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

Quick Review

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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Phil’s Top 5… Zombie Films!

Phil’s Top 5… Zombie Films!

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.   This time out: Zombie Films!

 

Close but no cigar: Night of The Living Dead, Return Of The Living Dead, Zombie Flesh Eaters

 

5 -Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
Zack Snider remakes a classic and makes an a film almost as good.   Great set pieces, excellent effects and fast zombies that really work. Just an excellent film.

 

4 -Day of The Dead
Day of The Dead is brutal.  From it’s gut ripping effects to it’s post-apocalyptic nialistic world stripped of hope this is one of the most oppressive horror films ever made.  And it’s brilliant.

 

3 – Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
Romeo made a stone clod classic in Dawn Of the Dead.  The fact that it exists in so many versions means you probably have never seen the whole film.  Romero’s cut,  An extended cut. The Fuci cut.  This aside Dawn is the grandfather of modern Zombie films and set the pace for all the imitators that followed.

 

2 – Shaun Of The Dead
Comedy horrors often fall flat.  Good low budget comedy horrors are rare as hens teeth.  Yet. Shaun of The Dead works.  Not just as a comedy but as, more importantly, a Zombie film.  It’s brutal and funny.

 

1 – 28 Days Later
Raw, stripped back and brutal, 28 Day’s Later isn’t technically a Zombie film according to Danny Boyle but it really it.  Introduced us to fast zombies/infected and proved that once again humans are more dangerous than the undead.  Unparalleled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dawn of The Dead (2004) – A Quick Capsule Review

Dawn of The Dead (2004) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

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 


 

 

 

 

The Cured (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Cured (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Cured is an interesting take on the zombie/infected movie.  Feeling like it could exist in the 28 Days… universe, it takes the story of the ‘Cured’ infected returning to their normal lives and the effects this has on both them, their families and others.  It’s low budget for sure but it makes the most out of what it has and delivers a tense, brutal and often violent horror thriller.  Even if it is a touch predictable.

Best Bit: They are back

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

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

 

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Ravenous – A Quick Capsule Review

Ravenous – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Ravenous is a unique take on the zombie movie, feeling more like a Canadian 28 Days Later than a plodding Dawn Of The Dead rip off.  This latest Netflix released exclusive delivers scares, shocks and surprises as a zombie plague ravages a rural Quebec town and a band of strangers are forced to band together to survive.  What you have is an admittedly low budget fair but highly effective with good use of it’s budget and effects.  Well worth a watch.

Best Bit: Smoke. Field. Dead.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

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

Phil’s Top 5… Zombie Films!

Phil’s Top 5… Zombie Films!

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Zombie Films!

Close but no cigar: Night of The Living Dead, Return Of The Living Dead, Zombie Flesh Eaters

5 – Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
Romeo made a stone clod classic in Dawn Of the Dead.  The fact that it exists in so many versions means you probably have never seen the whole film.  Romero’s cut,  An extended cut. The Fuci cut.  This aside Dawn is the grandfather of modern Zombie films and set the pace for all the imitators that followed.

4 -Day of The Dead
Day of The Dead is brutal.  From it’s gut ripping effects to it’s post-apocalyptic nialistic world stripped of hope this is one of the most oppressive horror films ever made.  And it’s brilliant.

3 – Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
Zack Snider remakes a classic and makes an even better film.  Just.  Great set pieces, excellent effects and fast zombies that really work. Just an excellent film.

2 – Shaun Of The Dead
Comedy horrors often fall flat.  Good low budget comedy horrors are rare as hens teeth.  Yet. Shaun of The Dead works.  Not just as a comedy but as, more importantly, a Zombie film.  It’s brutal and funny.

1 – 28 Days Later
Raw, stripped back and brutal, 28 Day’s Later isn’t technically a Zombie film according to Danny Boyle but it really it.  Introduced us to fast zombies/infected and proved that once again humans are more dangerous than the undead.  Unparalleled.

 

 

The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 1 – A SPECIAL Quick Capsule Review **Spoilers**

The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 1 – A SPECIAL Quick Capsule Review **Spoilers**

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Wow.  So that delivered.

Okay so like most I wasn’t the biggest fan of the ending of season 6.  The cliffhanger worked but just wasn’t needed.  They could have easily ended on Abraham buying it then opened on Glenn’s death.  The surprise would have been FAR more effective,  BUT that said man this episode was tense.  Negan is just as chilling on screen as he is on the page and Glenn’s death was a massive surprise coming after the much more predictable death of Abraham (and delivered even with popping eyeball as per the comic).

