Thursday, October 27, 2011

It's been a while

Well folks it's been a while since I last wrote, been busy, and to tell you the truth a little disinterested in the whole Zombie genre, a batch of bad movies left a bad taste in my mouth, but don't worry, I got the bug back.

So here's what's new:

1) The Walking Dead Season 2!!!!   saw the first 2 episodes and it looks great, but I'll get heavier into it in future posts.  

2) Dog House, a British movie I saw a while back, will write a review soon.

3) Miss Emily Paddon-Brown: The star of "The Last of The Living" has agreed to an interview, yeahhhhh!!!!

Until next time remember ...   Zombies were people too!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Osama no more?

For once I can say that Obama (the US pres) did something right, he got rid of a pest worse than Zombie, but in many ways like them.

1 - Zombies don't think very much, most terrorists don't either, they just brainlessly follow orders.
2 - Zombies aren't afraid to die, many terrorists welcome death.
3 - A terrorist was once human, until he became infected just like Zombies.

Will this bring closure to the people who have suffered because of the plans this coward set into motion?
When does Justice become revenge? how does this compare to a convicted person walking to his death?
Each of those questions must be answered on a per person basis, I say in this case let each person feel what they will.

There is one thing that I don't like about the death of Osama Bin Laden, and that is that I cannot kill him and turn him into a zombie in my story anymore, and believe me it was going to be funny as all hell, but now I'll just have to target the next war crazed extremist to flesh out my wonderful scene.

Oh well....   until next time keep enjoying!!!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Review: 28 Weeks Later (2007)

28 Weeks Later is the sequel to 28 Days Later... I have read and heard people say that it is incredible how a sequel can be so much better than the original, and they're right (sarcasm) it is unbelievable, I simply don't believe it.

The original was a story about survival and making human choices, and reflecting upon the end of the world scenario, but 28 Weeks is based on one single difficult choice, and I will admit they could not have chosen a better actor for the part (Robert Carlyle).   The movie starts with a couple who are holed up with a small group of survivors and after opening their doors to a child they become noticed by the horde outside, they couple becomes separated because the husband just wants to flee and the wife wants to rescue the child...  naturally in a show of cowardice Robert Carlyle runs away leaving his wife at the mercy of the infected, one could also argue that it was not cowardice but since the couple had their kids vacationing in Spain at least one parent should survive for their sake.

Take away Carlyle's excellent acting and you are left with a piece of trash, with no logic whatsoever, were infected human beings break through boarded up doors like they were balsa wood, 27 weeks after the original outbreak the US army is helping maintain a quarantine and is starting to repatriate people to England.

These are the things that just don't make sense to me

1) If you are one of the survivors that barely escaped would you not try to put as much distance between you and the infected, why would you move back?

2) Why would you bring your children back from Spain to live in the quarantine zone?

3) The kids leave the quarantine zone to go and find their old house, the military watches them leave but they do nothing to stop them, they later send helicopters and a strike team to their area... when they could have just yelled out, "hey, you can't leave the quarantine zone!!!"

4) They find an infected person that did not turn... an extreme rarity, but they just take a blood sample and do nothing, leave the person on a stretcher without guard let alone a scientist for observation... it's like Sir Galahad finding the Holy Grail and saying "well, I'll keep searching, maybe I'll find something really valuable, no use returning home JUST with the GRAIL"

5) The marines do not use their radios to coordinate.

6) When they are fighting a horde of Ragers they only use sniper rifles from the roof, but when they are following 4 humans they suddenly blanket the whole city with gas and have fully prepared haz-mat suit wearing marines with flame throwers.

7) And then, what pisses me off about horror movies, no matter how many turns and twists our heroes take all over the city, they always end up right next to the one zombie that also escapes the gas, the flame throwers, the blanket bombing...

The idea was good, but the movie as a whole is not up to par with the original.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Review: The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Hello friends, how are you? thank you for your patience and I'm sorry I haven't written to you guys in a while, but between being a husband and daddy and on top of that having to remove the kitchen floor to put tile (for the 1st time in my life) I haven't had a lot of free time.

  That aside there are two things I want to get out of the way before I review this movie;

1- The tittle of this blog is Undead Obsession, so that really gives me ample freedom to write about any undead creature, but I really want to keep things in the realm of the Zombie, which to me is the most thought provoking.
2 - Though the creatures in this movie are given the name Vampires and have the same weaknesses as the vampires, the way in which people all over the world are infected and the way these "creatures" act resemble more of the modern day slow Zombie.

So you'll forgive me either way once you watch this great great film, you'll have to make up your own mind about what they truly are... perhaps if we have hybrid cars we can have hybrid undead.

The legendary Vincent Price plays Robert Morgan a disillusioned scientist who could do nothing to stop the end of humanity based on the 1954 novel "I am legend" later made into 2 other movies.

I though this was going to be another one of those classic bores, but I guess Vincent Price is not Legendary for nothing!!!, he really makes you believe his desperation. This is a must watch.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

News to "UN"die for #2

I'ts about time for another one of these...  News to "UN"die for!!!!

This is your friendly neighborhood zombie blogger, back for another post!!!

Since my last NTUDF a lot of things have happened, and a lot of things I wanted to happen did not...   :(
here's the good news, in March I had a record of 534 views!!!!,  I know that there are blogs that get millions of visit per month, but hey, 534 is a lot for me!!!

Also my readership base grew a lot since I've been doing Search Engine Optimization, I am now read in The Netherlands, Serbia, Israel, Spain, Brazil, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, China, Finland, Ukraine, Belgium, Portugal and today I got a hit from Estonia...  yep, I'm proud

I've watched and reviewed some great films, 28 Days Later which I'd seen before, American Zombie a mock documentary, and I still owe you my review of The Las Man On Earth Vincent Price's version of I am Legend a surprisingly well made movie despite it's from 1964.

