Posts Tagged ‘zombie films’

I’ve just added another 21 movies to the list, bringing the total up to 139 zombie flicks! Come on over and check out the list and let me know if you have any more to add. I’ve also included a trailer for my latest recommendation ;)

Zombie Films That Just Won't Die! (139 and counting…).

World War Z
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I understood going in to see this movie that this adaptation would be taking a departure from Max Brooks’ highly respected zombie novel, so I tried to leave that disappointment at home and simply appreciate the movie for what it had to offer. Will just chalk that up to a wasted opportunity.

(SPOILER ALERT FROM HERE ON) That being said, World War Z was better than expected and I was optimistic at the opening scene as Brad Pitt and family are stuck in city traffic when all hell breaks loose around them. Since I’m not a big fan of CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) monsters, and the trailers were full of them, I was waiting to be disappointed by the excessive use of it in this movie that would’ve made the cinematic experience less scary. And let’s face it, CGI has just become the modern day “claymation” in a way. Once you see an artificially generated monster on screen, they all become almost cartoon-like and it steals from the horror, in my opinion. However, I was impressed by the smart use of CGI in this film, especially in the traffic jam sequence, because you couldn’t tell where the zombies were coming from as they blended in from behind the panicked civilians. Very creepy. They also did a good job of using CGI to capture the massive scale of the outbreak on the ground with some amazing shots from above.

There were several other instances of well executed action-filled sequences that I believe would satisfy anyone looking to just be scared shitless by fast moving zombies out to devour our beloved characters on the run. And to accomplish all this with a PG-13 rating and no blood just shows that a zombie movie need not rely on endless shots of gore to still be scary and entertaining. World War Z accomplishes this, for the most part.

Unfortunately, this movie was a lot of big-budget special effects surrounding a mediocre script that had me wondering if our beloved main character, played by Brad Pitt, could do no wrong. On numerous occasions, Pitt’s character seemed to defy the impossible and was either blessed by the hand of God or was just the luckiest man alive in this movie, because when everyone else was dying around him (including a SEAL team assigned to protect him at one point) Mr. Pitt just could not die. If it had been just one instance, I could have let it go, but his miraculous escapes came off as a little insulting to my intelligence and far-fetched (yes, even for a zombie movie).

First, there’s the cut-scene escape in a borrowed RV from the downtown traffic jam when it appears there is no way he could have got that big vehicle around all that city chaos. Suddenly, the scene switches to Brad and family on an open road heading away from the city. How the hell did they manage that?

Second, the fortuitous escape on a commercial airliner from the city of Jerusalem when the city is overrun, followed by Brad’s incredible survival on the same airplane as it crashes after surviving the on-board explosion of a hand grenade the cuts the plane in half, causing the crash. Add the fact, that the only other survivor of the plane crash, except a zombie or two, just happens to be the young female soldier that he was traveling with, then you’ve cause to throw out the bullshit flag. I wonder what the odds of surviving all that are?

Third, near the end of the movie Mr. Pitt injects himself with an unknown virus selected at random from a box of biological hazards in an attempt to “camouflage” himself from a zombie. Since he has no idea what virus to look for, he not only selects one that doesn’t kill him, but it also happens to be the very virus that disguises himself from the zombies (heavy sigh).

In a nutshell, World War Z is loaded with entertaining action which I believe serves to distract from a very disappointing story line loaded with head-shaking, what-the-fuck-was-that moments.

Is is worth seeing? Sure (now that it’s on DVD). Worth remembering? Not really. I’ve seen much better zombie films that did a lot more with a lot less money. World War Z is just one of those movies that proves that you can have the huge budget but without a strong script, all you have is a fancy firework display type zombie film that just doesn’t leave an impression after it’s over.

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Looking for another zombie film to watch? Check out my running list of zombie films, titled: “Zombie Films That Just Won’t Die!”
https://freezombienovel.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/zombie-films-that-just-wont-die/

So what did you all think of World War Z? Is it worth making a sequel?

Open Grave

Open Grave begins with a man opening his eyes… and the terror begins.

He soon discovers that he’s been thrown into a massive pit full of bodies in the middle of a thunderstorm with no recollection of anything, including his own identity.

Shortly after, a strange woman throws down a rope to help him escape the pit. From there, he discovers a house in a remote forest where he finds a distrusting group of people that are just as oblivious and have no idea how they got there, where they are… or who they are.

This excellent movie moves on from there to tell the suspenseful story of what happens to them as the horrors of their location and memories begin to surface as each of them reveal collective pieces to the puzzle until the mystery of Open Grave is finally revealed.

This movie captured my attention immediately, quickly becoming apparent that this wasn’t your typical “been there done that” film. I was intrigued by the mysteries surrounding their remote location and biting my nails half way through the film.

I could find nothing to dislike about Open Grave and I loved its originality, mixing mystery and horror seamlessly to deliver an edge-of-your-seat thriller.

