Appreciating the Slow Burn on “Fear”

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***Before we begin, first I’d like to apologize for the lack of posts. Damsel Cannibal’s lovely husband is ill and she needs time to help him heal. So your understanding and happy thoughts are greatly appreciated.***

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD! IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT, THEN DON’T READ THIS!!!

Now if you’ve been hanging out with me through the live tweets for Fear the Walking Dead then you should probably know that I am loving this slow burn for this spin off. Sadly not everyone seem to appreciate what Kirkman is trying to do differently with this spin off. Here are the major complaints I’ve seen so far:

  • It’s too slow
  • Not enough zombies
  • Too much talking

Are we really that shallow of an audience that all we want to see is zombies eating people and survivors killing zombies? In my mind that would get old quickly. Kirkman has already stated that this is not going to be a rehashing of The Walking Dead. He wanted this to be more of a family drama than “zombie kill of the week”. More importantly this is supposed to show what happened during the time that Rick Grimes was in a coma. We’ve all asked the same questions: How did it start? What did the Government do? Are there other survivors out there? These are some of the questions that we’re going to be answered with this series.

We also have a better chance at getting to know our characters. We saw how they were before the apocalypse, how they were when there were hints that zombies were walking around, and how they were when the shit really hit the fan. I think this was smart because you can relate to at least one of these characters. Personally, I relate more to the Salazars. My dad pretty much has the same attitude as Daniel Salazar when it come to emergencies. Trust no one!

I like how we see the characters in this series respond to the disaster as it unfolds. With The Walking Dead, we were mostly experiencing these things from Rick’s Point of View when civilization already went down the toilet. With Fear the Walking Dead we see how everything collapsed and who has the better chance of survival. Personally, I think that Nick the Addict, Daniel Salazar, and Strands are the ones that are going to handle the zombie apocalypse the best.

I’m sure that the zombies are going to get more frequent as the next season progresses. But I still want to point out that if you just want to watch people killing zombies then stick with the zombie movies because both TV series is about the characters not the zombies

A LOOK AT SEASON 2!

Raising Funds For A Zombie Movie

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Alrighty y’all! Let’s rally together and help finish a Vancouver based zombie film! It’s been described as a modern twist to the zombie genre with a nostalgic feel. Most people think that once you seen one zombie film you’ve seen them all. You’re probably right but that doesn’t make zombie movies any less entertaining.

Please check the Indiegogo site listed below to donate. Depending the amount you donate, you will be rewarded with a shout out in the credits, a digital copy, a signed DVD, etc! We have 38 days to reach the goal of $10,000 CAD so you better hurry. The last count was $426 CAD.

Sites:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/3-hours-till-dead-indie-zombie-horror-film#/story

https://twitter.com/millspictures

https://www.facebook.com/Hourstilldead

Taste the “Fist of Jesus”!!

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Directed:  Adrián Cardona, David Muñoz

Screenplay: David Muñoz

Starring:  Marc Velasco, Noé Blancafort

Yeah…I’m definitely going to Hell for having the brilliant idea of posting this on Good Friday.

So here’s a lovely short called “Fist of Jesus” where we witness the famous scene where Jesus resurrects Lazarus. Sadly things don’t go as planned when Lazarus comes back as a zombie and devours his loved ones. That creates more zombies and now we’re faced with a small zombie army! So it’s up to Jesus and his trusty sidekick Judas Iscariot to clean up the mess and battle an army of zombies.

This was a glorious piece of hilarity. This whole thing was filmed in 2012 and in Spanish(don’t worry there are subtitles) which I think added to the comedy of the short film. It started out as this super serious/spiritual movie that we’ve seen a million times and then in a split second it changed into the gory goodness of a zombie movie which we’ve also seen a million times. If “Shaun of the Dead” and the Bible had a baby it would be “Fist of Jesus”. It has won it’s fair share of awards.

Those include :

10/11/13“Best Short Film” 8th Abertoir Horror Film Festival of Wales

08/11/13“Audience Award to the Best Action Shortfilm” Germany After Dark 2013

30/10/13“Best International Film” Heavy Hitting HorrorFest (Whistler, Canada)

20/10/13“Best Short Film” Fear Fete Horror Film Festival (Louisiana, USA)

This short film has been such a funtastic thing to behold that they are trying to get the funds to turn it into a feature film titled “Once Upon a Time in Jerusalem”. Honestly, I would love to see this film so I’m going to put the links below so you can see for yourself. Please donate, buy “Fist of Jesus” merchandise, and give your support to make “Once Upon a Time in Jerusalem” a reality. I also have the short film at the bottom so you can see what I mean about this zombie goodness.

