Movie Review: Autumn

AutumnWOW! I found another good one that’s rated below 4 on IMDB. Even has David Carradine in it. Here’s what it’s about:

” A horrible virus kills billions within minutes. The few survivors that are left have to deal with the shock of the apocalypse, and they have no idea that things are about to get much worse.

Billions are dead and the few that are left start to realize they are not alone. Initially when the dead begin to rise, they are not very threatening. However, in a short period of time, the lurching bodies begin to get their most basic senses back and this makes them much more dangerous. When the dead become attracted to light and sound, the survivors have no option but to live in silent darkness.”

This is one of those movies that a lot of viewers passionately hate. I read reviews after watching it myself and was surprised by so many slashing remarks. Made me pause to list the things I liked about it to see if I’d change my mind, but I didn’t. I still loved it and here’s why:

  1. The zombies evolve. After the virus hit, everyone dies pretty quickly but they don’t turn into zombies within minutes. You have a bunch of survivors who are looking more to escape the smell. I liked the anticipation of waiting for the to zombies to figure out their desire for human flesh. It just took a little long for it to happen.
  2. The movie is memorable. I watched Autumn over a week ago and I still remember the story and the setting, and still feel for the characters.
  3. The acting is not horrendous. In fact, it’s pretty good for a low-budget zombie movie.
  4. Good zombies. The zombie makeup was well done and the zombies were well played.
  5. The movie stays true to the book. At least that’s what I’ve heard because I haven’t read the book. I did like the movie enough to pick up the book.

I do wish there had been a bit more gore in this one. The part thrown in with David Carradine was also unnecessary. While this one won’t go on my best list, it deserves a rise above the haters 1 ratings.

My Rating: 3.8 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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Movie Review: Space Zombie Bingo

SpaceZombieBingoI’ve been watching way too many low rated zombie movies I love lately. So I thought I’d find one I can trash this week, and Space Zombie Bingo delivered. Here’s what it’s about:

“The earth is in grave danger when a gang of flesh-eating zombies from outer space arrive on Earth. The future of the world rests solely on the shoulders of the Zombie Defense Corps and their incredulous leader, Major Kent Bendover. Will Major Bendover and his moronic troops have what it takes to battle these horrifying space invaders?”

Did you notice the name Major Bendover? Seriously? There’s way too much of this kind of silliness in the movie. The makers tried too hard to be stupid to the point the movie was just moronic. I had to go back and look at other people’s reviews and found that 70% of viewers on Amazon rated this one a 1 out of 10, probably only because they couldn’t rate it lower. My favorite comment is, “Make “Plan 9 from outer space” look like an Oscar winner.” Please, Don’t bother with this one. I’m only giving this one a half a star because there were points where the directors successfully gave the film the feel of a 60s B horror film.

My Rating: 0.5 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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Movie Review: Dead Within

DeadWithinDead Within is a different kind of zombie movie, but that doesn’t make it bad. Here’s what it’s about:

” Six months after the outbreak, a man and woman have survived by isolating themselves in a remote cabin. Starved for resources, they must confront the horrors that threaten them from outside and from within.”

Why I say different is because this movie doesn’t have any zombie gore. Dead Within is more psychological thriller than horror. There are only two characters trying to survive and keep their sanity after losing everything in a zombie apocalypse. Sure, it’s hard for two characters to carry a movie, but the main characters are played by convincing actors. The setting and atmosphere also played into the fear. For example, there were a number of times that the male character left the house to search for food and supplies. When he left, they followed a ritual of opening and closing the door. Each time the female character kicks a two-by-four between the door and oven to secure the door, it marks a deeper decent into insanity. Something so little as watching these actions over and over again added to the effect.

A lot of viewers are trashing this movie, but I LOVED IT! Take the cover literally, “Fear is Contagious.” This is what the movie is about. Seriously, if you’re looking for zombie gore, don’t watch and review this movie. It is so much better than the 3.8 rating on IMDB.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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Movie Review: Zombeavers

zombeaversLast week I laughed my ass off watching Zombeavers. Here’s what it’s about:

“A fun weekend turns into madness and horror for a bunch of groupies looking for fun in a beaver infested swamp.”

Yeah, short description that about says it all. Same old tired plot, but when you watch this one, you won’t fall asleep. Trust me. You’ll be laughing to hard to nod off. Anyway, the zombie beavers steal the show at first. I loved that the beavers were mainly puppets. They reminded me a little of that old 1959 monster movie, The Killer Schrews. Then, when the contagion infects the humans, the movie only gets better. The ending’s pretty cool too. This is one movie I’m hoping will have a sequel!

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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Easy GF Peach Cobbler

gfpeachcobblerLast weekend I wanted to make gluten free peach cobbler for movie night with friends, something I expected to be a quick throw together dessert. Well, first off, it turned out to be NOT SO easy to find a simple recipe. I mean, peach cobbler with gluten has at least a million recipes with 10 or less ingredients all over the Internet. Why does gluten free have to be so complicated. Plus, gluten free can be SO expensive. I didn’t want a complicated recipe with all kinds of exotic ingredients that cost an arm and a leg. I wanted peach cobbler not gold cobbler. Finally, I found a simple recipe by a teenager named Taylor. Of course it would take a male teenage–always looking for ways to cut corners–mind to come up with Best Gluten Free Peach Cobbler Recipe Ever! Let me remind you that I raised 2 boys so I can say that. If you want really simple, go on over to Taylor’s recipe. I, on the other hand, ended up with another issue. Bad peaches.

I asked my hubby to pick up some of the ingredients including the peaches, and he came home with crumbly peaches that tasted like cardboard. So irritating that it’s August 1st and the grocery store is selling peaches that belong in the trash. I considered sending him back to the store for a refund, that’s how bad the flavor of the peaches. Instead I cut them up and thought about how I could flavor them up a bit. Long story short, I modified Taylor’s recipe to deal with bad peaches you don’t want to waste, and here’s what I came up with. By the way it looks mushy in the picture and it is a bit, but it’s delicious.

Peach Mix
6 peaches (We prefer more peaches in our cobbler)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ginger

Dough Mix
1 cup gluten free flour mix (I used Betty Crocker)
1 cup sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon (I always add more cinnamon)
1/8 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup COLD butter

1. Preheat to 375. Mix peach ingredients and place in smaller sized baking dish.

2. Mix GF flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.

3. Add butter with pastry blender until crumbly.

4. Spread dough mix over peaches and bake for 45-50 minutes.

And follow Taylor’s advice and serve with vanilla ice cream.