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Martin (1977)

Martin (1977)

Country:  USA

Director: George A. Romero

Main Stars: John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest, Tom Savini, Elyane Nadeau

Storyline:  A young man believes that he is an actual vampire and tries to deal with the cravings.

mv5bmtm5mtc5ntgzmv5bml5banbnxkftztcwmdc0ntkxmq__v1_uy268_cr40182268_al_Review (Spoils): Martin (John Ampla) is a messed up young man who drugs women, has sex with them and then drinks their blood by using a razor blade to cut them open. He believes that he is actual a vampire and needs to drink blood to survive.  Martin gets taken in by a long lost uncle named Tata Cuda (Lincoln Maazel) who believes him and can save his soul. But at the same time Tata has a young girl named Christina (Christine Forrest) living with them and has told her to stay away from him.  Of course Christina and Martin build a connection as the young man battles the inner demon of possibly being a vampire or just one messed up kid.

This film is very straight forward and an interesting take on vampires or possibly someone who thinks they are. We have some character build in the film and even some nasty scenes that can be unsettling. Razor blades, unsettling sex scenes, blood, some beatings and the final scene of movie. We have a strong script and the tale is dark and it reminds me a bit of such films as Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

Rating: This is not your average vampire film at all because you do not know if he ever really was one or just a mad killer. George A. Romero took what he did for zombies and made a classic vampire film. I personally think is this is a must see for any kind of horror fan as it screams as an unknown dark classic.

Check this one out!

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8/10 Beers!

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Land of the Dead (2005)

 

Land of the Dead (2005)

Country:  USA

Director: George A.Romero

Main Stars: John Leguizamo, Asia Argento, Simon Baker, Eugene Clark

Storyline:  The dead are still taking over the world and the last of civilization are walled up in a city.

MV5BNzU1MDI1NDM1NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzU5OTkyMQ@@__V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_Review (Spoils):  the living was built a massive wall around the city to protect themselves from the walking dead.  When the living start to get power hungry and fighting for leadership and dictatorship over the walled the city the dead take this as a weakness and advance.

We were waiting forever for this to be created since the last film Day of the Dead of the series. We have the survivor all walled up, the rich sitting in area called Fiddler’s Green and everyone else on ground level battling on the streets. We have a massive city well walled in with electric fences and razor wire where some of the poor people rebel against the rich and this causes the collapse. During the weakness of the people the zombies are now following the leadership of an advanced zombie known as Big Daddy.

Ok can this film be any farther away from the last film? Advanced zombies? A world that looks like it should be a sci-fi Mad Max war zone area and reads more like an action film than a horror film. I was expecting so much more with this film then what was delivered to me. I love my zombies stupid, slow moving and hungry. Juts plan and simple not this war zone type shit that this film gave me.

Rating: Low rating on this as the series over all is one of the most classic and one of the best so you need to be very careful when doing a fourth film. You can’t just deliver a shooting, futuristic film with intelligent zombies and expect the fans to jump all over it. We waited way to long for this film to be finally done to feel that it was rushed and not overly thought out in the end.

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Survival of the Dead (2009)

Survival of the Dead (2009)

Country: USA

Director: George A. Romero

Main Stars: Alan Van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh, Kathleen Moore, Joshua Peace, Micelle Morgan, Amy Lalonde, Athena Karkanis, Devon Bostick

Storyline: Continuing the Living Dead story we have a group of people trying to get to a island away from the dead.

MV5BNzE1NDMxMDAzOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjgzNDcyMw@@__V1_SX214_AL_Review (Spoils): This film is far off now from the original series, we have undead still roaming around and people not getting alone but they are now killing each other over what holy message the walking dead means. We have a group of army like people, some vigilantes and some cowboy like groups battling it out. We have some Irish accents and a battle between a captain fisherman and a cowboy ranger one the message of God.

This film is not a total mess as we have some decent gore and blood in the film. We have lots of gun shots to the head, zombies, more gun shots, some zombie munching, ripping bodies apart, eating a horse and some of the zombie concept of them doing what they did normal daily life (like the horse rider and the mailman was unique). The zombie children were pretty neat so the overall special effects and makeup was good. Too bad the story sucked so bad.

Rating: I believe this is the sixth of the series and it does not get much better than the first three. But it started to save itself when the gore started towards the end you just have to make it that fair through the shady plot to see the good stuff.