About the Comic Book, that is something I have had some trouble with, it is very difficult to get people together for shooting the scenes so I'm thinking of doing it more as a blog than a comic book, that way I can advance the story and if the public likes it I can produce the drawings for it. Also since I've seen the poster for Aaah Zombies which says "Zombies Are People Too" I realized that the title for my comic book Zombies Were People Too would not sound as original and witty as I once thought, so ti's back to the drawing board with the name of the story.

AMC's The Walking Dead Season 2 - Ok, we all love this series, but when oh when is ti coming back?  As far as I know AMC has already signed for 13 new episodes in the new season, but the release date is still a little fuzzy, the most common idea is that it will air on Halloween like the first season, but now there is talk about it actually airing earlier, as early as July perhaps, who know? All I know is that I'm DYING to see it!!!!

Until next time, stay alive.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Review: American Zombie (2007)

"We're here, we're dead, get used to it"  when I started reviewing Zombie films I ran across some pretty horrible low budget films with repetitive themes, and  BAD ACTING, for a while I thought I would lose interest in the genre all together, needless to say I didn't, and I'm very glad I didn't...  I actually ran across some very interesting and different flicks and American Zombie is one of them...

  This is a smartly made mock documentary of the Zombie subculture in LA, it shows the day to day lives and activities of a group of Living-impaired individuals trying to figure out how they fit in with the rest of society, a lot of political parallels with activists groups and stuff like burning man...

  Very well made, organically acted, and terribly funny.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Coolest Free Zombie Game

 Hello everybody, and every-corpse, I hope your limbs are limber today...

  Well to the matter at hand, I have been searching for cool Zombie games to play "FREE" on the web, and I've come up with some horrible choices, the names get mixed up but they were all either too complicated and/or were all text based with minimal graphics...  then I came across this seemingly innocent game "Zombie Lane" and whoa, finally my search has ended, this game is very addictive, fun and since it's not completely gruesome I can even play it with my kids, in fact, my 3 year old is always asking to "kill dombiez"

  This Facebook game is pretty simple to follow, you have to kill zombies and in the meantime do various missions to spruce up what's left of your neighborhood, you can visit and help friends along the way, one of the coolest features is that you can craft makeshift weapons from the different items dropped by zombies you kill.

  I urge you to play it if you're a Zombie fan, and if you do try and find me... I'll be the guy in the yellow shirt kicking zombie but first and asking questions later!!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Libya Offers Cease Fire - But Will Zombies Listen?

  Libya is now being watched by the world, civil unrest so they say...  but we know better right..

Qaddafi has been in power for about 40 years and he doesn't go away, his followers fear no bullets and harm and go around in mobs... or would they better be described as A HORDE?  and frankly it looks like he has been decaying for some time, have you seen him lately?

Anyways the forces of freedom are trying to see if he has any WMDs when they should be looking for ZMDs (Zombies of Mass Destruction) I mean those are the really dangerous ones, cause they multiply sending their message of endless consumption and destruction, think about a mall full of rich kids...  yeah it's that scary!!!

  Another thing that ties this scenario in the middle east with most Zombie movies is the fact that the president of the United States understands nothing of the problem, and is unclear on what to do, in fact the only thing he is doing effectively is showing the world that he is just as Zombified as the rest of us.

But don't just wait for the problem to come here, like our fearful leader, prepare for the coming attacks, get the Zombie Survival Guide today!!!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Can Iodized Salt prevent Nuclear Japanese Zombies?

A lot is being said about the tragic Earthquake/Tsunami situation is the Japanese are facing, and now the dangerous levels of radiation emanating from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactor power plant leak.

Now people everywhere are stocking up on Iodized Salt and Potassium Iodide anti-radiation pills, even here in the United States West Coast, but are they really effective? or even necessary? the answer is probably not, in fact there is very little danger of radioactive poisoning to the rest of the world, it is my strong belief that the people that are buying up large supplies of these pills are merely doing it as a get rich quick scam, hoarding them to later sell to people in Japan (who may really and desperately need them) at a much larger price, in fact it is more of a possibility that the Radiation would turn the victims in Japan into Zombies than harm people on the American West Coast. 

So what should we really watch out for in the days to come, if you smell a cover-up it is probably because 1, a contaminated lizard has reacher a size that is equal to that of a large building (it's been known to happen in Japan) and the obvious and very sensible possibility of a Zombie Apocalypse, so what do we do? how do we prepare?

Well the second thing you should do is put into action any "Zombie Apocalypse Prevention and/or Protection Plan" that you have (an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure)

But first and foremost it to stop the outbreak at the source, if possible, before it reaches a point of no return... in other words send copious amounts of money to global giving dot com, the link is right bellow this paragraph...   I mean think about it if there is a Zombie Apocalypse your money won't be any good to you anyway, and until now you've only worried about fighting the ordinary run-of-the-mill walking corpses, can you imagine fighting Samurai Zombies?
(I don't mean to break the mysticism of the whole Zombie idea, but I want to make clear that this is actually an Earthquake/Tsunami relief fund) sorry...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Review: 28 Days Later (2002)

This movie is truly a masterpiece, one of the best if not THE best zombie movies of all times.

