Zombie Series – Resident Evil: Season 1, Episode 1

The new Resident Evil television series kicks off with “Welcome to New Raccoon City”.

Resident Evil

The story uses the familiar dual storyline method, showing us today, and yesterday in spurts. In the past Jade and Billie Wesker have moved into New Raccoon City with their father who is a high ranking Umbrella employee. In the current timeline Jade is thirty years old and has a child who she has left behind to investigate the infected.

This leads to the best action scene (for me) in “Welcome to New Raccoon City”.

After Jade gets a small cut the infected swarm and give chase. The scene was really well done and I’m hoping it sets the tone for some of the rest of the season.

After being chased, Jade ends up being taken in by another survivor group that scavenges the infected wasteland. It’s not long before we find out that Jade is wanted. Which is of course when we jump back to the other timeline to find out that Jade and her sister Billie broke into their father’s lab. Apparently even with the infected everywhere and the remaining population living in walled cities, teenage girls still get upset if animal testing is being used. There is of course a rule that if you have dangerous pathogens in a lab, the security is crappy enough that a few teen girls can get in with nothing but a badge and some audio of their father who works there.

What the girls don’t know can absolutely hurt them. While they have been providing blood samples to their father because of their health – what they don’t know is that he is using the blood to inject himself. Is he infected? I guess I’ll have to keep watching to find out.

This of course brings us to the episode cliffhanger. Jade is about to be captured so instead of falling into the hands of Umbrella agents she dives into the infected zone. Now we have to wait to see if she lives, and just how pissed off her sister is for getting mauled all those years ago.

Welcome to New Raccoon City earned itself an 80/100, making it worth your time. The writing and dialogue is good and the special effects are top notch so far. The story itself is fairly boilerplate for the moment, but I’m hoping there are some twists and turns in the coming episodes.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Welcome to New Raccoon City80
12The Devil You Know45

Zombie Movies – The Valley Of The Dead (2021)

The Valley Of The Dead was originally a Spanish Language film titled “Malnazidos” but its theatrical release was pushed because of the pandemic. At some point Netflix bought the rights and the film was dubbed in English.

Valley Of The Dead – aka Malnazidos

The material is probably not as familiar to Americans, as it takes place during the Spanish Civil War. The movie synopsis doesn’t actually cover this, so if you are like me, you probably assumed the time frame was one of the World Wars until it was a bit further in.

Months after bloody combats leave behind thousands of dead in the trenches. Jan Lozano, Captain of the Fifth Brigade has fallen prisoner by an opponent’s platoon along with a young driver while carrying out a mission that has been entrusted to him. The possibility of dying executed will soon be overtaken when a new unknown enemy arises. Both rival sides must unite and set their mutual hate aside in order to survive.

-Telecinco Cinema

The Valley Of The Dead kicks off as a standard war movie. Our unwilling “hero” Jan, played by Miki Esparbé, is given a mission which has little chance of success. Before he gets too far he and his driver are captured trying to find a downed pilot. This finally introduces us to our first Zombie. Why do I say finally? Because that first zombie doesn’t actually appear until twenty minutes in.

It isn’t long before Jan and his captors join forces to fight a common enemy. One of my favorite scenes is when they took down a lone Zombie only to realize they pulled every Undead within earshot down on their heads.

I would describe The Valley Of The Dead as a fun, but formulaic movie. There isn’t any new ground being covered here. Don’t get me wrong. The Valley Of The Dead is enjoyable to watch. The visuals and special effects are first rate. The cast was well chosen and each of them plays their part well. It all comes together nicely.

So why is The Valley Of The Dead scoring a respectable 70/100? It makes The Valley Of The Dead Worth Your Time, but just barely. There were a good number of Zombies, but I would have loved to see a horde versus a machine gun. There was plenty of action, I just wanted something a little more. The other main reason is that the story. There just wasn’t anything new there. It was enjoyable, but it needed something to make it pop just a little more to get that score up a little more.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

