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I quite like bad horror movies but only if they're bad in an
entertaining kind of way. Unfortunately, there's very little to
entertain in 'Storm of the Dead'. Instead, it's boring and poorly
paced, with a thin plot meandering through an hour and a half of film
when it could probably have fitted nicely into a short.
The film's writer/director has posted a review, which is interesting to read in terms of the thought process behind different aspects of the movie. In particular, he noted that five minutes of Just Plain Walking Around was added to plump up the film to meet international length standards. In my opinion, that's just lazy film-making, and an insult to the viewers who are forced to sit through that five minutes of filler.
That said, I was quite impressed by J. Todd Smith (Hutch), who was definitely the highlight of the movie. Karin Justman (Lisa) was also decent. In contrast, Brian Renner (Red) was supposed to be providing comic relief, but instead provided poor delivery that made me cringe every time he spoke.
Not a film I'd recommend by any means, but there's possibly something in there for people who like their horror slow-paced.
Forewarning there are long stretches of this low-budget horror film
about a vengeful voodoo grandmother still smarting over the fact that
the Florida militia killed her no-good criminal son where no action
whatsoever happens. Stretches where people talk and talk, stretches
where people walk and walk silently, not that I'm saying the films
horrendous as I've seen much worse (refer to "the forever dead" also on
the Catacomb of Creepshows DVD-set) Just that the movie is very slow
and features pretty unfunny 'comic relief'
Eye Candy: Karin Justman shows some T&A, Debra Cassano and Xiomara Ortiz both get topless
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I'm stuck at home with a broken hand and have been trawling youtube for
free full length movies. I've watched a lot of rubbish and I think this
one is above par.
It is the typical band of misfits, the grizzled commander and his mate, the whiny milk sop and the shy man child, and the feisty tomboy who's the best soldier in the platoon(and not afraid to wash with the guys). Also the reporter who they have to take along, who eventually falls in love.
The action is kind of slow in parts, but if you've ever walked through the scrub looking for something, you'd realise nothing happens in a hurry.
There are plenty of plot holes and continuity errors, and who on earth cast a blonde white girl as the younger version of an old black woman who doesn't look old at all.
And it's free to watch on youtube.
Look, this isn't going to win any Oscars, but i don't think thats what they were going for. I checked this out because i love low budget films, especially zombie flicks. Some of the reviews on here and around the net pick apart the movie for being exactly what it was meant to be! Its supposed to be entertaining and fun, and if you like this sort of thing, then give it a chance. I thought it was hokey, but in a good way. The cast was great and the acting not bad! The story was interesting enough and for the most part i really enjoyed relaxing and watching this movie. The people who did this one have put out some very entertaining low budget movies and have always entertained me.
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Following a major hurricane, a militia group is activated and
authorized to stop looters with a shoot to kill policy. Problems arise
when the group kills a looter who is related to a voodoo priestess.
After his death, she sets out to get revenge on those who killed her
One of the other users has stated that this is the worst movie he's ever seen. That makes me think that he hasn't seen a huge number of films. While this is one is unlikely to win any awards, there are an awful lot of films worse than this one.
That said, this film has some problems. First, the copy I watched (on one of those 50 Movie Packs) had some really bad sound issues. I don't know if this was the transfer or from the original recording, but it definitely affected my enjoyment of it.
Unlike the other user, I didn't find the pacing on this one bad at all. It was a slow moving movie, but the pace of the action seemed to work just fine. Some of the dialog was a bit corny, and at times the acting seemed a bit stilted.
The director has commented in another user comment as to why the use of nudity was not gratuitous in this movie, and I'll have to accept his explanation. That said, I've never been one to object to gratuitous nudity in a film, especially a horror film, so I don't see the director's need to defend himself on this account. It may not be to everyone's taste, but in some cases, it just fits.
There was a mix of characters, including some that I really liked as well as some who were just annoying (that wussy and whiny Militia private, for instance).
There were some reasonable action scenes in this and it reminded me vaguely of movies like "Dog Soldiers" or "28 Days Later" on a lower budget.
Overall, this isn't even close to the worst movie I've seen. It's a low budget horror movie that succeeds in a light entertainment kind of way. If you don't take it too seriously, and you like low budget horrors, then this is probably worth a watch.
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I love low budget zombie movies so I was stoked at the prospect of
seeing another one.
All looters will be shot. Some soldiers are tracking a looter and when they find them there is a gun battle. Some what improbably a looter with a pistol gets the jump on two soldiers. The third gets murdered by the evil grandmother who is a voodoo witch doctor. Then another mission is sent in to find out what happened to the last set of people.
Thoughts. Everyone in this low budget movie behaving like they have taken leave of their senses. The troops just seem to have forgotten all military codes and orders. They are just cannon fodder for the story.
Rather that zombies dawn of the dead this is more I walked with a zombie as there is only one zombie which you get to meet about 80 minutes into the movie and even then he is not a threat.
The pacing is slow. The acting is very limited as well. I enjoyed the nudity hence the 2 out of ten. If you want a thrilling or horrifying zombie movie this is not for you. If you want a voodoo southern comfort you may and I stress that word may enjoy this film.
In response to the posting of STORM OF THE DEAD being the worst movie
ever made, "I guess you don't get out much." You obviously either
purchased or were given a pre-release copy via either Fangoria or Rue
Morgue magazine. I am ruling out that you were given one by either the
cast or crew. The film officially doesn't come out on DVD (Maxim Media
International) until August 8, 2007.
In retrospect I would have made a couple of changes to the film but there is more to it than just making the film. The walking scene you refer to that lasts the entire movie in reality lasts only 5 minutes. Yes, it does seem longer but the film was running short (88 minutes) and several foreign territories require a certain length. The nudity which you call gratuitous actually was put in not only for commercial reasons but for character development as well. Dani the soldier thinks nothing about taking off her clothes and washing in the river. While her male counter part is shy and uncomfortable. That scene showed she was one of the boys. For Lisa's shower scene she had to be naked. I don't know how you bathe but most of us are nude and use soap and water. Again, it you were paying attention to detail you'd notice that the third nude scene was to show the girl was in a vulnerable position and couldn't possibly be evil as she was a victim. It also brought out the final temptation of Red.
It's easy to write a bad review but we've been reviewed by professionals on the web and in magazines and fortunately they were able to see some of the symbolism. They also enjoyed fine performances from the main stars including Jason Todd Smith who played Hutch and excellent relief humor from Red and Dani.
When someone buys or rents a 'low budget' feature to watch they are looking for something to entertain them. I disagree with your statement that the storyline was stupid. Anyone living through a hurricane (Jason was a Katrina Survivor and brought much to the role) would agree there were moments of truth and politics hidden in the storyline. The movie is being released on DVD August 8, 2007. My suggestion to everyone is to pick it up and watch it. Then make up your own mind.
Another reality check is MST-3000K isn't around any more. I guess they couldn't get enough people like you to support it.
See you at the movies!
Regards, Bob Cook Writer/Director
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