First: it shows you exactly how the first victim is infected, and how the whole problem was created, I know this is something that is not really necessary for a good Zombie movie, but it does give it a sense of realism. On a note unrelated to the genre it also illustrates how some of those HUMANE yet at the same time TERRORIST organizations around the world operate, and how sometimes they make a huge mistake in the name of humanity (for example sticking metal rods into trees so someone breaks a chainsaw and kills himself while trying to cut it down)

Second: the soundtrack, I am a visual person, and I usually don't pay attention to an/or don't remember if the soundtrack of a movie was good or not, but this one is great, it creates an atmosphere of despair yet it does it with almost lively music, without being the typical ominous tones that are characteristic of horror movies.

Third: Great acting, the main character can really convey the sense of despair at being the last person alive (until he meets others of course) all others deliver truly believable performances.

Fourth: And this is what I have the most trouble with in most Zombie movies, the survivors have seen THE WHOLE POPULATION GO, they understand if that you are infected you must DIE!!!
There's no "You look pale and like you're in horrible pain, just like the million people before you who turned into Zombies, are you sure you're OK?"...  "oh yeah hhmmmphhh, I'm fine hhmmmpph it's nothing"

Fifth: It shows humanity's true nature...   when you are in constant danger and all you have is each other then everyone is your family, but as soon as you get back some sense of security you go back to being greedy and think of how you can put yourself over others.

This is a movie I could watch again and again, it's simply that good.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Radiation in Japan: Is is turning people into Zombies?

  Is the radiation in Japan turning people all around the world into Zombies, or just complete idiots?

There are already people on the internet claiming that the whole earthquake/tsunami scenario afflicting the people of Japan was caused by the return of the space shuttle or by one of it's nefarious top secret mission... (or add your favorite conspiracy theory here) it is this blogger's professional opinion that all those people should get a life or at least a brain.

Do you know how many people were killed by the initial earthquake?    One.
Do you know why?    Because Japan is the most prepared country in the world when it comes to quakes.
Do you know why?    Because they know that they are in an area where they have one of the highest probabilities for earthquakes.

Now to tackle the idea about the tsunami, did you know that the term kamikaze popularized by the suicide bombers of WWII actually means Divine Wind? an is from an earlier period in Japan's history in which they were about to be invaded but a "Divine Wind" came and created waves so large that they completely destroyed the invaders fleet of ships, maybe that was caused by the NASA time traveling space shuttle that has not been invented yet... or has it?

Well there is something in in Japan that is turning people into Zombies, and it's "Black Mount Fuji" and you can learn all about it in the film "Tokyo Zombie", which by the way you can buy from this very blog...

Thank you for reading, and if you still believe that NASA was responsible for this mess, you don't need to consume more brains, just make sure yours doesn't get completely consumed...

Monday, March 14, 2011

Review: Deadgirl (2008)

Heather EDF... I'm sorry, I know this one of your faves, but I'm going to have to hate...

I can see where they wanted to go with this movie... unfortunately they didn't have a GPS to get them there, it has the pacing of a crippled snail, the emotions of an angry frustrated teenager and half the dialogue is "I don't know man".  I felt my brain shrinking with every word...

Most of the scenes make absolutely no sense, two seventeen year olds that are almost afraid of playing hookie, then one becomes a rapist, kidnapper and murderer full of existentialist questioning?  one scene one of the kids has a revolver, but when later in the movie he needs a weapon the best thing he can find is a machete? the most unpopular kid in school has everybody come up to him trying to give him advice? they walk and ride bikes, but when they need to kidnap someone they somehow own a car? they go in and out 20 times of the mental hospital, but when they need to run away they hit a locked door? and what the f. is up with the dog? it appears all the time, they are always afraid of it, and they never take care of it?

This could have been a good movie, bu it's impossible to watch.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Review: Zombie Strippers (2008)

Hello friends, how's it going? hit any good clubs lately? well let me recommend a place where the girls are to die for.  

Jenna Jameson is ahhhh-some!!! the gore is fantastic, this movie is very inventive when it comes to the offing of Zombies, the acting is pretty good (for a skin flick) and well, you have Freddy Krueger... I mean Robert Englund in it.

I was really skeptical about this film, but it actually surprised me, it has a lot of political humor, and a heavy dose of stereotyping, but it's all in good fun,  definitely worth watching.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Review: Aaah! Zombies!! (2007)

Awww, don't they make a lovely couple?

   Now I swear I thought of my catch phrase "Zombies were people too" before I ever saw this movie or even the poster, but I digress, let's get to the actual part you're here to read... the review.

   What do you get when you mix soft-serve ice-cream, draft beer and a "top secret" green substance developed by the armed forces? a hilariously funny movie

  By mixing black and white scenes with colored ones the movie shows you two different perspectives on the situation. The colored scenes show the stars speaking normally and completely unaware that they are in fact Zombies, and the rest of the world seems to be talking gibberish an for some reason attacks them, when they start loosing skin or body parts they start trying to explain it away...  The black and white scenes show them as they really are; grotesque rotting walking corpses.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Review: Carriers (2009)

Hello friends, thanks again for reading, hope you're all still free of infection... and if you do get infected let it be with the "I can't stop reading this blog" bug.

  The first thing I want to tell you about this movie is that it is not the gore fest most Zombie fans expect, what I can tell you is that it is almost completely character driven, and the acting is excellent, if you liked how Chris Pine played James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams' update of Star Trek, then you'll love this movie. It is full of suspense and difficult moral questions, which is what I love about good Undead movies.

   Basically the movie follows 2 brothers and 2 girls on a cross country trip to get to an old abandoned vacation spot that they plan to stay at while they wait for a world ravaging infection to somehow come to an end. The disease itself is not explained at length, except the fact that it can be transmitted even by breath alone, so even if you're not scratched or bitten you could still become infected.

  After watching this one you might want to take a shower...

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Review: Tokyo Zombie (Japan 2005)

  Just when you thought yo had seen all you would see when it comes to Zombies, the Japanese come and show you a thing or two.