ReviewYearScoreType
#Alive2020100Action / Infection
Dawn Of The Dead1978100Action / Horror / Classics
Night Of The Living Dead1968100Action / Horror / Classics
World War Z2013100Action / Infection
28 Days Later2002100Action / Infection
Train To Busan2016100Action / Infection
Zombieland2010100Comedy / Action
Flesh And Blood201899Shorts
Serenity200599Action / Sci-Fi
The Girl With All The Gifts201695Action / Infection
Land Of The Dead200594Action / Horror
Resident Evil: Apocalypse200493Action / Infection
Resident Evil200292Action / Infection
Rampant201891Action / Infection / Mid Evil
Day of the Dead200890Action / Infection
Cooties201489Comedy / Action
The Return of the Living Dead198585Comedy / Action
Night of the Comet198485Comedy / Action
Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula 202084Action / Infection
Zombieland: Double Tap201983Comedy / Action
Fido200682Comedy / Action
Shaun Of The Dead200481Comedy / Action
Zombie197980Action / Horror
The Evil Dead198180Classic / Action
I Am Legend (2007)200780Action / Infection
28 Weeks Later200780Action / Infection
Infection201979Action / Infection
It Stains The Sands Red201679Action / Infection
Overlord201879Action / Horror
A Little Bit Zombie201278Comedy / Action
Plan Z201678Action / Infection
Wyrmwood: Apocalypse 202177Action / Infection
Day of the Dead198577Action / Horror / Classics
Dead Rising: Endgame201677Action / Infection
Freaks of Nature201576Comedy / Action
The Dead201076Action / Infection
Cockneys Vs. Zombies201275Comedy / Action
Here Alone201675Suspense / Infection
The Battery201274Drama / Infection
Shed of the Dead 201974Comedy / Action
Alone202073Action / Infection
Survival Of The Dead200973Action / Horror
State of Emergency201173Action / Infection
Remains201172Action / Infection
Dawning of the Dead201772Action / Infection
Dance of the Dead 200872Comedy / Action
The Rezort201572Action / Infection
The Army of the Dead202171Action / Infection
Witness Infection202171Comedy / Action
Daylight's End201671Action / Infection
The Valley Of The Dead202170Horror / Infection
Resident Evil: Afterlife201070Action / Infection
Night of the Living Deb201570Comedy / Romance
For A Few Zombies More201570Action / Infection
Zombie Night201370Action / Infection
Dead Rising: Watchtower 201570Action / Infection
Zombie Hunter201370Action / Infection
The Dead 2: India201570Action / Infection
Exit Humanity201169Action / Infection
Bird Box201869Action / Horror / Possession
Republic Z201868Action / Comedy
Blood Quantum201968Action / Infection
Ravenous201768Action / Infection
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead201467Action / Infection
Quarantine200867Infection / Horror
Forget Everything And Run (F.E.A.R.)202167Suspense / Horror
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse201567Comedy / Action
The Night Eats The World201867Suspense / Infection
Ultimate Zombie Feast202066Shorts/ Action
How To Kill A Zombie201466Action / Comedy
Cargo201766Suspense / Infection
Trench 11201766Action / Horror
Dead County202165Drama / Horror
Zombie Town200765Action / Horror
Zoombies201665Awesomely Bad
The End?201764Horror / Infection
Quarantine 2201164Action / Infection
Zombie Apocalypse201164Action / Infection
Red Spring201763Action / Infection
Resident Evil: Extinction200762Action / Infection
Resident Evil Retribution201261Action / Infection
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter201660Action / Infection
Life After Beth201459Comedy / Action
Diary Of The Dead200758Action / Horror
Revelation Trail201357Action / Horror
Eat Brains Love201956Comedy / Horror
