ZMMM Volume 6 progress report part II

Posted by Cory Casciato On October - 8 - 2013
Ken Foree is Peter in Dawn of the Dead

Ken Foree is Peter in Dawn of the Dead

Four more days, four more movies! Without further ado…

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

I got to watch the original Dawn of the Dead  in a theater, with an audience, for the first time ever! It was sweet. You notice the funny stuff more with a hundred and fifty people there to laugh when they hit. Before the show there was a good Q&A with Tom Savini and Ken Foree. Mostly standard stuff, but they told a funny story about the shooting. Seems that the Brown Derby bar in the mall stayed open until 2 a.m., so zombies would go in there and drink. One night, two of the zombies got loaded, “borrowed” a golf cart, and ran it into a column, causing about $7,000 worth of damage. Funny stuff. Oh, and I interviewed Ken Foree, too.

Also, Dawn of the Dead is never not fantastic.

ParaNorman

So, yeah, they make zombie movies for kids now. Wild, huh? I am not a big kids’ movie fan, despite having kids, so I wasn’t too sure about this one. That said, I do feel it is a sacred duty to see all the zombie movies, so… The thing is, this was pretty entertaining. It’s about a kid who sees and talks to dead people, and the obligatory kids’ movie message is about accepting people different than you for who they are, which a freak like me can get behind easily. Nice stop motion animation, too. You could do a lot worse for your kids’ “My First Zombie Movie.”

Frankenweenie

Since there are two kids’ zombie movies out, I figured I might as well just knock them out back to back (also, I’d watched two previously seen films back-to-back for logistical reasons, so this seemed like a good way to get two new ones out). This one is barely a zombie movie. More like a monster movie with one sort-of zombie in it. Still, kid resurrects a dead dog, that’s a zombie dog, right? It was just okay, I thought, but my wife liked it. She’s a Tim Burton fan, I am not, so that probably explains it.

When it was over, my wife leaned over and asked, “So, is Frankenstein a zombie movie?” to which I could only reply, “That is an excellent question that I have been meaning to address.” And I do mean to address it someday, but it is a deep topic, so I don’t have time to go into it now. Let’s just say “Sort of” and move on, shall we?

Night of the Living Dead (1990)

Last time I watched the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead I quite liked it. This time… well, less so. The zombies didn’t look as good as I recall (spoiled by The Walking Dead‘s zombies, I guess) and the acting was way worse. The writing too. It’s like half as smart as the original, which makes it pretty dumb. It was still a decent watch, and it belongs at the top of the middle, mediocre third of zombie movies, but that’s as good as I can do right now. I still think Savini should have gotten a shot to direct again, but I guess I can see why no one was too eager to hire him.

That brings us up to speed. Pretty sure tonight I am going to brave the depths of awful presented by Beyond Re-Animator. I’d like to believe it will be good, but Bride of Re-Animator was the worst piece of shit, so my expectations are basement level.

3 Responses to “ZMMM Volume 6 progress report part II”

  1. Glad to see that the ZMMM (2 M’s? 3 M’s?) is back. Seems more appropriate in Oct than June, too. I think I’m the only person who likes the Dawn remake better than the original. Maybe it’s a generational thing, but I didn’t see the original until I was an adult and it just seems too boring for me. Maybe if I was alive in the 70s and saw it when I was younger it would have seemed scarier or more impactful.

    I’ve never considered Frankenstein a zombie, but since my brother and I started watching zombie movies every month, I’ve included a bunch of movies to the roster that I would not have included prior, based on precedent. The more zombies variations you see, the more you stretch the definition and before you know it, Frankenstein is in. For example, I never thought of Evil Dead as zombies, but we included Demons and Primal and REC 2, which stretched things enough that the Evil Dead remake was included.

  2. Yeah, I totally agree — the more zombie movies you see, the more the definition gets stretched. It’s a broad field.

    I also agree that Dawn love is a generational thing. Old fuckers like me like the OG Dawn, young whippersnappers like you (and my older daughter) dig the new one. They’re both good, just very very different.

  3. Oh, and I sometimes do two M’s, sometimes three. Technically, three is correct (Movie Marathon Month), but I drop the third from time to time to refer to a zombie movie marathon. Make sense? Not really, I know.

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