New blog

Posted in Uncategorized on March 12, 2013 by Pass the Popcorn!

Hello everyone!

As you know I haven’t been active on this blog for a while.  Since I stopped watching so many horror movies, it seems pointless to write here anymore.

However, I do have a new blog about movies, check it out:

Red State (2011)

Posted in Horror Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2012 by Pass the Popcorn!

Director: Kevin Smith

Writer: Kevin Smith

Tagline: Fear God

Plot: Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.

Cast: Michael Parks – Abin Cooper

Melissa Leo – Sara

John Goodman – Joseph Keenan

Kyle Gallner – Jarod

Michael Angarano – Travis


Red State is one of those movies that might just have worked if it had been directed by some anonymous indie director and not by a well established Hollywood director like Kevin Smith. Kevin Smith became popular in the 90’s with movies like Clerks, Dogma & Chasing Amy  but in the 00’s he really went downhill (especially after releasing Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) with pretty average movies like Jersey Girl, Clerks II & Zack and Miri Make a Porno (I didn’t see Cop Out because it received really bad reviews), and lately Red State which is, arguably, the last nail in the coffin of his career. Although Kevin didn’t release a really good movie in about 10 years I still think that his less successfull movies have interesting scripts which were well written. Unfortunately, I can’t say that about Red State. First of all, we’ve already seen Kevin deal with topics like religion and extreme violence in Dogma, so what was the point in making a clearly inferior movie with such similiarities to the cult classic? And second of all, the dialogue in Red State was just awful – and Kevin Smith is the guy who wrote some of the most memorable lines in 90’s cinema!

Honestly, when I started watching Red State I knew it wasn’t going to be the next Chasing Amy or something like that but I at least expected a fairly entertaining fun; instead I got this boring mixture of weak acting (except for Michael Parks who plays the pastor Abin Cooper, and maybe John Goodman in some scenes, although his real potential is overlooked), bland characters and pointless action scenes. The movie starts off as a psychological thriller with some survival horror influences only to turn into an action shoot out in the second act. And by time the audience is just following a one group of undeveloped characters trying to kill the other group of undeveloped characters, I find that to be horrendously boring. Despite the fact the first part of the movie was nothing new nor original I would have rather watched another wannabe torture porn movie than to be forced to watch this strange genre changing direction the movie has taken. The third, and the final, act of the movie was, I think, supposed to be some social commentary and possible criticism against the USA goverment (?), which could have been good if it had been following the movie’s pacing. Because of that, John Goodman’s final lines seem to come out of nowhere and noone can possibly take them seriously.

I don’t know why Kevin Smith decided to change the movie’s plot so violently and rapidly after the first act but it definitely seems forced, especially when you consider the fact that Red State’s duration is less than 90 minutes (and considering that no valid plot points happen in the first 20 minutes!). The direction of the movie is also not remarkable, in spite of some decent camera angles. It is really disappointing to see Kevin Smith go this low.

My Raing: 3/10… One of the most anticipated movies of the year (because I’m a really big 90’s Kevin Smith fan) turned to be one of the worst movies of the year. Forgetable characters, boring actors, and worst of all, a really bad script ruined it for me.

A Serbian Film aka Srpski Film (2010)

Posted in Horror Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2011 by Pass the Popcorn!

Director: Srdjan Spasojevic

Writers: Aleksandar Radivojevic

Srdjan Spasojevic

Plot: An aging porn star agrees to participate in an “art film” in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film.

Cast: Srdjan Todorovic – Milos

Sergej Trifunovic – Vukmir

Jelena Gavrilovic – Marija

Katarina Zutic – Lejla

Slobodan Bestic – Marko

Review – not my average reviewing style:

Today I decided to review one of the most controversial movies of the 2010 – ‘A Serbian Film’. I’ve seen ‘A Serbian Film’ several months ago and the reason why I didn’t simply write the review back then was that I just wanted to forget everything related to this movie – not because it is shocking but because it is rather bad. However, ‘A Serbian Film’ gained quite a cult local following (especially here in Croatia) so I think the time has come for me to say something about it. ‘A Serbian Film’ is about a porn star, Milos, who ends up starring in a snuff film directed by a total psychopath, Vukmir. And…that’s it – that’s the whole plot – the rest of the movie is just filled with random shocking and violent scenes that are supposed to be controversial.

Nevertheless, the writers of ‘A Serbian Film” said that behind all those controversial scenes there is social commentary.  I just don’t see it. If the writer and director, Srdjan Spasojevic, wanted to put some social commentary in his movie, why couldn’t he do it in an intelligent way? I don’t find ruthless violence “deep” nor “intelligent” – anyone (AND I MEAN ANYONE) can make a “shocking” movie – just put some rape scenes in it, torture scenes, babies dying, etc.  But not everyone can make an intelligent movie with actual social commentary. Furthermore, selling your average stupid and dull torture porn movie as an intelligent movie with social commentary is just a cheap marketing gimmick. Congratulations, Srdjan Spasojevic, you managed to fool people your movie has some depth. Yeah right. Raping newborn babies and killing women while having sex isn’t social commentary, you dumbass! Those scenes may stand out as controversial to the average viewer, which is ok if you want to shock the viewers but if you want to make them to actually use their brain and think you DON’T  show them mindless violence – you show them something intelligent. Look for an example at ‘A Clockwork Orange’ – at first it shocks its viewers but later gives political and social statements about how no one may control a person’s life. Was it your goal to achieve something like that? If it was, guess what, you FAIL.

Despite ‘A Serbian Film’ being so RETARDED, it does have some good aspects. The acting is better than average (highlight of the movie: Sergej Trifunovic as the porn director, Vukmir), the soundtrack is also nice and well incorporated (done by Sky Wikluh), moreover, the directing isn’t bad at all (considering it is Srdjan Spasojevic’s first), and of course the special effects done by Miroslav Lakobrija (who also did the special effects for Zone of the Dead) are great . To summarize, ‘A Serbian Film’ could have been a very good movie – it had all the resources – famous Serbian actors, a decent budget, great special effects etc. But all of this is ruined by the sheer simplicity of the plot and the “unnecessary” violent scenes.