My Mates vs. The Zombie Apocalypse201556Comedy / Action
Deadsight201855Suspense / Infection
Anna And The Apocalypse201755Musical / Infection
Amigo Undead201554Comedy / Horror
Bong of the Living Dead201754Action / Infection
Black Friday202153Action / Horror
The Dead Undead201053Action / Infection
Redcon-1201852Action / Horror
Deadheads201152Comedy / Romance
Dead Don't Die in Dallas201951Action / Infection / LGBTQ
Day of the Dead: Bloodline201851Action / Infection
Road Wars201550Action / Infection
Disaster L.A.201450Action
Zombie Strippers!200849Horror / Comedy
Within the Woods of Undead County201649Action / Infection
Rise of The Zombies201248Action / Infection
I Am Alone201548Action / Infection
Valentine DayZ201847Action / Infection / Awesomely Bad
Lethal Virus202146Action / Horror
Savageland201546Horror / Drama
Zombie Warz: Falls The Shadow201145Action / Horror
Infected201945Shorts
Block Z202044Action / Infection
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City202143Action / Horror
The Dead Don't Die201943Spoof / Drama
The Plague200642Action / Horror
Strain 100202042Action / Infection
Infected202141Action / Horror
Before Dawn201341Drama / Action
When the Fever Breaks201941Suspense / Infection
Zombie Undead201040Action / Infection
Hostile201740Action / Infection
Dead Before Down201239Horror / Supernatural
Gangs Of The Dead200638Action / Infection
Zombies201737Action / Infection
American Zombieland202036Comedy / Infection
Cannon Fodder / Battle Of The Undead201335Action / Horror
Zombie Diaries 2201135Action / Infection
Dead Trigger201735Action / Infection
Deadlocked202035Action / Infection
Another World201435Action / Infection
Evilution200934Action / Horror
KL24: Zombies201734Action / Infection
Re-Elected202033Comedy / Suspense
Antisocial 2201533Action / Infection
Aquarium of the Dead202132Comedy / Horror
Antisocial201332Action / Infection
By Day's End202031Suspense / Infection
Dead 7201631Action / Infection
Pandemic201630Action / Infection
Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies201729Comedy / Action
Zombie Hood201328Action / Infection
The Dustwalker201927Action / Parasite
Day of the Dead 2: Contagium200526Action / Infection
Solar Impact201925Action / Horror
Anger Of The Dead201525Action / Infection
The Last Hope201724Action / Infection
The Day of the Living Dead201423Drama / Detective
Zombie Road201822Shorts
Zombie Wars200721Action / Infection
Army of Thieves202120Heist / Horror
Last Rites Of The Dead201920Drama / Thriller
The Mad200719Comedy / Infection
The Living Dead202018Horror / Drama
Zone of the Dead200917Action / Infection
Killer Weekend201816Comedy / Not Zombies
G Zombie202115Drama / Infection
Quarantine L.A.201314Action / Infection
Driven202013Drama / Suspense
The Hive201412Demonic Possession / Horror
The Horde201611Action / Gore
Rebirth202010Action / Horror
The Last Starship201710Action / Infection
Rising Undead / Rise of the Undead20059Action / Horror
Rise of the Zombie20139Drama / Action
Flu20138Infection / Not Zombies
Red Days20167Action / Infection
The Returned20136Drama / Romance
Apocalypse Nerds20125Comedy / Action
Zombie with a Shotgun20194 Infection / Drama
Soon Enough20183Action / Drama
Army of the Dead20082Action / Horror
Range 1520162Comedy / Action
Nazi Undead20181Paranormal / Horror
Pandemic20091Drama / Action
Eyes Of The Dead20151Action / Infection
All My Friends Are Dead20210Horror / Not Zombies
Curse of the Blind Dead20200Horror / Not Zombies
Carriers20090Drama / Not Zombies
Afflicted20130Drama / Infection
Broadcast Dead 20180Horror / Thriller
Dead End20030Horror / Thriller

