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#1 of 398 SteveGon

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Posted June 25 2005 - 02:29 AM

Here's a place to discuss your favorite (and least favorite) undead and "infected" films!

While I don't have time to write full-length reviews, I hope you'll enjoy my capsule reviews and comments. And please remember that this thread is a work in progress - those zombie flicks keep a comin' just like the living dead themselves!

Ratings range from bomb to ****

Note: some ratings may have changed from original postings

Last update: 4/27/2010

Zombie movies


After the Day 2: Before the Knight  **/img/vbsmilies/htf/half.gif
The Alien Dead **
All Souls Day **
American Zombie ***
Anno Domini 3048 *Posted Image
Apocalypse of the Dead (aka Zone of the Dead)  **/img/vbsmilies/htf/half.gif
Apocalypse of the Flesh Eaters  **
Astro-Zombies *
Automaton Transfusion **Posted Image
Autumn **
Awaken the Dead ***
Battle of the Bone *
Beast Within (aka Virus Undead)  **/img/vbsmilies/htf/half.gif
Beaver Lake Zombies *
Beneath the Surface ***
The Beyond ***
Beyond Re-Animator **Posted Image
Biker Zombies from Detroit *Posted Image
Bio-Cops **Posted Image
Biohazardous **
Bio-Zombie ***
Bitez **
Black Demons **Posted Image
Blade of Death *
Blood of Ghastly Horror *Posted Image
Blood of the Beast **Posted Image
Bloodsuckers from Outer Space ***
Blood of the Zombie **Posted Image
Bone Sickness *Posted Image
Bowery at Midnight **
Boy Eats Girl **
Brain Blockers **Posted Image
Braindead (aka Dead Alive) ***
Brain Dead **Posted Image
Bride of Re-Animator **
Bubba's Chili Parlor **Posted Image
Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror **Posted Image
Buttcrack **
Cadaverella **Posted Image
Capital of the Dead **Posted Image
Cemetery Man ***
The Child ***
The Children ***
Children of the Living Dead **Posted Image
Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things **Posted Image
The Chilling **
Choking Hazard **Posted Image
Chopper Chicks in Zombietown *
C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud *Posted Image
City of the Living Dead **Posted Image
City of Rott **
Codename: Yinyang **Posted Image
Come Get Some! **Posted Image
Come Get Some More! *Posted Image
The Corpse Eaters **
Corpses **Posted Image
Corpses Are Forever **Posted Image
Creatures from the Pink Lagoon ***
Creature With the Atom Brain **Posted Image
Curse of the Cannibal Confederates **
Curse of the Maya *Posted Image
Curse of the Sun **
Dance of the Dead (Masters of Horror) ***
Dance of the Dead (2008) **Posted Image
Dark Echoes **Posted Image
Dark New World *Posted Image
Dawn of the Dead (1978 - European version) ***
Dawn of the Dead (1978 - Extended version) ***Posted Image
Dawn of the Dead (1978 - U.S. Theatrical version) ****
Dawn of the Dead (2004) ***
Dawn of the Mummy **Posted Image
The Day It Came to Earth **
Day of the Dead (1985) ***
Day of the Dead (1985 - tv version) **
Day of the Dead (2007) **Posted Image
Day of the Dead 2: Contagium **Posted Image
Days of Darkness ***
Dead & Breakfast *
Dead & Buried ***
Dead at the Box Office ***
Dead City **Posted Image
Dead Clowns **
Dead Country Posted Image*
Deader Country  BOMB!
Dead Creatures **Posted Image
Dead and Deader **
The Dead Don't Die ***
Dead Flesh **Posted Image
Dead Fortunate *Posted Image
Dead Girl  **/img/vbsmilies/htf/half.gif
The Dead Hate the Living! ***
The Dead Have Risen BOMB!
Dead Heat **
Dead Heist **Posted Image
Deadhunter: Sevillian Zombies **
Deadlands: The Rising **