  Fujio is a slacker who works in a fire extinguisher factory and spends his time training with his co-worker "The Bald Jujitsu Master" one day they accidentally kill their supervisor, they go and bury him in "Black Fuji" a huge pile of trash and usual depository of the unwanted dead... that is until the dead start coming back.

  The two embark on a journey full of danger and chances to prove that Jujitsu is the greatest martial art in the world, this movie is one of the funniest I've seen, the story spans different stages of the Zombie apocalypse, something seldom seen in a movie.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Review: Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009)

  What do a gay couple, an Iranian American and an anti gun school teacher have in common? they're all in this movie, and by the tittle you might have guessed this is heavy with political satire, and it's quite hilarious too.

  Frida an Iranian American who just wants to be treated like a normal American, Tom is a guy that returns from New York with his boyfriend and plans to come out to his mother over desert, hilarity ensues as the little island town of Port Gamble has it's very own Zombie outbreak.
  Many people instead of trying to figure out how to stop it, start looking for people to blame, saying that it is a terrorist attack by Islamic extremists or God's punishment...

  The funniest part  "Dad!!!, mom got bit by a Zombie... haven't you ever seen a Zombie movie" Dad: "Brian... you know I'm a Vampire man"

  You should definitely watch this one, very funny.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Review: Zombieland (2009)

It's time to nut up or shut up, and it's also time for another great review by yours trully...

This movie is fantastic, it is a comedy, but not satirical as "Shawn o t D" or "Last o t L", it finally has people that within their own limitations have learned to survive in Zombieland, this movie gives us "THE RULES" when it comes to defending against Zombies, my personal favorites: The Double Tap... and DON'T BE A HERO!!!

The gore and inventiveness of the kills become greater and greater as they compete for Zombie kill of the week, and you have to see the guest appearance, I don't want to give it away...   BM, there's one hint, you guess!!!

I loved this movie, this is one of those you can watch again and again.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Review: La Horde (France 2009)

    I told a friend that the next movie I would review would be Zombieland, but this one came in the mail this afternoon and I had been waiting for it a while so I just had to watch it.

   Well, let me tell you, If you love the gore this is a movie for you, it's gritty fights from start to finish, a lot of up close and personal stuff, the characters were very colorful and quite different from your usual Zombie movie, but not that much...

   Thought the movie was well made, the acting was somewhat beleivable, but there are 3 things that just made it a little too....   "hmmmmn, really?" for me 

1) The first Zombie appears 4 guys empty their clips into the torso... nothing happens, then on eguy shots it in the head once and dropped it,  second zombie, everybody shoots him in the torso... nothing happens, Zombie carries away a dead body.  and then every other zombie they meet up until the end of the movie they just keep shooting at the torsos, I mean how many times does this have to ahppen befor ehtey realize that it's the shot to the head that kills them.

2)  The typical, "I got bit, but I'm oh.... kay...." then they are all surprised when the person turns into a Zombie is pretty much used up in a million other movies, you can forgive it someitmes by saying, "well maybe none of the characters ever saw a Zombie movie" but having it happen several times in the same movie... that's just too much.

3) And the final one, If you are a weak coward you will naturally go with the larger group, with the people that have shown that they can defend you, you're not going to try to separate from the group, specially with someone that has been bit.

  I have mixed feelings abotu this movie, it's well made in many areas, but then it has those Z movie common places that could easily be avoided with a better story.

 Until next time remember...  Zombies were people too, and wirters are only human...

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Review: Dawn of the Dead (1978)

  Now I like make up special effects and gore like the next guy and this movie is lacking a bit in that department, though there is a nice scene towards the end where they take it up a notch but mostly is bright red blood, and bluish green paint on the Zombies.
  What this movie does have is a long look at how we are as the human race, it twists your insides in a more macabre way, by showing you the worst possible monster, yourself!!! in yo faiiice!!!
  It also has people that mostly make smart choices, a refreshing respite from the campy movie.

I am sure I left out a lot, but I want to start keeping my posts a little shorter, to keep you wanting more...
in fact this time I don't think I'll even write my usual send off, I'll just write something like...

Thank you for reading, peace out.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Zombie Movie Trailers 2.

Hello all you rotting yet walking corpses!!! looking good out there, except for you in the back row, you've got a little piece of brain stuck in your teeth...

Well It seems that your favorite posts are when I write about how my comic book is going, second in popularity is the "Zombie Movie Trailers" that I posted previously, I am one to give the public what it wants, so here's some more coming your way...

Let's start with the first 3 of the Resident Evil movies, all of which I've seen and think are stupendous... and even if they sucked, Milla Jovovich is in them, nuf said.

Resident Evil (2002)

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

Now lets take another look at Cuba's upcoming Zombie flick, you know you want to
Juan of The Dead (2011)

And let's finish with an old school one, even though most people would categorize this as evil possession and not a zombie movie it is still being debated, one thing that's not debatable is that this movie rocks!!!

The Evil Dead (1983)

Ok, hopefully this will steer you in the right direction when choosing a movie.
If you want to check out the previous Movie Trailers (Click Here)
Until next time remember...      Zombies were people too!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011


  Hey, Hi, how are you? well... you don't look that well to me... in fact you look a little pale... green in some areas, are you sure you're not coming down with something?   ZOMBIE fever perhaps?!!! You're in luck, cause you're just about to get your fix!!!

  All Joking... or at least MOST joking aside, I got some terrific news to share with you!!! I finally got my 2 lead roles cast for ZWPT, a story about a post zombie apocalyptic world, and the regular folks that survive in it.