Zombie Movies – The Video Dead (1987)

The Video Dead is what I’d call a classic Zombie Movie. Anything over 30 years old qualifies in my book.

The Video Dead

What should you expect from a 30 year old Zombie movie? Don’t expect state of the art CGI or a lot of special effects. The late 80s were a time when special effects cost big dollars, and Zombie movies relied mostly on practical effects.

Having said that, they did spend some bucks on what I’d call the Weird Science lightening effect. Who knows, maybe someone on the team actually worked on Weird Science, it did come out two years before The Video Dead was released.

The Video Dead tells a story about a television that allows Zombies to escape from it, as well as having the ability to haunt anyone who is watching it. The movie opens with delivery guys bringing the television to a house, and then shortly returning to find the owner of the house murdered in gruesome fashion. We then jump forward in time to a brother and sister who move in, not knowing they just made “The Murder House” their new home.

It’s not long before the television makes itself present felt, taunting Jeff, the younger brother with lustful messages.

Jeff writes off the strange events, blaming the weed he was smoking for his crazy thoughts.

When a neighborhood young lady comes by with the dog she’s watching, Jeff temporarily finds a new target for his attentions, but in the process, the dog gets loose, leading to one of the funniest lines in the movie:

It is not long before the last owner of the television shows up. His guilt driving him to try and help. He knew what the television could do, and tries to help the best he can.

The story was relatively straight forward and stayed true to itself. There is a nice little twist at the end. It’s not ground breaking, but I thought it was a suitable ending and I don’t want to give the end away as I do think The Video Dead should be put on your list as a Rainy Day Movie. The Video Dead scored a 65/100, putting it at the top of that Rainy Day Movie category.

