Movie Review: Exists

ExistsSorry for taking last week off. It was a crazy week.

This week’s movie is Exists, and I have mixed feelings about this one. Here’s what it’s about:

“For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway- a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed-something not exactly human, but not completely animal- an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.”

First off, Exists had some of the most stupidest characters I’ve seen in a movie. I was screaming many four-letter words at the TV screen every few minutes. Very annoying! At least give us one character with half a brain. Still, there was something about their stupidity that kept me watching. I found myself interested to find out what dumb move they’d make next, and of course, they delivered every time.

I have to acknowledge that the acting wasn’t bad and the big foots were cool.

I detested the Blair Witch Project style of filming, and that the character with the camera always seemed to be filming despite the tortures big foots inflicted on him.

If you’re feeling adventurous, give this one a try. Otherwise, don’t bother.

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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I prefer movies rated below a 4 on IMDB.

Movie Review: Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

WyrmwoodAnother zombie movie this week. Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead has been sitting in my Netflix queue for nearly a year and I’m sorry I didn’t watch it sooner. Here’s what it’s about:

“Barry is a talented mechanic and family man whose life is torn apart on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. His sister, Brooke, is kidnapped by a sinister team of gas-mask wearing soldiers & experimented on by a psychotic doctor. While Brooke plans her escape Barry goes out on the road to find her & teams up with Benny, a fellow survivor – together they must arm themselves and prepare to battle their way through hordes of flesh-eating monsters in a harsh Australian bushland.”

I’d first like to say zombies + Australians = KICK ASS. Add in DO NOT MISS THIS MOVIE in all caps and I could leave it at that. But I enjoyed this movie so much that I have to tell you all the things I loved about it.

  • Freaky mad scientist who works while listening to KC and the Sunshine Band
  • Crazy macho outback zombie fighters dressed like The Preditor
  • Insanely dangerous zombies with flammable blood
  • Blood and gore and blood and gore and more blood and gore

Not since the Dead Snow movies have I enjoyed a zombie movie so much. This movie has everything and more. Great characters, decent acting, and best of all ingenuity. The independent movie industry is saturated with zombie movies, and this one stands out among them all. I’m even guessing the zombie lab will be duplicated in at least one Halloween house of horrors.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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Movie Review: Stalled

StalledFINALLY, another zombie movie for my ‘best of’ list. Stalled was awesome! Here’s what it’s about:

“A janitor gets trapped in a women’s restroom and encounters an all-out attack by a horde of zombies.”

This movie is getting trashed by people for poor acting and cinematography, and all around bad taste. Plus it’s choppy in spots with no real explanation for why everyone turned into zombies. So why did I love it so much? Dan Palmer, both writer and lead, took a stab at originality and delivered both an interesting and funny storyline. I happen to think Dan Palmer was convincing in his role as the geeky, outcast janitor stuck in a bathroom stall during a zombie apocalypse. I found myself frequently laughing out loud, and there were even tender moments between the laughs. Good low-budget zombie action too.

Maybe I’m part of the immature few who never get tired of toilet humor. I do have Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead on my list of favorites. But anyway, I’ll be letting the world know that I give Stalled a big thumbs up! And if you don’t believe me that this movie is good, read British Zombie Film ‘Stalled’ Takes Zombie Films Out of the Toilet on Bloody Disgusting and you might change your mind.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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Movie Review: State of Emergency

StateofEmergencyI’m back on low-rated, zombie movies for a few weeks starting with State of Emergency. Here’s what it’s about:

“Chaos consumes a small town when a chemical facility explodes releasing a deadly toxin. Moments after the leak, the town’s residents show signs of mutation, causing the military to quarantine the area leaving any survivors helpless and trapped inside. The story follows Jim, a young man isolated within the red zone, as he eludes flesh eating zombies in an attempt to win back his freedom.”

This movie has pretty decent reviews for a low-budget zombie movie and an overall 5.3 rating on IMDB, but I don’t get it. There was nothing that stood out as different or interesting about this one. I can put up with a slow paced zombie movie if I like the character or care how the characters are developing. In this case, the characters bored me to death. When the characters are flat, the movie better have A LOT of bloody zombie actions, but in this movie the zombies seemed to be an after thought and were sadly missing in action.

This is one I found myself checking email 15 minutes in. If you read my reviews, you know what that means. I’m going to cut the review short on this one and recommend you skip a viewing of State of Emergency.

My Rating: 1.5 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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TV Show Review: Ash vs. Evil Dead

I’ve been VERY antsy to review the new Starz series, Ash vs. Evil Dead, and this is the week it hit my schedule. YAY! Whether you’re familiar with the Evil Dead movies or not–and how could you not know about Bruce Campbell and his evil book–watch the trailer below to find out where this TV series starts 30 years later.

I have to say I nearly wet my pants when I saw the advertisement for Ash vs. Evil Dead on Starz, and even better that Bruce Campbell was returning as Ash. I stopped everything I was doing and set the DVR.

AshVSEvilDeadCertain things happen to a gal like me–devoted horror movie fan since the age of six–after watching a horror movie about a guy who cuts off his own hand with a chainsaw and then uses that chainsaw to fight evil. Without going into too much detail, I’ve been in love with Ash Williams ever since I saw the Evil Dead 2 movie.

Ash has aged 30 years physically in the series, but his mentality hasn’t. You see from the start that he’s as goofy as you’d expect a guy with his history to be. That made me fall in love with him all over again. Now add in an amazing cast that includes Lucy Lawless, a mysterious stranger looking for Ash; his sidekicks, Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo; and Jill Marie Jones, a cop out to arrest Ash for the chaos she’s sure he’s responsible for. They all fit well together and make every episode a dose of evil magic.

I can’t tell you what I don’t like about this series because there is nothing. The shows are a mix of bloody gore and side-splitting hilarity. They’ve kept true to the movies with old school FX that is amazing! Each episode is a half-hour that goes by in the blink of an eye, cliche but true because it is just that good! You’re afraid to look away from the screen for even a second because you might miss something. The list of things I love about Ash vs. Evil Dead goes on and on.

Thank you, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, for bringing Evil Dead back as a TV show instead of a fourth movie! This new show is brilliantly done!

My Rating: 10 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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