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Monday, December 25, 2017

2017 Zombie movie marathon

October is over and my daily posting of reviews is behind me. I’m going back to a more reasonable and sustainable three posts a week. But fear not I’m not planning on getting lazy! I have another marathon much like my Summer Slasher series in store for the rest of 2017. As the title of this post indicates I’m going to do a Zombie movie marathon. Why zombies? Well if you see the images here on the blog I used to run a website called Gutmunchers. I love zombie movies so this appeals to me. Also with the passing of George Romero I sort of wanted to talk zombies. Without him most of these movies would likely not exist.

What can you expect? Well I will be covering some recognizable flicks that most of us have seen and enjoyed. But unlike many genres there is a glut of zombie movies, both big budget and independent. They also come from all across the world. For example, I know that I will be reviewing movies from Korea, Hong Kong, and god help us Virginia. This is what makes a marathon like this so much fun.

Not sure how long this will last but I can assure you I’ll run out of motivation way before I run out of movies. Come with me on this journey as I dive head first into the zombie genre and wade thru both the awesomely fun, hidden gems, and crap… There is going to be a lot of crap I’m afraid.

movie 1: KL Zombie (2013) – The first movie that I watched for the Zombie marathon was KL Zombie. This is one from Malaysia and was clearly inspired by Shaun of the Dead. It is played for more laughs than it is horror. The zombies are decent, but the gore is non-existent. I also very much disliked the ending. Not a recommendation from me.

movie 2: Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009) – The second movie in the marathon is also a new zombie flick. The unique thing about ZMD is that it has a serious political message that it repeatedly beats over the audience’s head. Stupid white people that watch a particular cable news network are dumb and dangerous. The first time that I watched and reviewed this one I liked it. Maybe in the eight years since I’ve suffered political fatigue because now it annoys me. The non-political stuff is decent but gets bogged down in the preaching. I can’t recommend this one either.

movie 3: Cooties (2014) – So the first two movies in the marathon weren't great. Both had some things that I liked about them, but neither ended up being recommended. I thought I’d cleanse the pallet with a movie that I know was enjoyable. What happens when summer school students get some bad chicken nuggets? Well they get all “zombie” on the teachers and start eating everyone in sight! Much preteen mayhem ensues.

movie 4: 101 Zombies aka.Broken Springs (2010) – This one has the honor of being the first in what I know will be many miserable experiences in my zombie movie marathon. This independent zombie movie from Virginia has the double whammy of a terrible script and horrible CGI. I like independent filmmakers and their movies, but many times the results are awful. This is one of those times. If you must have more details read my full review. I suggest not wasting your time on the movie or my review.

movie 5: Dance of the Dead (2008) – This is one of the better independent zombie movies that I’ve seen recently. Here we have a group of high school students that get tossed together when a zombie outbreak hits their town. It also happens to be the big night of the prom so it gets crazy. They totally have to save Prom, right? I’ve not seen a school dance this bloody since Carrie! Here is a zombie movie that I can get behind.

movie 6: The Mad (2007) – Let me just say this... Billy Zane is awesome! Here he plays a man trying to get his new girlfriend and daughter to bond on a family trip to spend a weekend in a cabin. The pair don’t get along, but that doesn’t matter much after they get caught up in a zombie outbreak in a small town. Toss in some killer beef patties and some very funny scenes for a good time. This is a must watch.

movie 7: Presidents Day (2016) – What happens when a bunch of kids go into the woods to party on President’s Day? Well if they get an evil book and read from it they just might bring back zombie presidents that want to murder them! This one is played for laughs and it works far better than I expected it to. There are some really funny jokes that as a history nerd I loved! While everyone might not get the more obscure stuff there is enough here to make it fun regardless of how much American history you know.

movie 8: Zombies of Mora Tau (1957) – This is one of the rare pre Night of the Living Dead movies that I’m going to watch for the marathon. Not saying there aren’t a lot of zombie movies before Romero, but most of them are well known and it would be a bit pointless to cover them. Though for some reason Zombies of Mora Tau never seems to get discussed which is why it has ended up on my list. This is a great movie that is creepy and spooky. Check out my review for more details. This is another must watch.


movie 9: The House of Seven Corpses (1974) – Here is another older zombie movie that I don’t think enough fans have seen. Much like the previous entry this doesn’t play like a traditional zombie movie. Here it is more of a supernatural revenge movie. But I included it in this marathon because the killing is done by a summoned zombie. So while it isn’t an end of the world flesh eating thing it still is a zombie movie!   


movie 10: Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) – Not a huge fan of crowd funding or as I like to call it internet panhandling. But in spite of that I was willing to give this movie (it was financed with crowdfunding) a chance. This is supposed to be a comedy and it does have some funny moments. There is also a decent amount of practical effects work in the first half of the movie. But they either ran out of funds or time because it goes heavy on the CGI towards the end. Overall it was too much miss and not enough hit for me to recommend it.

movie 11: Shock Waves (1977) – I went back to an old favorite for the next entry into the zombie movie marathon. Shock Waves is the best Nazi zombie movie that I’ve ever seen. Honestly until the recent Dead Snow movies that wasn’t hard to say. Here we have an excellent cast highlighted by John Carradine and Peter Cushing going against some weaponized Nazi zombies who “live” to kill! This is an excellent bit of late ‘70s horror cinema.


movie 12: Night of the Creeps (1986) – Okay an argument can be made that this isn’t technically a zombie movie since the corpses are merely transportation for the alien slugs that reanimate and use them to breed. But hey there are dead bodies wandering around attacking people so I’m counting it! Plus, with some of the independent flicks that I’ve been watching I needed to take a break and watch something fun. Night of the Creeps is certainly in that category with great one liners dropped by Tom Atkins, alien slugs, and a zombie axe murderer! Good times indeed.

movie 13: Bio-Zombie (1998) – Well crap. This Hong Kong produced zombie movie is one of my first purchases when I got into Asian horror in the early 2000s. I remember really liking it, but haven’t watched it in years. The humor and gimmicks don’t hold up well. Now I’m worried about the other movies from around this time that I watched and enjoyed. Are they not as good as I remember? Yikes!

movie 14: Night of the Living Dead (1990) – Now I’m normally not a remake fan, but there are always exceptions to that rule. NotLD 90 is one of them. Romero updated the script and put it in the capable hands of Tom Savini to direct. The gore is top notch and the characters play better to a modern audience. While the original holds a special place in my undead loving heart this is a worthy update.

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