Movie Review: I Survived a Zombie Holocaust

ISurvivedaZombieHolocaustBack on zombies this week with I Survived a Zombie Holocaust. Here’s what it’s about:

“A young runner, on a Zombie film set, has the first day from hell when real Zombies overrun the set.”

They could have come up with a better title for this one. The current title has nothing to do with the plot.

Anyway, I didn’t hate this movie. It’s very slow to start, and the kind of zombie movie you can watch and clean the living room at the same time and not miss anything. That also means I checked my email while watching, which sadly has become a gauge for my reviews.

This movie could have been much much better. There were some likable characters in both a good and bad way. And the acting was better than in most zombie movies.

What else was I hoping for? More, better comedy. Most of the scenes that made me laugh were at the very end of the movie. Don’t make me wait so long for the best scenes!

Sadly, I can only give this one a middle of the road review.

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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I prefer movies rated below a 4 on IMDB.

Movie Reviews: Housebound

HouseboundWhat took me so long to watch Housebound. Here’s what it’s about:

“Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s less than happy about the new living arrangement.”

I tried to get tickets to Housebound a few years ago at the Mile High Horror Film Festival but they were sold out in a hurry. I now understand why. This movie is awesome! I can’t believe I waited so long to watch it.

Talk about plot twists, my head was spinning in a good way, trying to keep track of everything going on. Great characters and acting, especially from the lead actress, Morgana O’Reilly, the convincing troublemaker and lawbreaker sentenced to house arrest.

I also got lost in the background distraction around the cluttered house, which was brilliant in making the movie both scary and funny.

What else can I say other than I loved everything about Housebound. Now go watch it!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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TV Review: Wayward Pines

WaywardPinesI’ve been pleasantly surprised by Wayward Pines. Here’s what the first season is about:

“Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers, Ethan’s investigation only turns up more questions. What’s wrong with Wayward Pines? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the life he knew, from the husband and father he was, until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.”

I remember being excited when I first saw the commercials for Wayward Pines, but not because I’ve read the books. It was more because it seemed dark and mysterious. Also because it seemed more about human nature than monsters. I immediately set the show to record and faithfully watched each episode. The show kept my interest the whole while despite season 1 feeling more like backstory. What I also loved is that the show took and abrupt shift with the characters in season 2.

One thing I regularly over look is that the show can be slow and too telling when it comes to information. And it’s incredibly unbelievable that they have what they have in the town. The characters sometimes remind me of Stepford Wives. Still I kept watching and have made it through 2 seasons glued to the TV.

I like where they left off at the end of season 2, but this show’s future is up in the air. If it does come back, I’ll watch season 3.

If you haven’t watched it yet, it’s a good candidate for binge watching, but read the reviews first. While the show seems higher rated on IMDB, there are a lot of haters for the series out there.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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Movie Review: Navy Seals vs. Zombies

NavySealsvsZombiesTry not to fall asleep during this week’s review of Navy Seals vs. Zombies Here’s what it’s about:

“A team of highly skilled Navy SEALS find themselves embarking on the battle of their lives when they come face-to-face with the undead. After a deadly outbreak occurs in New Orleans, the SEALS must fight for their lives, and the city, against an army of zombies.”

This movie is appropriately rated lower than 1 star out of 5 on Netflix. Unfortunately, it’s a snooze fest.

I sigh when I think about the Navy Seals. They looked more like retired military turned soldier of fortune or as if they had just come back from Afghanistan after sitting around doing nothing for months: no PT and too many high-calorie Chicken Ala King MREs. Every last one of them was uninteresting. Instead of hoping they live, I rooted for the zombies to pick them off.

One thing stands out about these zombie movies with the main characters in the military. Uniformed men running around with WMDs against zombies does not carry a movie. It’s like watching my sons play video games. Keeps my attention for about 2 minutes. There needed to be other civilian character we care about. In this case, the Seals stood out as the main focus, overshadowing saving the Vice President, who was as equally boring as they were.

In regards to the zombies, I wondered if they did their own makeup, a thing frequently done in low-budget zombie movies and very noticeable. This movie has not excuse. There were recognizable actors in this one. Zombie movies should NEVER pay has been actors’ salaries over focus on zombie makeup and bloody, half-eaten corpses.

My Rating: 1 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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Movie Review: Stitches

StitchesI’ve got a good one for you this week, although it’s not a zombie movie. Stitches had me laughing out loud, and here’s what it’s about:

“The clumsy and unfunny clown Richard “Stitches” Grindle goes to the birthday party of little Tom and the boy and his friends play a prank with Stitches, tying his shoelaces. Stitches slips, falls and dies. Six years later, Tom gives a birthday party for his friends at home and the clown revives to haunt the teenagers and revenge his death.”

I’m starting to think that I enjoy horrific clown movies just as much as zombie movies. Clowns are creepy enough, it seems natural to make them monsters and killers.

I don’t remember how I found this movie, but it ended up in my Netflix cue. Maybe it was the spirit of Stitches himself who put it there. Wouldn’t that be fun and nightmare inducing.

The main reason I like this movie is for the comedy. All of the killings of the teenagers were creative and nicely gross with plenty of blood. Yes, I mentioned teenagers, which means this is a teenage slasher movie from the U.K.

The acting is good, the storyline is good, it’s funny, and brain splattering bloody. What more could you ask for. I loved this movie! Watch it!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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