Highly recommended :)

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Need another film to watch? Check out my rather long list of zombie movies at:

Zombie Films That Just Won’t Die!
https://freezombienovel.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/zombie-films-that-just-wont-die/

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Zombie Films

I imagine one might be hard pressed to find someone these days that hasn’t seen at least one or two zombie flicks in their time. I’ve seen quite a few over the years and I thought it would be fun to try to compile a list that we could build upon. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. I’ve watched a few of these while others are on my viewing list. The good, the bad, and the ugly… love ‘em or hate ‘em, the zombie film is here to stay.

I know there’s a whole horde of movies I’m forgetting about so feel free to let me know what you come up with and I’ll add them to the list. I’ve just added another 25 bringing the total up to 172 assorted flavors of zombies films. My challenge still stands: Help me make this one hell of a long list ;)

Just added: Resident Evil-Damnation, Deadheads, Antisocial, Juan of the Dead, Detention of the Dead, Rabid, Re-Kill, Nightmare City, The Video Dead, Mulberry St, Zombie Beach, Dead and Buried, The Beyond, The Dead 2: India, Bride of Re-Animator, Beyond Re-Animator, Graveyard Alive, Zombie Farm, Wild Zero, Dead of Night, Harold’s Going Stiff, Wasting Away, Rika: The Zombie Killer, Tombs of the Blind Dead, The Grapes of Death

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Scott’s latest recommendation: Antisocial (2013)

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28 Days Later (2002):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0289043/

28 Weeks Later (2007):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0463854/

A Little Bit Zombie (2012):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1912982/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies (2012):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2246549/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_11

Afflicted (2013):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2309961/?ref_=fn_al_tt_4

All Souls Day (2005):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0428212/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Antisocial (2013):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2772092/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Army of Darkness (1993):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106308/

Automaton Transfusion (2006):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0469683/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Autumn (2009):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1198333/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

Awaken The Dead (2007):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0482456/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Beyond Re-Animator (2003):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0222812/

Boy Eats Girl (2005):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0415679/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Bloodlust Zombies (2011):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1904850/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_36

Brain Dead (2007):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0914799/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Bride of Re-Animator (1989):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099180/

Buck Wild (2013):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1839426/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror (1981):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081248/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Cemetery Man (1994):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109592/

Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (1973):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068370/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Citadel (2012):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1641975/?ref_=nv_sr_1

City of the Living Dead (1980):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081318/

Cockneys Vs Zombies (2012):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1362058/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Colin (2008):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1278322/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Contracted (2013):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2281159/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Corpses (2004):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0409842/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Dance of the Dead (2008):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0926063/

Dawn of the Dead (1978):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077402/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Dawn of the Dead (2004 remake):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0363547/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Day of the Dead (1985):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088993/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Day of the Dead (2008):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0489018/

Dead Air (2009):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993841/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Dead Alive (1992):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103873/

Dead and Breakfast (2004):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0350774/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_87

Dead and Buried (1981):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082242/

Dead and Deader (2006):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0770739/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Dead Clowns (2004):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0372859/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Deadheads (2011):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1273207/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Dead Meat (2004):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369359/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Dead of Night (1972):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068457/

Dead Set (2008):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1285482/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Dead Snow (2009):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1278340/

Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (2014):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2832470/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Detention of the Dead (2012):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1865346/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Diary of the Dead (2007):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0848557/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Die-ner (2009):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1260570/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Doghouse (2009):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1023500/

Dorm of the Dead (2012):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1477704/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Ed and His Dead Mother (1993):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106792/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Edges of Darkness (2008):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1442498/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Evil Dead (1981):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083907/

Evil Dead 2 (1987):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092991/

Evil Dead (2013 remake):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1288558/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Exit Humanity (2011):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1781812/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Fast Zombies With Guns (2009):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1377290/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Fido (2006):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457572/

Flesh Eater (1988):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109809/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Flight of the Living Dead (2007):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780583/

Gangsters, Guns and Zombies (2012):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2151633/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_12

Grave Mistake (2008):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1300583/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Gravestoned (2009):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1535999/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Graveyard Alive (2003):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388093/

Harold’s Going Stiff (2011):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1579235/

House of the Dead (2003):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317676/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

House of the Dead 2 (2005):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0435665/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

Humans Versus Zombies (2011):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1815746/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_6

I Am Omega (2007):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1075746/?ref_=nv_sr_1

I Eat Your Skin (1964):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058220/

Infected (2012):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1622991/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Juan of the Dead (2011):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1838571/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Knight of the Dead (2013):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2798680/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Land of the Dead (2005):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0418819/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Last of the Living (2009):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1351177/

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071431/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Mimesis (2011):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1720164/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Mortuary (2005):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0415167/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Mulberry St (2006):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0473514/

Mutants (2009):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1146320/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Night of the Comet (1984):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087799/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Night of the Creeps (1986):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091630/

