Thursday, April 29, 2010

Been Catching up on My Zombie Movies...



I've been on a new kick of going to StageVU andcatching up on all of the horror flicks I've missed out on 'cause my wife is too chicken to watch them with me (although she's trying to muster up the courage to watch the new "Nightmare" reboot with me this weekend). I watched "Diary of The Dead" by the legendary George Romero on Tuesday, and Steve Miner's "Day of The Dead" yesterday. I enjoyed both films, and I got a kick out of Romero's not-so-subtle jab at Zack Snyder's "sprinting zombies"; "You can't run - you're decomposing and if you try to run, you ankles are gonna snap like twigs! You have to "shamble"!" The whole "Blair Witch" approach to the filming with the guy videotaping "history" to the annoyance of his friends and girlfriend got a little stale, but all in all it was a decent zombie flick.

Day of The Dead, however, was a complete surprise. I'm just now watching it because I read some crappy reviews and the trailer really didn't sell it for me. I couldn't have been more wrong. I really, really liked it! The story moved along at a good pace and was interesting, Ving Rhames was awesome as always, and Mena Suvari was great as a kick-ass & take names army chick! I also dug how they stayed true to the original film, but added enough to make it stand on it's own as an original story.

I also realized that after seeing Zack Snyder's "Dawn" remake and now this, I really prefer the sprinting zombies to the shambling ones. Steve Miner even takes it to the next level with uber-creepy spider zombies! The only gripe I have is how fast the decomposition set in - as soon as they turn; INSTANT severe skin problems. I prefer a subtle glazing of the eyes and a nice hue of blue. Today, it's a three way toss up between Saw, Resident Evil or Daybreakers.

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