So far this season, it’s seemed like there haven’t been a lot of exciting or new zombie movies becoming available (or maybe it just seems like a lull considering how many zombie films were released in theaters last year). However, this month 2 new movies that I had my eye on just became available on Netflix. Expectations were high…a dangerous, dangerous place to be. Let’s see how they made out.

Zombie Night

Zombie Night

This is the 2nd film included in ZMN with the title Zombie Night. The first was as low as low budget gets, ranked pretty low in the standings, but was somewhat enjoyable on a laughingly bad level. This new Zombie Night sets itself apart….with STAR POWER….sort of. It features the previously famous Anthony Michael Hall and Daryl Hannah. It was also directed by Project Green Light winner John Gulager (director of the Feast trilogy and son of Return of the Living Dead’s Golden Zombey nominee, Clu Gulager). The movie itself features very little plot, as it follows a group of people trying to survive a night full of zombies.

THE GOOD: If you thought all the stars of Zombie Night had names on the poster, you’re in for a treat because Zombie Night also features Alan Ruck, Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! All of the name actors give decent performances and the movie appears to be adequately put together.

THE BAD: Unfortunately, it’s really just not very much fun. Gulager’s Feast movies weren’t great, but they were campy and had a certain silly charm. Zombie Night has none of that, as everything is played straight, but without anything particularly new or interesting.

THE ZOMBIES: Pretty standard zombies, except that for some reason the outbreak only lasts one night. All the survivors have to do is make it to morning. At the end of the film, it’s unclear whether the zombies will raise again tomorrow night.

VERDICT: Zombie Night brings nothing to the table that hasn’t been done better by someone else. It’s not terrible, but it is incredibly forgettable. Grade: C

Current ZMN Rank: #81 out of 138

Golden Zombey Watch: Anthony Michael Hall and Daryl Hannah for Best Actor and Actress? Maybe, why not? Zombie Night’s best chance might be in Unintentional Comedy for the police officer who dooms more people than he saves.

Stalled

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Stalled has a simple premise: A man stuck in bathroom stall when the zombie apocalypse strikes. On the surface, it doesn’t seem like there’d be enough meat there to flesh out a whole hour and a half film, but people said the same thing about Booty Call, and Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for that!

THE GOOD: I found Stalled to be quite enjoyable. Having a single, small location allows this low-budget production to succeed without trying to stretch past its limitations. Our hero is stuck in the bathroom when zombies destroy the Christmas party that was occurring in the office outside. Part of the fun of this movie is wondering what kind of craziness happened at that party, as not only did it have zombies, but also multiple people (and little people) dressed up in ridiculous Christmas costumes.

THE BAD: There’s not too much fault to be found here, given the low budget nature of the film. I did find it pretty implausible that the hero would have someone to talk to in his position. I wasn’t really buying that two people ended up in such an unlikely circumstance.

THE ZOMBIES: Regular zombies, maybe extra stupid or under-motivated as they couldn’t crack the nut of gaining entry into a bathroom stall.

VERDICT: I give Stalled a hearty recommendation. It does a nice job of telling a different kind of zombie tale while still remaining entertaining and amusing. Grade: B+

Current ZMN Rank#37 out of 138

Golden Zombey WatchThe film hinges on the performance of Dan Palmer, the main actor, and he does a nice job. I like his chances of making it onto the ballot. It will probably contend for Best Zombie Comedy as well.

2012: Zombie Apocalypse

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For the second month in a row I found that there was nothing really new or exciting that I wanted to watch. Instead, I looked through my back-up list and picked the one with the highest star rating on Netflix. Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly, based on its competition), that movie was 2012: Zombie Apocalypse, a made for SyFy Channel movie starring Ving Rhames and Crab Man from My Name is Earl. The story is pretty standard: survivors of the zombie apocalypse trek across a wasted landscape trying to reach a safe zone.

