Hell of the Living Dead (1980)
Director: Bruno Mattei
Main Stars: Margit Evelyn Newton, Franco Garofalo, Selan Karay
Storyline: A female reporter and her crew work together with some commando’s on battle the undead in the jungle.
Review (Spoils): A chemical leak (something new for zombie films lol) and it starts to turn the locals within the jungle tribes to become zombies. A commando group was created to go and investigate wheat is happening to the people of the area. A young cute reporter by the name of Lia (Margit Evelyn Newton) wants to break the story herself so she joins the commando team. Well she gets more than she bargained for as she and her army try to survive as they find out the whole land is overrun with undead.
Also known as Zombie Creeping Flesh this film is a gem when it comes to gore and zombie flicks. Sure its not as smart as the Romero or Lucio films but you have to give this film some credit for gore. We have the cute Margit Evelyn Newton playing the main character, funny moments and lots and lots of red and gore. We have cannibal zombies that roam the area and attack everything. The film is not unique or even written well but it’s a goddamn zombie movie what do you want. Its got some bad dub but man its gory as hell.
Rating: Many horror fans get mad over this film as a rip off from Dawn of the Dead but you know what its horror, its is suppose to silly and fun. Its an Italian zombie film what more do you want? We have a hot chick and lots of gore, not the best but sign me up as a classic underground gem.
Fear of the Living Dead (2009)
Director: Randy Smith
Main Stars: April Campbell, Mike Tarp, Beth Baker
Storyline: Basic zombie short of a man and woman trying to survive a zombie outbreak
Review (Spoils): I came across this film and received a copy as I was at one time going to be a walking zombie in the film as I worked with someone who knew the crew. Time and the planning of kids did not pane out but my friend did make it so I did get a screening of the film. This is Canadian short film on a couple who are trying to survive a zombie outbreak. The film is on limited budget so the acting is limited and so is the plot. The make-up of the zombies themselves are not bad to be honest for a short film and we have decent gore in this short.
We have headshots, slow movie zombies, swarms of zombies, groans and some nasty biting (my favorite is the finger scene as that zombie is my buddy).
Rating: Why place this film on the site? Well for one it’s a horror short and shot locally in Ottawa and two we need to support small time films as someone needs to start somewhere. Hell even Evil Dead was a short at one point. (which I do have a copy of Evil Dead 0).
Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)
Director: Brian Yuzna
Main Stars: Kent McCord, James T. Callahan, Sarah Douglas, Melinda Clarke, J. Trevor Edmond
Storyline: After seeing the experiment of bring the dead back to life a young man tries to do the same to his girlfriend who was killed in a motorcycle accident.
Review (Spoils): The government continue their experiments on the dead to come back to life for military uses. The colonel son named Curt (J. Trevor Edmond ) finds this out and he and his girlfriend Julie (Melinda Clarke) get involved in a motorcycle accident on the way home. Julie is pronounced dead so Curt takes her back to the lab and brings her back to life. What Curt learns is she is not fully the same woman that she was before the accident.
This film series had a rough go when the part 2 came out so I was not expecting a lot from this film. If you can get past the cheesie beginning this film is actually not bad. The film has character build and the gore is actually pretty damn good and over the top. This is a gory tale of true love and the Julie character is sexy but yet gory and deadly and she is definitely a memorable horror icon in my books. We have flesh eating, chewing, cool zombies, some drill scenes, the sexy zombie babe Melinda Clarke, some nasty cuts and of course the classic impaling scene.
Rating: This series has risen back to the ranks of the first film. I actually liked this film enough that I would place this into rotation in my horror collection. If you’re a horror fan and have not seen this film it is a must see at least once as it is a classic for the series.
Burial Ground (1981)
Director: Andrea Bianchi
Main Stars: Karin Well, Gianluigi Chirizzi, Simone Mattioli, Pietro Barzocchinini, Mariangela Giorddano,
Storyline: A crypt gets opened and the zombies rise and attack a group of people in a nearby mansion.
Review (Spoils): Professor Ayres finds some ancient texts and opens a crypt which unleashes an evil which makes the dead within walk again. Zombies start to pour out and head to a manor where a group of young people are staying (to protect themselves). The undead keep coming and slowly work their way into the manor killing them one by one.
