|Submitted by Anonymous |
(Jan 10, 2007)
I love zombies. Iíve loved Ďem ever since I first saw Romeroís Night of the Living Dead (1968), which despite being in black and white, is considered to be one of the best horror movies ever made. I remember how impressed I was that he used a black male to be his voice of reason, his ultimate hero. Finally there was someone doing something different!
Well, old George has been making zombie movies ever since and I have faithfully seen every one of them. The latest installment of munching zombie cannibals is set in the not too distant future. The surviving human race has barricaded itself in a utopia city and fortified it so that the zombies canít get in. There are some cleaver ideas here, like creating a sanctuary for the very rich so they can be safe. That amusing detail shows an insight into Romero that we donít often get, his disdain for those who feel they are above everyone one else. New weapons add some violent techno fun to the mix and Dennis Hopper (yes, that Dennis Hopper) give a great performance as the leader of the utopia city. George has also outdone himself with some great unique death scenes.
Now, for those of you who saw the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, and were concerned about running zombies (28 Days Later, anyone?), I assure you, theyíve gone back to their plodding ways (as if that werenít bad enough!).
Unfortunately, there is not a lot new here as far as story goes. But if blood and guts is your thing, this one will not disappoint.
Out of five severed limbs, this one gets a three.
For more zombie fun, check these out:
(2002) 28 Days Later (not zombies, but they might as well be)
(1968) remake (1990) Night of the Living Dead
(1985) Day of the Dead
(1985) Return of the Living Dead
Keene, Brian. The Rising (a Bram Stoker Award Winner)