Thursday, April 28, 2016

Zombie Marathon Weekend Thanks To Netflix!

content by Tami Jackson

Who doesn't love a great zombie flick? All that pent-up frustration from weirdos who deserve a head bashing can be let go as you watch zombies get shot in the head or decapitated. If you're looking for stress relief a weekend zombie movie marathon might be just what the shrink ordered and Netflix has a number of very fun films just waiting (groaning and lurking) for you!

Beyond watching the first three seasons of The Walking Dead, a modern flick which involves a lot of great human psychology, conflict and strategies for survival, you also get to see different approaches to what people value about cohabiting while they all seek to find safety in numbers.

A community of trustworthy counterparts is important when there are no ambulances or police cars or anyone else of authority left alive enough to respond to anyone's frantic call. I'll admit I thought the first three shows of Walking Dead season one were a little slow but I'm glad I trusted the opinions of my friends who really fell in love with this television series. If you keep watching, you'll like it too!

World War Z

This action and adventure British-American apocalyptic film has former U.N. employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) retired and enjoying life as a stay-at-home dad. He's raising his two little girls while his wife (Mireille Enos) earns a paycheck. When the most hellish of all zombie outbreaks catapults the unsuspecting family into a race for shelter, they find themselves fighting zombies in the stairwell of an unfamiliar apartment building. The couple completely switch roles at that point and the extremely patient and doting father becomes a military survivalist/brainiac while his wife coddles the children like the subservient wife she should be (extreme sarcasm there).

In World War Z, there's no time to mourn the undead because once a person is bitten, you can count the seconds before he or she turns into a raving fast-speed zombie. Survival seems so hopeless, Gerry re-enlists with the military to help stop the spread of the pandemic and that's where mom and kids begin to face very dark times while their patriarch goes out on search and discover missions.


EVEN MORE ZOMBIE FLICKS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Aaah! Zombies!! (2007) - sympathetic focus on what it feels like to be a zombie (aka brain-dead like many people driving during rush hour).
Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (2012) - America's 16th President fights the attacking Confederate zombies (just like Obama fights Republicans in Congress).
American Zombie (2007) - sympathetic to misunderstood zombies this flick presents normal-seeming characters with dreams for a better future. Here's the trailer.
Autumn  (2009) - Rated R - the full film is available for FREE on YouTube. Apocalypse caused by air-born virus with few survivors.
Awaken the Dead (2007) - unlikely pairing of a priest and retired whore who find refuge inside a safe house together
Beast Within (2008) - Avian flue turns people into zombies
Beneath the Surface (2007) - High school nerd resurrects the object of his affection: dead high school girl
Black Death (2011)  - Church appointed knight hunts for witch who inadvertently raise the dead while searching for heretics. Funny parts. *I really liked this flick.* Here's the teaser.
Blade of the Phantom Master (2004) - Anime. Warrior vs zombies, cannibals and, wouldn't you know: other predators!
Bloodlust Zombies (2011) - Military weapons facility lab accident turns people into blood-lusting murderous frenzies. Fun times!
Bong of the Dead (2011) - Talk about potent pot! Zombie brains are used for fertilizer in planters.
Buck Wild (2014) - Craig feels betrayed by friendship and love right when a Chupacabra turns his community into zombies.
The Cabin in the Woods (2011) - Low budget film. I hated it. Disobey house rules and horror cuts loose.
Cockney vs. Zombies (2012) - Such a hilarious plot: Kids attempt to rob a bank to save their grandpa's home. Their efforts are thwarted by zombies
Corpse Princess (2005) - Anime girl corpse hunts down 108 undead to enter into heaven
Day of the Dead (1985) and (2008) - This classic movie features war/fighting inside a bunker. Combatants are military and scientific experts disrupted by zombies ... Watch the full (2008) movie for FREE on YouTube!
Days of Darkness (2007) - on DVD. Religious nutjob sent a letter on April 4, 2015, there's a comet that  Comet looms and detailed instructions are given for the sons and daughters of the most high God. Folks are advised to "remain calm" while an army of zombies is rising.
Dead Before Dawn (2013) - Stereotype of unwitting college students. They unleash a curse that turns people into a zombie-demon every time they look at someone.
DeadGirl (2008) - Great music in this film but it features pervert teen guys Rickie (Shiloh Fernandez) and JT (Noah Segan). They trespass inside a nut-house to *rape* a gurney patient they find wrapped in plastic. The crime turns on them. Here's the trailer.
The Dead Hate the Living! (2000) - Transformation chamber .... Young filmmakers find an corpse inside an abandoned hospital and determine to use it as a back drop for a special effect in their film. They unleash zombie evil accidently.
Dead Heat (1988) ~ If you ever worried about being trapped inside a movie theater, don't see this film. Police officers are brought back to life to fight zombies.
Dead Season (2012) ~ This world-wide apocalypse features two Americans "escaping" to an even more horrifying island.
The Dead Undead (2010) ~ Humans escape zombies only to end up inside a vampire lair with "psychotic vampires that are impossible to kill." Hard rock background music. Here's the trailer.
Death Valley: The Revenge of Bloody Bill (2004)  ~ Released by Asylum, the intro features repetitive hard-rock music. Here's the intro which features a down-and-out cowboy who recruits zombies for revenge on his own death.
Diary of the Dead  (2007) - A political film mixed with zombies, guts and gore. The zombies destroy all communication with the outside world. DIEner (2011) - Comical presentation of a serial killer with victims who come back to haunt him as zombies. Gore fest. Funny.
Doc of the Dead (2014) - "Doc" meaning "Documentary. Features zombies and zombie culture.
Doctor Blood’s Coffin (1961) - British horror. Rated "mediocre." A mad doctor raises the dead Frankenstein style.
My Babysitter's a Vampire (2011-2012) Canadian vampire adventure comedy horror. Teenagers Ethan, Benny and new-vampire Sarah fight other supernatural beings at school.