THE GOOD: The best thing you could say about 2012 is that it’s decent. Story and acting are acceptable. Ving Rhames was great in the Dawn of the Dead remake. This attempt to recapture that glory is definitely better than his first: the terrible Day of the Dead remake.

THE BAD: SyFy movies are known for their extreme campiness. Outside of a giant zombie tiger, 2012 plays it straight. Unfortunately, this makes it a bit boring. There’s nothing original or humorous (intentional or unintentional) here, which makes it pretty forgettable in the long run.

THE ZOMBIES: Standard zombies. There’s an intro that talks about how zombieism spread, but it doesn’t really matter. There are hints that the virus is evolving some, as animals start to become infected and zombies start to set traps, but there’s not a tremendous amount of time given to this and that subplot never really goes anywhere. Some of the zombies in the film look pretty bad, as if some of them put on a Halloween clown mask and slapped some fake gore on it.

VERDICT: Uninspired and unoriginal. Your life will be unaltered whether you check it out or not, I’d lean toward skipping it. Grade: C

Current ZMN Rank: #80 out of 136

Golden Zombey Watch: Ving Rhames for Best Actor? Sure, why not? The zombie tiger might qualify for WTF Moment.

Dead and Deader

Dead and Deader

Next up, my brother chose the 2006 smash hit, Dead and Deader, starring Dean Cain and Guy Torry (best known as the prisoner who helped un-racistify Edward Norton in American History X). Cain is actually our second Superman found in Zombie Movie Night (Henry Cavill in Blood Creek being the first). Somebody give a shout out if they know of a zombie movie starring Adam West!

Cain is the main character and is quickly killed in a military mission gone awry. To everyone’s surprise, he wakes up alive, as do his fellow military men. He seems to be the only one with any consciousness though, and he sets out on a mission to stop the other, mindless zombies.

THE GOOD: DaD was actually pretty enjoyable. I was surprised. There’s some cheesiness, but for the most part it’s well-acted, sometimes funny, and overall entertaining.

THE BAD: I’m never a fan of zombie super powers. It just doesn’t make sense to me. Why would the zombie Dean Cain have super-tracking senses, super strength, and advanced healing?

THE ZOMBIES: Cain has the aforementioned super powers, but the other guys all seem to be standard zombies. Zombieism is caused by some kind of mutant scorpion and there ends up being a mad scientist behind the whole thing.

VERDICT: I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I think it’s worth checking out, especially if you’re a huge Dean Cain fan (my wife might be the only one left, though). Grade: B

Current ZMN Rank: #56 out of 136

Golden Zombey Watch: The main 3 characters might compete for the acting categories or Cain might show up in Outstanding Zombie. Pretty decent contender for Best Zombie Comedy as well.

I don’t know if my Zombie Movie Night expectations were ever as low as they were for the two offerings in the first showing of 2014. Nothing in my zombie list was really calling out to me, so I decided to make an attempt to revive the Golden Zombey category of Best Animated Feature by picking The Amazing Adventures of the Living Corpse. It looked pretty crappy, but how bad could it be? My brother made the discovery that Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead was streaming on Netflix. Yeah, it was going to be a long night.

Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead

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Zombie. Ass. Toilet. Of the Dead. Let’s just let that sink in. You know it’s from Japan. Wacky Japanese movies can be great (see Helldriver). They can also be terrible (see Battle Girl: The Living Dead in Tokyo Bay). They can also get into weird, creepy, fetish areas (see Attack Girls Swim Team Vs. The Undead). Zombie Ass straddles that line, and comes pretty close to jumping over it. Luckily, most of it is pretty watchable.

So the story goes that a group of teens are camping in the forest in search of parasites so that one girl can ingest one and fulfill her dreams of becoming a super thin model. Somehow, this great plan goes awry. The parasite she eats turns out to be a mutant parasite that causes zombieism and occasionally sprouts out of the victim’s anus with razor sharp teeth. More butt parasite zombies show up and the groups seeks shelter in a local village where they come across a scientist doctor dude and his young daughter, who are more evil than they first appear. There’s also some backstory about the hero’s guilt over not being able to save her younger sister who committed suicide because some school bullies forced her to fart in the presence of others. Spoiler Alert: she overcomes her fear and triumphs over evil with the power of farting in public.