Deadlands 2: Trapped  ***
Dead Life **Posted Image
Dead Meat **Posted Image
Dead Men Walking ***
Dead Moon Rising **Posted Image
The Dead Next Door ***
The Dead Pit **Posted Image
Dead Snow ***
Dead in the Water **Posted Image
Dead World **Posted Image
Death Metal Zombies *Posted Image
Death Valley: The Revenge of Bloody Bill **
Defenceless **Posted Image
Detroit Blood City **
Diary of the Dead ***
Die and Let Live **Posted Image
Distant Lights ***Posted Image
Doghouse  **/img/vbsmilies/htf/half.gif
Doomed ***
Doomed to Consume **Posted Image
Dorm of the Dead **
The Earth Dies Screaming **Posted Image
Eat the Living **
Enter... Zombie King **Posted Image
Erotic Nights of the Living Dead **
Evil ***
Evilution  *
Exhumed **
The Face of Marble **
Fast Zombies With Guns **
Feeding the Masses **Posted Image
Fido ***
Fields of the Living Dead **
Fistful of Brains **Posted Image
Flesh Eater **Posted Image
Flesh Freaks *
Flesh is Good BOMB!
Flight of the Living Dead (aka Plane Dead) **Posted Image
Forest of the Dead **
The Forever Dead **Posted Image
Gangs of the Dead ***
Garden of the Dead **Posted Image
The Ghost Galleon **
Ghost Zombie **Posted Image
Ghoul School *Posted Image
The Girls Rebel Force of Competitive Swimmers **Posted Image
Goremet Zombie Chef from Hell BOMB!
Grace  ***
The Grandmother's Mushroom Soup  *1/2
The Grapes of Death ***
Grave Misdemeanors (aka Night Life) **Posted Image
Grave Mistake **
Graveyard Alive: A Zombie Nurse in Love **
Haeckel's Tale ***
Hard Rock Zombies **
Hell of the Living Dead **Posted Image
Hey, You've Got Zombies in Your Backyard **Posted Image
Hide and Creep **Posted Image
Hollywood Mortuary ***
Holy Shit...Zombies! *Posted Image
Homecoming ***
Hood of the Living Dead ***
Horizonica **
Horror Hospital ***
Horrors of War **Posted Image
Hot Wax Zombies on Wheels **Posted Image
The House By the Cemetery ***
House of the Dead *Posted Image
House of the Dead 2 **Posted Image
Hunting Creatures *
I Eat Your Skin ***
The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies **
Insane in the Brain *Posted Image
The Invasion of the Dead **
Invisible Invaders **
Io Zombo Tu Zombi Lei Zomba ***
Island of the Living Dead **Posted Image
I Walked With a Zombie ***
I Was a Teenage Zombie **Posted Image
I Was a Zombie for the FBI **
I, Zombie: A Chronicle of Pain **Posted Image
Junk ***
King of the Zombies **
Kiss Daddy Goodbye ***
(K7B) Mutation *Posted Image
Kung Fu Zombie **Posted Image
Land of the Dead ***
Last of the Living  **:half:
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie ***
Life Room  **
Livelihood **Posted Image
The Living Dead Girl **Posted Image
Living Dead Lock Up BOMB!
Living Dead Lock Up 2: March of the Dead BOMB!
Living Dead Lock Up 3: Siege of the Dead BOMB!
The Living Dead in Tokyo Bay (aka Battle Girl) **Posted Image
Living a Zombie Dream *
Long Live the Dead **
Lord of the Dead **
The Mad Ghoul **
Maelstrom the Zombie Opera  **
Mansion of the Living Dead **
Maplewoods **
Mark of the Astro-Zombies *
Meat Market **Posted Image
Meat Market 2 **Posted Image
Meat Market 3 ***
Melvin  **
Messiah of Evil ***
Mortuary *Posted Image
Motocross Zombies from Hell *
Mucha Sangre **Posted Image
Mulva: Zombie Ass Kicker! *Posted Image
Museum of the Dead **
My Boyfriend's Back **Posted Image
My Dead Girlfriend **
Near Death *Posted Image
Necropolis Awakened **Posted Image
Neither the Sea Nor the Sand ***Posted Image
Nightmare City ***
Night of the Bums **
Night of the Comet **Posted Image
Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge
of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Alien, Flesh Eating, Hellbound,
Zombified Living Dead Part 2: In Shocking 2-D *
Night of the Dead: Leben Tod **Posted Image
Night of the Living Dead (1968) ***Posted Image
Night of the Living Dead: Rifftrax  **:half:
Night of the Living Dead 30th Anniversary Edition **
Night of the Living Dead (1990) ***
Night of the Living Dead (2007) **Posted Image
Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated  ***
Night of the Living Dead 3D **Posted Image
Night of the Living Dorks **
Night of the Seagulls ***
Night of the Zombies *Posted Image
Noctem **Posted Image
Nudist Colony of the Dead ***
Oasis of the Zombies **
O.C. Babes and the Slasher of Zombietown BOMB!
Of the Living Dead BOMB!
Onechanbara **Posted Image
Onechanbara: Vortex  *
One Dark Night ***
Operation Dead 1 **
Otto; or, Up With Dead People **
