Remembering King of the Zombies

It’s been awhile since I reviewed a zombie movie. I got a bit reminiscent when I saw King of the Zombies on TCM channel. I’ve seen this movie a number of times and couldn’t pass up another viewing. Here’s what it’s about:

“During World War 2, a small plane off the south coast of America is low on fuel and blown off course by a storm. Guided by a faint radio signal, they crashland on an island. The passenger, his manservant and the pilot take refuge in a mansion owned by a doctor. The easily-spooked manservant soon becomes convinced the mansion is haunted by zombies and ghosts. Exploring, the 3 find a voodoo ritual in the cellar, where the doctor is trying to acquire war intelligence by transferring personalities into his zombies. But the interruption causes the zombies to turn on their creator.”

I enjoyed it as much as every other time! By today’s standards, it’s cheesy horror. While I watched I wondered if people were at all afraid of the traditional voodoo zombies, although this movie is intended to mix horror and comedy.

Mantan Moreland should have gotten top billing. I loved him growing up in the Charlie Chan movies. He really is the star of King of the Zombies. In fact, if he were alive today, I think he’d be drawing viewers to the theater more than most other comedy star. He could just stand in place and pop out those eyes and I’d laugh my ass off.

Anyway, back to the movie review and stereotypes. What you have to love most about this movie is that it’s not typical for the time. While there were blatant stereotypes for African Americans back then, Mantan Moreland greatly tops the white stars in brain power. We can watch old movies today, knowing that blacks were portrayed as they were, although not to excuse it, and still enjoy the movies. Well, at least I hope we can because we humans need constant reminders of past stupidities or we repeat history over and over again.

Growing up, I watched countless old horror movies and I hope that young people continue to have an interest in watching them. After all, they are easier than every to access via the Internet. King of the Zombies is one that should never be lost in the archives. Watch this one!

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Please leave zombie movie suggestions in the comments.
I prefer movies rated below a 4 on IMDB.

Movie Review: Mutants

Before I get started, if you’re looking for reviews of World War Z, you won’t read it here because, apparently it’s pretty good. I do suggest you head over to Dina Rae’s blog and read this review.

mutantsThis week I chose the 2008 version of Mutants, not to be confused with the one released in 2009, which I haven’t seen but is rated so much higher. Note made to watch it at a later date. The one I watched was bad, but I managed to stay awake through the whole thing and wasn’t tempted to check email. Here’s what it’s about:

The greedy Braylon owns the Just Rite Sugar Company and has hired the unethical scientist Sergei to conduct an experiment to make an addictive sugar stronger than heroin or nicotine to increase his sales. Sergei uses invisible people as test subjects, like beggars, addicted junkies and illegals, in the clandestine Shadow Rock Mill. When Braylon’s men mistakenly kidnap Ryan, who is the brother of his secretary Erin and son of his security chief Griff, and Hannah, the youngster becomes an important non-contaminated subject. However, Erin receives some mysterious e-mails from the unknown Cinderella with a picture of Ryan and a hint that he might be in Shadow Rock and together with her father, they decide to seek out Ryan.

Mutants had a few familiar faces from minor parts in other films, but the acting was still bad. That never deters me from watching a horror movie though. I’d even say watch it to see the Russian scientist who’s probably the worst to the point of laughable.

Storyline equally bad, or should I say tired. What really bothered me about the storyline was the part about conducting “an experiment to make an addictive sugar stronger than heroin or nicotine to increase his sales.” Um, duh, we have that already in refined sugar. But the worst thing is that the entire movie is the back-story for a zombie movie. The actual public outbreak doesn’t happen until the closing of the movie. I stared at the screen and shook my head.

On to what I liked. Hmmm… That it kept me watching, although I don’t know why. I was left wondering if the director sneaked in subliminal messages or something. I also wonder because this was a long drawn out movie and even the last 20 minutes, when the zombies got loose, fell short. This one ain’t guna get on my FAV bad zombie list.

1 out of 5 Bloody Brains.

Try Unchained Naked Chardonnay

I’ve decided to shut down the Minor Insanity blog and re-post my #WineWednesday posts here until I have time write new posts, probably in June after the insane Story a Day in May challenge.

This week I’m expressing my love for Unchained Naked Chardonnay a wine by Big House Wine Company. They say on their website:

“We veered off the California standard by using steel tank and neutral oak barrels; thereby preserving the true fruit characteristics of the Chardonnay grape.”

Is this why this wine blowed us away? Hell, I don’t know.

“Picked at night or early in the morning, these grapes underwent fermentation in stainless steel tanks and were freed from the common secondary malolactic fermentation, which is a frequent sentence for Californian Chardonnay. The result is a fresh and bright unoaked Chardonnay that is more reminiscent of an aromatic white than its namesake.”

Wow, this interests me, but why did I choose this wine at the liquor store? Combo of the wine’s rating, the name and the label. What else do you expect from a woman. Anyways, when we tried it, we had no idea how the wine was produced, we just loved it. Definitely, give this one a try. We had it tonight with chicken breasts and mushrooms, sauteed in a peach balsamic vinaigrette and this very wine, so cook with it too. YUM!

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Week 1 Zombie Movie Marathon Reviews

Here are my reviews for the first week of the zombie movie marathon Gaynor Stenson and I are doing over at the Vamplit Blog. You can read both my and her reviews over there too.

This will be quick. First of all, I’m glad I spared my son on this one and watched it alone. Yes, Zombie Nation rates with some of the worst horror movies I’ve seen. Yes, the acting sucked. The set looked like it was put together by garbage pickers. The script either confuses you or the characters tell you exactly what was going on. I did like the idea behind the movie, with the serial murderer’s victims coming back as traditional zombies. What baffles me the most is this is the worst rated movie on Netflix, but still there are 15 pages of bad reviews on Zombie Nation. I guess I’ll leave it at that and give it 1 out of 5 bloody brains like everyone else.

Infection has a cool cover, huh? Much better than the actual “things” that infect humans, which were more insect like. This movie wasn’t horrible, but it was not a zombie movie as far as I’m concerned, which is why I give it 1 out of 5 bloody brains. Everything about the movie felt a bit toned down, and a lot of the problem was the music that stayed at a consistent level and actually helped to make the film boring. My son’s response to the movie was, “I don’t know. I was half asleep.

Heads up, next week’s movies include: Raiders of the Damned, Dead Heist, Oasis of the Zombies, Death Valley: The Revenge of Bloody Bill, Day of the Dead (2008), Edges of Darkness, Zombie Island Massacre

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