ReviewYearScoreType
#Alive2020100Action / Infection
Dawn Of The Dead1978100Action / Horror / Classics
Night Of The Living Dead1968100Action / Horror / Classics
World War Z2013100Action / Infection
28 Days Later2002100Action / Infection
Train To Busan2016100Action / Infection
Zombieland2010100Comedy / Action
Flesh And Blood201899Shorts
Serenity200599Action / Sci-Fi
The Girl With All The Gifts201695Action / Infection
Land Of The Dead200594Action / Horror
Resident Evil: Apocalypse200493Action / Infection
Resident Evil200292Action / Infection
Rampant201891Action / Infection / Mid Evil
Day of the Dead200890Action / Infection
Cooties201489Comedy / Action
The Return of the Living Dead198585Comedy / Action
Night of the Comet198485Comedy / Action
Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula 202084Action / Infection
Zombieland: Double Tap201983Comedy / Action
Fido200682Comedy / Action
Shaun Of The Dead200481Comedy / Action
Zombie197980Action / Horror
The Evil Dead198180Classic / Action
I Am Legend (2007)200780Action / Infection
28 Weeks Later200780Action / Infection
Infection201979Action / Infection
It Stains The Sands Red201679Action / Infection
Overlord201879Action / Horror
A Little Bit Zombie201278Comedy / Action
Plan Z201678Action / Infection
Wyrmwood: Apocalypse 202177Action / Infection
Day of the Dead198577Action / Horror / Classics
Dead Rising: Endgame201677Action / Infection
Freaks of Nature201576Comedy / Action
The Dead201076Action / Infection
Cockneys Vs. Zombies201275Comedy / Action
Here Alone201675Suspense / Infection
The Battery201274Drama / Infection
Shed of the Dead 201974Comedy / Action
Alone202073Action / Infection
Survival Of The Dead200973Action / Horror
State of Emergency201173Action / Infection
Remains201172Action / Infection
Dawning of the Dead201772Action / Infection
Dance of the Dead 200872Comedy / Action
The Rezort201572Action / Infection
The Army of the Dead202171Action / Infection
Witness Infection202171Comedy / Action
Daylight's End201671Action / Infection
The Valley Of The Dead202170Horror / Infection
Resident Evil: Afterlife201070Action / Infection
Night of the Living Deb201570Comedy / Romance
For A Few Zombies More201570Action / Infection
Zombie Night201370Action / Infection
Dead Rising: Watchtower 201570Action / Infection
Zombie Hunter201370Action / Infection
The Dead 2: India201570Action / Infection
Exit Humanity201169Action / Infection
Bird Box201869Action / Horror / Possession
Republic Z201868Action / Comedy
Blood Quantum201968Action / Infection
Ravenous201768Action / Infection
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead201467Action / Infection
Quarantine200867Infection / Horror
Forget Everything And Run (F.E.A.R.)202167Suspense / Horror
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse201567Comedy / Action
The Night Eats The World201867Suspense / Infection
Ultimate Zombie Feast202066Shorts/ Action
How To Kill A Zombie201466Action / Comedy
Cargo201766Suspense / Infection
Trench 11201766Action / Horror
Dead County202165Drama / Horror
Zombie Town200765Action / Horror
Zoombies201665Awesomely Bad
The End?201764Horror / Infection
Quarantine 2201164Action / Infection
Zombie Apocalypse201164Action / Infection
Red Spring201763Action / Infection
Resident Evil: Extinction200762Action / Infection
Resident Evil Retribution201261Action / Infection
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter201660Action / Infection
Life After Beth201459Comedy / Action
Diary Of The Dead200758Action / Horror
Revelation Trail201357Action / Horror
Eat Brains Love201956Comedy / Horror
My Mates vs. The Zombie Apocalypse201556Comedy / Action
Deadsight201855Suspense / Infection
Anna And The Apocalypse201755Musical / Infection
Amigo Undead201554Comedy / Horror
Bong of the Living Dead201754Action / Infection
Black Friday202153Action / Horror
The Dead Undead201053Action / Infection
Redcon-1201852Action / Horror
Deadheads201152Comedy / Romance
Dead Don't Die in Dallas201951Action / Infection / LGBTQ
Day of the Dead: Bloodline201851Action / Infection
Road Wars201550Action / Infection
Disaster L.A.201450Action
Zombie Strippers!200849Horror / Comedy
Within the Woods of Undead County201649Action / Infection
Rise of The Zombies201248Action / Infection
I Am Alone201548Action / Infection
Valentine DayZ201847Action / Infection / Awesomely Bad
Lethal Virus202146Action / Horror
Savageland201546Horror / Drama
Zombie Warz: Falls The Shadow201145Action / Horror
Infected201945Shorts
Block Z202044Action / Infection
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City202143Action / Horror
The Dead Don't Die201943Spoof / Drama
The Plague200642Action / Horror
Strain 100202042Action / Infection
Infected202141Action / Horror
Before Dawn201341Drama / Action
When the Fever Breaks201941Suspense / Infection
Zombie Undead201040Action / Infection
Hostile201740Action / Infection
Dead Before Down201239Horror / Supernatural
Gangs Of The Dead200638Action / Infection
Zombies201737Action / Infection
American Zombieland202036Comedy / Infection
Cannon Fodder / Battle Of The Undead201335Action / Horror
Zombie Diaries 2201135Action / Infection
Dead Trigger201735Action / Infection
Deadlocked202035Action / Infection
Another World201435Action / Infection
Evilution200934Action / Horror
KL24: Zombies201734Action / Infection
Re-Elected202033Comedy / Suspense
Antisocial 2201533Action / Infection
Aquarium of the Dead202132Comedy / Horror
Antisocial201332Action / Infection
By Day's End202031Suspense / Infection
Dead 7201631Action / Infection
Pandemic201630Action / Infection
Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies201729Comedy / Action
Zombie Hood201328Action / Infection
The Dustwalker201927Action / Parasite
Day of the Dead 2: Contagium200526Action / Infection
Solar Impact201925Action / Horror
Anger Of The Dead201525Action / Infection
The Last Hope201724Action / Infection
The Day of the Living Dead201423Drama / Detective
Zombie Road201822Shorts
Zombie Wars200721Action / Infection
Army of Thieves202120Heist / Horror
Last Rites Of The Dead201920Drama / Thriller
The Mad200719Comedy / Infection
The Living Dead202018Horror / Drama
Zone of the Dead200917Action / Infection
Killer Weekend201816Comedy / Not Zombies
G Zombie202115Drama / Infection
Quarantine L.A.201314Action / Infection
Driven202013Drama / Suspense
The Hive201412Demonic Possession / Horror
The Horde201611Action / Gore
Rebirth202010Action / Horror
The Last Starship201710Action / Infection
Rising Undead / Rise of the Undead20059Action / Horror
Rise of the Zombie20139Drama / Action
Flu20138Infection / Not Zombies
Red Days20167Action / Infection
The Returned20136Drama / Romance
Apocalypse Nerds20125Comedy / Action
Zombie with a Shotgun20194 Infection / Drama
Soon Enough20183Action / Drama
Army of the Dead20082Action / Horror
Range 1520162Comedy / Action
Nazi Undead20181Paranormal / Horror
Pandemic20091Drama / Action
Eyes Of The Dead20151Action / Infection
All My Friends Are Dead20210Horror / Not Zombies
Curse of the Blind Dead20200Horror / Not Zombies
Carriers20090Drama / Not Zombies
Afflicted20130Drama / Infection
Broadcast Dead 20180Horror / Thriller
Dead End20030Horror / Thriller