Saturday, May 28, 2011
Cannon Fodder 2013 - *1/2 Did you know that a zombie film had been produced in Israel? Neither did we, so we were naturally curious to see what a genre movie from the Middle East would have in store. What we discovered is that whatever your race, creed, religious or political affiliations, you can still produce mediocre zombie cinema.They say there is nothing new under the sun, and this film is a sterling example of that axiom.
A retired soldier is brought out of retirement to rescue a Doctor who may have a cure, blah, blah. The zombies are well done and convincing, but the majority of the gore is CGI, including the blood. Doesn't anyone insist on practical effects anymore? Actually we watched the trailer for the new Dolph Lundgren film, "Battle of the Damned" the other day, and it pretty much looks like the same movie with added robots. This is one of those movies you could watch when you're bored, and it will help pass the time, but expect little more than that.
Campus Of The Living Dead 2006 - ** This short film was brought to our attention by its maker Mark Wall. It is a prime example of what can be done on a limited budget. We won't even guess what the budget was, but it is an enjoyable short piece. We hope Mark makes more films in the future, as this short shows great promise. Please check it out in its entirety below, and let us know what you think.
Cockneys VS Zombies 2012 - *** What a delightful entry to the genre.This is an effective combination of a heist caper and zombie film. The script is full of colorful characters including a pair of inept criminal brothers, a WW II veteran, an aged gangster, and savvy old age pensioners. Every aspect of this film is first rate. It boasts competent actors, great gore effects, and had us laughing throughout. Watch for a cameo from the then 87 year old Honor Blackman, Pussy Galore herself, and a great performance by our favorite British character actor Alan Ford. This one is a must see!
Collapse 2010 - **1/2 AKA "Collapse of the Living Dead". Chris Mulkey (Twin Peaks, Boardwalk Empire) and his real life wife, television actress Karen Landry are the featured players in this interesting low budget film. You know how we are always asking for character driven genre movies? Well this one certainly qualifies. This is a tale of a struggling farmer trying to cope with the sudden loss of his daughter while trying to keep his family safe, or is it?
This is a violent tale, but not brutally graphic, the makeup and effects are of an acceptable level as well. Look for horror icon Linnea Quigley, who makes an all too brief appearance as well. What makes this one worth seeking out is the major plot twist, and that is all we can say while remaining spoiler free. This is not your typical zombie fare, and while slow at times, we are sure you will enjoy it.
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