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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!

Braindead (1992)

Posted in Horror Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by Pass the Popcorn!

Director: Peter Jackson

Writer: Stephen Sinclair(story)

Stephen Sinclair(screenplay)

Tagline: Some things won’t stay down… even after they die.

Plot: A young man’s mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.

Cast: Timothy Balme – Lionel Cosgrove

Diana Penalver – Paquita Maria Sanchez

Elizabeth Moody – Mum (Vera Cosgrove)

Ian Wathin – Uncle Les

Brenda Kendall – Nurse McTavish

Review( Spoilers ):

Ok, honestly, I just don’t know where to start with this pure masterpiece! It begins with a crazy running scene which ends bloody and gory! “You’ve got the bite!” You just have to love that quote :  ).  So some people catch a rat monkey of some sort and decide to send it a Zoo somewhere. Unfortunately for Lionel, the movie’s main character, his mother got beaten by that animal and she turned into a zombie. As you go through the movie you get more and more zombies and it ends with a house burning down, splendid!

This movie is funny as hell, I thought I couldn’t find a funnier move than Evil Dead 2 with similar theme, I was so wrong. The most hilarious moments in the movie surely were: the lunch scene where the mum just got the bite recently and she is slowly rotting, the zombie feeding scene which turns in to a zombie sex scene (!!!), baby walk scene, mum’s funeral, nazi doctor and all death scenes. I won’t go in details now, you just have to see everything for yourself. It is a really fun ride through all that cheap blood and gore.

Acting is also awesome, Timothy and Diana did a very good job! There was so much chemistry between those 2 :  ). Supporting actors are also worth mentioning, without some of them Braindead just couldn’t be what is it now.  I’m also in love with the soundtracks which were somewhat creepy and they did fit perfectly the movie’s mood! There are so many positive things about Braindead! I watched it 4 times in one month and I find it to maybe be my all time favourite. I know I sound like a crazy fanboy but Braindead is really excellent, trust me.

To be honest, don’t know what more to say  except watch it! The every moment in the movie is perfect. If you want a bloody and trashy comedy featuring lots of zombies Braindead was made for you! The only sad thing about is that Peter Jackson doesn’t do movies like this one anymore, what a pity!

My rating: 10/10… awesome, awesome, AWESOME. It sure is a classic.