Ouanga **Posted Image
Outpost **Posted Image
Pathogen **
Pet Sematary **Posted Image
Pet Sematary 2 *Posted Image
Plaga Zombie ***
Plaga Zombie: Mutant Zone ***
The Plague of the Zombies ***
Planet Terror ***
Platoon of the Dead  *
Pot Zombies BOMB!
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead ***
Premutos: Lord of the Living Dead **Posted Image
Prison of the Dead *
Psychomania ***
The Quick and the Undead ***
Raiders of the Damned *Posted Image
Raiders of the Living Dead *
Re-Animator ***Posted Image
Reanimator Academy  *
Redneck Carnage  *
Redneck Zombies **
Red Victoria  **/img/vbsmilies/htf/half.gif
Resident Evil ***
Resident Evil: Apocalypse **
Resident Evil: Degeneration **Posted Image
Resident Evil: Extinction ***
The Restless Dead **Posted Image
The Resurrection Game  **:half:
Retardead **Posted Image
Return of the Evil Dead ***
The Return of the Living Dead ***
The Return of the Living Dead Part II **
Return of the Living Dead 3 ***
Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis ***
Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave **
Revenge of the Living Dead Girls **Posted Image
Revenge of the Zombies **
Revolt of the Zombies **Posted Image
The Revolting Dead **Posted Image
Rise of the Undead **
The Rising Dead **Posted Image
Rome Against Rome **
The Roost ***
Route 666 **Posted Image
Sabbath *Posted Image
Samurai Zombie  **/img/vbsmilies/htf/half.gif
Santo Contra Los Zombies ***
SARS Wars: Bangkok Zombie Crisis ***
Savaged  **
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island ***
Scream Farm **Posted Image
The Serpent and the Rainbow **Posted Image
Severed: Forest of the Dead **Posted Image
Shadow: Dead Riot **
Shadows of the Dead **
Shanks ***
Shatter Dead **Posted Image
Shaun of the Dead ***Posted Image
Shock Waves **Posted Image
Sick and the Dead **Posted Image
Skin Crawl **
Song of the Dead **Posted Image
The South Will Rise Again BOMB!
Space Zombie Bingo **
Special dEaD **Posted Image
Stacy ***
Stiff Odds *Posted Image
The Stink of Flesh **
Stoned Dead **
Street of the Dead **Posted Image
Street Zombies (aka Ozone) *
Sugar Hill **Posted Image
Summer of the Dead **
The Supernaturals **Posted Image
Survival of the Dead  ***
Swamp Zombies!!! **
Tamara **
Teenage Zombies *Posted Image
Terror Creatures from the Grave **Posted Image
They Came Back ***Posted Image
Tokyo Zombie ***
Tombs of the Blind Dead ***
Trailer Park of Terror **
Trepanator **Posted Image
2 ***
Ultro-Pep The Movie **Posted Image
Una De Zombis ***
Uncle Sam **Posted Image
Undead **
Undead or Alive ***
Vampires Vs. Zombies *
Vengeance of the Zombies ***
Versus **
The Video Dead ***
Voodoo **
Voodoo Man **Posted Image
Waning Solstice *
War of the Dead **Posted Image
War of the Living Dead (aka Zombie Wars) ***
Wasting Away  **
White Zombie ***
Wicked Little Things *Posted Image
The Wickeds **Posted Image
Wild Zero ***
Wiseguys Vs. Zombies **Posted Image
Working Stiffs ***
Yakuza Zombie ***
Zombie (aka Zombie 2) ***
Zombie Apocalypse **Posted Image
Zombie Bloodbath *Posted Image
Zombie Bloodbath 2: Rage of the Undead **
Zombie Bloodbath 3: Zombie Armageddon *Posted Image
Zombie Brigade ***
Zombie Campout **Posted Image
Zombie Cheerleading Camp **
Zombie Commando ***
Zombie Cop *Posted Image
Zombie Chronicles **Posted Image
Zombie Cult Massacre **Posted Image
Zombie Dearest  **:half:
Zombie Death House **Posted Image
Zombie Defense Army ***
The Zombie Diaries ***
Zombie Farm **Posted Image
Zombie 5: Killing Birds **Posted Image
Zombie 4: After Death *Posted Image
Zombie Gangbangers  BOMB!
Zombiegeddon *Posted Image
Zombie Genocide ***
Zombiegore  *
Zombie Holocaust **
Zombie Honeymoon ***
Zombie Hunter Rika  **
The Zombie Hunters **
Zombiejaeger **
Zombie Lake **
Zombieland  ***
Zombie Nation *
Zombie Night *Posted Image
Zombie Night II (aka Awakening) ***
Zombie Nightmare **
Zombie '90: Extreme Pestilence *
Zombie Outbreak *
Zombie Planet **
Zombie Planet II: Adam's Revenge ***
Zombie Rampage *Posted Image
Zombie: The Resurrection *Posted Image
Zombies Anonymous **Posted Image
Zombies: The Beginning **Posted Image
Zombies By Design *
Zombies Gone Wild BOMB!
Zombies of Mass Destruction  **/img/vbsmilies/htf/half.gif
Zombies of Mora Tau **Posted Image
Zombies On Broadway **Posted Image
Zombie Spoof BOMB!
Zombie Strippers **Posted Image
Zombies Zombies Zombies (Strippers Vs. Zombies) **Posted Image
Zombie 3 *Posted Image
Zombiez **