  As I've mentioned before this will be an on-line comic book, it should really be a series of movies but I lack the production capabilities to put forth the ambitious ideas that I have, however I really want to escape the stigma of ZWPT being called "a comic book" and I plan to do that by thinking a little outside the box.

  For one I plan to take pictures of real people in their necessary poses and then add any detail I want in pencil, this will be done to bring a feeling of realism otherwise unreachable, and to save me hundreds of ours of drawing.  Another thing I have in mind is adding bits and pieces of video every once in a while so you get a real feel of the subtle characteristics of each cast member, again unattainable in a comic book format.

 One more idea that has been brought to my attention is to have the people actually voice their characters instead of having their words printed on the screen, I really like the idea but it would also create a new set of tasks that might be too time consuming, and I have a lot of story to tell, and would prefer to keep the material flowing and not keep the readers waiting...   but if anyone knows someone willing to $$$$ back this project I'm all ears!!!!

  Before I present to you the two young men that will beat amazing odds while being odd themselves I want you to know that you still have a chance to be part of all this, we will need hundreds if not thousands of "Zombie Extras", and you could participate by simply taking a few full body pictures in different zombie poses (make up optional) and sending them to us.  If you come up with a convincing character and/or idea and would like to be more involved you might even be a survivor... for a while...  well, let me know.

  Don't forget to subscriber to the blog to get updates, and leave a comment or two :), thank you!!!

  Now, Ladies and Gentlemen, without further ado I give you Mr. Joel Meherin & Mr. Zuberi Fields:

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Review: Dead & Deader (2006)

Hello friends, I have watched yet another sucky movie so you guys don't have to... this particular one sucks so much black holes are jealous, one question this movie brings back the question that people have been asking for years...   how in hell did Dean Cain ever land a role as Superman?

This movie is your cheap straight to TV at 3 am that you only watch because you're to wasted to change the channel, so yeah... don't waste your time on this one.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Review: Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

  Alice in wonderland... nah, just Alice kicking ass!!!  I don't know how if I can be impartial with this movie because ever since I saw Chaplin (1992) I've thought that Milla Jovovich is one of the most beautiful women on Earth, and like my beautiful wife, age and childbearing have not done much to ruin her appeal.

Now, I did not watch this movie in 3D, and here's why: I think 3D is highly overrated, perhaps it is because I am too critical, too observing, I am never content just pointing my gaze at the center of the screen, I scan and like to see the details all around in the scene, but when I do that with a 3D film the whole effect is useless, in synthesis if you say "let's go watch a 3D movie" all I hear is "let's go watch a BLURRY movie"

Moving on to the movie at hand, Resident Evil: Afterlife is the fourth installment of this great series based on the popular video game of the same name, the movie escapes the typical Zombie genre a little and becomes more Sci-fi, though the "T-Virus" does create Zombies it is also capable of being altered to create different creatures, some can even be controlled by the infamous Umbrella Corporation, the company that started the original outbreak on purpose, so that it's leaders could inherit the world.

Afterlife shows Alice, an ex Umbrella employee and the only person known to have bonded perfectly with the T virus (she has super strength and reflexes but still retains her humanity) looking for two things: one is finding any survivors in the elusive Arcadia (supposedly a place with no infection) and taking down what's left of the underground empire.

The whole movie is filled with greatly crafted and visually impressive scenes, the Zombies have this crazy thing were the mouth splits into 4 tendrils, it makes them look a lot like the vampires in the last Blade movie, which is kind of lame...  but then there's the big guy...  a super tall super strong Zombie, looking like an executioner and carrying a big @#% hammer/axe combo, and then there's the main baddie, a higher-up in the Umbrella corporate ladder that also mutated into superness by the T-Virus.

As always with this series there is some story behind the madness, so all in all this is a pretty well rounded piece of film, one last thing that I want to note, both Milla and Ali Larter have very organic performances, I mean when their shooting a gun, or doing something physically incredible they don't look like Ben Stiller in Zoolander doing his "Magnum" or "Blue Steel" face like most action heroes now a days.

If you haven't seen the rest I recommend you watch them before this one, but it's not completely necessary.

I hope you've enjoyed this review, and until next time remember...   Zombies were people too!!!

To see a list of all the films I've reviewed click here

Monday, February 14, 2011

Love does die, but sometimes it doesn't stay dead, Happy Valentines Day!!!

  Well, it's that time of the year again, when a few lucky ones like me have the chance to be with someone they love, the rest just want to rip out their own hearts an wallow in their self pity. I'm sorry to paint such a horrible picture, but then again... this is a Zombie blog, so you knew what you were getting into.

  Someone posted something recently on one of my Zombie forums and I believe this is the right day to share it with you, If you forgo the ties of love from the living, then you are still not forsaken, as this video will show you; there's something for everyone, enjoy.

Now you have seen it all, and you've seen it here... on my blog!!! please share it with your friends and don't forget to comment, also if you click "Follow" you'll be the first to know juicy, brain dripping details on my upcoming multi-media Zombie story...

Until next time remember...   Zombies were people too!!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Zombie Movie Trailers. (Recommended)

   Many people credit George Romero for bringing Zombies out of the dark, eh... well maybe I didn't choose my words very smartly, but you get what I mean.

  Let me begin again again.

   George Romero has done something very great, not only did he take a genre that had no life...  argh again with the cheap jokes.

   One last chance please, I promise I'll get it right this time, with no further preamble.

   Mr Romero has done one thing that is truly remarkable in the movie industry, he has actually remodeled the Zombie genre to the point of actually gaining popularity over that of vampires, today there are an average of 2 studio movies and 20 independents produced per year... that's pretty impressive if you ask me.

  I have made it my goal in life to seek out those films, some great and some horrible, in the hopes of saving you the time and a lot of frustration.