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The Crazies (1973)

The Crazies (1973)

Country: USA

Director: George A. Romero

Main Stars: Lane Carroll, Will MacMillan, Harold Wayne Jones, Lynn Lowry

Storyline: The army tries to contain a man made virus which drives people mad.

MV5BMjA0OTQ3NzUxNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzYzODQyMQ@@__V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_Review (Spoils): A biochemical accident leads to chaos as people that have been in contact with the virus have gone insane. We have plot’s of people in chaos and the higher power people trying to control it. The main focus is on two firemen and nurse who is a pregnant girlfriend of one of them.

This film was the army trying to quarantine the people and then the madness hits every so often. We have gunshots, knitting needles, burning buildings, burning priests, blood, and rape (in a deranged way). This film is the beginning which influenced such films as [REC] and Quarantine and you can see why. I love that the army dubbed the virus infected people as the Crazies. George A. Romero took a step away from the zombies and worked on the Crazies storyline. Much like his other films he brings in the gore and the creepy and disturbing ideas which he is known for. This film is cheaply made but a classic in its own as some of the topics are real and believable.

Rating: Not as classic as his Night of the Living Dead series this film gets shadowed unfortunately and this is not the only little horror gem that George A. Romero has done. If you think you’re a horror fan and have not seen this then it is worth taken a look and enjoying.

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Creepshow (1982)

Creepshow (1982)

Country: USA

Director: George A. Romero

Main Stars: Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, Stephen King

Storyline: A number of stories of horror from a 1950’s comic book.

MV5BODIxNTUwMzYwOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTU3MDcxMQ@@__V1_SX214_AL_Review (Spoils): Five tales of horror from a 1950’s comic book come to life on the big screen. The first story is “Father’s Day” which tells the tale of a grumpy rich father who was murdered by being smashed in the head with a marble ashtray. He rises from the dead demanding for his Father’s Day cake. He gets his revenge even after death. This one has some gore.

The second story is the tale of “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill”. This brings Stephen King on the screen as a hillbilly lonesome man who comes across a fallen meteor. He gets some green glowing stuff on his hands and he slowly starts to become a plant like creature.

The third story is “Something to Tide you Over” which brings a man Leslie Nielsen tormenting a woman and another man with video of them one by one buried to their heads in sands and slowly drowning. This leads to some salt water zombies having their revenge on the Leslie Nielsen.

The forth story is “The Crate” which is a tale of murder and science. A scientist wants to murder his drunk and annoying wife (Adrienne Barbeau) so he lures her to a special crate which contains a ape like creature.

The final tale is “They’re Creeping up on You” which deals with a ruthless boss who has a phobia over bugs. This leads to a massive bug fest at his place and a gory finish.

Rating: This is a classic and there are not too many short story horror films that match this one. The cover is a classic that is very memorable to my childhood and the stories and mostly memorable. They tried hard to match it with sequels but the first one is still the best.

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The Dark Half (1993)

The Dark Half (1993)

Country:  USA

Director:  George A. Romero

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Michael Rooker

Storyline:  A writer’s alter-ego wants to take over his life and will do anything to have it.

MV5BMTAxOTA1NDQzODVeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU3MDYyNzEzMzQ@__V1_SX214_Review: When Thad Beaumont was a child he had a strange tumour removed from his brain which turned out to be a twin brother that was never developed. Years later he became a writer and created an alter-ego called George Stark. This character was dark and nothing like the real Thad. The secret identity of George Stark gets leaked out so Thad decides to give up the name and lay it to rest (with grave and all). During this decision someone starts killing off everyone involved in the decision and threatening Thad family and life.

This is yet another Stephen King novel done for a movie.  The film is not bad it relies on the “who done it?” plot and it throws a curve ball with the twin and tumour storyline. We have okay acting throughout the film and it gives us some bloody slashing. We have lots of switchblades cuts, sparrows, greasy hair, more sparrows and a pretty neat picked to death at the end (Thank you George A. Romero).

Rating: This is just okay and it could have been a lot worse as sometimes Stephen King books do not play out well on film. The acting was alright and the graphics could have been better but I wish they would of played off the craziness of Thad mind more than they did.

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Day of the Dead (1985)

Day of the Dead (1985)

Country:  USA

Director:  George A.Romero

Stars: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato, Sherman Howard

Storyline:  A group of military officers and scientists live in an underground bunker as the undead walk still on the world above.