Supporting zombies and zombie cameos

After the Day **
An American Carol **Posted Image
Battlefield Baseball **Posted Image
Cemetery of Terror **Posted Image
The Christmas Tale ***
Curse of the Blue Lights **
Dead Noon **
Destruction Kings *
Devil Story *Posted Image
The Ghost Breakers ***
Gory Gory Hallelujah **Posted Image
The Grand Horror **
Graveyard Disturbance **
Hell's Ground **Posted Image
Johnny Sunshine **
The Killbillies Posted Image*
Loves of the Living Dead **
Midnight Skater **
Shaolin Vs. Evil Dead **
Snuffin' Zombies *
Storm of the Dead **
The Vineyard **
Voodoo Moon **
The Woman Eater **http://static.hometheaterforum.com/imgrepo/a/a7/htf_images_smilies_half.gif
Zeder ***
Zombie Aftermath **
Zombie Doom (aka Violent Shit III) **
Zombie Toxin **http://static.hometheaterforum.com/imgrepo/a/a7/htf_images_smilies_half.gif



Zombie shorts

The Adventures of Jim T. Zombie **
Amid the Dead **http://static.hometheaterforum.com/imgrepo/a/a7/htf_images_smilies_half.gif
& Teller **http://static.hometheaterforum.com/imgrepo/a/a7/htf_images_smilies_half.gif
Angry and Moist: An Undead Chronicle ***
Apache Point: Zombies Gone Wild *
Bay of the Dead *
Better Off Undead **http://static.hometheaterforum.com/imgrepo/a/a7/htf_images_smilies_half.gif
Brains **http://static.hometheaterforum.com/imgrepo/a/a7/htf_images_smilies_half.gif
Bring Out Your Dead **
Brokeback Zombie *
Brunch of the Living Dead **http://static.hometheaterforum.com/imgrepo/a/a7/htf_images_smilies_half.gif
Chainsaw Maid ***
Chemical 12-D  **/img/vbsmilies/htf/half.gif
Children of the Plague **http://static.hometheaterforum.com/imgrepo/a/a7/htf_images_smilies_half.gif
The Clown  ***
Confederate Zombie Massacre **
Corpses of Doom ***
Cube Zombies **http://static.hometheaterforum.com/imgrepo/a/a7/htf_images_smilies_half.gif
Danger! 50,000 Zombies! ***
The Danse Macabre *http://static.hometheaterforum.com/imgrepo/a/a7/htf_images_smilies_half.gif
Dead At Dusk  ***
Dead Beat *
The Deader the Better ***
Deader Living Through Chemistry **
Dead Exit  ***
Dead and Floating in Three Rivers **
Dead Girl Walking **http://static.hometheaterforum.com/imgrepo/a/a7/htf_images_smilies_half.gif
Deadline ***
Decadere  **
Delivery of the Dead  **
The Diary ***
Dinner **http://static.hometheaterforum.com/imgrepo/a/a7/htf_images_smilies_half.gif
Drunk Vs. Zombie  *
Enter the Zombie **http://static.hometheaterforum.com/imgrepo/a/a7/htf_images_smilies_half.gif
Evil Night **
Facility 4 ***
Fear of the Living Dead  **
Feast of the Dead **
The Final Day **http://static.hometheaterforum.com/imgrepo/a/a7/htf_images_smilies_half.gif
A Fistful of Flesh **
Forlorn ***
Game of the Dead  **/img/vbsmilies/htf/half.gif




