Zombie Town (2007)

The viewing of this Z-film is best left to die-hard zombie fans — I rate it Yellow Puss.

My impression is that this B-film was financially backed by … well, possibly little more than everyone who was directly involved, made in peoples’ spare-time, assembled on an iMac, and acted by people who both wanted to be in this film and others that just agreed to fill bit-parts. I’m not saying that this is a bad thing — this is how the budget Z-film I was an extra in was made — it’s just that I think many viewers would realize that this is how some films (albums, books, etc) are made.

Zombie Town is chocked full of small-town red-necks, bad dialogue and often poor line delivery, and an unnecessary excess of swearing. I was amused to see something more or less new to me in a zombie film — the zombies live for a limited amount of time (24hrs?) and then die, with fanged slug parasites pushing out of the body seeking a new host, however those parasites die when they come into contact with salt … which is kind of like that 80s film where a bunch of university students get over-run by giant leaches from a pod that was carried aboard an alien space-craft … and I don’t know about you, but weird things like that happen to me all the time. Oh, and apparently the zombies can die from salt too — I’m going to have to watch the other 1/2 now.

DUDE — attack of killer zombie grandmothers from bingo!!!

Zombie Town at IMDB

Zombie Wars (2007)

I rate Zombie Wars as Yellow Puss

This Z-film was a B-film — in fact I fairly well got the impression that when it came to funding and production that these folks were only a little more connected than the folks I worked with who were doing The Book Of Zombie.

I would not recommend that anyone break their neck to see this flick — the acting and action was better than garbage, the writing was debatably better … or maybe worse. I did appreciate that this film showed me something new & different (and no journey) — the zombies in the film have developed a certain amount (albeit low-level) of awareness/communication/leadership. With this they have organized, and without giving too much away, they have captured & been breeding humans for food.

If you want a so-bad-it’s-good film to laugh at, this just may be the flick for you.

Zombie Wars at IMDB and Wikipedia

The Book Of Zombie (2010)

What happens when a small, sleepy Utah town gets an undead wake-up call when all of the townspeople of Mormon faith suddenly transform into flesh-eating zombies?  A group of nonbelievers, unaffected by the mysterious epidemic, band together to survive the night and answer the burning question: “How do you kill a Mormon zombie?”

I have not only seen this film … I acted in it!

I was an extra in The Book Of Zombie on two nights of shooting. The second night was early in the film during the initial outbreak. On the first night we appeared to be shooting the final horde attack on the town; I was one of the three zombies standing behind (one of?) the main zombies as he got killed, so I’m visible in the film. I should be visible with a wound appliance just above my forehead. I’ve been told that my name is listed in the credits as one of the extras.

TBOZ at IMDB and Wikipedia

The TBOZ Official Website

The official websites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – LDS.org & Mormon.org

That was the trailer — here’s the full movie!

Zombies Zombies Zombies (2008)

“Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!” … I rate this film Yellow Puss.  By the way, it’s also known as “Strippers vs Zombies” … which is not to be confused with the 2012 film “Zombies Vs. Strippers“.

Zombie strippers, hookers, pimps & johns. This film isn’t as bad as it sounds. Low budget, but not poorly done. I get the impression that this is another one of those films some friends wrote, produced, directed, and acted in — which usually results in garbage — but this was pretty well done. Is it all that good of a film? Ehh …no. Ask yourself though — are you like me — when you read the title you hear an echo in your head of “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!”? Seriously … that just might be more disturbing than this film.

Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! IMDBWikipedia, and probably most important of all in respects to this film RottenTomatoes

Oh, and here’s the film’s Official Website

Zombieland (2009)

Green Ooze

You know it … you probably love it … Why?  Because there was a LOT of money behind this film and a lot of marketing — and you were told to love it.

I expected to not like this film — not wholly buy into it — largely because of the obvious amount of money and “star power” behind it.  Quite frankly … I liked this film far better than I expected.  I stopped watching TV before this film came out — the marketing, the money, the star power didn’t work on me — I liked the content … the humor, the character arcs, and the fact that hopeful romantics can exist in the apocalypse.

How does IMDB summarize this film?
A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.

Have fun with this movie, it’s worth a watch.  I saw it twice, the second time for the music.  Heck, watch this film because one of the stars is Emma Stone — why — because Emma Stone, that’s why.

Zombieland – IMDB and Wikipedia – Soundtrack

Unique to Zombieland are The Rules

Oh MY!!!

Emma Stone at IMDB and Wikipedia

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night of the Living Dead – Green Ooze OF COURSE!

