It was last night when I started to watch Rampant. I was tired, but couldn’t sleep, and randomly picked a zombie movie to watch, and then, when I was tired, I couldn’t turn it off. Rampant takes place in mid evil Korea, and has the perfect combination of a good story, great fight scenes, and best of all, rampaging zombies.
Sure, the movie is in mandarin Korean, so you have to read, but it is well worth the sub titles for the quality of the overall movie.
Did that cost the movie 9 points? No, even though this movie is in sub titles, the only thing that cost it points were a few stretches of story that didn’t have enough zombies. If they’d cut twenty minutes out, the movie would have scored a 100 instead of a 91/100.
FYI, if your looking for the movie on IMDB you want to search for Chang-gwol, the original South Korean title.
Zombie Night starts just the way I want a zombie movie to start.
The outbreak has started, and all hell is breaking loose. People get stranded wherever they were when the biting started, and have to survive as best they can. This is how all zombie movies should start in my opinion.
Want to make it even better, throw Alan Ruck in. How can you not love a movie that gives you flash backs to a classic role like Cameron Frye in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?
Sure, there are some other big names in this movie like Daryl Hannah and Anthony Michael Hall, but Alan Ruck is the actor out of those three that engenders the most positive feelings out of me.
Zombie Night has some awesome scenes, like when the little girl comes back as a zombie, or when granny turns.
The honest truth is that the zombies were the best part of the movie, and in a weird way, Daryl Hannah actually took away from the scenes she was in. I couldn’t stop thinking about her as the mermaid in that Tom Hanks movie when she was on screen, and that was distracting.
Was it the best zombie movie ever made, not quite. Is it enjoyable and very watchable? Absolutely, which earned Zombie Night a respectable score of 70/100.
What would have made it better? The movie falls into the standard traps of having people make silly survival decisions by ignoring things that should have been obvious.
The movie is well worth a watch, its just not one of the movies that I think I’ll end up watching more than once.
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.
I picked Antisocial at random. Completely at random.
I should not gamble.
Don’t get me wrong. The acting wasn’t bad, the actors actually were quite good at their jobs. The issue is really just comes down to the pace of the movie, and what should have been the focus. In terms of pace, there is very little action until almost a half hour in, that is just too slow of a build up for this type of movie.
On the focus front, I wanted to see a bunch of people defending the house from waves of zombies, not watch a suspense/thriller about what is causing the violence.
If the writers had actually made a movie about surviving in the house, this movie could have been so much better.
Having said that, they did make a sequel, and I’m hoping they take off from the end of this movie, and make it a pure Zombie Apocalypse movie. We’ll find out next weekend, so keep your fingers crossed.
I won’t ruin the “twist”, but its not hard to see it coming. I did watch the whole movie, so it is watchable, it just isn’t what a zombiephile is really looking for, so its gets a 32/100.
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.
Soon Enough is an independent horror film that revolves around a group of college students in Montevallo, Alabama who are forced to survive the zombie apocalypse.
Independent films can sometimes be gems. Sometimes they are a mix of good and bad. Soon Enough has the feel of a college project. The sound quality and acting is rough, but at the same time, I want to applaud the creators for doing their thing. The only way to get better at something is to work on your craft.
Soon Enough was barely watchable for me, but I’m hoping that the people behind it continue to work on their craft. I want to see the 3/100 that this film gets skyrocket when they make their next zombie movie.
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.
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.