#2 of 398 StephenA

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Posted June 25 2005 - 04:36 AM

I love zombie movies. My favorites are Dead Alive/Braindead, Night Of The Living Dead(remake), Dawn Of The Dead(original), Return Of The Living Dead, and Zombie. I don't know why, but I never liked the original Night Of The Living Dead. My 2 favorite zombies are Bub from Day Of The Dead and severely rotted one from the small cemetary in Zombie.

I remember one time when I was about 15, a friend of mine, my cousin, and I watched Return Of The Living Dead part 3, which I think it was the unrated version. Right after we finished watching it, my mom came and told us it was dinner time. When we got to the table we saw it was spaghetti with hamburg and sauce, and we all started to gag.

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Posted June 25 2005 - 04:49 AM

I love virtually every zombie film ever made on some level or another, there hasn't been one yet that I have disliked.

Of course Romero's film's are among my favorites, and i'm seeing Land of the Dead at 3:00 today, hopefully it will make the cut. I would have to say that my three all time favorites are Return of the Living Dead (it's sequel isn't bad either) Night of the Living Dead 1990 (huge supporter of that one) and Dawn of the Dead 2004, although I still love the originals of the last two.

I really liked the clausterphobic atmosphere generated in Resident Evil and enjoyed Resident Evil Apocolypse alright, the best part about that film were the zombies for me.

Of course, we can't have a zombie appreciation thread without a brief analysis on why they are so frightening, and this may only apply to me, you of course may read something totally different into the whole issue...

Zombies, that is to say the reanimated dead, is really the only other thing left, besides ghost stories, that really terrify me. I hate the whole concept of them, there is something so sick and perverse about the idea of a dead human being, who was good, kind and of strong moral fiber in life, getting up and eating the living.

It's a level of hell that is just unimaginable, i've had many a nightmare about zombies, they are fearful, dirty, vicious creatures that tap into that part of my brain that still remembers all too well of being afraid of the unknown shadows in my room at night. They're groans and moans insult humanity and so does they're very exsistence, God has truly abandoned us in these films and the Earth is now a stinking rot.

These films tell me that we've royally fucked this planet up with our industries, cities and greed to the point where we are being punished for it by this plague. I cannot imagine a more terrifying fate for mankind than what is presented in these films, these people should be dead, but they walk with their hunger for us...what a filthy, truly Satanic end for humanity.
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Posted June 25 2005 - 05:21 AM

Undead - From the land down under, this one is a little out there with its mix of aliens and zombies. Not too bad, but a couple of stupid scenes really hurt it.

**1/2 out of ****

Goreometer rating: *** out of ****


The Stink of Flesh - Indie undead outing that explores sex after the zombie holocaust. Gore and kinky sex - you want more than that? Amateurish and dumb at times, though it gets ahold of itself in the second half.

**1/2 out of ****

Goreometer rating: *** out of ****


Dead Meat - Irish zombies! A new strain of mad cow disease causes an outbreak of zombies. Can the few survivors stranded in the countryside make it to safety? Doesn't really try anything new (or silly), just good ol' zombie madness.

*** out of ****

Goreometer rating: *** out of ****


They Came Back - Interesting French twist on zombies: just what would we do if the dead started returning? Would their loved ones want them around? Can they get their old jobs back? Do they still have to pay taxes and can they collect social security?

*** out of ****

Goreometer rating: zero out of ****


King of the Zombies - silly, early forties B-movie about a mad scientist on a tropical island creating zombies for the Axis war effort. Silly trifle.