My Rating: My subjective rating would be 3/10 or even 2/10 … but my objective rating is 5/10

Sorry about the different writing style of this review, I’m just sick with all the retards in RL who are trying to convience me that ‘A Serbian Film’ is a great movie. The fact that ‘A Serbian Film’ managed to find its place in the local pop culture makes me sick. All in all, this movie pisses me off – just a simple waste of time.

Great Directors Of Our Time: Guillermo del Toro

Posted in Horror Articles with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Partially inspired by my post about Mr. Romero , I decided to write a post about one of the greatest directors ouf our time: Guillermo del Toro.  Guillermo’s movies are often associated with disturbing fantasy elements and dark atmospheres – so it’s no wonder I consider him to be one of the most influential modern horror movie directors. Often working with Ron Perlman, Doug Jones and Federico Luppi, del Toro managed to create quite a few classics through out his carrier – like the Hellboy movies, El Espinazo del Diablo and, of course, El Laberinto del Fauno. Let’s not, however, forget his other movies which are also great…

Mini Biography: “Guillermo Del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist (1973)) and worked on making his own short films. At the age of 21, del Toro executive produced his first feature, Dona Herlinda and Her Son (1986). del Toro spent almost 10 years as a makeup supervisor, and formed his own company, Necropia in the early 1980s. He also produced and directed Mexican television programs at this time, and taught film…”

Cronos (1993): “…del Toro got his first big break when Cronos (1993) won nine academy awards in Mexico, then went on to win the International Critics Week prize at Cannes…”

Cronos, a strange horror movie with elements of a vampire flick, was Del Toro’s definite breakthrough into the movie making industry. Although Cronos’ plot may seem a little simple and naive, the movie, itself, is very fascinating, original and fun to watch. Very early in his career Guillermo decided to use some very disturbing images to shock the average viewer – let’s just say some parts of the movie resemble of Nine Inch Nails’ Happiness in Slavery video. Besides that, Cronos features some great make up effects and interesting camera angles. It also marks the first Perlman/del Toro collaboration. Ironically, the most disappointing thing in the whole movie was Perlman’s performance which I found to be rather weak. But nevertheless, Cronos is an overlooked cult movie in the “vampire” genre.


  • Guillermo del Toro started writing on the script as early as 1984, where it was titled “Vampire of the Grey Dawn”.
  • The film went over budget from the original $1,5 million to $2 million (the highest budget for a Mexican movie at the time). del Toro himself got the half million through loans and bank debts. In order to complete the film, changes had to be made, among those changes were Ron Perlman, who agreed to a heavy salary cut. Perlman and del Toro has been good friends ever since, working together frequently.
  • Guillermo del Toro met with Universal in late ’93, where they told him they wanted to buy the rights to this film so they could remake it. del Toro’s response was “Who wants to see Jack Lemmon lick blood off a bathroom floor?”.

My Rating: 7/10

Mimic (1997): “…Following this success, del Toro made his first Hollywood film, Mimic (1997), starring Mira Sorvino. del Toro had some unfortunate experiences working with a demanding Hollywood studio on Mimic (1997), and returned to Mexico to form his own production company, The Tequila Gang… “

“I remember the worst experience of my life, even above the kidnapping of my father, was shooting Mimic (1997). Because what was happening to me and the movie was far more illogical than kidnapping, which is brutal, but at least there are rules. Now when I look at Mimic, what I see is the pain of a deeply flawed creature that could have been so beautiful.”  – Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro “States Mimic (1997) as the worst of his films and has disowned it, blaming constant interference from the producers as the reason for the poor result” and I have to agree with him. Mimic could have been so much more but it turned out to be your average, unintentionally funny, b movie sf flick.  Characters are ridiculous, the plot is whatsoever and the acting is far from enjoyable – I don’t even consider Mimic to be a del Toro movie because of all the interference from the producers so I won’t spend much time reviewing it. The whole result is just poor, but nevertheless, Mimic gained a semi-cult following through out the years and even spawned 2 sequels;  some people even consider it to be the best horror movie set in a subway.  However, Mimic is a very poor movie and should best be skipped.


  • Originally planned as a single 30-min. short as part of a feature of sci-fi/horror/comedy shorts by Miramax. The other segments also grew into the features Impostor (2001) and Alien Love Triangle (1999).
  • Director Guillermo del Toro disowned the film after constant clashes with Bob Weinstein, who would frequently visit the set and make unreasonable demands about what should be shot, deviating away from the script. Since then del Toro has never worked with the Weinsteins.
  • The scene where Mira Sorvino and Jeremy Northam walk in the hall with all the sick kids lying in their beds was actually directed by Ole Bornedal, one of the producers on the film.

My Rating: 6/10 … Although my rating isn’t that bad, the movie is.

The Devil’s Backbone aka El Espinazo del Diablo (2001): “…del Toro had some unfortunate experiences working with a demanding Hollywood studio on Mimic (1997), and returned to Mexico to form his own production company, The Tequila Gang. Next for del Toro, was The Devil’s Backbone (2001), a Spanish Civil War ghost story. The film was hailed by critics and audiences alike, and del Toro decided to give Hollywood another try…”

There isn’t much to say about El Espinazo del Diablo except it is an absolutely great ghost story – very dark and imaginative.  All of this makes The Devil’s Backbone an instant classic. My full review of it can be found here.


  • The film came together when Guillermo del Toro bumped into Pedro Almodóvar at the 1994 Miami Film Festival where he had just shown Cronos (1993). Almodovar told him that he had just seen his film and wanted to produce his next movie.
  • Described by Guillermo del Toro as being a sibling film to Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) (this being the masculine “brother” film, and Pan’s as the feminine “sister” film).
  • Guillermo del Toro wrote the film when he was in college.
  • Guillermo del Toro has said that this is his favorite movie of his own (2003).

