Sep/2017

George Romero has given us some of the best, if not the best films in the zombie genre.  Hell, he invented the genre.  He has given us “Night of the Living Dead” , “Dawn of the Dead” (my personal favorite), and ” Day of the Dead”.  Some twenty years later the man returned to the zombie genre and gave us “Land of the Dead” which was good on its best day.  Then he gave us the Blair Witch/Cloverfield inspired “Diary of the Dead” which I thought was fantastic.  A true return to his political and class statements on society as he did with the earlier films of his career.

Now with “Survival of the Dead” we get a new look into the world of Romero’s zombie  universe.

Now I have been hearing quite a bit about this while it was being made, and sadly it did not get a theatrical release but maybe a handful of theatres across the states.  But non the less I was looking forward to seeing it.  If anything, Romero still finds the most creative and brutal ways to kill zombies so I would most likely get lucky and have a few cool blood spattered death scenes.

From most of the reviews of this I have read, it seems that most people down right hate this latest installment and they feel that Romero has lost it as a filmmaker and they wonder if he ever even had it.  I whole heartedly disagree.  I think his latest film “Survival of the Dead” is quite good.  Not his best, but still quite good and a great addition to the evolution of the zombie franchise.

This film takes place a little while after “Diary of the Dead” took place and takes one of the smaller characters from that movie, in this case military personnel, and follows their journey through the world zombie infested lands.

Meanwhile, there is an island not too far from the New England coast where people live with very few flesh eaters still roaming around.  On this island are two families that have lived on this island for quite sometime, even before the zombie outbreak.  It sort of plays out like a Romeo and Juliet type of scenario where these two prosperous families hate each other for their disagreements on what to do with the zombies.  One side wants to completely eradicate and kill every zombie whereas the other side wants to use the zombies for chores and slaves and keep them around and see if they can find a cure or to see if they can get the zombies to start eating animals instead of humans.  Personally, I think that is a pretty good story line set up and that it takes the “Dead” franchise into another evolution of what might happen if faced with these circumstances.

So the leader of the family that wants to eradicate all zombies is exiled to the mainland and a few of his cronies follow him there.  This is where the military personnel meet with him and they both decide to hitch a ride back to the island now packed with soldiers and weapons to gain control back of the island.

As you may be wondering, more zombies attack when let loose and quite a few deaths ensue, but not only from zombie attacks but from stubborn humans killing other humans which is a sad tale but also a true one.

As this film ends we are left with quite an amazing picture as to what is in store next for the evolution of zombies and how the rest of the human population will deal with it.

The death scenes are a plenty with  some great gore effects.  Sadly, Romero has not hired Tom Savini to do actual makeup for most of the gore, instead we get CGI gore which I hate, because it always looks ridiculous and stupid.  But, when people get ripped apart and their guts spill, it is all real make up and gore which put a smile on my face.

In all i thought this was a solid add to the franchise and look forward to whatever sequels Romero tends to make and to see his social commentary on society put into his work.  Kudos to you Romero.

In addition, you will get an AWESOME intro to the movie by Romero himself with zombies in the background working on the movie set and destroying things and when the zombies destroy things and interrupts Romero, he gets his sweet sweet revenge.  It is really funny.

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Film Review: ‘Dead Snow 2’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 29th, 2014

Paul N., Here…

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Some films are destined to become Oscar fodder. They are created, carefully crafted, to become instant nominees for the next award show. From the concept and design to the casting choices, nothing is left to chance. The same could be said for cult classics. Some films achieve cult status by being so horrendously awful that they circle around the giant, invisible wheel of crap back around to becoming great again. Still, other films seem as destined for cult status as those reaching for the awards. There is nothing stellar in these films. The acting won’t move you. The set designs often look like they were conceived on used McDonald’s napkins hours before the cameras start rolling. The concepts are the stuff of giving a teenager mountains of sugar, blindfolding them, spinning them around, and having them throw darts at a board full of random plot devices. Dead Snow 2 is such a film. You might think this to be a bad thing, but when such an endeavor is crafted with the same love and care as the Oscar contenders, something stupidly magical happens and cult status is achieved.

