Wednesday, June 22, 2005

My Faith in Zombie movies has been Resurrected

I've been bummed out by zombie movies lately, but my love of the genre has just risen from the grave. And while I know that that was a lame thing to say, I couldn't think of any better way to begin a zombie movie related rant. I just watched Shaun of the Dead again. I cannot say enough good things about this movie, it's fan-freakin'-tastic. Though, I remember when it first came out it was acclaimed as being the first horror/zombie/romantic comedy film. I even heard the horrible buzz term "Zom-Rom-Com" being tossed around. I would prefer to call movies in this genre "Hor-mance" films, as opposed to "Zom-rom-coms." They're like date movies where everybody dies. But, I have to say that the distinction of being the very first horror/zombie/romantic comedy would have to belong to Peter Jackson's flick Dead Alive. Possibly the most disgusting movie ever made. My favorite part is the lawnmower sequence.

So, thanks to Shaun of the Dead, I'm actually excited about zombie movies again. I think I might even watch Land of the Dead when it comes out. I had pretty much decided to bail on the movie when I heard that John Leguizamo was in it. I figure Romero might have one good one left in him, who knows. It couldn't possibly be any worse than Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Not to suggest that Romero had anything to do with the RE flick, but merely to emphasize how unbelievably bad that movie was.

1 comment:

Shauna said...

I saw Land of the Dead in theatres, and thought of you. Did you see it after all? I enjoyed the zombies, but the humans kind of sucked. There's something wrong when I prefer the undead characters. Ah well. On the subject of zombie sub-genres, we watched a movie called "they came back" or "Revenants" (is that correct? you know more french than i do). Anyways, it was a zombie-like social commentary drama. The premise being that hundreds of thousands of dead people came back just fine... except they were kinda braindead and wanted to tunnel underground. Really really weird. And disappointing.