Zombies Movies I Have Seen So Far...
My Rate: 6 stars
One of the characters discusses a zombie fight outside of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is the stomping grounds of modern zombie creator George A. Romero.
One of the characters talks about being trapped in an S-Mart store, which is a nod to 'Army of Darkness' where the main character Ash works at an S-Mart.
The mention of an unseen character Kirkman is an homage to Robert Kirkman, creator of 'The Walking Dead'.
The zombie fighting characters were all originally going to wear masks or helmets when battling zombies, but that idea was abandoned as too impractical during filming. Because of this, the character Mack has a welder's mask clipped to his belt throughout the movie, even though he never wears it. ” - SombeeKillah
My Rating: 7 stars
Shot in 2009, but not released until 2012. The film's release date was postponed because the studio wanted to convert it to 3D, despite objections from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. These plans were eventually scrapped, and the film was released only in 2D. ” - SombeeKillah
My rate: 6 stars
Director Jeff Broadstreet wrote the Gerald Tovar, Jr. part specifically for Sid Haig. He didn't let him in on this fact until after filming wrapped.
"Undead action was monitored by the American Re-Animated Corpse Association (ARCA). No zombie was harmed in the making of this film." ” - SombeeKillah
Wilbur: "Only with respect, baby"
My Rating: 1 star
The filmmakers sent this movie to many different distributors in order to get it released, all of whom turned it down. It was eventually picked up for release by Troma, which was the very first company it was submitted to. ” - SombeeKillah
I give it: 3 stars
Several characters are obviously wearing modern boots and shoes with fancy rubber soles and modern Levis. So there goes the authenticity factor. ” - SombeeKillah
Another ultra low budget zombie flick.
My Rating: 1 star ” - SombeeKillah
My rate: 7 stars
Stephen King: Author of novels such as "The Shining" and "Pet Sematary" cameos in a voiceover role as a newsreader.
Simon Pegg: Actor from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz cameos in a voiceover role as a newsreader.
Quentin Tarantino: Director of films such as Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction cameos in a voiceover role as a newsreader.
Wes Craven: Director of films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream The Last House on the Left, and The Hills Have Eyes cameos in a voiceover role as a newsreader.
Guillermo del Toro: Director of films such as Blade II, Hellboy, and Pan's Labyrinth (a.k.a. "Pan's Labyrinth") cameos in a voiceover role as a newsreader.
George A. Romero: police officer presenting a cover-up for the zombie outbreak at a press conference.
In the scene with the zombie doctors, a voice can be heard on the radio inviting people to aim for the head. This is the voice of Tom Savini, a longtime friend of George A. Romero. In fact, this audio is lifted directly from the bonus features of the remake of Dawn of the Dead.
Begins on the same day as Night of the Living Dead, although the setting has been updated to the present day. The concept for the film evolved from an idea that director George A. Romero had earlier for a "Living Dead" TV series, which also would have begun on the same day as "Night of the Living Dead.
In the warehouse, when the group is searching the RV for the missing dead body, you can hear a TV report in the background. The report is taken directly from George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead, shot nearly 40 years before this film. ” - SombeeKillah
My rating: 6 stars
Sorta like a "Snakes on a Plane " kinda feel but not bad at all. Has two of my favorite actors of all times in it: Richard Tyson & Brian Thompson. Tyson had an OK role but Thompson was wasted in his bit appearance. :( ” - SombeeKillah
My Rating: 2 stars
Originally it was going to be called "Rød Snø" (or Red Snow in English), as an homage to the Swedish/Norwegian mini-series with the same name. ” - SombeeKillah
My Rating: 9 stars
Russell Streiner who appeared in the original Night of the Living Dead as Johnny, appears in this movie as Sheriff McClelland, who comments about the zombies, "Yeah, they're dead, they're all messed up." ” - SombeeKillah
My Rating; 10 stars
The two zombie children who attack Peter in the airport chart house are played by Donna Savini and Mike Savini, the real-life niece and nephew of Tom Savini. Incidently, these are the only zombies in all of Romero's "Dead" films that spontaneously run and never do the trademark "Zombie shuffle".
The Anchor Bay DVD release of the theatrical cut is edited in such a way that the policemen at the dock just appear from out of nowhere. ” - SombeeKillah
My Rating: 9 stars
Actors Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger and Tom Savini all appeared in the original 1978 version of this film, but playing different characters. Ken Foree delivers the tagline he delivered as "Peter" from the 1978 version of Dawn of the Dead; "When there's no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth."
In the DVD extra, Andy's lost tapes, we see Andy get bitten as he is trying to get the food from the dog. He dies in front of his camera and rises again and knocks the camera off angle, however in the actual movie, he is shown standing on top of the roof holding up a sign with blood on it, and he appears to turn just seconds later. This cannot be proved, however in the lost tapes he never returns to the roof to hold up the sign. ” - SombeeKillah
My Rating: 8 stars
Dr. Logan figures that the ratio of the undead to the human survivors is 400,000:1. When the film was made, in 1985, the population of the United States in our universe stood at about 240 million. If Dr. Logan is right, and the US population of this universe stood at roughly the same, and this film took place in 1985, there are 600 living human beings left in the USA. However, since the history of the universe in the "of the Dead" movies had radically diverged from real world history even before the ghouls emerged (notice the Venus probe in the first movie), the timeline of the "Dead" movies remains unclear (the Stephen King novel 'Salem's Lost appears in this film, even though in the real world it came out in 1975; note that the first film in this series came out in 1968; Diary of the Dead, set simultaneously with the events of Night of the Living Dead, features technology not available in 1968 in our world), and we do not know how long after the ghouls emerged that this film takes place, one cannot easily presume that this film takes place in 1985 or that the US population would have remained the same.