My Rating: 8/10

Blade II (2002): “In 2002, he directed the Wesley Snipes vampire sequel, Blade II (2002)…”

I think all of you are familiar with the blade series so I don’t need to further introduce it. My opinion is that Blade II is maybe the most important movie in del Toro’s carrier. First of all, it was his first major commercial success and second of all, it was the first superhero movie he directed, preparing him to direct Hellboy (2004).  I must inform you, if you haven’t watched already, that Blade II is much more different than its precursor Blade (1998) which makes it an even better movie. Al though it is full with HUGE plot holes and some ridiculous action scenes, Blade II is much more darker and more “del Toro like” – creepy atmosphere, interesting performance by Ron Perlman (he was the highlight of the movie),  great Reaper vampires, vampire clubs are also more darker, etc.  All in all, it’s more of a horror movie than an action movie – unlike the first Blade.


  • When Blade returns to his headquarters early in the movie, Scud remarks, “The Dark Knight Returns!” This is a reference to another comic book character that hunts by night, Batman, who was the subject of a classic comic book miniseries.
  • Reinhardt’s (Ron Perlman) sunglasses are never taken off throughout the course of the film.
  • In the scene before while entering the vampire club with the Bloodpack, a large neon sign can be seen on top of a building that says in large red letters “Radoo”. In the history of Vlad the Impaler (who the legend of Dracula is largely based) history talks of his brother Radu. This name is also often associated with vampire movies as it is deeply ingrained in the Dracula story.
  • Over 30 members of the cast and crew were temporarily blinded by the misuse of UV lights in the vampire autopsy scene.
  • The only movie in the Blade trilogy that used its original written ending. Blade (1998) and Blade: Trinity (2004) went through reshoots to improve and/or replace their respective original climaxes.

My Rating: 7/10

Hellboy (2004): “…On a roll, Del Toro followed up Blade II (2002) with another successful comic-book inspired film, Hellboy (2004), starring one of Del Toro’s favorite actors, Ron Perlman.”

Guillermo del Toro “Turned down a chance to direct Blade: Trinity (2004), AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) to work on his dream project: Hellboy (2004).

He even “Fought the film studios for almost seven years to get Ron Perlman for the title role in Hellboy (2004). The studio wanted a bigger name to ensure the success of the movie, but del Toro thought that Perlman was the perfect choice and wouldn’t make the movie if he wasn’t cast.”

After Blade II, del Toro managed to direct his dream project – Hellboy. Hellboy is more than a decent superhero movie starring great Ron Perlman who made it his most recognizable role. The movie also features one of the most memorable villains seen on the big screen – Karl Ruprecht Kroenen (played by Ladislav Beran). He is a nazi half human, half robot who seems to be immortal. Although he isn’t the main villain nor has plenty screen time, he stole every movie with his appearance which makes him the best aspect of the whole movie.  Besides, Hellboy and Kroenen, the character who stands out is Abe Sapien played by great Doug Jones. Unfortunately, the rest of the cast and characters seem pretty average, especially Rupert Evans who plays John Myers, a new agent to the “Bureau of paranormal research”. In despite of some great character designs  and decent action scenes, special effect were pretty lousy from time to time (particularly in some scenes near the end). Furthermore, the whole plot in the movie isn’t somewhat original – just your typical super hero stuff. However, Hellboy still is a pretty good movie.


  • Doug Jones’s (Abe Sapien) voice was dubbed by David Hyde Pierce, but Pierce refused a credit, because he felt that Abe was entirely Doug’s creation and did not wish to detract from his performance.
  • Baby Hellboy, Sammael, Ivan the corpse, Train Driver and Kroenen were all voiced by Guillermo del Toro.
  • Upon meeting to discuss the movie, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and director Guillermo del Toro decided to reveal to each other their choice for the lead role of Hellboy. They both said at the same time, Ron Perlman.
  • Much of the demonology in the film is inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos developed by H.P. Lovecraft, a horror writer in the 1930s. The Sammael creatures have characteristics of both Nyarlathotep and Cthulhu. Elder gods, many eyed and tentacled, sleeping at the edge of the universe, are a staple of his books.

My Rating: 7/10

Pan’s Labyrinth aka El Laberinto del Fauno (2006):

We finally came to del Toro’s most famous and most successful movie which even won 3 Oscars – El Laberinto del Fauno.

“That’s what I love about fairy tales; they tell the truth, not organized politics, religion or economics. Those things destroy the soul. That is the idea from Pan’s Labyrinth and it surfaces in Hellboy and, to some degree, in all my films.” – Guillermo del Toro

Is there anything more to say about El Laberinto del Fauno that you don’t already know? It is a great and powerful fairy tale which isn’t very suitable for children because of its twisted storytelling and often disturbing scenes. Set in the Spanish civil war, del Toro tells us a story about a girl, Ofelia, who must perform 3 tasks to achieve the prophecy of her becoming the princess of a distant surreal fantasy world – a world completely different than the horrors currently surrounding her. Character design in El Laberinto del Fauno, just like in Hellboy, is visually astonishing. Most noteable character here are, of course, the Fauno and the Pale Man, both played by Doug Jones. I’d go even that far to say that the scene with the Pale Man is one of the scariest in the modern movie history. Anyways, El Laberinto del Fauno is one hell of a ride – it’s sad, beautiful, visually perfect, brutal, scary, disturbed, dark, interesting etc., etc. and all of this makes it Guillermo del Toro’s best movie. Kudos!


  • Guillermo del Toro gave up his entire salary, including back-end points, to see this film become realized.
  • Received 22 minutes of applause at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • The English subtitles were translated and written by Guillermo del Toro himself. He no longer trusts translators after having encountered problems with his previous subtitled movies.
  • Stephen King attended a screening of the film and sat next to Guillermo del Toro. According to Del Toro, King squirmed when the Pale Man chased Ofelia. Del Toro compared the experience of seeing King’s reaction to winning an Oscar.
  • It has been said that, for the fairy eating scene, Doug Jones had to bite condoms filled with fake blood.

