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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. : )

Dead Set (2008)

Posted in Horror Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Director: Yann Demange

Writer: Charlie Brooker

Plot: During a fictional series of Big Brother, a zombie outbreak occurs, but the house-mates are unaware of the impending doom outside of the Big Brother House.

Cast: Jaime Winstone – Kelly

Andy Nyman – Patrick

Kevin Eldon – Joplin

Riz Ahmed – Riq

Adam Deacon – Space

Warren Brown – Marky

Review (spoilers):

Today’s review will be a little different because Dead set is not a movie but a British TV mini series. A total of 5 episodes have been aired (the length of the first one was 45 mins, the rest had a 25 min airing time, all in all, Dead set’s full length is about 2 hours). In it we follow a fictional series of Big Brother, which unexpectedly “ends” when a zombie outbreak occurs. When I heard the concept of this series, I was already interested in it because the zombie genre definitely needed something new, original and fresh by now. It needed something like Dead set.

I must admit I was a little sceptical about it at first. I had absolutely no idea how were they planning to merge two completely different things, like a zombie apocalypse and big brother, into one series. I’m so glad I was wrong because it worked perfectly after all. Let me describe you the plot synopsis furthermore so you can imagine it more easily. The majority of the characters are Big Brother competitors who are accompanied with few more survivors and they all spend most of the time in the Big Brother house trying to find an escape from this menace. I was afraid of how would the Big Brother aspect (an original and great idea) look like but it fits perfectly in the overall atmosphere. It looks very realistic, possibly because they even brought Davina McCall (she is one of the hosts and presenters in real British Big Brother) to act her everyday job. Besides that, the idea of a fictional BB forces us to meet some interesting and one dimensional characters. Don’t get me wrong, this series brings one dimensional characters to a completely new level, in a good way (because the competitors in real BB shows also seem “one dimensional”). Actors did their roles perfectly, some characters even had a slightly twisted sense of humour which is surely a plus to the overall movie rating. To conclude this, the BB aspect of Dead set was a great and amazing idea.

Now I have to discuss the second aspect of Dead set, the zombie one.  The effects on zombies were nicely done and they looked really scary. I don’t know why their eyes had to be so extremely white but it was a decent detail. Of course, where would be a decent zombie flick without all the blood and gore? I was amazed of how many of those scenes were in Dead set, I didn’t expect so much of them in a TV mini series: heads are being slammed, people are being eaten alive and many zombies are being shot to death. But the biggest problem with those action scenes is the camera, which can ge really fast sometimes so you can’t see almost anything. I was really bugged by that. Actually, the camera isn’t the only problem in Dead set. Due to the shorth length of the episodes, some of them can get very predictable. I almost predicted everything what would happen in the end (btw, despite I predicted it, the ending was perfect), but no matter, even with those flaws Dead set is a highly good series with some interesting and innovative ideas.

My Rating: 8/10… Dead set is a breath of fresh air in the zombie genre. Seriously, watch it.