The seminal zombie film of zombie films that wasn’t originally meant to be a zombie film — so zombie-genre fans everywhere just may look at this as a happy accident.  As for the rest of this review, I’ll write it when after I’ve seen it again.

Night of the Living Dead at IMDb

Night of the Living Dead at Wikipedia

Rotten Tomatoes

Apparently there have been remakes of this film &/or re-uses of the name — I’ll have to see….

Saint (2010)

Okay — first — a few quick house-keeping things…

  • This not a zombie film, but it is relative to some of my zombie-film review — hence its being here.
  • It is a Dutch film and it has a couple of different names — Saint, Sint, and Saint Nick.  For the purposes of this post, it will be referred to as Saint.
  • If you watch this film and you say to yourself “Hey, these Christmas traditions are totally messed up!” — well, Xmas practices and winter traditions differ around the world.

When it comes to the winter holidays in the Netherlands, for many of the children the most important dates are in early December.  While St. Nicholas’ Day is on the 6th December, the major celebrations are held on the 5th December, which is St. Nicholas’ Eve — when the jolly old soul arrives and brings them their presents!

Apparently you leave these treats in your shoes — no joke.

On St. Nicholas’ Eve Dutch children leave treats out for Sinterklaas.  They also spoil Father Christmas’s horse (not reindeer) with water, hay, and carrots. In exchange, they get marzipan, chocolate coins, and hot cocoa.

The Saint takes a different twist on the popular traditions in the city of Amsterdam, portraying  St. Nicholas and his Black Pete helpers as ghosts who murder large numbers of people when his annual celebration night coincides with a full moon.

And now…
The Reason Why I Have Included This Film
In My Zombie Movie Reviews

This film is a hell of a lot better than A Christmas Horror Story (2015) or the mass liberty-taking Krampus (also 2015).  It has its scary bits along with being fun and funny.  It also plays accurately to Xmas traditions instead of taking total license and doing whatever they want.  This is cleverly done whereas IMO the other two are hack works.  If you want to pepper your holidays with a Christmas horror film, watch Saint.

Sint on IMDB and Wikipedia

Christmas in The Netherlands / Holland — Christmas Around the World

Zwarte Piet AKA Black Pete or Black Peter

Kill Command (2016)

Okay, so if you’ve looked at at my blog at all — and if you haven’t I wouldn’t be surprised — you know that when it comes to movies, most of my thing is reviewing zombie films …. and occasionally movies that I think are important for musicians/artists to view.  As much as I get a kick out of Z-films, I am as much or more of a fan of Sci-Fi.

I got my hands on Kill Command by accident — call it a happy accident.  When I go to my local library looking for films, I have a habit — I check the Sci-Fi section, followed by Action, then usually Westerns, and then whatever else.  The organization at the library strikes me as weird sometimes when it comes to films — this was listed-as and filed-in Action … which it is an Action film but in my mind it’s Sci-Fi before that.  Whatever … I watch every zombie film I can get my hands on, so of course — I took Kill Command home!

You know when you’ve watched all the recent movies … you feel like there’s nothing to see and you have nothing to do … and you pick up some film to relax with even though it doesn’t look very promising … and as you get into the flick you expected to be a potboiler and suddenly you’re faced with the reality that the film is pretty durn FANTASTIC?   And then the more you watch you feel like you’ve discovered some secret film that your friends don’t know about because usually all you see is HolloWood or American films and pretty much miss everything that comes out of Europe.  Yeah, if you’re a Sci-Fi fan, that’s Kill Command!

A glimpse into the near-future — placing your order at a fast-food joint…

Kill Command (also known as Identify) takes you into a technologically advanced near future.  The Harbinger Corporation supplies the military with warfare A.I. systems.  A programming anomaly has been discovered  at an undisclosed island — the Harbinger I Training Facility.  A scientific specialist has been sent in with a team of six American marines — all of whom have been assigned to a two-day training mission.

As the night and following day unfolds, they discovery that the team has been inserted into a coup de grace where the intelligent and flawed combat machines have taken over the facility … and are beginning to attack the team … and learn their human combat tactics.

Trust me, these guys are worse than unannounced visits by door-to-door religious fanatics.

