Zombie movies you may have missed but shouldn’t!
Ok, the first thing I should mention is that if your favorite movie isn’t listed here doesn’t mean I don’t like it, it could mean that I think it’s too main stream and zombie fans already know about it.
The first movie isn’t really a movie, it’s actually a TV series. So why is it listed here? Two reasons it was only shown in the UK and it only has five episodes. I know that may seem short for a series but if you ask me by watching all five, back to back, it becomes a fair movie.
The film takes place at, of all things the set of the show Big Brother. During a Friday night eviction the zombies get into the crowd and before the Big Brother crew can react the studio is flooded with zombies and the crew are all killed, save a three survivors. The cast being on the set behind locked doors are none the wiser as the zombies ogle them through the two way mirrors, until the next day – when a set runner named Kelly manages to kill the zombie that was keeping her pinned in an office and runs onto the set covered in blood.
A combination of horror and hilarity ensue as the cast struggle to accept that the show is over — and the only way to stay alive is to stop the TV drama and start bashing heads literally. This series actually made it all the way to the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts).
The only down side to this movie for me was the ending — seemed a little compressed, most likely a result of money and time constraints. All in all it’s a zombie movie/series that you shouldn’t miss and definitely raised the bar for the upcoming comic based series “The Walking Dead” set for it’s debut on AMC in October 2010.
Apocalypse Of The Dead (A.K.A. Zone Of The Dead)
The first thing that pops into my mind when starting to watch a zombie movie is, how will the zombies be made this time? In this case the answer is four 300 year old skeletons are found covered with lime in an industrial zone in Pancevo Yugoslavia in 1985, apparently victims of the bubonic plague. As a scientist on the scene states to the detective, about an hour before, one of the workers accidentally cut him self on one of the skeletons before calling the authorities and by the time the paramedics arrive the man was dead.
Later on in the movie we learn that the combination of the bubonic plague and lime make the virus change into the zombie virus. As we move on in the movie it skips forward to the present day – in a train station. Most of the police have been called away on a military exercise – save one train station employee and an officer, who await a tanker from the department of chemistry. Yep, you guessed it the tanker is full of the governments finest grade-A zombie juice.After the officer has a run- in with a few soldiers, the tank is punctured by a stray bullet – the gas killing everyone close by that’s not wearing a mask.
Elsewhere, agents working under the supervision of Interpol are transporting a prisoner, their route taking them through the growing numbers of the undead. Little do they know that the prisoner has a history when it comes to the undead and that before long they’ll come to rely on him to survive.
Between all the gore, guns, and general feeling that everything is going to hell fast — the movie manages to pull you in and keep you entertained. Granted this movie may not be a Romero class zombie movie but defiantly worth the watch.
Dead & Breakfast
I had questioned whether I should add this movie to my review, not because it was a bad movie but because I didn’t know if my review would do it justice. This movie falls in the area of silliness that makes it both a funny and a stupid movie. The best way to describe this movie is to refer to it as Shawn of the Dead’s drunken inbred cousin that likes music. Yes there will be music, with hit tracks like – “We’re Coming to Kill Ya”, “Roadkill Cafe”, and my favorite — “Killer in Me”, (which you can check out at the bottom of this review).
This movie starts out with six people going to a wedding — Johnny, Christian, Sara, Kate, Melody and David, traveling in an RV. Before too long they get lost and wind up in a Little town named Lovelock, looking for a place to spend the night. They find a B&B where the group makes a wonderful first impression on Henry the chef – mostly because pill popping, alcohol consuming, David decides to use the bushes as a urinal.
Then Sara walks in on the owner of the B&B — Mr. Wise as he’s praying to a box that later on we find out contains a spirit that will possess anyone that opens the box, and the boxes name (drum roll) The Powerful “Kuman Thong”. Yes, you read that right — the “Ku-man-Thong”. The spirit takes control of the chef, then Mr. Wise must kill the chef to force it back into the box.
When David wakes up from his drug induced stupor he gos to the kitchen, sits down, and starts eating a pie in the dark, Kate then turns on the light revealing the chef in a bloody mess pinned to the wall behind David by a knife in the throat . Once David sees the corpse he does a little slip and slide as he desperately tries to run on the bloody slippery floor to get away from the body.
After Mr. Wise is found dying from a heart attack, David goes for help. Once the sheriff makes the scene he decides to take the keys to the RV and orders the 6 to stay in town until he can find out what happened. Unfortunately, Johnny gets locked out of the B&B and tries to use a ladder to get in through the open top floor window, inadvertently knocking over the Kuman Thong and allowing the spirit to take control of him. He then goes on a killing spree, each time adding part of his victim to the box — turning them into a zombies.
I can easily say that this movie is worth the watch, whether laughing at the comedy in it, making fun of it, enjoying it as a zombie movie, or just listening to all the great music. You shouldn’t miss it.
Well that’s my review of zombie movies you shouldn’t miss. There are more zombie movies worth talking about — and I might in later articles — but for now remember man thongs aren’t just scary — they can kill.
Now as promised my video featuring my favorite song from Dead & Breakfast “Killer in Me” by Sonic-D