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Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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I’m sure if you’ve owned a video game console before, you have heard or played ‘Dead Rising‘, the zombie survival video game from Capcom. I know I have, and they were very detailed, frightening, and in depth games. Legendary Pictures and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (‘Transformers‘) are adapting this video game into a feature film, or more so a digital feature with Zach Lipovsky directing.

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Hi, Bryan Here….

Here it is.  It’s finally here.  The amazing trailer for the remake of ‘The Evil Dead‘.  I’ve been looking forward to this for quite some time.  These films have been  a big part of my life.  You probably already know that by the name of this website.  Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi have given their stamp of approval for this, and this just looks totally fucking nuts.  Yes, there a re different characters, however, the main theme is the same.  I’m to giddy right now.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Mid Season Opener Broke Records!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 14th, 2012

Hi Bryan Here….

I’m so proud of ‘The Walking Dead’.  I was just discussing the other night with friends, that back in 2008, while we were deep into reading ‘Walking Dead’ comics, that we fantasized about a ‘Walking Dead’ series.  And back then we thought that it would never become a reality.  Why would it?  Do people unlike our geek and nerd selves love zombie stories? Are there people out there that have constructed a full on zombie survival handbook on their own?  Well, going by the record viewers for this mid season 2 opener, that answer would be YES.

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Hi Bryan Here….

Here is the first casting news from the remake of The Evil Dead.  Yes, to recap, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Tapert will all be producing this remake.  But a new director, Fede Alvarez, is directing who really hasn’t done anything before, and they hired Diablo Cody (writer for Juno) to pen the script.  Now it seems they have cast their Ash.  And it seems to be a girl according to Bloody Disgusting.

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Hi Bryan Here…..

Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell with Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures are officially prepping the most anticipated film of all time.  I am of course talking about ‘Evil Dead 4’.  And they have landed their their writer and director.  That person is Fede Alvarez.  Fede has not done anything really besides a few short films, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out, but with Bruce and Sam on board as producers, I’m sure it will be quite AWESOME.  I just hope the cast Ryan Reynolds as ASH.  He is perfect for the role.  Story developing….

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Behold!!! ‘The Juan of the Dead’ Trailer!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 11th, 2011

Hi Bryan Here….

Damn this trailer looks so AWESOME.  I never get tired of zombie films.  EVER. “In the film, Havana is overrun by Zombies while’s Cuba’s Commie leaders insist it’s just a plot by US-backed dissidents to bring down the government. It is up to the hero Juan to rid the island of the undead for money. But as the zombie outbreak begins to spread, he is left with no choice but to fight for his own survival.”

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Hi Bryan Here…

Starting May 3rd, there will be some new downloadable content you can play on your XBOX 360 with your Call of Duty: Black Ops game.  There will be five new maps and an epic ZOMBIE survival game included in the download.  The downloadable content pac is called “Taste of Escalation”.

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The Walking Dead Is Renewed For 13 Episode 2nd Season!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 8th, 2010

The pilot episode of the Zombie Epic tv series, “The Walking Dead” was the biggest premiere and highest rated broadcast in AMC’s history.  Kudos to Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore for creating this story ten years ago.  And leave it to Frank Darabont to tell the story on film, and all that is right in the zombie apocalyptic world rests easy.

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Celebrate the Life of George Romero!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 16th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan and Jana here….

