Zombieland: Double Tap -
2019 | ACTION/ADVENTURE.
A decade after Zombieland became a hit film and a cult classic, the lead cast (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone) have reunited with director Ruben Fleischer (Venom) and the original writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool) for Zombieland: Double Tap. In the sequel, written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, these four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family. Why is Tallahassee painting a "3" on the side of each car he steals? He presumably does it as a tribute to NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt. Another theory is that it's the age of his son when he died. On July 13, 2018, Zombieland: Double Tap was officially greenlit by Sony Pictures. Rubin Fleischer would return to direct while Eisenberg, Harrelson, Stone and Breslin had finally all signed on to reprise their roles.
The script comes from Deadpool screenwriters Reese and Wernick, and both properties share the duo’s knack for genre deconstruction and razor-sharp, smart-mouthed humor. The ensemble comedic performers has a blast doling out verbal beatdowns in between actually beating down the undead. And let’s be honest — even if Zombieland wasn’t an all-around fun and entertaining action horror, it deserves a spot on the list for giving BIll Murray the most Bill Murray cameo of all time. ― Haleigh Foutch
Shaun of the Dead -
2004 | COMEDY/HORROR.
Shaun is a salesman at an electronics store with no direction in his life. His colleagues disrespect him, he does not get along with his stepfather Philip, and after he fails to get dinner reservations and suggests they go to the Winchester, the pub at which they spend most of their evenings, his girlfriend Liz breaks up with him. After the break-up, Shaun drowns his sorrows there with his housemate and best friend Ed. At home, their housemate Pete, complains of a bite wound from a mugger and Shaun and Ed playing electro at four o'clock in the morning whilst he has to fill in at work; he berates Shaun to get his life together. By morning, a zombie apocalypse has overwhelmed London, but Shaun and Ed are slow to notice until they encounter two zombies in their garden and kill them with blows to the head. They form a plan to rescue Shaun's mother, Barbara, and Liz then wait out the crisis in the Winchester. This is a must see for any zombie fanatic.
I’m not suggesting filmmakers Wright and Pegg have mounted any kind of a crusade here. Shaun is still meant mostly to provoke laughter, make people jump in their seats and gross everybody out with zombie gore. But those messages in the margins aren’t bad ones for the movie’s target audience—hordes of restless, video game-addicted, entertainment-engorged 18- to 35-year-old men who regularly consume violent content. Would that they have ears to hear such "shocking" ideas. Oh, and one more thing. There's lots of blood. Really.
― Christopher Lyon
28 Weeks Later -
2007 | DRAMA/HORROR/SCI-FI
During the original outbreak of the Rage Virus, Don, his wife Alice and four more survivors hide in a barricaded cottage on the outskirts of London. They hear a terrified boy pounding at their door and let him in. A few minutes later, they discover that the infected have followed the boy. The infected attack and kill most of the survivors, while Don, Alice and the boy are chased upstairs. Don pleads with Alice to leave the boy but she refuses. He abandons them as the infected break into their room by escaping out of the window. After watching his wife being dragged out of sight by the infected, he narrowly escapes on a boat piloted by Jason, who falls in the water and is overcome by the infected. After the infected begin to die of starvation, NATO forces take control of Britain. Twenty-eight weeks after the outbreak, an American commanded force, under the command of Brigadier General Stone, brings in settlers.
28 Days Later was a traditional British science-fiction/horror movie with added smarts and innovative style. This sequel extends the story in intelligent, suspenseful ways. Simply because it’s a ‘part two’, it isn’t as fresh, but enough changes are rung to stop it feeling like a remake. Like Aliens, it ups the action scale by bringing in Yanks with big guns, which — as George Romero has often shown — means even more peril for ordinary folks caught between plague and the authorities. ― Kim Newman
BLACK SUMMER -
2019 | POST-APOCALYPTIC DRAMA.
Black Summer is an American zombie apocalypse drama web television series, created by Karl Schaefer and John Hyams. The first season, consisting of 8 episodes, was released on Netflix on April 11, 2019. The series is produced by The Asylum, the same production company behind Z Nation, and is written and directed primarily by Hyams, with Abram Cox writing and directing additional episodes. Jaime King stars in the lead role as Rose, a mother who is separated from her daughter during the earliest and most deadly days of a zombie apocalypse. Stephen King called it, “Existential hell in the suburbs, stripped to the bone.” The New York Times wrote, “If Andrei Tarkovsky and John Carpenter had teamed up to direct a zombie show, it might have looked something like this formally daring Netflix series.” Many of the filming locations are in Calgary, Alberta in Canada. In the dark, early days of a zombie apocalypse, complete strangers band together to find the strength they need to survive and get back to loved ones.