My Rating: 8/10

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008):

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) is del Toro’s latest movie, an interesting sequel to the Hellboy (2004).

Guillermo del Toro “Turned down a chance to direct I Am Legend (2007), One Missed Call (2008), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and Halo (2012) to work on Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008).”

“I think that 50 percent of the narrative is in the audio/visual storytelling. I happened to think the screenplay is the basis of it all, but definitely doesn’t tell the movie. It tells the story, but doesn’t tell the whole movie. A lot of the narrative is in the details.” – Guillermo del Toro

Hellboy II would quite easily be my favourite super hero movie. Although pretty unoriginal and predictable in its storyline which sometimes seems pretty silly, the movie is visually astonishing and fascinating. Guillermo del Toro’s once again introduces us with distant fantasy worlds filled with interesting creatures (especially The Troll Market) with most of their designs purely spawned by himself. The Golden Army also features one new character who works for the “Bureau of paranormal research” – Johann Krauss. He is pure human “ectoplasma” (?) stuffed in a robot suit which makes him pretty interesting already. His and Hellboy’s interacting was definitely one of the most fun aspects of the movie. All in all, Hellboy II: The Golden Army is another great Guillermo del Toro movie and I sure as hell hope he makes much more of them.


  • The movie mentions Bethmoora, a city in the fiction of the early 20th century visionary writer Lord Dunsany. Also note that the Golden Army is hidden in Ireland, Dunsany’s homeland. The term “glamour” used for the fairies’ cloaking skill also originates in Dunsany’s “The King of Elfland’s Daughter”.
  • Guillermo del Toro wrote an ending which ultimately went unused in the theatrical release: A secret base is found in the Antarctic, where Kroenen, the clockwork Nazi villain from the first film, is brought back to life as Rasputin steps out of the shadows. This material was filmed as an animated comic and appears in the DVD bonus features as the “Zinco Epilogue”. This epilogue provides the setup for a potential third Hellboy film.
  • Just like the first film, none of the cast member’s names are written on the posters, mentioned in the trailers or shown in the opening credits.
  • After reading it in his manual/ancient lore book, Abe calls Tooth Faires “Carcarodon Carcharias”. Actually, that is the scientific name of the Great White Shark.
  • David Hyde Pierce did the voice of Abe Sapien in the first film, while Doug Jones played the physical part. For Hellboy II, Jones also does the voice. The reason is because the producers hoped Pierce’s name would make the first film a box-office smash. But he refused to be credited because he felt Abe Sapien was Jones’ work, and as such did no promotions or interviews, or even attended the premiere.

My Rating: 8/10

Future Work:

Well, unfortunately, Guillermo del Toro won’t be directing The Hobbit parts 1 and 2 after all which I found to be a shame. The Hobbit, overally, is a much more darker story than the original LOTR trilogy so I, personally, think it would have had suit del Toro’s style perfectly.

But don’t you worry, del Toro fans! Guillermo is set to direct his version of the Frankenstein (2012) starring Doug Jones as the Creature and an ecranization of a H.P.Lovecraft novel, At the Mountains of Madness (2013) with Ron Perlman starring as Larson. I think we have 2 great movies ahead of us. Can’t wait!

All additional information, trivia and quotes quotes were take from IMDB.

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Dead Silence (2007)

Posted in Horror Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Director: James Wan

Writers: Leigh Whannell

James Wan

Tagline: You scream. You die.

Plot: A widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife’s murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist.

Cast: Ryan Kwanten – Jamie Ashen

Amber Valletta – Ella Ashen

Donnie Wahlberg – Det. Lipton

Michael Fairman – Henry Walker

Joan Heney – Marion Walker


Well, I’m back after a few month pause so now I can (finally) continue writing reviews. Today I’m going to review Dead Silence, directed by James Wan, who also directed the first Saw movie. According to these two movies, it seems James Wan likes to incorporate dolls in his work of art. Many people are naturally afraid of dolls so they could find this movie to be genuinely scary. Besides dolls, Dead Silence also features ghosts and few nice kills. Although all of this sounds promising, Dead Silence is just your another average popcorn horror flick – which is a huge disappointment…

So anyways, this guy, Jamie Ashen, finds a mysterious package in front of his doorstep which contains a ventriloquist doll named Billy. Jamie leaves Billy with his wife Lisa, while he goes out to buy some dinner. Unfortunately for Lisa, she gets brutally killed and Jamie is taken to the police as a prime suspect – but he suspects the doll did the morbid deed. Very early in the movie, we can see a standard horror “jump scare” scene followed by great effects of a victim’s deformed face. From this point of the movie (and to the very end) my thoughts were pretty mixed up. On one hand the atmosphere wasn’t bed at all although the color that dominated through out the whole movie was “dark blue” (another irritating cliche in modern horror movies – they have to be dark blue). And on the other hand all the characters seemed pretty undeveloped, wooden and sometimes even annoying. Furthermore, as the movie progresses on, we are being introduced with more and more, often stupid and silly, informations and elements of the plot. It’s like the scriptwriters could not focus on a single plot, but had to bring up something new every now and then. In conclusion, all of this collides into one huge ending filled with all of this random shit (I couldn’t find a more proper word to describe it). The thing that saves Dead Silence from a total disaster is a very interesting twist that happens in the very last minute of the movie. But despite being great, the twist makes the whole movie seem pretty much pointless and it may leave you somewhat unsatisfied.

But, of course, if you are new to the horror genre or just a sucker for horror movies with dolls and ghost you’ll be more than satisfied with Dead Silence. However, outside those boundaries, Dead Silence offers nothing new and is just another slightly predictable, shallow and simple modern horror movie filled with uninteresting and cliched characters. Therefore, I think it’s better to avoid watching Dead Silence and watch something else instead.

My Rating: 5/10… A very strange combination of dolls and ghosts. I assume this is the kind of movie you either love or hate. Me? I didn’t like it all.

What Happened to Mr. Romero?