The zombies are not the scary part of this film, the little boy Michael (which is not played by a boy, Pietro Barzocchinini) is. He loves and connection to his mother is over the top and some of the scenes are uncomfortable. We have lots of gory zombies, bodies being ripped, eyes popping, incest, nudity and some classic feel much like the film Zombi. Like I said before the characters of Pietro Barzocchinini, Mariangela Giorddano is the scariest! Exploitation at its finest!
Rating: I personally do not know where to start but if you’re a horror fan and love the Italian horror like myself you need to see this film. The violence of the zombies in the film is extreme and fun and the gore never stops. Plus the creepiness of this film just leaves a dry and awful taste in your mouth. Gore and sleaze ………….I’m sold!
Legend of the Bog (2009)
Director: Brendan Foley
Main Stars: Vinnie Jones, Jason Barry, Nora-Jane Noone, Amy Huberman, Olga Wehrly, Adam Fogerty
Storyline: An old body gets disturbed from the swamp when a new development is being built and the killings beginning.
Review (Spoils): An ancient warrior gets washed up (in perfect shape by the way) and the greedy asshole real estate woman asks for the body to be disposed of so that she can continue her project over the bog. So guess what happens next? Well he comes back for revenge and in this mess we have a bunch of other people involved when he comes back. We learn that some of the cardboard characters actual have back stories but it does not matter because the bogmen are going to get them.
The acting in this film is just terrible, the plot is crap, the bog man is not scary, there is not right or reason on how the bog really preserves the body and all the kills are off screen pretty much. I’m not even sure if this was a horror film now!
Rating: This movie just sucked no better way to say it. We have the cute Nora-Jane Noone so that gets a pint.
Filed under Monster, Zombie
The Rage (2007)
Director: Robert Kurtzman
Main Stars: Andrew Divoff, Erin Brown, Ryan Hooks, Angela Gasparec
Storyline: A crazed scientist works a virus on innocent people turning them into mad zombies.
Review (Spoils): Doctor Viktor Vasilienko (Andrew Divoff ) escapes a nuthouse and heads to the woods. He wants to spread a virus known as the Rage to everyone until they recognize him for his cure for cancer. When the Rage kicks in the victim becomes a blood thirsty madman much like a zombie. When the virus spreads in the woods even infecting birds a young group that were traveling in a RV run into the madness all the blood and goofiness kicks in.
We have lots of blood, cheesie gore, zombie vultures, and a crazed mutant dwarf that looks like a little girl, lots of deaths, giant leeches and zombie fun! Too bad the can be painful and the CGI destroys this film but the weirdness and the gore brings this film up. Plus did I saw that we nudity and a nice sex death scene….. I didn’t? Well there is that also.
Rating: This film is a low budget gore fest that is not sure what it really wants to be but instead decides lets be it all. We have a ton of blood and gore and freakiness , add in some hotties and monsters and off we go.
Demons 3 (Black Demons) (1991)
Director: Umberto Lenzi
Main Stars: Keith Van Hoven, Joe Balogh, Sonia Curtis
Storyline: A group of college students go to a Brazilian plantation and stumble across voodoo group creating zombies.
Review (Spoils): Three college students head to Brazil in which one gains special powers from attending a voodoo type ceremony. The jeep breaks down near a plantation and the dumb ass man uses his special powers to bring the dead slaves back to life. The undead breaks loose as they want revenge for their deaths and for being slaves for some many years.
Bring out the blood and gore in this bad boy! We have zombies, eyes gouging, axes and lots of chasing. The zombies are out for revenge. The acting is bad, the writing is really horrible but the movie over all was not bad.
Rating: People can argue back and forth if this is an actual sequel and belongs to the classic Demons series but it is what it is. Black Demons (fine I will call it that) is not the greatest film and at the same time it is entertaining enough with it cheesiness. I personally am a fan of the Demons series and to find out that this film had nothing to do with it was a good thing. I prefer my demons over the zombies for the series but as a zombie film on its own it’s not bad.
Filed under Occult, Zombie