Stylistically it may not be to everyone’s taste how the deaths were presented (we ended up waiting near 20 mins to find out who died in the end) BUT for me the focus on Rick and Negan’s desire to break him like a wild dog was FAR more important than a (well than TWO) gimmick deaths.  Part of me kind of wished they went through with the hand (a nice echo to the comics) but by that point it would have just been over kill.

So superb effects, a tense as hell episode with a major surprise… this was a damn fine episode.  Let’s hope the rest of the season delivers…

Best Bit: Hand. Axe. Stand off. 

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Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: All Things Film – Zombieworld (2015) Reviewed

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So a Zombie Anthology film… that’s new.  Directors Jesse Baget, Adrian Cardona, Rafa Dengra, Luke Guidici, Phil Haine, Peter Horn, Jared Marshall, Cameron McCulloch, David Munoz, Adam O’Brien, Zachary Ramelan, Paul Shrimpton, Vedran Marjanovic Wekster and Tommy Woodard bring some unique slices of Zombie action in a framing story that follows reporter Marvin Gloat as he covers various Zombie related events across outbreak day.

It’s a bit hit and miss as most anthology films are (See ABC’s of Death) with some good segments and some best left unseen, and the least said about some of the acting the better.  The Linking devices on how to survive the Zombie apocalypse are fun and the film certainly has enough to keep Hardcore Zombie fans entertained but like any modern Zombie film it fails when put in comparison to the TV show The Walking Dead which has set the bar so damn high.

Most importantly: Zombieworld is a very violent film that really does deliver on the blood and gore. Which is kinda the point, isn’t it?

 

Author: Phil Hobden

 

To hear more on this review (and others like it) make sure you download the Filmsploitation podcast, part of the All Things Film network. 

Blog: The Dead 2 India – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: The Dead 2 India – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Ford Brothers The Dead was most interesting for it’s African setting.  Taking a ‘If It ‘Aint Broke…’ approach, The Dead 2 is essentially the same film but in India with a better lead but less appealing support cast and a pace that, at best, could be described as pedestrian. In fact, in a post Walking Dead world, it’s hard to see what a slow paced, mostly gore less film that struggles to have more than a handful of Zombies onscreen at once offers as it’s USP other than it’s setting.  Sadly other than lead Millson, the cast are forgettable and lack chemistry. It’s not all bad – the film looks beautiful and the visual FX punch above their weight but other than that I can’t find much to recommend this.

Best Bit: The film is well shot

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Borrow

If You Liked this Try: The Dead, Dawn of The Dead, The Walking Dead

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Will Strong’s Round Up of 2013

Will Strong’s Round Up of 2013

A Blog Grosse Point Geek Quick Review

Every year Phil and Will debate the years top (and bottom) films.  Here’s Will Strong’s Best & Worst for 2013.

Best Films

  1. The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug (awesome)
  2. Django Unchained (just brilliant)
  3. Rush (outstanding – couldn’t fault it)
  4. Olympus Has Fallen (awesome action film – took me totally by surprise at just how good this was)
  5. The Escape Plan (so much fun, great action and just fantastic entertainment)
  6. Captain Phillips (Hanks and Greengrass back on form)
  7. Thor-The Dark World (Not enough Hiddlestone but a very very good sequel with some top action)
  8. Star Trek Into Darkness (not as good as the 1st one but Cumberbach was brilliant and it was very well made and directed)
  9. World War Z (I really liked it)
  10. Gravity (Most amazing SFX in years – superbly made)

Honorary Mentions

  1. The Last Stand (great fun)
  2. White House Down ( extremely good fun)
  3. Fast and Furious 6 (glorious lunacy)
  4. Cloud Atlas (far better than expected)
  5. Les Miserables (too long but very good nonetheless)
  6. Man of Steel (should have been better but  I enjoyed it)
  7. The Dyatlov Pass Incident (surprisingly good)
  8. The Hunger Games –Catching Fire (almost made my top ten best list – very very good – if a little bit repetitive of the original)
  9. Prisoners (brilliantly acted and kept me guessing till the end)
  10. Gangster Squad (good fun and well made)

Not bad but could have been better

  1. The Wolverine (sounds odd I know but there was too much Wolverine  -it wasn’t exciting enough, too little supporting characters and was a tad too long)
  2. Iron Man 3 (yes you read that right – I said it! – just didn’t connect to this one – despite the very funny script and the hilarious Mandarin reveal)
  3. Jack Reacher (ok but too slow)
  4. Oblivion (wasted opportunity but not bad)

Worst

  1. Pacific Rim
  2. Bullet to The Head
  3. The Councillor
  4. GI Joe Retaliation
  5. A Good Day to Die Hard
  6. Mama
  7. The Evil Dead
  8. The Raven
  9. Texas Chainsaw 3D
  10. Now you see me