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.
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’ve seen a lot of people accidentally cut themselves with edged tools/weapons. Hands get sweaty and a blade goes flying. Or a hand slips down onto the blade when the wielder hits something that they were expecting to give (and it doesn’t).
What is the critical factor to hold onto your blade and improve safety? It is the D handle on this Elk Ridge Fixed Blade Machete. The guard on this Machete means that your hand isn’t going to free and if you do hit something that makes the blade want to jump out of your hand, that guard gives you a split second to recover and hold on before it goes flying.
When the zombies start swarming you will be glad you have this Elk Ridge Fixed Blade Machete. It is quiet, functional, and you can hide it in plain sight, just put it on the wall next to your gardening tools and no one will ever look twice at it.
I have not been having the greatest luck when it comes to picking zombie movies, although I do think my standards are pretty high, which may be part of the equation. The really good zombie flicks are few and far between, and Valentine DayZ was no exception. It felt like vanity flick, like someone with a lot of money wanted to portray themselves as a bad *ss and had the money to bank roll this film.
It wasn’t horrible, but it was more amusing than good. So bad I couldn’t look away maybe? Yeah, that sounds about right, which earned this a 47 out of 100.
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’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.
I’ve had Overlord on my list to watch for a while, and regretted not watching it sooner.
It is near the end of World War 2 and the allies are planning their invasion of Europe. A small group of paratroopers are being dropped behind enemy lines to destroy a radar facility. The the soldiers get on the ground they find out the Germans have more than just a radar facility in town. The Germans are working on something terrible, something unnatural.
Sure, this is basically Wolfenstein made into a movie, but it was well done and the writers did a good job not being predictable . Some scenes were set up so you thought the “typical” horror movie scenario would play out, and they left it alone. I respect them for that.
Overlord is an enjoyable movie, and earned a solid 79/100. Where did it lose some points? Honestly, I took a good chunk off because, well, Nazi zombies. The other reason I took points off was there were not hordes. I like at least one good horde in my zombie movies, and this was much more a “super soldier zombie” movie.
Don’t get me wrong though, this is a fun movie, and worth watching.
Broadcast Dead has lost something in translation. It uses footage of the movie, as a movie, inside the movie, and the dialogue and plot are hard to follow. This might be a translation issue, who knows, maybe this is a Shakespearean play in its native language, but as it is, it is not worth your time, and earns a 0 out of 100.
The only halfway decent thing about this movie is the way they subtitle some of the horrible action scenes.