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Sites

http://www.fistofjesus.com/

https://twitter.com/FistOfJesusFilm

http://www.facebook.com/FistOfJesus

Laugh til you pee with Dead Snow 2

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Dead Snow 2 released Oct. 2014 in Norway but is now available (in English) on Netflix

Director: Tommy Wirkola Writers: Tommy, Wirkola, Stig Frode Henriksen, and Vegar Hoel

Starring: Vegar Hoel, Orjan Gamst, and Martin Starr

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014) is a gut busting horror comedy film from Norway. Nazi zombies (and a tank) battle Soviet zombies, nerds, a gay guy, and a one-armed Norwegian dude (from the first movie, apparently) in the snow. Thankfully this smart, hilarious new take on the zombie genre is on Netflix for we, Americans, to wet our pants over.

I’ve seen so many zombie movies I’ve kinda burned myself out, but Dead Snow 2 is a revelation. It’s original, fast-paced, and unapologetically campy. I can’t remember when I’ve laughed so hard. Damsel Bruja and I watched this film together on a weeknight and loved it. This is definitely a movie to watch with your friends piled high on a couch with an open box of pizza and cold beers. Definitely watch this movie with beer. The drunker you are the funnier it gets. True story.

A+ for Dead Snow 2. Trashy entertainment at its finest!

A Tale of Two Ricks

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So I was recently given a copy of “The Walking Dead: Compendium One” as an early Easter present (thanks, Mom!). After reading it in a few days I came to realize the big differences between Rick Grimes played by Andrew Lincoln and the Rick Grimes from comic books.

Let start off by saying that I saw the TV show first. I remember watching the series premiere with my cousin on Halloween and was totally blown away by it. I’ve been a fan ever since and have even made my dad a fan…and he’s famous for hating the monster genre! One of the biggest debates he and I have had is about Rick. I love Rick, I think he’s a good leader but sometimes he makes the dumbest decisions and it took him FOREVER to adapt to his surroundings.

Comic Book Rick is a different story. After reading my comic book, I loved Rick even more. Here’s why, he wasn’t afraid to make hard choices and he wasn’t afraid to defend his actions.

One major difference I noticed between the Two Ricks is that everybody thought that Rick was crazy when he killed an inmate to protect the group (see picture above). They were disgusted and kept repeating, “Rick, you’re losing your mind”…..Really? He just saved your ungrateful asses! As a person reading the situation you understand that Rick’s actions are right, they may be horrible in today’s society, but he’s doing whatever it takes to survive. Somehow the rest of the group didn’t get that.

In the TV show, the roles are reversed. We all remember that scene where Rick points a gun a Merle and says, “We don’t kill the living!” A few season later, Rick realizes that the greatest threat in the zombie apocalypse are humans. But not before he literally loses his sanity when Lori dies. I feel that the writer’s decided that out of all the people in the survivor group they chose Rick to be the example of humanity deteriorating.

I don’t know. All I know is, I love the Comic Book Rick more than TV Rick. Although, after watching the season finale when the group goes to Terminus, I think we’ll be seeing more of Comic Rick in the seasons to come.

Danger World (zombie short)

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This little zombie flick won “Best Narrative Short” at both Pan African Film Festival and Bronzelens Film Festival. For a running time just under 20min, the movie packs quite a punch and features a both a diverse cast and a female director! *happy dance* I never know what to expect when I watch a short indie film (Damsel Bruja and I suffered through some terrible ones at Austin Comic Con last year) and so I’m happy to say I really enjoyed this one.

Directed by Luchina Fisher (female horror director, hurray!) 

Starring: Frankie Faison and Saorise Scott

Written by  Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due, based on their novel “Devil’s Wake.”

Little Soldier and Grandpa survive the zombie-infested woods by sticking close (they drive past a pregnant woman and her wailing children) and fleeing for cover when the going gets tough. However Little Soldier still doesn’t see the zombies as “monsters” and has a hard time shooting her rifle. Her childlike naivety exasperates Grandpa. He snaps at Little Soldier to pick up her gun after she throws a tantrum and flings it to the grass. The tension between the characters came through right away. Little Soldier does not agree with Grandpa’s ruthless decision to leave the pregnant woman by the side of the road. She doesn’t want to face reality and kill to survive. However Grandpa remains firm and warns her that he won’t always be there to protect her. She’ll have to “learn not to be small.” And predictably just that happens. I’m not going to spoil the story for you, minions, but the ending is well-handled. There’s a few “gotcha” moments, as far as horror is concerned. This movie relies more on story and voice than special effects, makeup, or gore. Don’t go into it expecting to see buckets of blood.