MV5BMjEwNjQ5NDU4OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwOTI2NzA5__V1_SY317_CR1,0,214,317_Review: The third film in the great zombie series we have a small group of military and scientists that living and trapped in an underground bunker. They grab the odd zombie that roams below for experiments so that they can rid the world of them. Through all this the military over take the power of the bunker and zombies slowly make their way into the underground death trap.

This screams classic in a lot of fronts. From the dream sequence of Sarah (Lori Cardille) walking and the zombie’s arms springing from the walls to the asshole military guy Rhodes (Joseph Pilato). Sure the film is filled with B acting but the story and the gore is over the top. We have lots of organs, zombies biting, zombies gorging, chests being ripped open, neck biting, Bub the classic friendly zombie (Sherman Howard ) and the classic no holds barred zombie fest ending.

George A.Romero does it again by making another zombie masterpiece to his long series of dead films. Sure the acting is not as great as the past films but the gore it over the top!

Rating: This film is not for the serious acting fans and definitely not for the weak towards guts and blood. This film has some pretty graphic scenes in it for its time (Rhodes death for one).  Love the ending where Sarah marks the calendar November 4th because that is the Day of the Dead according to Latin American folklore. Great stuff…. cheers to Bub!!!!

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Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Country:  USA

Director:  George A. Romero

Main Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross

Storyline:  Sequel to Night of the Living Dead a television executive, her boyfriend and two SWAT policemen tried to survive with the walking dead and barricade up in a shopping mall.

 

 

 

 

 

Review (Spoils): George A. Romero is back with another great zombie flick. There are some flaws in the film and the introduction with the TV station can be very overwhelming and confusing. Just get past the first 15min of the film and your ready to go. When the SWAT team kicks on the screen you’re good to go with the gore!

Francine (Gaylen Ross) is a TV executive and she is forced to flee with her wanna be cop dick of a boyfriend Stephen (David Emge). Gaylen Ross does a great job playing the quiet blonde girlfriend so is tired of being just a pawn in the game of man vs zombie. David Emge’s character does the opposite he is an arrogant pig who treats his wife like an object even though the movie does not go there.  The abortion conversation was a key for pointing this out and also not giving his girlfriend a gun to defend herself.

Than we have the two SWAT guys Peter (Ken Foree ) and Roger (Scott H. Reiniger) which add a flavour to the film such as one liners, comedy and gun shooting excitement. Peter has nothing coolness and attitude and Roger are more of your short hyper guy.  All four characters together make a nice mix against the zombies for survival.

Now for the zombies of the film, Tom Savini does an amazing job in the makeup of our pale, blue skin, slow walkers. Also he acts as one of the motorcycle guys in the final battle scene. We got some serious gore and blood in this film, everything from biting, ripping, chewing and more bouncing bullets than a classic western. This is one of Tom Savini best.

Rating: “When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth” drinks up to that as this is one of the better zombie flicks out there. Thank you George A. Romero and Tom Savini once again and great music again from Goblin.

 

 

8/10 Beers!

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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Country: USA

Director:  George A. Romero

Main Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman

Storyline:  The radiation from a fallen satellite brings the dead back to the world of the living, trapping a group of people in a farmhouse to fight for their lives.  

 

 

 

 

 

Review:  This is one of the greatest and most influential horror movies of all time. Seen as a low budget cult movie this is a movie that I never get tired of.  It starts as young teenage brother and sister are visiting a family grave at an out of town graveyard. This sets the mood to the film very dark, sometimes slow but very graphic for its time.

George A. Romero builds the standard for all zombie movies moving forward with this film (except the fast moving zombies like 28 Days Later which I hate). We have well done make-up, gory effects and the mood with the lighting is amazing to set the tone. Yes this is first of the whole George A. Romero dead series and I personally think it is the best one.  We have classic moments like the undead child, eating of innards, personal turmoil between the groups of people of who is going to sacrifice themselves to the zombie horde and of course the opening scene with Barbara (Judith O’Dea) and her brother Johnny (Russell Streiner). Without spoiling the ending (in case you’re one of the rare people born under a rock and have never seen the film) leaves you going “Whoa what just happened?”

Rating:  This is one of the Greats of the horror genre andGeorge A. Romero made a name for himselffrom this movie alone.Grab a case of beer and sit down and enjoy one of the greatest and grandfather of the whole zombie fad. And remember They’re coming to get you, Barbara!”and have a pint every time you hear Barbara.

 

 

9/10 Beers!

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