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Ground Zero (REVIEW)

Ground Zero

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A laboratory gets broken into and an experimental virus is stolen. It gets ingested and turns its victims into animalistic zombies who crave human flesh…

Oh, you’ve seen that movie before? Several times, you say? That’s probably why, unless you have a burning desire to see it all over again, you can skip “Ground Zero.” Directed by Channing Lowe, this is a movie that offers no originality or new ideas on the “zombie outbreak” concept, instead relying on clichés and tired concepts.

Michael Biehn's "The Victim" to be Featured at Horror Fests

Michael Biehn's upcoming grind house film "The Victim" has been selected to play at the Fantasia Film Fest and Frightfest UK. Shot in 12 days, from a script he wrote in 3 weeks, Biehn's "The Victim" follows good time girls Annie and Mary as they find themselves in a life and death situation. Annie’s life is put in jeopardy when she is witness to a violent act at the hands of two Sheriff’s Deputies.  With her pursuers closing in, she stumbles across Kyle, a recluse living in the middle of the woods. "The Victim" stars Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc, Ryan Honey and Danielle Harris.

My Name is A by Anonymous (REVIEW)

“My Name is A by Anonymous” takes itself very seriously. And this “seriousness” is both the film’s curse and the best compliment I can give it. Directed and written by Shane Ryan, “My Name is A” presents an ere of sincerity and ambition that adeptly creates a keenly realized fragmented, lo-fi aesthetic in an effort to present a portrait of an angst ridden, troubled adolescent girl. And while Ryan creates some visually interesting moments these cannot help obscure the more glaring oversights and missteps we encounter.

Trailer: "Night of the Little Dead"

Hi Everybody!! Your Connoisseur of Crap is back from a short hiatus - the guys locked me in the garage until I promised to only report on quality news items. Luckily for you, they failed to define "Quality"!

But this one may please even them! Sure, it's an indie film with cheese, gore and ZOMBIE MIDGETS, but it stars Penn Gillette (from Penn & Teller) and Adam Savage (from "Mythbusters"), and is directed by Frank Ippolito and Ezekiel Zabrowski. I would say that's got all the makings of awesome, don't you?

The Italian Zombie Movie, Part 2: Zombie Atrocity (REVIEW)

I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to watching this movie. Last week, I reviewed the first film in the “Italian Zombie Film” saga, “Zombie Abomination”. Despite being able to get that unique Italian horror vibe right for some stretches in the film, I ultimately walked away unimpressed and disappointed. Worse yet, due to the horrible pacing problems and the totally unsatisfying ending in the first film in the series, the sequel, “Zombie Atrocity” really had to deliver to make up for the weaknesses in the original and to turn the series around.

The Italian Zombie Movie, Part 1: Zombie Abomination (REVIEW)

I’m a big fan of Italian horror films. While not always perfect, they have a unique style that lead to a viewing experience that’s one of a kind. The colors, the music, the gore, the women, the religious overtones, all of them contribute to a style that’s unmistakably Italian, for lack of a better word. When I saw that there was a super low budget American film called “The Italian Zombie Movie”, I was curious. Could a super low budget film get that vibe right? Could a director who’s last name isn’t Fulci, Deodato or Argento produce a film with that feel? Turns out, sort of.

Mourning Wood (REVIEW)

Editing is an extremely important process. Regardless of how good you are at something, your first pass will always benefit from some additional thought and refinement. Editing becomes especially important when most of the creative process is handled by one or two people. Often times, low budget films fail because so much of the creative process is handled by a select few individuals, and they become far too attached to the end product to let anything go, or can’t step back and realize what does and doesn’t need refined and tweaked.

Pig Hunt (REVIEW)

Hemp, hicks, hunters, hippies and hogs; this would be a reasonable tagline for the 2008 creature feature “Pig Hunt”. Alas the actual tag is “Get Muddy, Get Bloody, Kill or be Killed”, which is more in line with the film’s German title “Pig Hunt-Dreck, Blut, and Schweine”. The film was shot near my neck of the woods, specifically Boonville, California. And yes for those of you scoring at home that means that this movie about hillbillies was literally shot in the Boonies.

Bigfoot (REVIEW)

I love it when films surprise me. I’ll admit, I picked up this movie expecting a complete turd. How could a film shot for $40,000, distributed by Troma and simply titled “Bigfoot” be anything but a non-stop crap-fest? I had expectations. I expected to see a guy running around in a super fake gorilla costume, slaying poorly developed characters in comical fashions. I expected to laugh out loud at inane, ridiculous dialogue. I expected to hate this movie, but really enjoy hating it. I was expecting “Troll 2: Bigfoot Takes Nilbog”.

Trailer: "Zombiechrist" Is About Christ As a Zombie

You people may not know this but every time I have to write a post about a "Saw 3D" clip a little bit of my soul is taken away. Then a trailer like the one for "Zombiechrist" comes along and reminds me why I got into this game. For seriously low budget horror movies that could easily be classified as soft corn porn. Oh, that and helping children, but mostly the first thing.

The film is about, well it's about Jesus roaming the earth as a zombie and apparently convincing dozens of women with tattoos to take of their clothes. There's a sentence I never thought I'd write.

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