** out of ****

Goreometer rating: zero out of ****


Land of the Dead - George Romero returns to the living dead genre in spectacular fashion. The world is completely overrun by the living dead and the few surviving humans have holed up in a barricaded city. Most of the populace lives in poverty but a select few live in a lavish highrise run by a slimy buisnessman. Mercenaries keep the rich folk supplied with goodies looted from nearby towns and it's in one of these that they incur the wrath of a new breed of zombies - living dead who've retained enough intelligence to plot revenge! Could have been fleshed out more - one gets the feeling much was left out - but still a welcome return to zombieland for Romero.

*** out of ****

Goreometer rating: *** out of ****

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Posted June 25 2005 - 09:28 AM

Don't forget the Evil Dead/EDII/AOD trilogy, Re-Animator, and Pet Semetery...all technically zombie (i.e. "dead come back to life") entries. These particular ones don't include the cannibalism angle, though, so they're a bit distinct from the ones already mentioned.

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Posted June 25 2005 - 10:27 AM

My favorites in order of preferance...

Carnival Of Souls, NOTLD, Original Dawn, Re-Animator (if that's considered a zombie flick), Day Of The Dead, Return Of The Living Dead, 28 Days Later and Dawn '04.


Haven't seen LOTD though I was greatly anticipating it's release, and am now expecting to be extremely underwhelmed and dissapointed.

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Posted June 25 2005 - 12:57 PM

My personal favorite underappreciated zombie film would be 1976's Shock Waves , Aquatic Nazi Zombies - Peter Cushing - Cheesy early synth score - John Carradine - Reasonably good makeup FX - The Kid from Flipper - A very young Brooke Adams in a bikini....what more could you want?Posted Image

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My favorite cheese-ball one would be Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things
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....ugg...it's a cornball bad hair bloody bellbottom jeans good time for all! Although it does have a fairly effective score* and pretty good Makeup FX, the FX are from the same man who did the M-FX in Shock Waves, Alan Ormsby...who also stars in CSPWDT and gives one of the MOST annoying performances I have ever seen. Kill him as quick as you can will be your wish as you watch the film but you will have to wait for any sort of satisfaction for that wish....but in the meantime there are plenty of bad actors to get eaten as well as horribly stereotypical gay "queen" characters, black magic, bad show tunes, hilarious 70's fashions, blood, death, feasting...ENJOY!Posted Image Posted Image


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#8 of 398 SteveGon

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Posted July 14 2005 - 06:51 AM

Recent zombie (old school variety, no flesh-eating) views:

The Plague of the Zombies - Hammer's take on the undead finds an evil English lord using voodoo to create zombies as a work force for his mines.

*** out of ****

Goreometer rating: zero out of ****


Shock Waves - Nazi zombies, Brooke Adams in a bikini, as Kevin noted, ya want something more? (Well, some gore would have been nice...) Still, an effective chiller.

*** out of ****

Goreometer rating: zero out of ****

#9 of 398 Brook K

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Posted July 14 2005 - 10:11 AM

I need to check out Shock Waves. I was going to concentrate on Hammer films for this October's horror challenge, but I think I may switch to Nazi-related horror films.

OTOH, I thought Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things was pretty lousy.

Undead is playing at a theater here. I might go if it lasts another couple of weeks. I have a prepaid ticket to that theater I have to use by the end of the month.
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#10 of 398 george kaplan

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Posted July 14 2005 - 10:43 AM

Zombies, that is to say the reanimated dead
Is that the definition of a zombie? If so, would Frankenstein's monster and The Mummy qualify as zombies?
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#11 of 398 Inspector Hammer!

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Posted July 14 2005 - 10:50 AM

Good question, I suppose so. Although, if you adopt Tom Savini's view, he never liked them being called 'zombies' because the word implied voodoo which wasn't accurate and took something away from the creatures.
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Posted July 14 2005 - 11:07 AM

I don't understand the big deal about Dawn Of The Dead. People have explained that it had historical significance when it came out because of its social commentary, but that doesn't change the fact that large chunks of it are boring. Yeah, there's the cute bit with the zombies pressed against the display glass in the mall that makes a statement about how silly consumerism is, but most of the movie is just people running, hiding from, or fighting zombies, and it gets boring. The only thing that kept it interesting for me was the amazingly gory special effects. I believe that the best movies are timeless.