THE GOOD: I know some of that sounds great, but it really comes out weird on screen. Obviously this film does not take itself too seriously, and there are parts that are bizarrely entertaining and funny. It builds some good momentum, but then goes off the rails.

THE BAD: The last chapter of the movie is really where it falls apart. The film turns from entertaining and kind of fun to disturbing and uncomfortable. However, if anime-style tentacle rape is your kind of thing, then you might think that the ending is the best part (and I don’t want to hang out with you).

THE ZOMBIES: The zombies start out pretty standard. A whole horde arises from an outhouse covered in shit. I’m not sure how they ended up there or how they all fit down there, but I’m able to suspend disbelief enough to cover it. Again, things get weird at the end, when the tentacle parasites start sprouting from the zombies’ butts, leading them to attack butt-first in a reverse bear crawl.

VERDICT: Not as slimy as Attack Girls’ Swim Team Vs. The Undead, but not nearly as good as the best Japanese zombie stuff. It’s probably best to pass on Zombie Ass. Grade: D+

Current ZMN Rank: #99 out of 134

Golden Zombey WatchDepends on how weak Best Actress is, but Arisa Nakamura might have an outside chance. This was our first non-English film, so Foreign Film might be sparse again. I’ll be looking for Shit Man when it comes time to pick Outstanding Zombie.

The Amazing Adventures of the Living Corpse

Amazing Adventures of the Living Corpse

Based on title alone, you’d think that this would be a light-hearted, fun, animated romp. You would be dead wrong. There is nothing amazing about the boring-ass adventures of the living corpse. I feel compelled to summarize the plot, but I know it’s not worth my time. I’ll just speak in incomplete sentences instead. Corpse back from dead. Kills family. Spares son, develops awareness. Goes to underworld. Tries to find son who is in foster care for victims of the supernatural. Flash forward 15 years for no reason. Evil scientist. Fight.

THE GOOD: Nope.

THE BAD: TAAotLC is bad in every area. The animation is terrible and would have looked terrible 20 years ago. It’s clunky, awkward, and is in every way unappealing. The voice acting is horrendous, as is the dialogue. The plot is incoherent and disjointed. Character motivations are all over the place and often don’t make sense. I was wondering why this movie was 3 hours long before I realized it was just a tremendously painful 87 minutes.

VERDICT: Worst. Movie. Ever. Grade: F

Current ZMN Rank: #134 out of 134. It doesn’t get lower than that, you piece of shit. And again, if you’re the worst zombie movie I’ve ever seen, it probably means you’re straight-up the worst movie I’ve ever seen.

Golden Zombey WatchEven if Best Animated Feature makes a comeback, this doesn’t deserve to be on the ballot.

My life is full of hard decisions. This month I had to decide whether the Netflix DVD I got by mail would be for ZMN or the final season of Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad won, which left me to scour through the Netflix streaming list. The only thing I knew about the film I had settled on was that it had been produced by Uwe Boll, a man famous for making terrible movies. Maybe Walter White should’ve waited.

Zombie Massacre

Zombie Massacre

The poster is right, There Is No Hope….for viewers, that is! (Har Har Har) OK, here we go. The evil American government has unintentionally let loose a zombie virus in an Eastern European factory town and wants to quickly and discretely blown the place to smithereens. In order to do so, they enlist a team of mercenaries led by a musclebound soldier who was released from secret prison just to do this job. The team swoops in and quickly discovers that there is no exit plan for them and that they are scheduled to blow up with the town. From there, it’s a mad dash to get to an escape helicopter, get revenge on the evil Army dude who set them up, and not get eaten by zombies.