Overall I recommend you check it out. It’s a simple story, but well-told. Worth the 20 minutes.

 

Fast Zombies VS Slow Zombies Debate

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Recently I watched a fun documentary about Zombies and Pop Culture and one of the topics discussed is the Slow Zombies vs Fast Zombies debate.

 

Let’s talk about the Slow Zombies for a minute. They are these reanimated corpses that shuffle around and if they catch you, they eat you. I think what makes these zombies scary is that they were the first type of zombie to enter pop culture. Imagine seeing your loved one as this decaying thing shuffling toward you. You know that you should run but there’s something stopping you. Something that wants to believe that you can snap them out of whatever murderous spell they’re under.

Now with the Fast Zombies we have these decaying humanoid things that can outrun you and tear you pieces in minutes. Imagine that you’re out and about when you see five of these creatures. They see you and the chase begins. You know that if you can’t outrun them, your new name is going to be Dinner. You don’t have time to see who it is that’s chasing you, all you care about is staying alive.

For me, I think that Fast Zombies are scarier. Just for the simple fact that I’m out of shape, I know that I’d probably be the first to go. What also makes them terrifying is that they won’t stop at nothing to get you. For example, the World War Z zombies didn’t stop for anything. They smashed through windows and doors to get to their victims. Also they made a giant zombie pyramid just to get over a giant wall to get their next meal. Slow zombies would probably shuffle around in circles.

Hell, even The Walking Dead zombies move faster than the slow zombies. I think the Walking Dead Zombies are the best combination of slow and fast zombie. When they’re inactive they just shuffle around, but when they find something to eat they pick up speed.

Which Zombies do you prefer? Fast or Slow?

The Returned: Classy French Zombies

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Holy cow, I love this series! Zombies? Check. High-brow Drama? Check. French? Why not?! You have GOT to watch “The Returned!” I’m telling you, it’s a gem! I just fell in love with the story and I know you will, too. I promise this is not like any zombie thing you’ve ever seen. For one, the zombies look just like you and me, they talk, they fall in love, they question their existence… The characters are so beautifully written, you will empathize with each one. The episodes follow a bunch of loosely connected people and their journeys from life, death, to zombiehood. The setting takes place in a  small French town in the mountains. The characters’ individual stories fit like a jigsaw puzzle, slowly hinting how and why the zombies resurrected. There are only 9 episodes so you can watch the whole thing in one go.

Look how pretty the opening is. Look. LOOK, dammit!

The series leaves many unanswered questions. I happened to catch the series halfway through on IFC and wound up scouring the internet for more. Or you can buy it (as I plan to) HERE. The American version is called “The Resurrected” and will air on ABC sometime soon, I think. But you know how we, Americans, fuck everything up. So just watch the original French version and deal with the English subtitles. IT IS WORTH IT. I wouldn’t lie to you. If you like “The Walking Dead” on AMC then you will adore “The Returned.” It has smart writing. Smart acting. Smart directing. Just watch it. A++++ all the way! You’re welcome. Cannot wait for season 2!

The Gathering: A Review

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You’d think I’d get tired of zombies but I’m still ready for more. What I found interesting is that this particular story is that it is set somewhere other than LA or New York. This was actually set in London and me being an Anglophile I was pretty excited. Anyway this short story run parallel to Marik’s novel End Storm.

This story focuses on a few people when the zombie apocalypse hits London. We see a mysterious cloud, a boom/earthquake, people collapsing, then getting back up and attacking people. We see Mr. Shah, James, James’ dad, and Alice. Each has their own perspective on the zombie disaster.

Since it’s a short story I don’t want to mention too many scenes otherwise I’ll ruin it for you. Anyway, I just loved how it started! With James running for his life in the woods. At first you think that the zombie apocalypse has already started or we’re right in the middle of it! But it turns out James is running from his dad because he thought it was brilliant to vandalize his headmaster’s car. Oooh! Good trick. They later witness the zombies’ rise on their way back to London. In London we see Mr. Shah going through another day at his shop. This slowly start to escalate as people collapse, get back up, and attack.

The mayhem was scary to read because of the mass panic, you know with people running everywhere and not knowing what to do. I thought Marik did an excellent job describing the being of this apocalypse and how the people reacted to it. I thought that Mr. Shah was a believable character and that’s how I like them.

This short story leads to two more and I will have those soon. I promise! But if you don’t want to wait for me why not go ahead and check them out for yourself. I got mine on my NOOK for free and I look forward to starting Marik’s End Storm saga once I get the chance.

Check out his website at: http://mazmarik.weebly.com/