Zombie Movie Review: Last of the Living

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Vector image for zombie movie Last of the Living

There are surprisingly few zombie movies where the undead call out for ‘braaiiins’, so when one comes along I’m all for it. The zombies in Last of the Living go one better by being particularly farty aswell – if there’s been one thing that the undead have been lacking in it’s flatulence.

Last of the Living is a high-art entry into the zombie canon, and follows three mates who have somehow inexplicably survived the zombie holocaust, despite being a bunch of lazy worthless bums. They have got the right idea though, as they have the run of their hometown to themselves and just move from vacant mansion to vacant mansion playing drums, watching the amazing ‘Great Bikini Workout’ DVD and listening to music. (Electricity is still working for some reason). Sadly this is all interrupted by their lack of food, so the boys tool up and head to town to loot some snacks, wading through the packs of undead.

One of the zombies they encounter happens to be one of the lads girlfriends, but unlike similar films he sensibly takes the opportunity to kill her off without any complaining, or even uttering the standard ‘but she’s my girlfriend…’ comment. (Bonus points for this!)

Anyway, in amongst all this shopping and house-moving they bump into a young lady who has developed a potential cure, and the bunch of lads decide to chaperon this lass to to the local hospital in order to perfect it. As is the way with Zombie films, trying to do some good doesn’t turn out that well and they’re swamped by the undead and fighting for their own survival when they could’ve been lazing about in some luxury apartment keeping to themselves.

This was a superb low-budget comedy zombie movie. The actors are clearly great mates and that relationship comes across superbly. The original soundtrack is impressive and coupled with the music video-style direction this is a great modern zombie comedy, and it’ll find a place alongside the Peter Jacksons’, Romeros’ and the Fulcis’ on my regular re-watch zombie shelf.

Gore Score C
Norks Score F
Originality Score C
Overall Score A

Zombie Movie Review: Undead

(Also posted at http://www.revenantmagazine.com/)

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vector image for zombie movie Undead

I remember when starting this blog one of the first comments I received suggested I review Undead. Well, this blog has been up for almost a year now, so I guess I should crack on with that request.

In simple terms, Undead is a Zombie, Meteor, Alien gore-fest. It features a Triple-Barrel-shotgun toting Clint Eastwood (or Evil Dead’s Ash, depending on how you look at him) who is briefly abducted after becoming involved in a Zombie-Fish fist-fight. In order to save the world from future invasions when he is returned to his boat by the spaceship he stocks up on guns, builds a massive underground bomb shelter in his cellar and waits for the next alien attack.

Obviously a new invasion does occur, this time in the form of a huge Zombie outbreak in his little town. A few lucky survivors converge on his place by accident and become involved in the plan rid the town of Zombies. These people include the standard ‘Arguing Pregnant Couple’, a pretty Brunette, a daft policewoman starting her first day and a policeman who is possibly the sweariest human-being that has ever existed.

After hiding out in the cellar for a few hours the pregnant woman predictably goes into labour, so the crew have to vacate the premises in order to get to a hospital (despite it probably being infected with zombies). Obviously, the house is full of Zombies that need dispatching using highly gory methods (cue spilling guts, knives to the head, shotguns to the face, and flying limbs). Unfortunately, when they do manage to escape they find everyone has turned into Zombies, and discover a mysterious spiky Berlin-Wall encompassing the entire town, meaning there is no escape.

It’s a pretty weird film, and a great mix of Sci-fi, Horror and Comedy. The characters are reasonably cool if slightly cliché (as is always the case with Zombie films I guess), and the direction and plot are excellent. However, the standout aspect of this film is the gore! A Zombie gets his torso separated from his legs leaving a pair of trousers with spine cord still attached wandering around, heads are smashed through and brains eaten, (I think this is the 1st film since Return of the Living Dead where the Zombies actually call for ‘Braaaaaiiinns!’), not to mention the numerous limbs chopped off by circular saw, shotgun or anything that comes to hand.

Zombie fans love good gore, and when it comes from an original, well directed film it’s all the better.

Gore Score A
Norks Score F
Originality Score B
Overall Score B+