Black Summer represents the former series’ more drama-filled dawn but isn’t connected in any other way. There’s no reasoning or history on how or why the world was befallen by the zombie apocalypse, with episodes uselessly partitioned in titled acts to foretell whatever will come forth. All takes place in the usual dreary, steely color palette, indicating an ominous future. The survivors’ principal goal is to run as fast as they can toward a stadium where the military is supposedly doing well against the zombies. Jaime King stars as Rose, who is given the cliche hero’s journey of finding her daughter, who was taken away during an escape toward a military convoy. Throughout the first episode, sweat-drenched, confused characters pop up, generally in fits of terror, with their own underdeveloped stories. ― Kahron Spearman
WALKING DEAD -
2010 | DRAMA/HORROR/THRILLER.
Rick Grimes is a fictional character and the main protagonist in the comic book series The Walking Dead, and in the television series of the same name, portrayed by Andrew Lincoln. Created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore, the character made his debut in The Walking Dead #1 in 2003. Rick Grimes is a small town sheriff's deputy who has a son, Carl, with wife Lori. He awakens from a coma after a life-threatening gunshot wound to find the world overrun by zombies, or "walkers" as they are referred to within the story. In the comic book series, Rick had the most appearances until he was killed off in Issue 192 in 2019.In both mediums, Rick awakens from a coma into the apocalypse and searches for Lori and Carl, and finds them in the Atlanta camp with his best friend, Shane Walsh, and becomes the group's leader. Although Rick quickly adapts to the notion of killing walkers, he retains his morality towards the living, which puts him at odds with Shane. Rick's morality is constantly tested to protect his family and friends.
"When I was a kid I asked my grandpa once if he ever killed any Germans in the war. He wouldn't answer. He said that was grown-up stuff, so so I asked if the Germans ever tried to kill him. But he got real quiet. He said he was dead the minute he stepped into enemy territory. Every day he woke up and told himself, 'Rest in peace. Now get up and go to war.' And then after a few years of pretending he was dead he made it out alive." ― Rick Grimes
World War Z -
2013 | SCI-FI/THRILLER
A zombie pandemic strikes the globe in an instant. When former U.N. investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family get stuck in urban gridlock, he senses that it's no ordinary traffic jam. His suspicions are confirmed when, suddenly, the city erupts into chaos. A lethal virus, spread through a single bite, is turning healthy people into something vicious, unthinking and feral. As the pandemic threatens to consume humanity, Gerry leads a worldwide search to find the source of the infection and, with luck, a way to halt its spread. If you are not a fan of Brad Pitt you not need be worried, the zombies in this film are quite incredible. This movie focuses on making a mean, agile, quick type of zombie that stuns. This nightmarish travelogue is coy about gore, but it’s still an effective thrill-ride. If the sequel happens, let’s hope it delivers some actual combat.
Hollywood has always been obsessed with pandemics and zombies. Marc Forster takes the obsession a notch higher as he merges the two to give you an epic-scaled, fast-paced zombie invasion movie that is extremely gripping and thoroughly entertaining. It has everything you could possibly expect from a zombie blockbuster.
― Times of India
Warm Bodies -
2013 | DRAMA/ROMANCE
A terrible plague has left the planet's population divided between zombies and humans. An unusual zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult) sees his walking-dead brethren attacking a living woman named Julie (Teresa Palmer) and rescues her. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and the pair embark on an unusual relationship. As their bond grows and R becomes more and more human, a chain of events unfolds that could transform the entire lifeless world. Directed and written by Jonathan Levine, the film stars Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, and John Malkovich. The film focuses on the development of the relationship between Julie (Palmer), a young woman, and "R" (Hoult), a zombie, and how their eventual romance develops throughout. The film is noted for displaying human characteristics in zombie characters, and for being told from a zombie's perspective.
R (Hoult) is a zombie, but he’s somewhat conflicted about it. When he eats the brain of her boyfriend, Perry (Franco), he falls in love with Julie (Palmer) and begins to strain against the limits of an undead life. But for these star-cross’d lovers, there are obvious obstacles to a happy ending.
― Helen O'Hara
Dawn of the Dead -
2004 | THRILLER/ACTION
When her husband is attacked by a zombified neighbor, Ana (Sarah Polley) manages to escape, only to realize her entire Milwaukee neighborhood has been overrun by the walking dead. After being questioned by cautious policeman Kenneth (Ving Rhames), Ana joins him and a small group that gravitates to the local shopping mall as a bastion of safety. Once they convince suspicious security guards that they are not contaminated, the group bands together to fight the undead hordes. After finishing a long shift as a nurse, Ana returns to her suburban neighborhood and her husband Louis. Caught up in a date night, they miss an emergency news bulletin. The next morning, a girl enters and kills Louis, who immediately reanimates as a zombie and attacks Ana. She flees in her car, crashes, and passes out. Upon waking, she joins police sergeant Kenneth Hall, electronics salesman Michael, petty criminal Andre and his pregnant wife, Luda. They break into a nearby mall and are attacked by a zombie security guard, who scratches Luda.