THE GOOD: ZM is not very good. The acting and dialogue is garbage. The whole film is easily forgettable. Am I still talking about the positives? There is a scene of unintentional comedy gold as Army jerk gets a call from The President of the United States, in what has to be the worst casting of all time.

THE BAD: Usually when zombie movies are painfully boring it’s because they wait too long to throw the zombies in. ZM does not have that problem. It’s baffling to me that a movie can contain this much zombie action and explosions and still risk putting me to sleep.

THE ZOMBIES: Pretty standard fast zombies. The demolitions expert on the team takes some time to set up elaborate traps for them, which is really pretty dumb when you’re killing mindless zombies. There’s also a super-zombie at the conclusion for no reason and with no explanation at all.

VERDICT: This is my first Uwe Boll film, and while he’s only a producer on this turd, I’m gonna go ahead and say that his reputation is earned. Stay away from this waste of time. Grade: D-

Current ZMN Rank#117 out of 132

Golden Zombey WatchI don’t think ZM will be well-represented. Probably one nomination in Unintentional Comedy for the US President.

 

Zombie Hunter

Zombie Hunter

 

Danny Trejo once again lends his face out to a zombie movie poster. He appears in what is really more of an extended cameo, much the same as last season’s stinker, Rise of the Zombies. Fortunately, Zombie Hunter is better than RotZ. Unfortunately, it’s still not all that good.

The titular Zombie Hunter is not Trejo, instead it’s some skinny white dude with frosted tips who speaks in a poor-man’s Christian Bale-Batman voice. He’s traveling the world alone, when he unexpectedly runs into Trejo’s small band of survivors. They hit the road after being overrun. On their journey they run afoul of a crazy cannibal with a chainsaw, some big CGI super-zombies, and of course, regular zombies.

THE GOOD: ZH is ok. It’s nothing great, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously. They at least made good use of Trejo, making him a badass zombie killer who prefers to fight shirtless with an axe.

THE BAD: It’s hard to get behind the main character. I just kept wondering what post-apocapalyse beauty salon he was getting his hair dyed at. There are also some not-too-clever audience winks: the drug that started the outbreak is called Natas (Satan backwards…ooooh) and the small cannibalized town is named Dahmer (…..aaaah). 

THE ZOMBIES: As mentioned, the apocalypse in ZH is brought on by a new street drug that has zombie side effects. For some reason, the filmmakers decided that zombies should have bright pink blood and guts, which seems like an odd choice. There are also super-zombie-monsters for no explainable reason. That seemed to be a theme for the night.

VERDICT: You could definitely do better than ZH, but you could most definitely do worse. It falls below the median. I give it a weak recommendation for diehards only. Grade: C

Current ZMN Rank#77 out of 132

Golden Zombey WatchPossible contenders in the acting categories, but I wouldn’t be surprised if none of them made it on the final ballot. Maybe a Memorable Massacring nod for Trejo taking out zombies with an axe.

Marvel Zombies: Villains

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Way back in aught-six, Marvel put out a series of comics in which it’s greatest heroes became flesh-craving zombies. At the time, Diamond Select Toys distributed a few sets of the heroes in all their zombie glory (check out my review here). Then for a long time nothing happened. Word on the street was that Marvel decided at some point that producing action figures of Captain America with his brain exposed and blood all over his shield might be too traumatic for sensitive young comic fans. Desensitized adult fans the world over dismayed. Fortunately, it appears that Marvel has softened slightly on their “no zombie toy” policy and has allowed for minimates of their already evil villains. First out of the gate are Magneto, Green Goblin, Magneto, and The Red Skull.