Posted in Horror Articles with tags , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Few days ago I’ve seen Romero’s latest zombie flick, Survival of the Dead, and I must say it was awful. It was maybe the worst zombie movie he ever made (and I thought he couldn’t go lower than Diary of the Dead). After the movie ended, I had to ask myself one question: “What happened to Mr. Romero?”.

First of all, let’s take a trip through his life, biography and, of course, zombie movies (which will be the only one I will mention in this article):

“George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; however, by all indications, he was very successful. The director of the groundbreaking “Dead” pentalogy was born February 4, 1940, in New York City. He grew up there until attending the renowned Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

After graduation, he began shooting mostly short films and commercials. He and his friends formed “Image Ten Productions” in the late 1960s and they all chipped in roughly US$10,000 a piece to produce what became one of the most celebrated American horror films of all time: Night of the Living Dead (1968). Shot in black-and-white on a budget of just over US$100,000, Romero’s vision, combined with a solid script written by him and his “Image” co-founder John A. Russo (along with what was then considered an excess of gore) enabled the film to earn back far more than what it cost…”

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

There isn’t much to say about this movie anymore, I already mentioned it in few occasions. First I wrote a full review of it and then I stated it as one of the best zombie movies ever made in my Top 15 Zombie Movies list. All in all, it was a perfect horror movie and a perfect way to start your carrier. A genre breaking classic. The movie also spawned 2 remakes, the first one in 1990. directed by Tom Savini and the second one in 2006. directed by Jeff Broadstreet.


  • Bosco chocolate syrup was used to simulate the blood in the film.
  • The word “zombie” is never used. The most common euphemism used to describe the living dead is “those things,” mostly by Cooper.
  • George A. Romero was the one operating the camera when S. William Hinzman (the cemetery zombie) attacks Barbara in her car by smashing the window with a rock. When Hinzman shattered the window, the rock barely missed Romero.
  • Screenwriter John A. Russo appears as the ghoul who gets his forehead smashed by Ben with a tire iron. He also allowed himself to be set on fire for real when nobody else wanted to do the stunt.
  • The filmmakers were accused of being “Satanically-inspired” by Christian fundamentalist groups for their portrayal of the undead feeding on flesh and of the Coopers’ zombie child (Kyra Schon) attacking her mother (Marilyn Eastman).

“At first I didn’t think of them as zombies, I thought of them as flesh-eaters or ghouls and never called them zombies in the first film. Then people started to write about them, calling them zombies, and all of a sudden that’s what they were: the new zombies. I guess I invented a few rules, like kill the brain and you kill the ghoul, and eventually I surrendered to the idea and called them zombies in Dawn of the Dead (1978), but it was never that important to me what they were. Just that they existed.” – George A. Romero

My Rating: 10/10

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

10 years after his directing debut, Romero made another cult horror movie, Dawn of the Dead which gained even more attention than it’s predecessor, it was a big success all around the world (especially in Italy). This movie was also included in my Top 15 Zombie Movies list. Al though Dawn wasn’t as creepy/scary as Night, it still offered an excellent atmosphere, great action sequences, awesome acting and social commentary. Despite the fact that ten years have passed since he delivered Night of the Living Dead, Romero still knew how to create an effective and gripping atmosphere. Everything in Dawn of the Dead was on a high level, including the zombie makeups and gory scenes. The movie was remaked in 2004 by director Zack Snyder.


  • The voice of Christine Forrest (George A. Romero’s wife) can be heard on a pre-recorded announcement in the mall (“Attention all shoppers…”).
  • Much of the fake blood used in the blood packets was a mixture of food coloring, peanut butter and cane sugar syrup.
  • Many effects were thought of on the spot. Tom Savini created many effects (such as the arm in the blood pressure tester) with no preparations whatsoever.
  • Some of the zombies (notably one in the tenement scene) were actual amputees.
  • Extras who appeared in this film were reportedly given $20 in cash, a box lunch, and a Dawn of the Dead T-shirt.

“I don’t try to answer any questions or preach. My personality and my opinions come through in the satire of the films, but I think of them as a snapshot of the time. I have this device, or conceit, where something happens in the world and I can say, ‘Ooo, I’ll talk about that, and I can throw zombies in it! And get it made!’ You know, it’s kind of my ticket to ride.” – George A. Romero

My Rating: 10/10

Day of the Dead (1985)

In his third zombie movie, Romero decided to experiment a little with this zombies. He gave them the ability to learn. In this experimenting he managed to make the most recognizable zombie ever, Bub. Al though Bub’s character was perfectly made, the rest of the movie seemed pretty shallow and dull. There was none of that truly creepy atmosphere like in Romero’s earlier works. I find Day of the Dead to be a pretty “average” horror movie, nothing revolutionary, I’m even considering it as a slight disappointment after Dawn of the Dead. Al though the zombie make ups and gory scenes were nice, that doesn’t change the fact that the movie could have easily been better. The scriptwriting seemed a little odd, some actors overreacted their scenes (especially Joseph Pilato who played Capt. Rhodes – he seemed unbelievable in that role) and character’s relationships are also awkward. However, if you are a zombie fan, this movie is a must see one. Day of the Dead also has a 2008 remake made by director Steve Miner.


  • All the extras who portrayed zombies in the climax received for their services: a cap that said “I Played A Zombie In ‘Day of the Dead'”, a copy of the newspaper from the beginning of the film (the one that says THE DEAD WALK!), and one dollar.
  • The only movie in George A. Romero’s “Dead” series where a zombie has a line of dialog (Bub says, “Hello Aunt Alicia.”).
  • The first film in George A. Romero’s “Dead” series to begin a tradition of having a clown zombie, as also seen in Land of the Dead (2005) and Diary of the Dead (2007).
  • The book Dr. Logan gives to Bub is Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot.” Romero and King have been friends for many years.
  • The lowest grossing film in George A. Romero’s “Dead” trilogy. Nonetheless, it’s gained a cult following over the last two decades, and the director himself has stated that he considers it his best film.

