, which I think would have made it a better movie in the long run.
I Am Alone feels like an advanced college movie project. The filming is top notch, but there is a good bit of overacting, and the zombies are clearly on the low budget side.
I Am Alone scores a 48/100. The movie takes way too long to build up to the zombies, and then failed to achieve the primary goals of a zombie film. In order, they should be, survive the initial raging biting, run from the horde, hole up and hide from the horde, and then fight their way to a better, safer place, or get eaten trying.
I Am Alone tried to achieve some of these things, but the first person shooting style and lack of decent zombie hordes cost this movie a lot of points.
I’m not sure how I missed Plan Z when it came out, but I’m not sure if it was widely advertised here in the states as it is based in the British Isles. Plan Z is exactly what a good, low budget zombie movie should be. The main character, Craig, travels and his work as a photographer gives him contacts that are able to warn him when bad things are coming.
That warning saves him when the zombie virus turns the populace into hungry hordes.
Craig holes up in his apartment as others try and run, and are eaten alive. He only decides to leave when one of his friends calls him, begging for help. He manages to save his friend Bill,
The first half hour of the movie is perfect. It it exactly what a zombie movie should be, nothing but zombies and survival.
I liked the touch that they begin their escape plan on day 28, paying homage to one of the greats, 28 Days Later.
The plot jumps a bit after that, but the movie stayed mostly true to itself. There are a few scenes of over acting, but overall this is a good Zombie Movie that was enjoyable to watch. The low budget cost it some points, as well as some of the acting and the plot jumps, but don’t let the 78/100 keep you away from this film. It is well worth a watch.
State of Emergency starts off strong. A man (Jim) and his wife fleeing until her injuries make them pause. Jim watches as his wife passes away. He’s in shock. Something horrible is happening, and while he knows he needs to hole up, he doesn’t yet know how bad it is.
Jim finds a barn, and after pulling his dead wife into a stall, Jim proceeds to explore, only to hear something moving somewhere. He thinks everything is okay when he sees a cat, but the relief is short lived. When he returns to the main hallway he sees muddy foot prints.
There are a few things I really liked about State of Emergency. One of them was that they never pulled the “wife” card. It would have been expected, and would have made the movie less enjoyable for me. The other was the quality of Jim’s character, and the suspense around surviving as he comes to grips with a world with new dangers, and new rules.
This is not a zombie hordes movie. This is a zombie suspense movie with just a few zombies that drive the story, and that part well well done. The honest truth is that until we meet the 2nd group of survivors that Jim pairs up with, the movie was on its way to getting a score in the 90’s.
What happened? The acting once Jim meets the second group of survivors goes down hill fast. Scott (played by Scot Lilly) was really rough around the edges. I’m guessing this was really early in his career and he didn’t have much screen time before this? His scenes really feel like he reading cue cards above the cameraman’s head.
How much did that bad acting hurt the movie? Well, it was still enjoyable and I watched it until the end, and actually liked it. The story was well written and the characters themselves were well rounded, which earned State of Emergency a 73/100.
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.