Tag Archives: Zombies

Zombies, Zombies, Zombies! The Walking Dead, WWZ, The New Dead

Some readers might have noticed the conspicuous absence of The Walking Dead from my post on tv worth watching.  Though it has earned over 5 million viewers in its premiere episode, I was worried that the show didn’t have the heart of the comic books.  However, after seeing the third episode I am glad to welcome this new series, which looks to be heading toward less zombie killing gratuity, and more dissections of what it means to exist within this apocalyptic setting. Continue reading

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The Walking Dead Trailer Released

After many low quality youtube recordings from Comic Con, AMC has released a trailer for its latest tv series, The Walking Dead:

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What the hell is going on in “Evil in the Time of Heroes”?

There have been a regular horde of marching zombies since Romero’s seminal work,  but not many films try to explain the phenomenon of the dead folks rising.  Evil in the Time of Heroes explains the zombies, but also needs to explain itself.

Walking the same line as its zombie flick forefathers, the film follows a rag tag group of survivors, equally assorted in weaponry and personality.  The catch is, this isn’t the first time that Greece encountered zombies. Flashbacks display shields and sandals slaughtering the undead during Greek’s historic height, even as the contemporaries follow the same path.  Connecting these histories is the time traveling jedi, played by Billy Zane.

I haven’t been this discombobulated about a film since Night Watch.  For those who’ve seen this Russian vampire movie, you know I don’t mean that it or Evil in the Time of Heroes are intellectually challenging: just that it’s difficult to make heads or tales of what’s occurring on screen.*

The theme to the confusion is paradoxical: where one or two characters are paper thin, others feel adequately presented; the film is funny, but is it trying to be funny?  Does it know it’s being funny?  It feels like watching Shaun of the Dead with random parts of 300 cut into the film.  At the end it just comes out as the ultimate mashup film.

I must also say, this film marinades in a bath of hemoglobin, reminiscent of Zombi 2 and Dead Alive/Brain Dead.**  But don’t worry, as the survivors fight their way through the film, there’s also plenty of mashed, and bashed limbs and exposed viscera to compliment your gushing fluids.***

If you were to put the now much abused internet phrase “WTF” under a microscope and look at its components at a cellular level, you’ll see DVD copies of Evil in the Time of Heroes floating around.

Funny, surreal, bloody…insert your choice adjective and it probably fits.  WTF indeed.

*not to mention Evil ‘s poor subtitling: white letters are hard to see and not everything is translated

**the latter being another confusing concoction of horror comedy

***even in terms of special effects it goes back and forth inflecting different tones, looking cheep and in other instances disgustingly real

Dawn of the Living Trailer

Here’s a trailer for my latest film, Dawn of the Living.  You can buy it for $5 and you’ll also get a DVD with Neighborhood Watch (zombie patrol units find themselves in bad situations) and Hank vs Ninjas, Nazis, and a Chupacabra, which is self-explanatory.

Day of the Dead: Lebowski and Caligari References?

I saw Day of the Dead (1985) for the first time a long time ago and tonight was the first time I’ve watched it since.

In the first 30 minutes, I picked up on three references: Continue reading

Official Release: Hank vs Ninjas, Nazis and a Chupacabra

The following is my short film, Hank vs Ninjas, Nazis and a Chupacabra.  This was put together from the Fall of 2008 to the Spring of 2009.  I waited to release it online to try to make some money from the DVD sales to cover various costs.  All profits were split equally among the 20+ cast and crew.

So now I offer this to you, online, free.  However, I have also included a Paypal “Donate” button.

This is what I ask: If you like what you saw, please donate $2.

If you really liked what you saw, you can by this on ebay for $3, which includes my first short, Neighborhood Watch.  Both films run about 20 minutes. Buy it here.

All donations will go towards the cost of my current slate of films:

Dawn of the Living (post-production): my first real foray into the dramatic aspects of horror

How Do We Die? (pre-production): five minute documentary on gravediggers and how they think of death

So here it is: Hank vs Ninjas, Nazis and a Chupacabra


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Pontypool Review

Teaser poster for <em>Pontypool</em>.

Teaser poster for Pontypool.

Since George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, all of the great zombie films have provided us an undead lens through which a facet of human civilization is focused upon: Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead tackled race and conspicuous consumption, respectively; Danny Boyle used our fear of disease to look into the heart of man in 28 Days Later, only to find the “Rage Virus” within all of us. Pontypool continues in this vein as the best zombie* film since Boyle’s resurrection of the genre, utilizing the fear of the unknown to look at the power of language. Continue reading