zombies

I honestly don't know what this indie movie by Tim Davis is about, but after seeing this little synopsis, all I know is: I must see it. I saw a guy in some sort of power armor, zombies, a screaming fat chick, guns, gravestones and lots of tattooed naked people. I don't CARE what it's about, but I'm already prepared to declare it the most awesome thing I've ever seen.

The trailer is safe for work, but the website images..... not so much.

We're just over the halfway mark to Halloween and many horror fans have no doubt already revisited many of their favorite films. In a time centered around nostalgia it becomes increasingly more difficult to take in something new, and its even harder to find genre flicks that last. Despite obvious comparisons that can be made to films like "Dead Alive," (one of my absolute favorites), Michelle Soavi's "Cemetery Man (Dellamorte Dellamore)" succeeds in being both a popcorn flick and an art feature, and should be a welcome addition to any horror fan's Autumn lineup.

The original “Return of the Living Dead” is a true classic and one of my favorite genre movies. Mixing equal parts horror and comedy, the original film managed to be incredibly fresh and entertaining, and set the bar for what a non-Romero zombie film could be. Since the original came out, “Return of the Living Dead” has become it’s own series, spawning four sequels. Strangely enough, despite my love for the first film, I’ve never seen any of the sequels and have now set out to right this issue. The question is, does “Return of the Living Dead: Part II” live up to it’s name?

As Andy Williams once sang, "It's the most wonderful time of the year"! Sure, he was talking about a different holiday, but I think you'll all agree with me that the statement is just as fitting for Halloween! It's a time to get spooky, a time to get scary. A time to transform yourself into a wholly different character that resembles nothing of your true self and be somebody else for a night!

And who doesn't love that?

Growing up, I had a really close friend who would scour the then emerging internet for lists of movies and then hunt them down relentlessly for our viewing. There was always one film that eluded us however. That was Lucio Fulci’s 1980 film, “City of the Living Dead” (also known as “The Gates of Hell” in some home video releases). What drew us to the it was the description of the insanely over the top gore, women vomiting up their internal organs, people’s brains being ripped out the back of their skulls, men having their heads run through with power drills... this movie sounded insane.

On October 6th, the animated hit on Comedy Central is returning for another hilarious season of demons, vampires, zombies & other assorted freaks to poke fun immigration policies and paranoia.

If you’re familiar with the show from last season, you’ll recognize all the Department of Integration characters: Mark - the idealistic social worker; Randal - his roommate who turned himself into a zombie for the sole reason of impressing a girl, and Mark’s demon succubus boss & girlfriend, Callie (My fiance mentions she & I have have uncanny similarities. I’m sure he means my wit, otherwise I’ll tear his arms off.). The cast also includes Leonard Powers- an old, drunk & timid wizard; Twayne - a intimidating demonic bureaucrat (aren't they all? HAR HAR HAR!), and Lt Grimes, a law enforcement official who hates non humans.

If you were to ask me to come up with a list of the things I'd like to eliminate from the horror scene, zombie comedies would be pretty high on the list. As you can imagine, when "Aaah! Zombies" came across my desk for review, I let out a hearty groan and reluctantly popped it into my DVD player. Despite my initial skepticism, it turns out that "Ahhh! Zombies" (titled "Wasting Away" in its initial festival run) is a rare standout among a sub-genre of a sub-genre that arguably ran its course years ago.

Although I'm slightly embarrassed to admit this on a site filled with hardcore horror fanatics, Robert Scott's insanely cheesy 1987 zombie opus "The Video Dead" scared the living daylights out of me as a child. For whatever reason, this title has failed to find a home on DVD, though, for the time being, I'm quite content with the well-worn VHS copy I picked up for next to absolutely nothing at a local flea market last year. Still, it would be nice to have a copy that isn't accompanied by a hissing mono soundtrack and a handful of visually-distorted sequences. A guy can dream, right?