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Zombie Green Goblin & Zombie Red Skull

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This pair is kind of strange to me, since they both kind of have devilish faces already. Why Green Goblin’s mask turns into a zombie is beyond me and Red Skull already has a skull for a head so becoming a zombie wouldn’t change him much. But, that’s source material stuff. These two are pretty nice figures. There’s a lot of re-use on all of these guys, with every figure combining what’s been released in the regular Marvel line with zombie stuff from the Walking Dead line. It fits together well and every choice makes sense. Goblin comes with his glider, this time with a base that is murkier and darker than the typical “blast-off” base. He has an alternate pumpkin bomb hand and Norman Osborn head. The Red Skull has apparently suffered some serious limb damage as both of his hands are missing. As with the zombies in the Walking Dead line, he comes with alternate full arms. I prefer the armless look, because for Skull it’s really what makes his zombieism apparent. He comes with two guns as well. When I opened the pack I thought, “Oh look, two weapons he can’t hold, weird.” But upon further inspection, even armless he can still pack some heat. His pistol fits into his hip holster and the rifle attaches to his back with a strap. The pack also comes with a guts attachment, previously included with TWD’s Crawling Zombie. I decided to let Skull wear it, so that he looks really messed up. It’s actually perfect for the Iron Man zombie, since in the comic Tony does lose his lower half.

Zombie Galactus & Zombie Magneto

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Zombie Galactus is not exactly canon. In the comic, he gets devoured by the heroes, which is how they come to possess his cosmic powers. That’s not really all that important to me and I’m still happy to have a zombified world-eater. Obviously he’s not to scale, but he’s still cool. His helmet is removable, revealing his zombie face, although he’s not a character that you see helmet-less very often. He’s got the least amount of physical damage out of the group, but hey, he’s Galactus, tough to do much damage to that guy. Zombie Magneto might be my favorite of the bunch. Some of the details might be hard to see, but he’s got a see-through torso around his exposed spine so if you took off his cape, you could see right through him. He’s also got a little chunk taken out of his side, which I believe is a piece previously used with Female Zombie and Vest Zombie. He comes with his helmet and an alternate hair piece so that you can display him either way. I don’t think that he ever became a zombie in the comic either, but again, I don’t really care.

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Overall, this is a nice set. It obviously fits in well with the previously released hero zombies. I didn’t think that we’d ever see any more Marvel zombies, so this was a very welcome surprise. DST has intimated that they hope to do similar villain sets around Halloween in coming years. Hopefully that comes to fruition. There were quite a few more high-profile villains featured in the comic, including Dr. Octopus, Juggernaut, Venom, and Sabertooth. Although I’m personally rooting for a Zombie Stilt-Man.

You can obtain this set for about $18-$20 online or at your local comic book or specialty store. As always, I recommend lukestoystore.com for any minimate purchases.

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This is how Rhino went down.

Right after Halloween (for some reason) Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady,  NY hosts a zombie movie marathon. This year my brother and I attended with some friends and stayed for the 1st half, which included these three films:

Night of the Creeps

Night of the Creeps

Night of the Creeps was actually the movie I was most excited to see, as it was the only film on the roster that I had not seen previously. It did not disappoint and is a pretty effective comedy. It starts with a bizarre scene with chubby naked aliens chasing one another on a space ship. Apparently one of them had a virus that then crashes on Earth in the 1960s. The virus lands at the same time a serial killer is on the loose and a teenage couple is preparing for a romantic evening in their car (which, if TV and movies are to be believed, is how just about every weekend in the 60s went). We see the killer approach the girl in the car at the same time that an alien slug injects itself into the dude’s mouth, but everything must have been contained as we then flash forward to the present (the 80s) where Rusty from National Lampoon’s European Vacation is trying to impress his dream girl with an assist from his disabled best friend. Rusty figures the best way to do this is to join the nearest, douchiest fraternity. The frat boy leader (and boyfriend of dream girl, of course) tells them they’re in if they can hijack a corpse and put it on the rival frat’s front lawn. Rusty and friend end up in the science building where they stumble upon the frozen body of the 60s alien-infected dude. They thaw him out, and well, you can guess what happens from there. They also run afoul of the local sheriff, who has a dark secret connected to the 60s serial killer. Wow, that was a long description. It sounds kind of convoluted, but it all ends up making sense and working cohesively.

