Sunday, February 15, 2009

Help Me Understand... Zombies???

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Flesh-devouring corpses roam the land and become fixated on having their way with seven terrified people who have sequestered themselves in a Pennsylvania farmhouse. Infighting and exhaustion add to the gory mayhem of this one night of hell on earth. George Romero writes and directs this late-1960s, black-and-white classic, which stars Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Keith Wayne, Judith Reilly, Russell Streiner and Marilyn Eastman.

I know there is someone out there who can help me... I have been thinking about this the past several days and I really would like a little help. Zombie movies... why and what's the point of them? I have seen a few of the over my 49 years of life, and I can't say I have liked very many. I remember as a kid watching Night of the Living Dead and thinking it was scary... I was a kid. I've seen the movie as an adult and thought it was well made, but I can't say it was great or anything. From what I've seen, there is usually not much of a reason why the "Zombies" appear or how they became the flesh-eating monsters they are. I guess I find them to be silly and funny, when I don't think they were intended to be funny. It's one thing to have a "Black" or "Dark" comedy that is scary, gory, and at times funny as well. I can think of two that I really liked, Otis and The Cottage. The difference being is that these two movies were supposed to be funny! I find most Zombie type movies to be nothing more than silly, campy "B" horror at best. I really don't know what the attraction is...

Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead

Based on the George Romero 1979 gore classic, this remake takes place as the United States is overrun (after a plague) by millions of corpses who walk the earth as cannibalistic zombies. A small group of survivors, including a nurse (Sarah Polley) and a police officer (Ving Rhames), try to find shelter within a massive shopping mall. But the zombies have a kind of sense memory and start arriving -- in droves -- for a shopping spree.

These two movies, Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days Later were actually good movies. Interesting story lines and well made with solid acting for the most part. I was entertained by them and liked them. There was comic relief in them to a certain degree, but they were not campy. I guess I just hate campy, "B" horror. I find it insulting to the genre. It's like having something your really love or believe in and having someone make fun of it. Now, before you get your panties in a wad, I don't take a lot of things too seriously... myself or anything much else for that matter, but I do take offense to campy horror. Maybe it's just me... I don't know. I just hope there is someone out there who can help me understand the need for Zombie movies and campy horror...

28 Days Later (2002)
A killer virus (it turns those it infects into homicidal maniacs) is accidentally released from a British research facility. Carried by animals and humans, the virus is impossible to contain and spreads across the entire planet. Twenty-eight days later, a small group of London survivors are caught in a desperate struggle to protect themselves from the infected.

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