I really want to know how a movie like Zombie with a Shotgun (2019) gets made? Who read this script and thought it would be a good way to spend some money? I also want to know if the people who make the covers of these movies pay any attention to what the movie is about.
This was not a zombie movie.
It was a strange story about a guy who is infected and a woman who can’t see what’s going on around her, and their odd relationship. In the end this was a dysfunctional movie that didn’t really have any of the traits that make a good zombie movie. No hordes, no real zombie violence, or violence of any real sort. All those points earned Zombie with a Shotgun a 4 out 100.
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.
Savageland (2015) is shot in a news story/documentary format, telling the story of a small town on the Arizona Mexico border after a massacre with a single survivor. The movie is shot as an expose trying to show that the single illegal survivor wasn’t the perpetrator of a whole town’s slaughter, but instead a victim as well.
The movie was clearly low budget, and the only zombies we get to see are on the film role that the single survivor took, but which the court wouldn’t allow in as evidence.
The concept is good, but the lack of any real zombie action or flashbacks to the violence, as well as the strong political overtones on immigration and racism ruined the zombie parts of what could have been a great zombie movie.
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.
Dead Don’t Die in Dallas (2019) is really not so much a zombie movie as a movie about how some people let hatred rule their lives. As a social commentary on stupidity, this is a great movie if your trying to let someone you know and love that they should be who they want to be and love who they want, this is a great door opener. Be warned, there is graphic verbal depictions of sex, so its probably not a great door opener if your talking to a twelve year old – but then again what do I know?
As a zombie flick however, Dead Don’t Die in Dallas doesn’t fare quite as well. I like hordes of the undead and at least a few mass zombie killings when it comes to my undead flicks.
So as a LGBTQ zombie flick this gets a 100/100, but as a zombies eating people with hordes descending on the masses, this gets a 1, for a total score average of 51/100.
I found Freaks of Nature by chance after watching the new Terminator: Dark Fate movie and wondered if Mackenzie Davis had been in any other movies. Thus I found Freaks of Nature. It is a strange movie, and not your classic zombie movie, but it was engrossing and kept me watching as I recovered after my treadmill time today.
This is a great movie for you to watch with your significant other who maybe doesn’t like the classic zombie genre. It is funny, has a pretty decent love story, and just like in the Terminator, we get to see Mackenzie’s nude butt. Was that the primary reason I liked Freaks of Nature? No, but it was a nice little bonus.
If you like funny romance, high school survival movies with vampires, zombies, and aliens, and one other special guest I won’t spoil for you, then you will enjoy Freaks of Nature just as much as I did, which is why I gave the movie a 77/100.
What cost it some points? Really only the fact this was not a traditional zombie movie, but it was still a good movie.
The Horde tries to be a slasher film as well as a zombie film hybrid of sorts, but doesn’t quite manage to do either well. The “animals” aren’t really zombies, but apparently some very inbred individuals who like the taste of human blood.
Because I was hoping for a decent zombie movie, and this wasn’t, I’m giving it an 11/100. The eleven points is for the slasher part of the movie, which wasn’t actually bad. If you like to see a lot of blood and gore, this will rank more highly for you.
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.