“I always thought of the zombies as being about revolution, one generation consuming the next.” – George A. Romero

My Rating: 6, 5/10 I have this movie rated on imdb with 6 but I think that’s a too low grade for this movie, on the other hand I think grade 7 is too high for it so my final rating is 6,5.

Land of the Dead (2005)

Romero waited 20 years after Day of the Dead to release another zombie movie. This time he went one step further with his experimenting and gave the zombies in Land of the Dead the ability to carry/fire guns and other weapons like blades, which I consider to be a blasphemy. In Land of the Dead we also have a view of post apocalyptic cities and societies which were very interesting to watch. Too bad they didn’t receive much of  a screen time because those were the best parts in the whole movie. Another thing worth mentioning is the acting of, now passed away, actor Denis Hopper who played the “leader” of the town. Besides him, other actors were either very average or awful. Despite the movie’s nice post apocalyptic atmosphere, the script writing is very bad and full of plot holes. The main storyline in Land of the Dead is rather focusing on a giant tank named Dead Reckoning than on surviving of the human race against zombies. The movie’s ending was just horrible because the whole point of Land of the Dead (I will spoil it but don’t worry, you won’t miss anything) was that humans and zombies should live in peace. That was pure crap, I was so disappointed by everything. Briefly, although this movie is very bad, it is also the last watchable Romero’s zombie flick (everything after this one was simply horrible).


  • This is the first film of George A. Romero’s “Living Dead” series which uses digital effects.
  • There were four titles before “Land of the Dead” was chosen: “Dead City,” “Dead Reckoning,” “Twilight of the Dead,” and “Night of the Living Dead: Dead Reckoning.”
  • The zombie of Tom Savini’s biker character, who is killed in Dawn of the Dead (1978), can be seen in one of the scenes.
  • Partly based on the original, much longer script for Day of the Dead (1985).
  • A non-union zombie would make CDN$9 per hour, while a union zombie, for a minimum of 8 hours, would make CDN$158.

“The idea of living with terrorism – I’ve tried to make it more applicable to the concerns Americans are going through now”. – George A. Romero

My Rating: 5/10

Diary of the Dead (2007)

It seems that Romero haven’t had enough of his weird experimenting so he filmed Diary of the Dead through the “eyes of the camera” (the technic most notably used in the Blair Witch Project). I, personally, liked this idea but its movie performance was awful due to the script writing which was completely awful. Romero somehow managed to create a bunch of dull, static and uninteresting characters with loads of cliches. Diary of the Dead doesn’t have a real plot, it is more of a road trip movie filled with random, “strange” and stupid situations (which are full of plot holes). When making a movie like this one, you should pay special attention to the characters because they are the ones who hold your movie and its plot. If you make your characters retarded, there is a big chance that the whole movie will be retarded too. And that’s just what Romero did, he made retarded characters. My full review of this movie (in which I even analyzed most of the characters) can be found here.


  • Shot over a period of only 23 days.
  • In the scene with the zombie doctors, a voice can be heard on the radio inviting people to aim for the head. This is the voice of Tom Savini, a longtime friend of George A. Romero. In fact, this audio is lifted directly from the bonus features of the remake of Dawn of the Dead.
  • The documentary-within-the-film is called “The Death of Death.” This is also the name of George Romero’s four-part miniseries for the DC Comics zombie title “Toe Tags.”
  • Begins on the same day as Night of the Living Dead (1968), although the setting has been updated to the present day. The concept for the film evolved from an idea that director George A. Romero had earlier for a “Living Dead” TV series, which also would have begun on the same day as “Night of the Living Dead.”
  • George A. Romero has a cameo in the film as a police officer presenting a cover-up for the zombie outbreak at a press conference.

“My zombie films have been so far apart that I’ve been able to reflect the socio-political climates of the different decades. I have this conceit that they’re a little bit of a chronicle, a cinematic diary of what’s going on.” – George A. Romero

My Rating: 3/10

Survival of the Dead (2009)

And we finally came to Romero’s latest zombie movie, Survival of the Dead. The movie, itself, was so horrible that I find it to be even worse than Diary of the Dead. The plot is about two families who are living on a remote island and who are “in war” with one another. I found this storyline to be utterly stupid and very weak. The characters, their personalities and relationships were too much undeveloped, even for a zombie movie. Some “twists” in the plot were so awful that I either facepalmed from time to time or unintentionally giggled. The pure stupidity of Survival of the Dead can’t be easily explained, you’ll just have to see it for yourself. Because of the main storyline the zombies were put in the second plan. Through all the movie they were nothing more than free kills, a material for “cool scenes”. In addition to all that poor scriptwriting, we have some very bad CGI effects. I mean, some parts were simply horrible to watch. How is that possible to happen in a Romero flick? I won’t waste any more of my time on this garbage. Just.. don’t watch this movie because if you do, you’ll be asking yourself one question:  “What happened to Mr. Romero?”


  • This marks George A. Romero’s second time using the SCOPE format (2.35:1, 2.39:1, 2.4:1) for his Living Dead films. The first time was Land of the Dead (2005). The other Dead films were either shot in 1.33:1 (Night of the Living Dead (1968)) or 1.85:1 (Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985)).

“I’m like my zombies. I won’t stay dead!”

“I’ll never get sick of zombies. I just get sick of producers.”

“If one horror film hits, everyone says, “Let’s go make a horror film!” It’s the genre that never dies.” – George A. Romero

My Rating: 3/10

Soooo…what happened to Mr. Romero?

My first (and only) guess would be that he grow old and due to that he simply lost his touch over the years. He has no more originality or whatsoever. He doesn’t make movies with any kind of passion, he doesn’t create “art” anymore. He simply started to “create movies”, nothing more. This is perfectly seen in Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead because they are “just movies” lacking any kind of soul or spirit his earlier works had. Furthermore, he managed to make his zombies plain boring during his long carrier. Now Romero is just a shadow of his former self. It’s a shame to see him, the grandaddy of all zombies, like that (the funny part is that he, literally, became the “zombie grandaddy” – he made his last 3 zombie flicks in his sixties)…just boring and unoriginal.