So, let's get to the matter at hand, in this case "Zombie Movie Trailers".

The first batch are from movies that I've seen, some a couple of days and weeks ago some so far back that I can't even remember, but each is highly recommended, at least if your tastes are akin to mine.

They are not in any order other than how quickly they came up to my mind.

[*REC]  - A movie made in Spain in 2007 that later spawned an American film called "Quarantine" it is a very realistic movie (read my full review here) - yes Spain means that the movie is in Spanish.

Last of The Living -  This is a Zombie comedy from New Zealand released in 2008 very funny, very funny (read my full review here)

Night Of The Living Dead - (1968) Just so you know, this is the one from Romero I was talking about earlier. (read my full review here)

Survival Of The Dead - (2009) Yet another thought provoking film by Romero. (read my full review here)

Dead Snow - (2009) A group of Norwegian skiers get attacked by Zombie Nazis , but don't worry this aren't "Surfing Nazis from Outer Space" or anything like that (read my full review here)

Zombieland - (2009) Zombies and Woody Harrelson, a very nice combo.

Shaun of the Dead - (2004) A British comedy, probably a genre changer, maybe not, you tell me.

Return of the Living Dead - (1985) I'll put this one out there even though most people in the world ave seen this on TV at one time or another.

AMC's The Walking Dead - (2010)  If you want to see a movie that doesn't end in 2 hours watch this TV series.

Now the second batch, these are the movies that were recommended to me and I am just dying to see.

Pontypool - (2008) Now this is a movie I know almost nothing about, just what I see from the trailer and that a friend, Fredzombie, told me I would like it because it's really thought provoking.

Le Horde - (2009) A French movie, was recommended too, looks good.

Zombies of Mass Destruction - (2009) Zombie satire with a lot of political jokes.

Juan of the dead - Cuba's funny take on the Zombie genre, coming out in this year supposedly, looks very promising.

Resident Evil: Afterlife - (2010) After watching the rest of the series and being very happy about it I cannot wait till this one arrives on my mailbox.
**EDIT: since writing this I have had the chance to watch this movie (read my full review here)

Thank you for reading and I hope you've enjoyed this, If you'd like to see more trailers in the future and other Zombie information please click on "Follow", if you've got a movie suggestion, an opinion about a movie or just want to say "hi" you can leave a comment on the convenient "comment" box below this post :)

My name is Santiago, your friendly neighborhood Zombie blogger, and until next time remember...
Zombies were people too!!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Now I hear dead people!!!

  Hello again, I hope you haven't been bitten since last I wrote to you, if you did that would suck, cause I'd probably lose a valuable reader...

   So back to being serious again, since I started writing this blog I've been coming into contact with people that love a good zombie story as much as I do, or MORE!!! It has broadened my horizons on the whole undead genre, suggestions have come to me like; a forum for people to exchange opinions for how to better prepare for the possible z-pocalypse, several online comic books, a whole bunch of independent mini movies on Youtube and a whole bunch of great leads on movies, some I've already watched and reviewed, by the way if you have any suggestion about a good zombie movie or other media please post a comment bellow.
   The latest thing I have come across is "We're Alive" and it's something that is quite different, you have to see it to believe it, well actually you have to HEAR it to believe it, because it's very cleverly made as a podcast, it reminds me of the anecdotes my father shares about him "listening" to Tarzan on the radio when he was a boy, I am no stranger to
 this being that I love to listen to talk radio rather than listen to the same 5 songs every hour. and I actually enjoy listening to a good story with my eyes closed, letting the imagination roam where it may.

   You can find the podcast if you click here

  I could write you a long drawn out description on the setting and the characters but it would be much easier if you went to the site and listened for yourself, the action kicks in really fast and they give you a good grasp of the situation in a hurry!!! but not in a way that would ruin it of course.

So I went from seeing dead people to hearing them... well at least it a relief to know that for once the voices are not coming from inside my head.

Thank you very much for reading, please if you've got a comment I would be honored, and until next time remember...  Zombies were people too!!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Review: [REC] (Spain 2007)

 Hello friends, I hope you've enjoyed my last post, and I thank you for your all the e-mails.

This past Tuesday the kids went to bed early so my wife had the rare opportunity of watching a Zombie flick, this time it was the Spanish movie [REC] of which I've had the dvd from netflix for aa couple of weeks, this is the movie from which Quarantine (2008) came forth, both movies are visually exactly alike, if memory serves, after all I saw Quarantine when it just came out.
The only differences I noticed, besides the fact that [REC] is in Spanish, was the idiosyncratic characteristics of th cast, I don't know if it's the language or the fact that Hollywood makes almost everything taste like plastic, but the characters seemed a lot more real.

The film itself is quite good also, the story starts when Angela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) a reporter for a local TV show is sent to a fire station to document the everyday life of the firefighters, hoping that the alarm would sound so they are whisked off into an interesting adventure, the phrase "be careful what  you wish for " should come to mind right about now. When the alarm finally sounds they are sent to answer a call about a screaming old lady, at the building they find the police are already there, they all go in to investigate and they see the old lady drenched in blood just standing in the middle of her living room, as they get near she flips out and starts chewing on a cops neck. Outside the police begin a quarantine procedure. The whole movie is from the point of view of Pablo, the camera guy, hence the name and that makes for one quite different experience.

So my opinion is this is a must see, the feeling is quite authentic.

So what's next on my netflix queue? Resident Evil : Afterlife, the fourth instalment in this great series based on the popular video game, it should arrive the day after tomorrow, I'm very exited.

Once again thank you all for reading and until next time remember... Zombies were people too!!!