Oasis of the Zombies (1982) - Backdrop has World War II Nazis burying gold in the Sahara Desert and treasure-hunters seek to find it but unexpected dangers lurk in wait.Very low budget. See the trailer on YouTube.

ParaNorman (2012) - Rated *Super cute* and kid-friendly. This very professionally made cartoon tells a highly entertaining story of Normal (grade school kid) who saves the world by communicating with zombies/

The Dungeonmaster (1984) - Science fiction/fantasy, complete with vintage clothes and old footage. Film catapults evil and very old wizard Mestema (Richard Moll) against a nerdy programmer Paul (Jeffrey Byron). Features monsters, zombies and other creeps of the night.

The Truth Behind Zombies (2010) -This documentary hypothesizes about zombie origins. The journey takes you to dark magic and science and poses the question: "Could a mutated virus cause a zombie apocalypse?"

White Zombie (1932) - Let's face it. Films this old don't really belong in the "horror" section any more. Not when women are fainting at the first hint of something unknown. In this flick, honeymooners in Haiti are duped by a crazed plantation owner who recruits the bride for his zombie work force.
Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead (2011) This Japanese horror/comedy presents teenagers escaping poop-covered zombies.
Zombie Massacre (2013) - Great makeup makes bacteriological weaponry seem plausible as soldiers assemble to address this quiet town that's transformed into a little village of zombies.

Zombie Lake (1981) - Teenagers discover German soldiers who were either thrown into the lake by those resisting their army's invasion or they drowned themselves only to  return much later as angry zombies. Full movie is available on YouTube for FREE!
Zombie High (1987) - Ettinger Academy (prestigious boarding school) is on the cutting edge of horror as teenaged girls turn zombie. Stars: Virginia Madsen, Sherilyn Fenn, James Wilder and Paul Feig.
A Little Bit Zombie (2012) - HR manager contracts zombie virus just before his wedding and avoids his incredibly controlling bride not because he's smart, but because he remains sensible enough to avoid attacking her while he hunts for brains. Here are some trailers.

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