The film was released on 13 May 2016 in the United Kingdom and received a limited screening in the US on 25 November 2016, ultimately receiving mixed to positive reviews.  Here’s the thing, my fellow ‘Murcians — there are a lot of films outside of the U.S. that we are unaware of.  In the world of film, the American/HolloWood arena is the big player — and not everything outside of that arena makes it in* …. and a lot of it is good material, too!  Maybe “Kill Command” wouldn’t have been a huge film on the U.S. scene, but with the right marketing I think it would have gone over well.  Instead, you heard it here … for free …. because I love Sci-Fi.
(*Did you see the 2001 film “The 51st State” staring Samuel L. JacksonRobert Carlyle and Meat Loaf?  I was in Glasgow when it was out.  We drove by a theater that displayed a movie poster for a flick I had never heard of.  I was told two things — there are a lot of films made in Europe and I will never see this one in America.  For that reason alone I thought to go see it while I was there, but I ended up seeing The Lord Of The Rings instead sitting in the worst movie theater seat in all of Scotland.  Fortunately, the film did make it to America as “Formula 51“.)

No red shirts on this guy!

Kill Command has everything Action Sci-Fi fans LOVE!  A futuristic setting, advanced technology, soldiers with cybernetic enhancements, things blowing up, lotsa guns going PEW PEW PEW, and GIANT KILLER ROBOTS.  There’s even a cyborg!  Oh, and a super-cool weird-techy vehicle like this…

Kill Command at IMDB & Wikipedia

A list of films featuring drones

World War Z (2013)

Green Ooze – BagpiperDon’s +/- Top 10

I am currently 23 minutes into seeing this film for the first time. Frankly I’m not paying full attention — I’m busy on my laptop working to start my company (yeah … that’s all) — I am, however, forming a few first impressions. Without pulling any punches, I’m trying to figure out how to say that this film delivers … moreover it delivers where the re-make of Red Dawn flat out failed. Yes, I know, neither of the Red Dawn films were zombie flicks — that’s not the point.

I’m impressed by the depiction of chaos and survival once the invader have hit — in Red Dawn the U.S. being invaded by one or more foreign countries whereas in WWZ humanity world wide is being invaded by our favourite plague … zombies. My impression of the Red Dawn re-make is that it was crafted in part to grab the teeny-boppers who went nutz over hunky werewolves and love-lorn glittering vampires. In other words, the re-Red Dawn survival and tactics would have gotten the Wolverines killed.

In my mind WWZ does a good job of depicting post-catastrophe society and tactics necessary to survive. As Z-films go, this film clearly has money behind it. It gets off to a start quick, and then gives its set-up. The zombies have intense movement and drive which doesn’t seem to be explained (but like I said, I’m not giving it my full 84% focus), at least not as of yet.

I’ve been curious how this might play out; I haven’t read the book but I have heard some of the audio-book. Action, adventure, mystery. There is a journey, but not the typical journey. In a way the zombie chaos is worse than the survivor chaos.

Stylistically speaking, I quite like the movement look that the production achieved for the zombies. Time and time again you seem similar movements from zombies — but in this film not only did the film-makers find a different way for the zombies to move, it ties in with the zombies’ drive, how they work as zombies.

This may be the biggest (stand alone) zombie film made yet.

To avoid this, get to the airport WAY EARLY like your dad.

World War Z – IMDbWikipedia

“World War Z” book (2006) by Max Brooks – Official website and Wikipedia

“World War Z” the Audiobook

Train to Busan (2016)

Train to Busan, or by its original title “Busanhaeng”, is a South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller film released in 2016.  The film takes place on a train to Busan, as a zombie apocalypse suddenly breaks out and compromises the safety of the passengers.

Fast moving zombies.  Fast infection.  Zombieism also affects animals (<– very slight spoiler).  Hordes of zombies like in World War Z — and this film could easily be the South Korea part of the WWZ outbreak (same universe).  People on a train feels like Snowpiercer (which if you’re a sci-fi fan and you haven’t seen Snowpiercer you are seriously missing out – IMDB/Wikipedia).  It even has little touches that remind you of Speed.  This has got to be one of the best Z-films I’ve seen since 28 Days Later!  OH YEAH, this isn’t just a Green Ooze film, it’s in my BagpiperDon’s +/- Top 10 Z-movies list!

…screw that, MF — this film has Zombies On A Train!

The zombies move in this totally different than any I’ve seen in other films …. and having both been a zombie in a film and having been in a car accident and gotten whiplash, what these actors did not only looks amazing for a zombie film but from my perspective now …. painful.  The Z-film journey element is in this film, but works totally different (well, the way it’s applied maybe one could say ‘re-imagined’) than I’ve seen in previous films.  There’s also something I haven’t seen in zombie films before in how the zombies do and don’t notice non-infected people.  And there were a few old lady wigs.

Train To Busan IMDbWikipedia, and Rotten Tomatoes