To see a list of all the films I've reviewed click here

Sunday, February 6, 2011

News to "UN"die for #1

Welcome back friends, this Santiago again, your very own Zombie blogger, bringing you another post celebrating OUR obsession, tonight I will write about many wonderful things like;

AMC's The Walking dead, where season 2 already?
Joder!!! (F word in Castilian) I'll be talking about [REC] the Spanish movie Quarantine is based on.
The wait for Pontypool... what the hell is that?
An update on the comic book project.

But first of all I want to talk about you, the audience, when I first started writing this blog I believed that I was expressing myself about my obsession, but in the time that has elapsed I realize that everyone is a little obsessed with zombies, we've all asked ourselves that "what if?" and wondered quite a bit.
In the beginning I thought this blog would only exist in the screens of myself and a few personal friends that I would force to read, but now you read me in: USA, UK, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Australia, France, Bolivia, Germany, Malaysia, Italy, India & Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, Austria, Russia and Lebanon...  whoa, I gotta catch my breath, well anyways I guess I mean thanks all of you!!!

AMC's The Walking Dead: well what can I say? I'm still watching the reruns, that's how good it is. On my review of the first episode and promised you more to come, but I believe that reviews are great for movies, I may point you in a direction that you've never considered, or I could steer you clear of the movies that are just not worth your valuable time, but in the case of TWD it is pointless to write a review for every episode and just tell you again and again how much I love it, instead... If I have your permission I will write recaps of the story,  maybe quote some memorable phrases, and if you're good I'll give you updates for when the hell season 2 arrives, which by the way seems to be that AMC thinks the best idea is to bring it out on Halloween again, like the first one, plus it helps put the spotlight on other projects for them, so bummer we have to wait until Oct 31st so see some fresh meat, but on the bright side, they signed on for 13 episodes so when we do well be stuffed for a while...

Now lets move on to "[REC]" the Spanish movie from which the US flick Quarantine comes from, I thought the latter was an adaptation, but it's the same exact film up to the las scene, with very few variations and the obvious, they're in different languages, let's just say that both are very well done and very good movies, I will go more in depth in future posts. This situation gives us a rare opportunity,  we have two movies, made within a couple of years of eaach other, following the same exact script, but made in different countries.
Is it the fact that my native language is Spanish? or why do I believe that the English language makes movies a little less dimensional? like the characters seem less real, it could be just the fault of Hollywood and their formulas steal the magic.

Pontypool, where is it? a friend I've recently made for our mutual interest has suggested I watch the movie "Pontypool" he said it was one of those that screw with your mind... and boy do I love those, from what I've seen from the preview is that a group of people locked themselves up at a local radio station, and the receive sporadic reports on how the crisis is progressing, unfortunately Netflix does not yet have it available.

MY COMIC BOOK NEWS!!!  We had a wonderful time this past Saturday during the first meeting for the production of the comic book, we savagely tore into some nice bbq pork ribs, and some fleshy pink salmon, courtesy of one of our supporters. What did we get done? I did a reading on the first 5 chapters and got great feedback and appreciation, I have chosen who will portray most of the main characters, there are still some roles left for those who are interested, and we will always need lots of zombies in the background, so if you'd like to be zombified this is your chance... people are jsut dying to be part of this adventure, muah ha ha ha.

Also, I have sent out some e-mails to some of the people involved in the movies of this great genre, please cross your fingers that I get an answer so I can start posting interviews.

Thanks again for reading, and not making me feel like I'm writing to a wall, I hope you keep coming back and invite your friends to visit here, if they don't come around apply a little pressure, I'm not suggesting you break anyones thumb, but plucking a few eyelashes is acceptable I guess...  well whatever, just tell tem to read...

THANK YOU, and until next time remember... Zombies were people too!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Review: Day of The Dead (2008 -Remake)

  What movie executive gives the ok to make a movie like this? What self respecting director attaches his name to such a film? What editor says "ok I'm happy with this product, send it to the theaters"?

 Don't get me wrong, there are lots of 13 year olds that would find this movie very entertaining, but how can you invoke the name of the great Romero and make this crap?  Romero's movies are about asking the difficult moral questions that are much bigger than the Zombie genre, saying that this is a Romero film, is like making a remake of Star Wars in honor of George Lucas and having Darth Vader wear a hockey mask and machete the rebel alliance to death...

  This movie stars a pint size Mena Suvari, who is in a ranking officer in the army, but when she goes into a house to investigate a report of 2 bodies that have been torn to shreds, she pulls out her gun and tells the other army guy next to her "don't worry, it's not loaded" her only explanation is "it's a long story", I know a lot of people that are afraid of loaded guns, but none of them go off and join the military...  mind you this same girl wants to protect a guy she just met that has turned zombie from the rest of the group that wants to get rid of him, she says something in the line of "you can't just kill him, he was a person"  five minutes later she purposefully runs over her own mother and explains to her brother "she wasn't mom, not anymore"

  Then you have Nick Cannon, who was great in "Drumline" because he plays himself, a cocky kid who depends more on his ego than on his skills, well if you like that you will not be disappointed,  because in this movie he just loves himself.

   The whole movie is full of incongruous stuff, like for example, a Zombie can crawl on the ceiling upside down, another one can jump and reach a window 2 stories up, but when our heroes are going into the ventilation shaft to get away, the undead cannot reach a foot over their heads to grab them, then when a flame barely touches a Zombie he goes up instantly in a puff like a modern day vampire hit with sunlight, but they don't think about using fire again until the very end of the movie...

  And what does this firendly neighborhood Zombie blogger hate the most? the "oh, I'm infected and it's obvious to everyone, but I'm going to keep denying it and people will believe me no problem"  it happens about four times in a row.