THE GOOD: NotC is pretty funny and entertaining. I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. There are also some good zombie fighting scenes once Rusty and the Sheriff join forces.

THE BAD: Some goofy 80s fashion going on, but people will probably say the same about current movies 30 years from now. What are you gonna do? More critically, the two leads are actually the least interesting characters. The sheriff and Rusty’s friend are the scene-stealers and I was much more interested in what happened to them than I was Rusty and the cardboard cut-out dream girl.

THE ZOMBIES: The zombies here are people infested by a zombie slug that enters through the mouth. Not limited to humans, we also see a zombie cat and dog. They’re pretty tough to slow down unless completely burned. Good thing flame throwers are handy.

VERDICT: I’m surprised that NotC never caught on as more of a cult classic. I know it has its fans, but it was really pretty excellent and deserves a stronger following. It gets my full recommendation. Grade: A-

Current ZMN Rank: #30 out of 130

Golden Zombey Watch: I’ll definitely be looking to nominate either the Sheriff or the buddy for Best Supporting Actor, not sure which will make the cut though. Best Zombie Comedy and Best Nudity are good bets too.

Next up in the marathon was:

The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue

Living Dead at Manchester Morgue

The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue was part of Zombie Movie Night Season 2, when my brother and I watched it under the title Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, which I think is the superior moniker. It earned a mediocre ranking, so I was not  super-excited to have it be the first film to get a 2nd viewing in ZMN history.

TLDaMM takes place in the swinging 70s, when unattractive women ran nude through the streets of London and it was customary to let a complete stranger drive your car if you accidentally damaged his motorcycle. In the film, two strangers run across some zombies that have been created by a new sonic-pesticide machine being used in the country-side. The machine is designed to make bugs kill each other with homicidal rage, thus leaving tomatoes unmolested. Unfortunately, it also makes babies want to rip your goddamn face off (this scene does not play as awesome as it might sound). Oh yeah, it raises the recently deceased too.

THE GOOD: TLDaMM builds slowly, but once the zombies are on the scene, there’s some pretty good mayhem going on. There’s also some good unintentional comedy as some of the character actions are completely ridiculous, including the local police chief acting like a total dick.

THE BAD: TLDaMM bludgeons the viewer with its environmental message. I don’t mind a little social commentary with my flesh-eaters, but this film takes it way over the edge, so that it’s both distracting and irritating.

THE ZOMBIES: Slow moving, yet incredibly strong for some reason. How the zombies are filled with homicidal rage, yet also slow and emotionless doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, but zombies are rich, complex creatures I guess.

VERDICT: I think I enjoyed this film a little more on the 2nd viewing, but I still stand by our initial, below average ranking. Grade: C-

Current ZMN Rank#89 out of 130

Golden Zombey WatchTLDaMM is not eligible for awards this season. In Season 2 it went 0 for 1, losing in the category of Most Original Zombie Origin.

Last, but certainly not least, was:

Shaun of the Dead

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If you’re reading this blog, then you know Shaun of the Dead. While 28 Days Later and the Dawn of the Dead remake reinvigorated the modern zombie, Shaun completed the resurgence by introducing the zombie comedy. Sure, there had been funny zombie movies in the past (See Night of the Creeps), but Shaun did it with such flair and tribute to the source material that it ended up reaching a larger audience and becoming a classic. Without Shaun, there would be no Zombieland, World War Z (which first showed up in the comedy section of bookstores), or DeadHeads (sorry Shaun, you have to take the good with the bad).

THE GOOD: More than anything, Shaun works because it’s really, really funny. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost work great together (as they have in multiple projects at this point) and all of the comedy in Shaun hits the mark. What makes the film great for zombie enthusiasts is the fact that it is evident that the filmmakers are fans themselves.

THE BAD: Sorry, I got nothing.

THE ZOMBIES: Classic slow-moving zombies, obviously lifted straight out of the original Romero films. Perhaps the best scene of the film has Shaun walking through his normal routine not noticing that his neighbors have all become zombies.

