6 items from 2011
The horror-comedy. Perhaps the most difficult sub-genre of film to perfect. Most attempts at horror-comedy don't come off well. Either they're too scary without enough comedy or (more frequently) mostly humor with not enough horror. A lot of times they just come across as trying too hard and cheesy. But every once in a while a movie gets it just right. And when that happens, audiences embrace and celebrate the brilliant and elusive successful horror-comedy.
That being said, in celebration of the upcoming release of Trent Haaga's Chop, we did our best to put together a list of 10 horror-comedies (in no particular order) that we feel are the most impressive efforts in the field. Wocka, wocka, wocka!
Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil (2011)
We've seen quite a few attempts at horror-comedy over the past few years, but recently none has been better than Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil. Starring Alan Tudyk »
- Doctor Gash
The 2011 Undead Festival took place last weekend (October 21-23) in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and Dread Central was on the scene. We've returned with an overflowing image gallery and the following day-by-day event report. Read on to see what you might have missed so you can make your plans to be there next year!
New Jersey is becoming a veritable melting pot in which we appropriate anything awesome anyone does around the U.S. (or even the planet in some cases). As is the NJ tradition, we see something we like, we make it Ours!! In recent years this has included roller derby, burlesque events, Dr. Sketchy and the all-important Zombie Walk. Last year the Asbury Park Zombie Walk drew crowds of over 5 thousand shambling undead, all counted by the Guinness Book of World's Records, shattering the previous record. This year the promoters of this event, led by an overworked »
Directed by Ruben Fleischer.
North America is now the United States of Zombieland. Only a handful of people are still alive, and they’re all looking for their place.
Rule #1 of Zombieland: Cardio.
You’ve got to be in peak physical condition to survive a zombie holocaust. Well, only if they’re the running sort. You could just take a nice stroll otherwise.
Perhaps running zombies are a sign of the times. Shuffling zombies captured the mindless, consumerist drive of the second half of the 20th century, particularly when ambling round a shopping centre. But people are more stretched and have things a little faster these days. You can buy online as well as the high street. Mainstream films have faster cutting rates. Adhd is a diagnosed condition. No wonder zombies are quite a bit faster. »
I wouldn't call myself an obsessive conspiracy theorist, but I'm always willing to listen. And sometimes the clues are simply too overwhelming to ignore. Case in point: The United States Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recently been discussing steps to take during a zombie apocalypse. How did "Jesse Ventura's Conspiracy Theory" miss this?
Okay, maybe it's just a government agency having a little fun during the Halloween season. You know what a bunch of jokesters government officials can be. But let's take a look at the facts here. On May 16th of this year, the Cdc released this entry on their blog entitled Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse. The article references zombie history, tips on making a zombie preparedness kit and steps the Cdc would take in case of an event like this.
Now this fact by itself could easily be overlooked, »
- Doctor Gash
There’s a lot of evil out there! Disposing of the nasty creatures, monsters, zombies, witches, vampires and the like is a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it. Remakes of Fright Night and Conan The Barbarian will splatter evil blood all over screens this week when they open in theaters on Friday, August 19th, so here’s a look at our favorite monster killers from the movies.
Now, before we get started… a list like this really needs to be defined, so here are those pesky rules that govern who makes the cut and who gets cut:
You must have multiple kills! One and done is not enough. You must be a full-time monster hunter. None of this part-time, moonlighting crap! You must actually “kill” the monsters. Sorry, but The Ghostbusters don’t make the cut.
Honorable Mention: Hans, trolljegeren – Trollhunter (2010)
Do trolls really exist? Hans says so, »
- Movie Geeks
Harkening back to the golden era of Hong Kong cops 'n' criminals flicks, Derek Yee's Triple Tap kicks off with not one, but two high-adrenaline action sequences before settling down to tell its story. A sequel, of sorts, to Double Tap, released in 2000, the new film again features a civilian and a police inspector who are expert marksmen. Ken Kwan (Louis Koo) is a successful investment banker who wins a shooting competition with a rare "triple tap" (three shots fired into the same spot), narrowly defeating the best efforts of Chong (Daniel Wu). But the glum-looking Kwan doesn't seem to take any joy in his victory, grabbing his trophy and heading back to his office to work overtime. On his way back, he »
6 items from 2011
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