It's been almost 50 years since we were given night of the living dead by a young George Romero and he's finally getting full on mainstream recognition. His name will go alongside many of hollywoods best on the walk of fame and I, for one, couldn't be happier for it. Romero stormed onto the scene with the aforementioned zombie movie and not once looked back, creating the Zombie and recreating the horror genre as we know it. While a great many people may try to lay claim to such feats, few can say they've thrived in a genre as fickle for quality as Romero. On top of that, he has altered his own sub-genre to fit the masses more than once (the new dawn of the dead and the birth of the “fast zombie”). On top of zombie movies, Romero has given us such movies as creepshow, the crazies and season of the witch. Many of his movies have been remade and people will often credit him for getting them into movies. So While he hasn't passed, I really love the idea of having a marathon for him. I believe he's worth it.Night of the Living Dead (1968): The start of a beautiful thing, gritty and dark. I love this movie.Hours Remaining: 1,344Martin (1977): Renowned as his own favourite movie, Martin is a movie about a Vampire that visits his uncle in the creepiest place on Earth... Pittsburgh! Another gritty tale, some saying he did for Vampires what he did for Zombies. Though I cannot fully comment on that as vampires have changed so many times over the yearsHours Remaining: 1,249Dawn of the Dead (1978): Another in the line of zombie movies, this is set a couple weeks after the initial night and shows people trying to escape their fates. While none of the sequels are quite as hard hitting as the original, they all (this included) have some really nice scenes with practical effects.Hours Remaining:1,122Creepshow (1982): A black comedy anthology movie that leaves some people laughing and some so scared they don't want to sleep at night.Hours Remaining: 1,002Day of the Dead (1985): The zombies have overrun the Earth and only few spots in the U.S. have humanity left. It's the story of people trying to find solace from zombies.Hours Remaining: 902Monkey Shines (1988): A Super crappy horror movie about a quadriplegic who has a helper monkey that kills people. Really fun, but not good at all.Hours Remaining: 789Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990): Slated to be a sequel to Creepshow, though some say only in spirit. Less fun than the original, but still not bad at all.Hours Remaining: 696Dawn of the Dead (2004): A remake that involves a group of people stuck in a mall. The birth of the "fast zombie". Super fun.Hours Remaining: 596Land of the Dead (2005): A spiritual sequel to Dawn of the Dead, it shows the "animal farm" way of life that humans live and attempt to thrive while in the midst of zombies.Hours Remaining: 503Diary of the Dead (2007): Not a great movie, but kind of fun.Hours Remaining: 411Day of the Dead (2008): Another remake of a classic that is very loosely based on the original. Attempted to update it for the new age, but fell slightly short.Hours Remaining: 325Survival of the Dead(2009): The final zombie movie made by Romero senior, there is an origins movie directed by his son.Hours Remaining: 235The Crazies (2010): I chose to do the 2010 remake of the movie starring Timothy Olyphant in the title role because it's more accessible and much more entertaining to me. I enjoy this movie a whole bunch and it isn't quite a zombie movie. Very fun though.Hours Remaining: 101Before anyone goes and dives into this marathon, I want it known that it would be a very difficult marathon to get through. I love a lot of these movies, but many are very slow moving and I don't think it would be great for everyone. Just a warning.
Starring: David Koechner and some kids.Plotline: A biological outbreak hits a small town where people are and zombie shenanigans occur. Picture Shaun of the Dead mixed with Superbad.Review: There may be spoilers in this review, I really don't know if there will be or not because the movie was really just a generic zombie movie and didn't add any good twists at all. When I said it was like Shaun of the Dead mixed with Superbad I meant it, but only in the bad ways. Everything bad about Shaun of the Dead (albeit there isn't much) and everything bad about Superbad (Except Christopher Mintz-Platz, he wasn't in this thank the lord) combines into this movie. To the point of they rip off two scenes pretty distinctly and poorly.1.) The scene in Shaun of the Dead when Don't Stop me Now by Queen plays and they're uselessly beating up a zombie, the super fun and hilarious scene done really well, remember that? There's a scene similar in this movie where one of the scouts kids goes into his scout masters house only to find his scout master is a zombie who in his real life was obsessed with Dolly Parton. He scouts the house (like that play on words there?) and finds the zombie, they struggle and hit the cd player only to have 9-5 by Dolly Parton play through the speakers while they fight each other. Not a great scene and kinda bothered me.2.) Remember the hilarious scene in Superbad where Michael Cera is singing "These Eyes" and everyone is copying him? One of the scouts in this sees a zombie with a Britney Spears shirt and starts to sing Hit me Baby, One more time and the zombie starts to copy him, then one of his scout buddies starts to copy him. Piss Poor in my opinion.Another frustration I find with a lot of zombie movies is that "zombie" changes a lot from movie to movie. In Shaun of the Dead they're lumbering beasts, in the remake of Dawn of the Dead they're fast running psychos, in the Night of the Living Dead they want hum as for their brains, in Land of the Dead they get some of their motor skills back and want a society of their own. In other movies zombies get mutated and turn into creatures from your darkest nightmares. This one there was a huge mix, which was confusing to me. Some were slow, ambling creatures, some were fast runners. At one point one of them crouches down on all fours (as his spine breaks the skin on his back) and charges our heroes in a Capoeira style (which made me think "Sweet, mutated zombies, that's cool), crashes into a car and we never see it again, nor do they talk about it. The mutation affects animals as well, which doesn't happen in very many other zombie movies, moreover, that's why animals are awesome, because they aren't affected. This movie didn't know which direction it was going.Then we get onto the whole of how horror movies have changed throughout the past 30 years (I know much more than that, but bare with me) and how in the 80's and 90's you would have really good, killer lines that were campy and funny and make the gore take a back seat. Whereas in this, they characters are 16 year old boys who are so focused on sex and boobs and snap chatting that there isn't time for actual fun jokes. One scene in this the heroes are being chased by zombies and one of the zombies (A "sexy" cop) gets caught in a fence and her shirt magically rips open, but rather than her entire shirt ripping, it just shows her giant fake boobs. One of the kids sees them and is mesmerized by them to the point where he squeezes them and runs away all happy about it... Dude, this chick is undead and a fucking zombie. You got problems you need to sort out when this apocalypse is over.Or the scene that emphasizes act three in the movie, where some swanky broad is making out with a guy, but says "We aren't having sex, we've only been dating 2 minutes, I'm not going down on you, I just put this gum in my mouth, but you can go down on me." then puts headphones in and is a bitch about... everything really, so you know she's gonna die. Dude is about to go down on her when he gets killed by a zombie, the zombie is going to kill the girl, but not before he has a chance to go down on her for a bit and have her say "Mmm, your tongue is kind of cold." and look down to have it kill her.A scene where a granny zombie is trying to kill a hero and her teeth fall out, so she's trying to bite his ass with no teeth and he exclaims "Help, she's gumming my ass!"This movie had no idea where it was going and really fell short to me. Not funny, not scary and really a lot more dumb than I had hoped. Which sucks, because i had weirdly high hopes for this movie. The one thing they did seemingly get right was the fact that the zombie "Apocalypse" only lasted like 3 days, and 2.5 of those days were where the first couple zombies were ambling around and not being noticed. So it was one night and not then it was over.I wouldn't recommend you see this movie unless you REALLLLLLY love Superbad, but even then it lacked anything good from Superbad.This left a bad taste in my mouth, I'm gonna go see The Last Witch Hunter again.P.