VERDICT: Shaun is an instant classic and a must-watch, essential viewing whether you’re a zombie fan or not. Grade: A

Current ZMN Rank: #2 out 130

Golden Zombey Watch: I’m not sure that we’ll allow Shaun to compete with the rest of the films this season, we’re probably looking at another Lifetime Achievement Award, as we did with NOTLD last season. All of the leads will probably still be eligible for individual awards.

Zombie Movie Night: November! Go!

Frankenstein’s Army

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Those wacky Nazis are up to no good again. This time they’ve enlisted a descendent of Dr. Frankenstein. Apparently, during the end of WWII, he improved upon the family science project by reanimating corpses with various implements of destruction replacing their body parts. Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds, and yes, there is a zombie with a propeller for a head. The film’s victims heroes are a band of Russian soldiers who have been duped into infiltrating Dr. Frankenstein’s lair. It doesn’t go well for them.

THE GOOD: Once the zombies come on scene, F’sA is super crazy in-your-face all the time. If that’s what you’re expecting, and it should be, then you’ll get what you came for.

THE BAD: F’sA is shot in first person, handheld camera perspective. I’m not a fan of the style, and I think it’s run its course in the horror genre. Luckily, it doesn’t detract too much.

THE ZOMBIES: The Army is made up of spliced together reanimated corpses that Dr. Frankenstein can control for some unspecified reason. I don’t consider Frankenstein’s Monster a zombie, but these guys fit the bill. I think the difference is that the zombots (as they’re credited) are more mindless killers, unlike the occasionally sympathetic Frank.

VERDICT: If you like a little (or a lot) of wacky in your zombie movies, then F’sA is for you. You’re going to need to be a fan of the genre going in, so don’t expect Grandma to enjoy this one. Grade: A

Current ZMN Rank: #26 out of 130

Golden Zombey WatchI’d be surprised if Viktor didn’t show up with the Best Villain nominees. Also look for Teddy Bear Zombot in WTF Moment.

Dead Before Dawn

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Dead Before Dawn is a zombie comedy that is funny. It seems so rare that I get to say that. In DBD, a young man who’s scared of his own shadow accidentally breaks a cursed urn while watching over his grandfather’s kooky occult shop. His friends are present at the time and not taking the curse seriously, begin to list a bunch of wacky ways in which they would be cursed. Unfortunately for them, the demon/curse/ghost made note of all their suggestions and later that night it all becomes reality for the group. Most notable is the fact that anyone that they make eye contact with is filled with the desire to kill themselves and then promptly return as a zombie.

THE GOOD: DBD is funny….actually funny, not unintentionally funny or so bad it’s funny…it’s genuinely funny. It works as a comedy and it works as a zombie movie. And Christopher Lloyd says “Great Scott!” Really not one of the film’s finest moments, but worth noting.

THE BAD: SPOILER!:::: I wasn’t crazy about the Wayne’s World-esque Super Happy Ending where all the bad stuff that happened in the film is magically erased, but the good stuff, like the main character getting the girl, remains. But, even with that, it seemed to fit for the movie and, really, you can see it coming from a mile away. I guess you can’t really have a comedy end with an entire town of people dead by suicide.

THE ZOMBIES: The characters call them zemons, meaning half-zombie, half-demon, but they’re really straight up fast zombies. There are some wacky rules involving kissing and zombie slaves, but there’s not a tremendous amount of time spent on those aspects of the curse.

VERDICT: Not since The Happening has suicide been so funny. DBD gets a hearty recommendation and you might even be able to find some non-zombie enthusiasts who enjoy the film as well. Grade: A-

Current ZMN Rank: #33 out of 130

Golden Zombey WatchRecognizable faces are always good for Supporting Actor looks, so watch out for Christopher Lloyd. Some of the other cast members may take stabs at the other Acting awards as well. I’m thinking this one will definitely be in the running for Best Zombie Comedy, unless there’s some amazing competition later in the season.