Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Zombieland: Double Tap is a much belated sequel to a film I always considered to be good but far from essential.  That it now has a cult following does confuse me somewhat but hey different strokes, right? Double Tap  picks up 10 years after the original (we know this as 2009 is oft referenced) and pretty much delivers more of the same with slighter returns.  Occasionally funny, occasionally gory… Double Tap is exactly what I expected it to be.  This isn’t a bad thing… it’s still entertaining but the world has moved on and a cast brought back by a big truck of money will never capture the lightening in a bottle that the original (apparently had).

Best Bit: The end credits

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Zombieland, Shaun of The Dead, Shed Of The Dead

 


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Dawn of The Dead (2004) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Dawn of The Dead (2004) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The 2004 remake of Dawn of The Dead is the template for HOW to remake a classic film.   Rather than just copy beat for beat, Snider (never known for his subtly) flips the tone, landing on a film that is as much action as it is horror.  And it works.  Yes for sure it has horror moments (Zombie baby anyone) but it’s in the action horror beats that the film really shines.  The cast do well (Rhames and Polly especially) and the fast zombies really helps the film keep a pace and sense of dread that older Zombie movies don’t always have. As a lover of Zombie films and Dawn of The Dead I was possibly the most cynical about this film.  But Snider delivered and the film remains highly watchable all these years later.

Best Bit: Gas canisters

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Dawn of The Dead, Day Of The Dead, 28 Days Later 

 


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The Dead Don’t Die (2019) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

The Dead Don’t Die (2019) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Dead Don’t Die is a total waste of time. More than that it’s pretentious approach, intolerable fourth wall breaking and pretentious direction make it one of 2019’s worst films.  Don’t worry however it still cant beat Holmes & Watson.  Thing is… a film starring Bill Murray & Adam Driver (as well as many others) should be better than this just BECAUSE they are in it but Jim Jarmusch’s  direction just saps the life out of the performances.  I could go on but I couldn’t finish this mess so it just wouldn’t be fair…

Best Bit: Turning it off

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Shaun Of The Dead, Zombieland, Dawn Of The Dead

 


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Shed Of The Dead (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Shed Of The Dead (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Shed Of The Dead  tries hard to be very like a certain other ‘S’ of the Dead.  Hell, it even references the classic Edgar Wright film (and many others) in the rather knowing animated title sequence.  Yup it’s aspirations to be the latest in a long list of Zom-Com’s are set out right from the start and, happily, for the most part it works. Avoiding the pitfalls of other independent Zombie films (mostly trying to do too much with too little), director Cullingham makes the smart choice to focus down hard to the characters rather than the gore, with the money splashed at the right moments and the bad taste humour picking up the slack throughout.  Shed also drags together icons from franchises such as Friday the 13th, Hills Have Eyes and Texas Chainsaw for extended cameos in what turns out to be a clever gimmick – enough screen time to get bums on seats but not enough to distract.  With this and it’s Shaun-esk feel, brisk run time and clever use of budget you have what is a pretty enjoyable Zombie romp. In short: Shed Of The Dead has a great cast, is slick, sick and funny.

Best Bit: Shed Zombie

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Shaun of The Dead, Anna And The Apocalypse, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

 


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Podcast:  Phil And Drew Talk… Shed Of The Dead (Guest host Drew Cullingham)

Podcast: Phil And Drew Talk… Shed Of The Dead (Guest host Drew Cullingham)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast Drew Cullingham replaces Ross in the co-host chair as he and Phil re-team after many years (*they used to co-host Filmsploitation/ All Things Film podcast back in the day) to talk about Drew’s new film Zom-Com Shed Of The Dead.  They also break down their favourite ‘Zombie’ movies (well this is a Zombie themed podcast after all).  All this and more.