"Dawn of the Dead" works and it delivers just about what you expect when you buy your ticket. My only complaint is that its plot flatlines compared to the 1979 version, which was trickier, wittier and smarter. Romero was not above finding parallels between zombies and mall shoppers; in the new version, the mall is just a useful location, although at least there are still a few jokes about the Muzak.
― Roger Ebert
Resident Evil -
2002 | ACTION/HORROR
Based on the popular video game, Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez star as the leaders of a commando team who must break into "the hive," a vast underground genetics laboratory operated by the powerful Umbrella Corporation. There, a deadly virus has been unleashed, killing the lab's personnel and resurrecting them as the evil Un-dead. The team has just three hours to shut down the lab's supercomputer and close the facility before the virus threatens to overrun the Earth. Resident Evil is a 2002 action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film stars Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Martin Crewes, and Colin Salmon. It is the first installment in the Resident Evil film series, which is loosely based on the video game series of the same name.
Game fans will be disappointed. Zombie fans will be disappointed. Paul Anderson's fan will be disappointed. If you want scary, boot up your games console.
― William Thomas
I Am Legend -
2007 | THRILLER/DRAMA
Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure. Robert Neville (Will Smith), a brilliant scientist, is a survivor of a man-made plague that transforms humans into bloodthirsty mutants. He wanders alone through New York City, calling out for other possible survivors, and works on finding a cure for the plague using his own immune blood. Neville knows he is badly outnumbered and the odds are against him, and all the while, the infected wait for him to make a mistake that will deliver Neville into their hands. In 2009, a genetically re-engineered measles virus, originally created as a cure for cancer, turns lethal. The virus kills 90% (5.4 billion out of 6 billion) of the world's population and turns 9.8% (588 million) into vampiric mutants called Darkseekers, who are extremely vulnerable to sunlight, who kill most of the 0.2% (12 million) who were immune to the virus.
: In 2009 a deadly virus burned though out civilisation, pushing human kind to the edge of extiniction, Dr. Robert Nevillie dedecated his life to the discovery of a cure and the restoration of humanity. On September 9th 2012 at approximately 8.49pm he discovered that cure. and at 8.52 he gave his life to defend it. We are his legacy. This is his legend.
American Gods -
2017 | DRAMA/FANTASY/MYSTERY
Ex-convict Shadow Moon roams a world he doesn't understand, left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife. Little does he know his life is about to change after he meets a crafty, charismatic con man named Mr. Wednesday, who offers Shadow a job as his bodyguard. As their journey begins, Shadow encounters a hidden America where magic is real and fear grows over the ascending power of New Gods like Technology and Media. In a grand plan to combat the threat, Mr. Wednesday attempts to unite the Old Gods to defend their existence and rebuild the influence that they've lost, leaving Shadow struggling to accept this new world and his place in it. The book was published in 2001 by Headline in the United Kingdom and by William Morrow in the United States. It gained a positive critical response and won the Hugo and Nebula awards in 2002. A special tenth anniversary edition, which includes the "author's preferred text" and 12,000 additional words, was published in June 2011 by William Morrow.
There are times when the show seems more interested in parsing ephemeral moments in the here-and-now than contemplating the big issues. The more beguiling moments involve bits of what might be called barroom philosophy, such as Shadow Moon saying that “all the best drinks have self-defining names,” or Media lamenting people’s increasing inability to concentrate on one thing at a time. “They hold a smaller screen in their laps or in the palm of their hands so they don’t get bored watching the big one,” she says. Watch American Gods on a big screen, if possible, and turn the small ones off.
― Matt Zoller Seitz
2009 | ADVENTURE/COMEDY/HORROR
Two months have passed since a strain of mad cow disease mutated into "mad person disease" that became "mad zombie disease", which overran the entire United States, turning American people into vicious zombies. Survivors of the zombie epidemic have learned that growing attached to other survivors is not advisable because they could die at any moment, so many have taken to using their city of origin as nicknames. Unaffected college student Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is making his way from his college dorm in Austin, Texas, to Columbus, Ohio, to see whether his parents are still alive. He encounters Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), another survivor, who is particularly violent in killing zombies. Though he does not appear to be sociable, Tallahassee reluctantly allows Columbus to travel with him. Tallahassee mentions he misses his puppy that was killed by zombies, as well as his affinity for Twinkies, which he actively tries to find.
Vampires make a certain amount of sense to me, but zombies not so much. What's their purpose? Why do they always look so bad? Can there be a zombie with good skin? How can they be smart enough to determine that you're food and so dumb they don't perceive you're about to blast them? I ask these questions only because I need a few more words for this review. I will close by observing that Bill Murray is the first comedian since Jack Benny who can get a laugh simply by standing there.
― Roger Ebert