zombies

Although I'm slightly embarrassed to admit this on a site filled with hardcore horror fanatics, Robert Scott's insanely cheesy 1987 zombie opus "The Video Dead" scared the living daylights out of me as a child.

Have you found yourself lately, sitting about in your smoking jacket and ascot thinking "by jove, I wish there was more of a plethora of zombies in my sequentially drawn art stories"? Probably not.

The one solid horror film released this Halloween season will finally be released on DVD February 2nd, with the following specs. There is currently a sequel being filmed in 3D.


Let there be no doubt: zombies are the subject du jour when it comes to low budget horror. Just as in the uprisings they portray, you can spit in any direction and guarantee you will hit a low budget zombie movie. These movies will range anywhere from your standard Romero knockoff -- three survivors trying to make it through the night -- to those with grand visions in mind and goals of knocking the proverbial head off of the living dead with their new and cutting edge ideas. Such is "Platoon of the Dead" which likely began with grand ideas, but falls far short of its goals.

In today's age when zombies are more embedded in pop culture than perhaps ever, it is only natural that filmmakers are now trying to change up the formula a bit. It's an admirable venture, but often hard to execute. In "Evilution", this change-up comes from alien intelligence being the vector that brings the dead to life. The upshot is that with this alien background comes new ways to try and kill the undead. All of it comes full circle in this shoddy take of what is surprisingly not a Syfy Original feature.

It's "Zombieland" time, bitches!

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Thanks to Danny Boyle and his rage-infested 2002 "zombie" film "28 Days Later," we now have a neverending stream of fetid "undead virus" movies clogging video store shelves all across the globe. And while some of these second-rate knock-offs serve as passable Friday night entertainment, the majority of these endeavors are nothing more than cheap cash-ins designed to sucker naive, watch-anything horror fans out of their hard-earned cash. If you think you've got an original spin on an established idea, that's great. Outstanding. I'm very happy for you, and wish you nothing but the best.

As over-saturated as we are with zombie movies at times, there are always new angles to hit on. Zombies are rich with subtext and writers and directors keep finding different facets to highlight. The British nano-budget film "Colin" looks like a great example.