Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Continuation of Zombie Movies

Wow. It took so long for me to continue writing. Can't blame it on writer's block when actually I am just lazy to write
Anyway, today I shall continue on some of the zombie movies that I have watched. Let's start with the 2 movies 28 days later and 28 weeks later.

28 days later 28 weeks later
28 days later is what I would call a classic. There is a storyline, the gore is there, the character, the zombies. It explains on how the virus starts infecting and as usual the news and news reporter going on and on about the virus. There is not much to comment because it is like any zombie movies but just little bit better.

But I would say the younger sister or the younger brother of 28 days later, 28 weeks later is a huge disappointment. Both of these movies are not related in terms of character. Only the virus remains the same. It was a typical American movie. Too much focus on one main character that will screw everything up. Surprise attack here and there but predictable ones (which I appreciate). In this both movies, the zombies are the one that runs, unlike zombies that are predicted to be slow moving.

Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead (1978), Dawn of the Dead (2004), Land of the Dead (2005)
These, ladies and gentlemen, are the epitome of zombie movies. It is the best of the best zombie movies our there and you cannot call yourself a zombie maniac until you watch all 4 of these.
These 4 are not inter-related but the story line and the reality of a zombie apocalypse are the essential key in these movies.

The beginning of it all, the night of the living dead. A dead brother, a hysterical sister, a ruthless killer, a self-centered man. The elements of humanity. In a zombie apocalypse, you can either be any of those. Admit it, we all can turn into zombies too, if not a survivor. Directed by George A. Romero (father of zombie movies, I worship thee), it shows exactly what will happen in a zombie apocalypse. Turn hysterical from the death of loves ones, unacceptable truth on the end of the world, man that kills to survive and man that murders to survive. All zombies in here are slow walking ones which makes it so much creepier. Despite looking like a low budget movie (they did stay at one place for quite a long time), it was made to perfection.

The next movie is the dawn of the dead also directed by George A. Romero. It still retains the reality of the end of the world, the personality of the characters and the gore. The gore is the most amazing one. With only $650,000 budget, Dawn of the Dead is one of the movies that receives high praise from movie viewers, earning more than $55 million making it the most profitable among all 4 movies (got this from Wiki).

The remake of Dawn of the Dead in 2004 was unexpectedly. not disastrous. As a lot of movie goers would say, remakes of the old movies or old classic books tend to be a disaster, a catastrophe. Directed by Zack Snyder (man, that name!), it turned out to be good. Still retaining that people-will-panic-and-screw-up-in-an-apocalypse theme, it is set to a more modern days. Still gory (thank God, thank Snyder). Unlike most zombie movies, where the main character is always the hero, the survivor, this is more towards what most people will do during an apocalypse (seems like i keep repeating the theme, but the theme, the thought of it is too good to not write down).

Lastly, Land of the Dead. At first, I find that the title to be quite funny but it does make sense when humanity cease to exist, the land is literally full of dead man walking (cue music). Directed by the great George A. Romero, it turns out to be excellent. In this movie, it moves towards when the dead has been here for so long, they earn intelligence, they got smart. At least one of them. The people who are still alive find ways to get away from them by spraying fireworks in the sky (spoiler!). In time, one of them learn how to ignore it and learn more as they move on towards the only part of the Earth which is still inhabited. In this movie, it teaches us that they are zombies, they are dead in the body but still alive in the brain. They can learn, they start to rationalize and they can decide who to kill for revenge. It's like saying Hey, look. We, zombies, are trying to survive too. Stop killing us for fun.

That's all from me. I will be continuing Juan of the Dead. Dead Snow 1 and 2, World War Z and Zombieland. (not caring on the year premiered). Hope you like my review. And do stay tuned for more.
p/s: Click on picture for links to IMDb. (I love IMDb or my best friend, Keenah for movie names when I need them)
Love you guys. And good day.

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