Dear George A. Romero, I believe we all appreciate your early works and consider them to be all time classic. However, it would be best for you to go to retirement now before you make another horrible mistake like Survival of the Dead. You really deserve it after all these years.

All additional information, trivia and quotes quotes were take from IMDB.

Drugs Bunny

Top 15 Zombie Movies pt. 3

Posted in Top 15 Zombie Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Here is the third and final part of my list of top 15 zombie movies ever.

5. Planet Terror (2007)

In this movie the main female character (played by Rose McGowan) has a machine gun instead of her leg. Need more reasons to watch Planet Terror? : ) Anyways, this is a fantastic movie directed by Robert Rodriguez in which we have a “military” bio-weapon experiment gone wrong that turns people into zombie-like creatures. Planet Terror offers more than pure fun, it clearly is a masterpiece that will easily be appreciated by both horror and non horror fans.

My Rating: 9/10

4. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Many people consider this to be one of the best zombie movies ever made, I couldn’t agree more. In his second zombie movie, Romero decided to put a group of survivors in a mall overrun by the living dead. That was a very effective idea due to the fact that both scriptwriting and directing in Dawn of the Dead are perfect. In the second part of the movie a biker group (lead by Tom Savini !) breaks into the mall and then all hell breaks loose. Dawn of the Dead is a really great movie!

My Rating : 10/10

3. Night of the Living Dead

It seems George A. Romero made another movie which deserves to be in the top 5 best Zombie Movies ever (and which I find even slightly better than Dawn of the Dead). His directing debut, Night of the Living Dead was a genre breaking movie at its time (and still is) and the first movie that featured zombies as flesh eating masses as we know them today. Needless to say that the movie was very controversial when it came out. Anyways, my full review about this movie can be read here.

My Rating: 10/10

2. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

The remake of  the ’78 classic left me completely astonished. I didn’t expect it to be such a good remake.. a remake that is even better than the original. The remake had much more action and even some comedy elements while the horror elements (and the interesting atmosphere)were left “untouched”. It was a perfect fusion of many different genres. I’d even dare to say that the characters from the remake are much more interesting than the ones from the original. All in all, best remake ever and second best zombie movie ever.

My Rating: 10/10

1. Braindead aka Dead Alive (1992)

And we finally came to my best zombie movie ever which is Peter Jackson’s Braindead! Braindead is one sick, gory, funny, silly, wonderful experience which may even be one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. The movie follows a likeable man named Lionel Cosgrove whose mother gets bitten by a “rat monkey” and turns into a zombie. Now he has to deal with her and all other zombies that she made. In conclusion, this movie is absolutely perfect. If you are interested, you can read my full review here.

My Rating: 10/10

That would be all from my top 15 Zombie Movies ever list.

Still there are many more very good zombie movies who, unfortunately, haven’t made it to the list but are definitely worth mentioning:

Return of the Living Dead serial (1985, 1988, 1993, 2005, 2005) – the first one is awesome, can’t say that about the rest though

Fulci’s other zombie movies like The Beyond (1981) and City of the Living Dead (1980) – stupid, gory, funny

Fido (2006) – A very original modern zombie movie, check it out!

Day of the Dead (1985) – The worst one from the original “of the Dead” trilogy but still good

That’s all I can think of right now. More reviews coming soon. Cya till then!

Top 15 Zombie Movies pt. 2

Posted in Top 15 Zombie Movies with tags , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

This is the second part of my list of top 15 zombie movies ever.  : )

10. Re-Animator (1985)

Based on a short story written by H.P. Lovecraft, Re-Animator is surely one of the most recognizable movies ever made. Like many other zombie movies, it also has some comedy elements in it that make it even better. Re-animator also spawned 2 sequels, which I, unfortunately, haven’t seen yet but I heard they are good. I will give them a try soon but I fear they won’t manage to create the atmosphere (and originality) that was in the first part. Oh yeah, I nearly forgot to mention that it has a really interesting soundtrack. All in all, Re-Animator is a classic.

My Rating: 8/10

9. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

A movie like Shaun of the Dead needs no special introduction. Every comedy/horror fan should be familiar with it. It is surely one of the best modern movies from both genres. Because of its perfect combination of intelligent humor, awesome performances made by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and, well,  zombies, Shaun of the Dead soon became a cult movie which can be found in every “Top Zombie Movies” list. Definitely a movie to check out furthermore. Btw “Ever felt like you were surrounded by zombies?”  : )

My Rating: 8/10

8. Dead Snow aka Død snø (2009)

I’ve already wrote a review of this movie, you can read it here. Briefly, Dead Snow is a fantastic Norwegian Horror/Comedy with nazi zombies! It was one of the best movies of its year and, as you can see, has a very high ranking in my list. It is a very enjoyable gory experience that has many references to other cult horror movies like The Evil Dead. A movie that really deserves more attention because it is fun, fun, fun! By the way, many people took this movie way too serious so they found themselves to be disappointed by it. Don’t make the same mistake.

My Rating: 9/10

7. Zombieland (2009)

Zombieland was also one of the best movies of its year, along with Dead Snow. It is an extremly fun roadtrip movie with zombies, which offers very likeable, developed characters and many funny scenes. Despite the fact that Zombieland was slightly predictable from time to time, it still was a perfect movie to watch. I’d even dare to say that it was genre breaking in its own special way. Honestly, I can’t wait to watch the sequel, which should be finished next year.

My Rating: 9/10

6. Cemetery Man aka Dellamorte Dellamore (1994)

What can I say about this masterpiece? It is much more than your average Horror/Comedy. Dellamorte Dellamore even has a wonderful romantic story, beautiful storytelling and characters. It is an astonishing experience that made a huge impact on me. The main actor in it is Rupert Everett, most notable for being an inspiration for Dylan Dog’s character. This movie is perfect in many different ways. If there are still horror/non horror fans that haven’t seen it yet, do it now, you won’t be disappointed.