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What a sad day this is. Just the other day, I was thinking and hoping that George Romero had one more zombie film in him left. That’s not the case as the Godfather of the zombie genre and one of the best filmmakers in the horror genre has died today at the age of 77 from lung cancer. With the past few years, the zombie genre has infiltrated every form of media. The Walking Dead, Resident Evil, and tons zombie epics have come in the forms of comic books, TV shows, films, and video games. There wouldn’t be any of this, if it weren’t for George Romero who brought us a super small budget film in 1968 called Night of the Flesh Eaters, later changed to Night of the Living Dead, which gave us the zombie we know today.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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The comedy favorite team of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have co-starred in some amazing flicks together, the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, consisting of ‘Shaun of the Dead‘, ‘Hot Fuzz‘, and ‘The World’s End‘. They’re not done with the film-making and Thank God for it!! The pair have their own film and TV production company titled Stolen Picture. The first film to break in the banner is ‘Slaughterhouse Rulez‘.

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Just What is ‘Extortion’?

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 13th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

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How much would you pay someone that has kidnapped your family and threatening to kill them if you don’t pay them millions of dollars? If money wasn’t in the cars, what would you do in that particular situation? That’s the question that is asked in a new film called ‘Extortion’, which stars Danny Glover, Eion Bailey (Once Upon a Time), and Oscar nominated actor Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips). If I was in this situation, I feel I would have two options. One, cut my losses and start over with beautiful wife (or wives) with big breasts with all the cocaine and Dr. Pepper we can handle, OR I would hire John Wick to take care of things. Since the latter option is movie magic, I’m going with option one. It’s what God would have wanted anyway.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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We’ve got the third and final wave of programming for Fantastic Fest 2016. The Alamo Drafthouse is hosting their annual film festival this month and the films slated to appear is insane! Check out the previous announcements for the full roster of films. You can find phase one here, and phase two here, then continue reading this post for the final wave of titles.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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If you like creepy thrillers, Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight, might have the pic for you. ‘Hellions‘ stars Chloe Rose and Robert Patrick (‘Terminator 2‘) and directed by Bruce McDonald (‘Pontypool‘),  tells a sinister story of one teenager fighting for her life on Halloween night and it’s coming to Blu-ray and DVD February 2nd.

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Best Movies of 2015, According To Jana

by Red Zeppelbon on Dec 30th, 2015

Hey guys, Jana here,

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Another year has come and gone and brought with it about a billion movies, some were total crap and a waste of time, but others…oh they were worth every bit of time I spent. Pre-movie hype, post-movie discussion, and the random hours I spent thinking about it in the shower or sitting at a stop-light. Having said that, this is my list of movies that 2015 blessed us with, and maybe a few the year cursed us with.

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Tremors 5: Bloodlines Debuting on Blu-ray and DVD!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Aug 17th, 2015

Hey guys, Jana here,

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If you haven’t gotten your fill of giant worms terrorizing people, you’re in luck because the Graboids are back and  giving the inhabitants of a South African wildlife preserve hell from above and below. That’s right, ‘Tremors 5: Bloodlines‘ is heading to home video on October 6, 2015.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX is gearing up for it’s 11th annual Fantastic Fest and as usual, they’ve released their first wave of the programming lineup for the event that has been hailed as one of the film festivals not to miss. The Drafthouse hosts not only viewings of genre-specific films but hosting writers, directors and casts of both the well-known and little-known varieties. FF takes place this year from September 24 – October 1 with a world premiere of ‘Bone Tomahawk‘ set for closing night with Kurt Russell, cast and crew to attend.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Scream Factory is  bringing a pair of tense, contemporary thrillers to Blu-ray and DVD debut on September 1, 2015 in a partnership with IFC Midnight.  Scream Factory is an established source for classic screamers to find their way to blu-ray and DVD but this time, the movies are from the last few years, namely ‘Backcountry‘ and ‘The Harvest‘.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Maze Runner‘ tapped into the young adult audience craving post-apocalyptic survival tales that ‘The Hunger Games‘ proved was a highly profitable vehicle. The story came from a set of novels by James Dashner and adapted by T.S. Nowlin and directed by Wes Ball. I love that they are carrying the same creative team throughout the films, so far.

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