  So yeah, it one of those movies that have absolutely no character development, everyone is just mindlessly running and making one stupid mistake after the other, it is no homage to Romero, but as Miss Jean Brodie would say "for those who like that sort of thing, that is the sort of thing they like"

To see a list of all the films I've reviewed click here

Monday, January 24, 2011

Review: Survival of the Dead (2009)

  Some family feuds never die, some die but just don't stay dead, specially when it involves Zombies...

Leave it to George Romero to deliver another powerful thought provoking tale of horror, this movie follows a team of renegade soldiers escaping fleeing the zombie apocalypse only to end up in the middle of a family feud between the O'Flynns and the Muldoon, two big families with very different views on how to deal with the clan members that have died and been reanimated, the leader of the O'Flynns beleives that they are an abomination and need to be out down, while Pater Muldoon prefers to adhere to this bloggers idea that "Zombies were people too!!!" (at least as it pertains to his kinfolk) keeping them in chains or in a stable in the hopes that someday someone might find and a cure, or they can at least teach the zombies to feed on something other than humans.

This is definitely a movie to watch, it has the inventive gore that you come to expect from a modern zombie flick,  intelligent survivors who are prepared for the threat ahead, but what is most important to me is that the movie posts moral questions that leave you thinking, I know that thinking is a very dangerous pastime but sometimes it's inevitable.

In  synthesis, this movie is well put together, believably acted, and has a good serving of gore for those who are just in it for the thrill of it.

To see a list of all the films I've reviewed click here

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Modifying your vehicle to kick some serious Zombie behind.

Ok, most Zombie movies show desperate people who have absolutely no survival instincts other than run and hide, so, yeah I doubt this could ever happen in one of those, some ask the question of how people would live a few months or years after the first breakout, so just in case there is a Zombie apocalypse, and you do survive and find the time to actually prepare for the fight ahead this is a very good idea to have in mind, it's not like Zombies drive cars so you'll probably have your pick.

These guys from down under deliver a good plan to Z-pimp your car n case the shiz-nit hits the fan, apart from very useful information these guys from Mighty Car Mods give you a good dose of humor, I should warn, towards the end they have  very "interesting" list of reading suggestions, some may be offensive to some watchers, ans some may just be too funny.

Enjoy, and until next time remember....   Zombies were people too!!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Review: AMC's The Walking Dead - Season 1 - Episode 1: Days gone by

AMC's The Walking Dead for those of you who live under a rock like Patrick Star (from Spongebob) is a series about the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse based on a popular comic book.

I don't know why but I have the instinct to erase a recorded show after I'm done watching it, seconds later I kick my self for doing it, for this one in particular I wanted to hit myself in the head with a baseball bat for choosing "Stop & Delete" on my DVR, thankfully this week they had an encore of the whole first season.

Just how good is this series? let me just put it this way...  I do believe this show is the essence of what I like about zombie movies, it is as realistic as possible, though the make up effects are great and there is satisfying amount of blood in it, the show is really about the survivors, and how they fight to maintain their own humanity in the midst of the apocalypse.

I love the fact that it is done in series format for two main reasons; character development, and since the story doesn't have to end in two hours the survivors don't have to make some unrealistically stupid decision so they can all die off, as happens in 99.9% of zombie stories.

Now on to episode 1, the first shows  deputy sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) waking up form a coma in a hospital some time after the zombie outbreak, completely in disbelief he ventures out to the halls were he sees the devastation that was left, and a double door with chains marked "do not open, dead inside" suddenly the doors slightly open and hands start reaching out, once Rick is outside the hospital he sees hundreds of dead bodies laid down all over the place, the remains of an overrun military temporary defense post, we also see a flashback of Rick and his partner Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal) before rick gets the gun shot would that sends him to the hospital in the first place, it sets the backstage for one really screwed up drama, see Rick and Shane as I mentioned are partners... and in the law enforcement world we know partners are sacred, so big surprise in the post z-poc (zombie apocalypse) Shane (believing Rick is dead) is boinking Rick's wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callie) and raising his son Carl (Chandler Riggs)...  a genius move by the writer if I must say, something that I would never have thought to put in a zombie sotry :)

While searching for his family Rick meets up with Morgan Jones (Lennie James) and his son Duane (Adrian Kali Turner) who quickly bring him up to speed, then they go to the sheriffs station to get cleaned up and stocked with weapons, Rick decides to search for his family in Atlanta where supposedly there is a sheltered area and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) is working on a cure. to know how this episode ends you will have to either see it, or read my review of the second episode. watching the actual TV show will be infinitely more satisfying than reading my next review, but don't worry you can do both!!!!

Until next time remember...  Zombies were people too.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I see undead people!!!

Hello my beautiful readers, this is your friendly neighborhood zombie blogger and enthusiast here to delight you with another silly post.

Lately I've told you about my plans to make an on-line comic book, and I don't know if I've mentioned it, but I'm kinda going to cheat... I consider myself to be a good artist, but I am not fast, and my strength is in the details, I find it hard to put a scene together so my plan is to actually take pictures of the scenes that I want to show with real people, then adding any detail and/or special effects that I want.

So naturally being obsessive as I am, when something gets into my oversize head (for the record I don't have a big head, just a small body) it goes round and round like a car race, and for now my comic book is all I can think of.

Lately, anyone I come across I try topicture how they would look like if they where zombies, the scary thing is that for most people (specially if you go to Walmart) would not need a lot of altering from my pencil to become one, what is this world coming to? why odes everybody look so unhappy?

Perhaps we need a good old fashioned Zombie apocalypse to whip us into shape, we need to realize that life can be full of happiness if we try not to concentrate on the bad things, what do you think?

Until next time remember... Zombies were people too!!!