My Rating: 9/10

That’s all for now. Pt. 3 of my list coming tomorrow and then will you see my top 5 zombie movies ever.

*Edit*: Now that I think about it, I kinda prefer Shaun of the Dead over Re-Animator so I changed their places.

Top 15 Zombie Movies pt. 1

Posted in Horror Review, Top 15 Zombie Movies with tags , , , , , , , on June 24, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

I decided to quite the Debut Week event and start something else. I hope you don’t mind.

For today I’m going to make the first part of my list of Top 15 Zombie Movies ever(as you may know, I’m a big zombie fan ^^).

Some movies have the same grade but I still find some of them to be slightly better than others, the numerical order is important.

Anyways let’s go:

15. The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue (1974)

A very interesting Spanish/Italian zombie movie from the early 70s that approaches zombies in a slightly different way. I’d say it has more drama than horror elements but never the less it deserves to be on this list. The movie also has a very depressive end which is surely one of the best endings I’ve seen in my years of watching zombie movies. So if you haven’t seen this movie already, go for it! Just don’t expect to see your classic masses of zombies.

My Rating: 7/10

14. Zombie aka Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979)

Ahh, good old classic made by Lucio Fulci with loads of gore and memorable scenes (like the one where a zombie wrestles a shark – what more to say?).  This is surely one of the most recognizable zombie movies ever made. Although it has lots of plot holes and stupid parts, this movie offers a very creepy atmosphere and awesome zombie make ups A very fun movie to watch!

My Rating: 7/10

13. La Horde (2009)

French zombies! I must admit when I heard the French were making a zombie movie I didn’t know what to expect of it, I thought it would be average. I was wrong. The atmosphere and action sequences in this movie are simply breathtaking. It is a very fun movie to watch, especially because the characters are in very interesting relationships with each other. The zombie make up and the soundtrack are also awesome.  Great movie.

My Rating: 8/10

12. Dead Set (2008)

I know this isn’t a zombie mini series rather than a zombie movie but it definitely deserves to be on this list due to the fact it’s highly innovative. It perfectly combines the concept of Big Brother with loads of zombies. The sole idea is a very interesting one and the result is more than good. I’ve already written about this series before so you can check my full review here. As I said before, it truly is a breath of fresh air in the zombie genre. Be sure to watch it if you haven’t already.

My Rating: 8/10

11. Pontypool (2008)

Pontypool is simply a very beautiful movie. It has a perfect and special atmosphere which I can’t describe so easily based on very effective script writing and directing. Even the idea behind it is awesome by itself. The movie is set in a radio station where a group of people are stuck in the middle of a zombie outbreak. The actors did an astonishing job. You should definitely check this movie out. Oh yeah, the “zombies” in this one are more similar to the Infected from the 28 days later series than to classic zombies. I know that doesn’t make Pontypool a real zombie movie but it would be waste to not include it in this list.

My Rating: 8/10

That’s all for now. Pt 2 and 3 coming soon. : )

L’uccello dalle piume di cristallo (1970)

Posted in Debut Week, Horror Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Director: Dario Argento

Writers: Dario Argento

Fredric Brown

Tagline: A stunning portrait in psycho-terror!

Plot: A writer is stalked by a serial killer after witnessing a murder attempt on one woman’s life.

Cast: Tony Musante – Sam Dalmas

Suzy Kendall – Julia

Enrico Maria Salerno – Inspector Morosini

Eva Renzi – Monica Ranieri

Umberto Raho – Alberto Ranieri


L’uccelo dalle piume di cristallo (or The Bird with the Crystal Plummage as it’s translated in English) is the directing debut of one of the most interesting Horror directors, Dario Argento. It is also the first part of his “animal trilogy” (the other 2 movies are Il Gatto a Nove Code (1971) – The Cat o’ Nine Tails and 4 Mosche di Velluto Grigio (1971) – The Four Velvet Flies). Even very early in his carrier Argento showed a natural talent for directing horror movies so The Bird with the Crystal Plumage didn’t disappoint me at all.

The movie’s plot is a simple “Argentian” story. It is about a man who witnesses a murder attempt and now is being stalked by a serial killer. Actually, many elements you see during this movie are also present in Argento’s later masterpiece, Profondo Rosso. In both movies the protagonist is an artist, who is from (or has been to) America, who witnessed a murder/murder attempt and is trying to recall clues from his memory, in both movies there is a serial killer involved in the whole story and most important of all, the twist at the end of both movies is very similar. So if you watched any of those two first, you could find the second one to be a little “predictable”. But don’t let that back you off! Both Profondo Rosso and The Bird with the Crystal Plumage are very amusing experiences you should check out furthermore if you haven’t already.

So besides some elements I have seen before, Argento’s directing debut offers much more. First of all, it has a very decent and slightly depressive atmosphere which was accomplished by nice luminance and amazing camera angles. Some of the best camera angles from the movie were the killer’s point of view (one of Argento’s trademarks) and the point of view of a man falling down the building (which was accomplished by actually throwing the camera down the building :] ).What I particularly liked in The Bird with the Crystal Plumage was some intelligent humor now and then, a nice bonus to the movie’s overall feeling. The kills were also done very well, especially the first murder attempt which was the highlight of the movie. The interesting soundtrack, composed by Ennio Morricone, is worth mentioning too. It excellently fits the 70s Italian horror atmosphere.

Argento put in his first movie many interesting but, unfortunately, undeveloped characters played by amateur actors. Because of this I think the movie could have been even better, if it wasn’t Dario’s directing debut and if he had a bigger budget, due to the fact it had a big potential. So the bad acting and character development might be The Bird with the Crystal Plummage’s biggest flaws. Yeah, I also have to mention some parts of the movie seemed a little unnecessary and pointless (like when our protagonist is being chased by a man with the yellow jacket who is trying to kill him) but that’s not that huge of a deal. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is far from being a classic but it surely is above average. You should give it a watch if you are interested in horror/thriller movies and especially Dario Argento.

My Rating: 7/10… Argento’s directing debut turned out to be a very good experience.