The only movie in George A. Romero's "Dead" series where a zombie has a line of dialog (Bub says, "Hello Aunt Alicia.").
George A. Romero had originally planned for all the zombies to perish in a massive explosion when they stumbled across explosive chemicals in the laboratory. Meanwhile, one of the crew members who had died during the attack was to have stayed dead and not come back as a zombie, thereby giving hope to the survivors.
The original script, for which George A. Romero couldn't get budget for, involved the scientists living above ground in a fortress protected by electrified fences and the military living safely underground. It also involved a small army of trained zombies, and the conclusion to the trilogy more brutal than the released version. This later became the basis of Land of the Dead ” - SombeeKillah
Sarah Bowman: He's a vegetarian.
Salazar: That's the best explanation you can come up with?
Sarah Bowman: You got a better one?
Salazar: All I'm saying, as long he don't try to mistake me for a soy bean burger, we're gonna be all right.
My Rating: 6 stars
The computer screen and readout in the bunker near the end refer to 'Project Wildfire'. This was the code name used in The Andromeda Strain which deals with a crashed satellite that infects a community with a deadly organism. The zombie virus in The Night of the Living Dead was blamed on a crashed space probe. ” - SombeeKillah
My Rate: 7 stars
George A. Romero was so impressed with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead that he asked them to appear in this, the fourth part of his "Dead" series, and they appear as the photo-booth zombies in the carnival/bar-room sequence. They also feature prominently in the artwork for the unrated directors' cut.
George A. Romero: his voice can be heard as one of the puppets in the children's show, saying, "Take that, you smelly zombie."
At the beginning of the movie, if you listen carefully to the tuba and tambourine zombies in the town bandstand they are playing notes from 'The Gonk', the mall music from Romero's Dawn of the Dead.
The zombie of Tom Savini's biker character, who is killed in Dawn of the Dead, can be seen in one of the scenes.
The name of the military vehicle mainly used in the movie is Dead Reckoning, one of the film's original titles. There were four titles before "Land of the Dead" was chosen: "Dead City," "Dead Reckoning," "Twilight of the Dead," and "Night of the Living Dead: Dead Reckoning." But it was changed to avoid confusion with the Humphrey Bogart film of the same name.
George A. Romero's daughter appears in the film. She is the soldier who shoots the zombie on the electrified fence. Also Asia Argento (Slack) the daughter of noted Italian horror filmmaker Dario Argento, who was the co-producer and co-composer of one of the previous entries in George Romero's zombie series, Dawn of the Dead. ” - SombeeKillah
My Rating: 8 stars
John A. Russo wrote a script called "The Return of the Living Dead" at the same time that George A. Romero was doing Dawn of the Dead. An independent producer, Tom Fox, bought Russo's script. He set up production and gave the script to Dan O'Bannon. O'Bannon refused to direct it as it was written. He felt that it was too much of a serious attempt at making a sequel to Night of the Living Dead, and did not want to "...intrude so directly on Romero's turf." It was re-written with more humor. ” - SombeeKillah
My Rating: 6 stars
Thom Mathews and 'James Karen (I)' nearly duplicate their roles from Return of the Living Dead as a pair who are sickened by zombie gas. In both films they have the exchange, "Listen kid, if you like this job..." "Like this job? Like this job!" ” - SombeeKillah
My Rating: 6 stars
Getting bit by Trioxin zombie in the previous two Return of the Living Dead films did not turn the individual bit into a zombie. However in Return of the Living Dead III it does.
When they are first testing the Trioxin gas, one of the signs that it's working is that the corpse attains a heartbeat. Yet, in the first movie, the two characters who were first exposed to the gas *lost* their heartbeats, yet were still mobile. Therefore, heart rate should not be used as an indicator of Trioxin's effectiveness. ” - SombeeKillah
My Rating: 4 stars
After devouring a security guard's brain, a zombie picks up a phone the guard had been speaking into and says "Send more security guards!" This pays direct homage to the original "The Return of the Living Dead" (1985), in which a zombie who had been devouring a paramedic picks up the radio in the ambulance and says "Send more paramedics.
Throughout the original "The Return of the Living Dead" trilogy, shooting zombies in the head did NOT kill them. That was a key plot point. Yet in this film, it seems to work. However, the name of the gas changes from 2-4-5 Trioxin, to Trioxin 5. This, along with the fact that a head shot kills the zombies, indicates that The military probably modified the gas to make it easier to destroy the zombies in case of emergency ” - SombeeKillah
Cody: "Oops! I hope he was a zombie!"
My rating: 4 stars
One of the characters is named "Coach Savini". This is a "tip of the hat" to horror effects artist Tom Savini, who perfected the classic zombie look in most of the George Romero films.
Both this film and the previous entry Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis stray away from the series' rules that the Trioxin zombies are no longer the indestructible juggernauts of the first movie three movies, but instead much weaker and sometimes are seen to be dispatched with no more than a few body gun shots. Prior to this film, nothing short of incineration or electrocution with extreme high voltage would destroy a Trioxin zombie ” - SombeeKillah