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Friday, March 12, 2010
Short and largely spoiler-free reviews of some recently viewed zombie movies. #1: Zombieland
Funny and over the top gory, although the movie poster's promise of a chainsaw is unfulfilled. Loads of creative zombie wasting. Basically a zombie road-trip movie showing how much fun the world could be if the vast majority of the population was reduced to slavering pop-up targets. Includes a cameo by a ghostbuster. Rating:
#2: Zombie Strippers
A decent blood and titty flick, the sort of thing the Japanese excel in and probably would have done better. The humor ranges from mostly crude and sophomoric to occasional biting satire to (more often) just plain silly. Worth a look if you're a fan of doctored boobs or Robert Englund. Rating:
#3: 28 Weeks Later
A solid film, one that demonstrates that the world will not be a lot of fun if the vast majority of the population was reduced to slavering pop-up targets. Unlike what the poster says, not better than the original. The plot involves the usual heavy-handed military dictator vs. the touchy-feely types, but I found myself sympathizing with the army. When London's living population has been reduced to 15,000, you don't go easy on a second wave of zombies. Includes Jeremy Renner playing another soldier. Rating:
#4: Shaun of the Dead
A great romantic comedy with the added awesome that is zombies, although it takes the main characters a while to notice. The only one of the four that sticks with the original vision of zombies being slow, but they're still dangerous due to cramped quarters and the protagonists not being the brightest hammers on the bookshelf. Fans of the BBC series Spaced will appreciate the in-jokes but may not like the fact that the female lead from that show has been reduced to a minor supporting role since she doesn't have big tits or fake blond hair.