This movie may have been original when it came out, but when I watched it for the first time last year, it didn't do much for me. I believe that Shaun Of The Dead is better, and one of the best movies that I saw last year. People can claim that if it wasn't for Dawn Of The Dead , there would be no Shaun Of The Dead , but that doesn't mean the former is better than the letter. I often see art surpass the art that inspired it. For example, many bands become much better than the bands that influenced them when they were growing up. Shaun Of The Dead was more clever, had better pacing and characters, and most importantly, was more entertaining. I also consider Re-Animator , 28 Days Later , and the first two Evil Dead movies to be terrific zombie movies.


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Posted July 14 2005 - 11:14 AM

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have you seen the remake of Dawn of the Dead? It's great, and it may be more to your liking. Posted Image

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Posted July 14 2005 - 04:43 PM

As far as I'm concerned, Dellamorte Dellamore (aka Cemetery Man) is the best film to ever have anything to do with zombies. Not only that, but its also among my top 10 favorite films, period.

Rupert Everett is absolute perfection in the film. Its hands down the best performance he's ever given. It makes me sad when I think of how far his career has gone down the toilet. His relationship with François Hadji-Lazaro's bumbling Gnaghi character gives the film a refreshing amount of heart. They have great chemistry together, and Lazaro is a real hoot in the role. Then there's Anna Falchi, who is truly hypnotic as the woman of Dellamorte's dreams. Her almost surreal beauty makes it easy to see how he can be so smitten with her.

The zombies look magnificent as well, the motorcycle zombie being a particular favorite. I also have to mention how creepy that Grim Reaper is, as well as how awesome he looks. The scenes with the Reaper are very eerie.

The film's score is exceptionally moody. The more I hear it, the more I love it. Definitely one of the finest scores I've heard. Then there's the locations, which are absolutely gorgeous. What a marvel the cemetery in this film is!

The film is hilarious, yet utterly thought provoking at the same time. Its full of hidden meanings, a great metaphysical look at life, and the existence of things outside our own existence. There's a nice sense of irony underneath it all as well. What Michele Soavi has created here is a fascinating work of pure horror art, and I think the film is flawless. Definitely Soavi's masterpiece.

I already have the Medusa DVD, but I'll double dip for the SE without hesitation.

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Posted July 14 2005 - 05:24 PM

Check out "Flesh Eater." It stars the original graveyard zombie Bill Hinzman reprising his role from the original "Night of the Living Dead." Made in 1986, it doesn't have the greatest acting, but the gore is superb.

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Posted July 15 2005 - 12:20 AM

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Posted July 15 2005 - 12:35 AM

Another underappreciated Zombflik would be Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974)

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, a rather odd italian film set in England with some of the earlier examples of extreme Zombie gore that I have seen, the "Receptionist" scene is a classic, the review linked is correct that it is a bit slow at first but the odd scene of a random naked girl running through the streets of London will keep your interest until the dead get boogieing and then.....yuck.
Not a bad Zombie film considering that it is comparatively unknown next to the "classics" of the cult genre and definitely worth looking into for any "Dead-Head".


Another good one is Deathdream

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, interesting allegory on the war (what is this war turning our children into?) or exploitive use of the war? I don't know but it is a good creepy film at least worth a rental and unlike Clark's previous film (Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things) it actually has some fairly competent acting and scenes that truly stand out as being unusual for the time......yeah, kill that barking ratdog! Posted Image
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Posted July 15 2005 - 04:15 AM

I'll give more of a plug for Hammer's Plague of the Zombies, one of their best and most unappreciated films. It has one scene (you'll know it when you see it) that is the only Hammer horror moment that really scared me. I love Hammer films for their atmosphere, but this one actually has some thrills. Along with Shock Waves, this proves you don't need a lot of gore to make a good zombie film (though it doesn't hurt).

Between Shawn of the Dead, Plague, and Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (though director wasn't a Brit), there really ought to be more British zombie movies.

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Posted July 15 2005 - 12:48 PM

VERSUS,ROTLD,NOTLD,DOTD,UNDEAD EVIL DEAD 1 AND 2,BRAINDEAD,SHAUN OF THE DEAD,THE LAST MAN ON EARTH.AND CARNIVAL OF SOULS,ARE ALL GOOD ZOMBIE FLIX

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Posted July 15 2005 - 01:41 PM

I have seen Carnival Of Souls listed a few times now but I don't see how that is a "Zombie" film, a "Ghost" film yes but not a Zombie film......you might as well call The Sixth Sense a Zombie film in that case.
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