Night of the Living Dead (1968):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063350/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Night of the Living Dead (1990 remake):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100258/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Night of the Living Dead – Resurrection (2012):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2006801/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_158

Nightmare City (1980):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080931/

Outpost (2007):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0892899/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Outpost: Black Sun (2012):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1418712/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz (2013):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2241403/?ref_=nv_sr_3

Open Grave (2013):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2071550/?ref_=nv_sr_1

ParaNorman (2012):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1623288/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Pet Sematary (1989):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098084/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Pet Sematary 2 (1992):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105128/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Planet Terror (2007):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1077258/

Pontypool (2008):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1226681/

Pro Wrestlers Vs Zombies (2014):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2240046/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Quarantine (2008):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1082868/

Quarantine 2 (2011):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1699231/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Rabid (1977):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076590/

Re-Animator (1985):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089885/

Re-Kill (2013):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1612319/

Rec (2007):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1038988/

Rec 2 (2009):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1245112/

Rec 3 (2012):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1649444/?ref_=fn_al_tt_4

Redneck Zombies (1989):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093833/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_18

Resident Evil (2002):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1278340/

Resident Evil – Apocalypse (2004):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318627/

Resident Evil – Extinction (2007):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0432021/

Resident Evil – Degeneration (2008):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1174954/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Resident Evil – Afterlife (2010):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1220634/

Resident Evil – Retribution (2012):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1855325/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

Resident Evil – Damnation (2012):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1753496/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Return of the Living Dead (1985):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089907/?ref_=nv_sr_5

Return of the Living Dead 2 (1988):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095990/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107953/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Return of the Living Dead – Necropolis (2005):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0411805/

Return of the Living Dead – Rave to the Grave (2005):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0411806/

Revolt of the Zombies (1936):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0028174/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_13

Rika: The Zombie Killer (2008):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1185390/

Rise of the Zombies (2012):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2236182/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Scooby Doo on Zombie Island (1998):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0166792/?ref_=fn_al_tt_8

Severed (2005):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0428390/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Shaun of the Dead (2004):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0365748/

Silent Night, Zombie Night (2009):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1330216/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Stalled (2013):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2140429/?ref_=nv_sr_1

State of Emergency (2011):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1705134/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Survival of the Dead (2009):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1134854/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Swamp Zombies (2005):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0439309/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_63

Terror of the Living Dead (1973):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069046/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_22

The Battery (2012):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2272350/?ref_=nv_sr_1

The Beyond (1981):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082307/

The Crazies (2010):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0455407/

The Dead (2010):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386925/?ref_=nv_sr_5

The Dead 2: India (2013):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2917336/

The Dead Undead (2010):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0923653/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_137

The Demented (2013):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2113792/?ref_=nv_sr_1

The Grapes of Death (1978):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078077/

The Horde (2009):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1183276/

The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living
and Became Mixed Up Zombies (1964):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057181/?ref_=nv_sr_2

The Living Dead Girl (1982):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084357/?ref_=nv_sr_2

The Mad (2007):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0848552/?ref_=nv_sr_5

The Plague (2006):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0479125/?ref_=nv_sr_2

The Plague of the Zombies (1966):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060841/?ref_=fn_al_tt_4

The Quick and the Undead (2006):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0495747/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

The Rage (2007):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0497432/?ref_=nv_sr_2

The Returned (2013):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2093270/?ref_=nv_sr_2

The Revenant (2009):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1336006/?ref_=nv_sr_1

The Roost (2005):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387549/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096071/?ref_=nv_sr_1

The Signal (2007):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780607/?ref_=nv_sr_1

The Video Dead (1987):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0155350/?ref_=nv_sr_1

The Year After Infection (2012):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2082478/?ref_=nv_sr_3

The Zombie King (2013):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2091455/?ref_=fn_al_tt_9

Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067500/

Undead (2003):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0339840/

Undead or Alive: A Zomedy (2007):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0795505/?ref_=nv_sr_4

Warm Bodies (2013):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1588173/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Wasting Away (2007):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1027762/

White Zombie (1932):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023694/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Wild Zero (1999):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0267116/?ref_=nv_sr_1

World War Z (2013):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816711/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Zombie (1979):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080057/

Zombie Beach (2010):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1604064/

Zombie Diaries (2006):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0876294/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Zombie Diaries 2 (2011):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1733578/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Zombie Farm (2007):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0499601/

Zombie Hunter (2013):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2446502/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Zombieland (2009):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1156398/

Zombie Massacre (2013):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2081438/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Zombie Night (2013):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2978716/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Zombie Strippers (2008):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0960890/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Zombie Undead (2010):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1581839/?ref_=fn_al_tt_10

Zombies Anonymous (2006):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0465517/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_44

Zombies Gone Wild (2007):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1042922/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Zone of the Dead (2009):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1191971/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_74

ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1134674/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_35