Hosted by filmmaker Drew Cullingham and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Films & People Discussed: Shed Of The Dead, Shaun of The Dead, 28 Days Later, Dawn of The Dead, Kane Hodder, Michael Berryman, Bill Moseley, Brian Blessed, A Nightmare On Elm Street. Devils Rejects, House Of A Thousand Corpses, Friday The 13th, Army of Darkness, Evil Dead 2, Dead Snow, REC, Night of The Living Dead, Day of The Dead, 28 Days Later, Dawn Of The Dead, Shaun of The Dead, Zombie Flesh Eaters ( Zombi 2), Dawn Of The Dead (2004),Train to Busan, Paranornan

For more on Shed Of The Dead check out the website at shed of the dead.com or follow the film @ShedoftheDead on Twitter.  Shed Of The Dead is released on Demand on the 20th May 2019. 

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)

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Overlord (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Overlord (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Overlord, once rumoured to be another entry into the rather pointless Cloverfield franchise, is a Nazi zombie (well kinda) horror from director Julius Avery that dials the crazy up to ten when it needed to be eleven.  That’s not to say Overlord is bad – it’s not in fact it’s a whole bundle of fun but I just wanted it to be more.  More crazy, more silly and much more OTT.  The films effects are great, the cast good and the forward momentum admirable but if the filmmakers had taken this to the next level this could have truly been something special.

Best Bit: Back to the lab

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Outpost, Cloverfield, The Thing  

 


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World War Z: Unrated (2013) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

World War Z: Unrated (2013) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Sitting down to watch World War Z again after a few years what strikes me is just how intense the unrated cut of the film is.  The opening salvos of the film – from the traffic jam to the apartment block escape and even through to Jerusalem – are edge of seat.  And in fact those moments (and the several other extended and alternate takes) help the film work much better than it’s PG13 release which always felt less than the sum of its parts (I mean a bloodless Zombie film is pretty pointless).  It’s still flawed, with the heavily reshot last act still falling short of the far more dour and downbeat ending that was planned, but for sure World War Z works far better than I originally gave it credit for.

Best Bit: Apartment block escape

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: 28 Days Later, Dawn Of The Dead (2004), Train To Busan 

 


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Anna And The Apocalypse (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Anna And The Apocalypse (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Anna And The Apocalypse is surprising for many reasons.  Firstly I had no idea it was a musical.  Secondly, as much as it tried to be a musical version of Shaun of The Dead it’s just not. Look it’s not a bad film it’s just very disjointed and by the end the limited budget really does start to show.  It’s got some great moments (the waking up musical number is well staged) but  for me the idea was better than the execution.  Just about worth a watch.

Best Bit: Dancing in the zoo

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Shaun of The Dead, Cockneys Vs Zombies, Zombieland

 


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Carriers (2009) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Carriers (2009) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
28 Dawn of The Living Stands Laters. Although considering most of those rate in my top 10 horror movies of all time, the fact Carriers doesn’t sit too out of place along side some of them isn’t a bad thing. Thoughtful, shocking and well made it’s biggest issue it that it just, ultimately, isn’t scary enough.  But man it tries…

Best Bit:Tough choices.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: 28 Days Later,  The Stand,  28 Weeks Later

 


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Redcon 1 – A Quick Capsule Review

Redcon 1 – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
A film can fail but still be worth watching.  For me that’s Redcon-1  – a film very much the less of the sum of its parts that ultimately is undone by its scope being far greater than its budget.  It has a few nice moments but all the way through you see quite quickly that whilst it wants to be 28 Weeks Later meets The Raid, it’s more like a Devil’s Playground meets The Silencer (Look ’em up folks).  There’s talent on display here – Strange is very good at the action scenes- but the film can’t pull off its set pieces and scares as, at every moment, it just feels like there wasn’t enough money to make the scenes big or spectacular enough.  So Redcon-1 is worth streaming for the effort and vision alone but sadly in truth little else works.

Best Bit: It’s scope

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (for effort)

If You Liked this Try: The Raid, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later

 


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