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Zombie primer: Braaaiiinns...
Topic by: underdog
Posted: October 17, 2005 - 1:20 PM PDT
Last Reply: November 6, 2005 - 11:04 PM PST

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author topic: Zombie primer: Braaaiiinns...
underdog
post #1  on October 17, 2005 - 1:20 PM PDT  
Liz Cole's new primer on zombie flicks come to you before Halloween, so you have enough time to verse yourself on the ways of the cinematic undead.

Chime in here on all things zombie-related.

If you dare!



underdog
post #2  on October 17, 2005 - 1:33 PM PDT  
Comes to you, rather. Sheesh, I think I've been hanging around zombies too much the last few days.

One thing I liked was her pointing to the work of Amando de Ossorio. Hope people will check out his zombie films, new to DVD. Among others mentioned in the primer.
Cinenaut
post #3  on October 17, 2005 - 2:33 PM PDT  
Return of the Living Dead was always one of my favorites, but I've never seen any of the sequels. Has anybody seen any of these more obscure ones, like Stacy or Junk? Are they any good?

I queued up Amando de Ossorio's Night of the Blind Dead, but it's got the red bar of the dead next to it.

I remember The Serpent and the Rainbow seriously creeping me out when it was relesaed. Based on a true story! Yipes!
pooja
post #4  on October 17, 2005 - 3:11 PM PDT  
I have no idea why my favorite zombie movie, Night of the Comet, isn't out on DVD... Do you guys know any other zombie films that are also chick-flicks (I know I'm applying that term rather loosely, but there aren't that many choices...)?
Cinenaut
post #5  on October 17, 2005 - 3:36 PM PDT  
> On October 17, 2005 - 3:11 PM PDT pooja wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I have no idea why my favorite zombie movie, Night of the Comet, isn't out on DVD... Do you guys know any other zombie films that are also chick-flicks (I know I'm applying that term rather loosely, but there aren't that many choices...)?
> ---------------------------------

Well, Shaun of the Dead, of course. Maybe Zombie Honeymoon, too? I haven't seen the latter.
underdog
post #6  on October 17, 2005 - 3:47 PM PDT  
> On October 17, 2005 - 3:36 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On October 17, 2005 - 3:11 PM PDT pooja wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > I have no idea why my favorite zombie movie, Night of the Comet, isn't out on DVD... Do you guys know any other zombie films that are also chick-flicks (I know I'm applying that term rather loosely, but there aren't that many choices...)?
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Well, Shaun of the Dead, of course. Maybe Zombie Honeymoon, too? I haven't seen the latter.
> ---------------------------------

Hmm, that would be a very small subsubgenre, wouldn't it? ZombieChickFlicks. But yeah, one could argue in favor of Shaun - or at least my g/f liked it. She also liked Army of Darkness, by the way, which is less scary than funny/entertaining, with a little bit of romance thrown in.

Night of the Comet, I should add that to the primer somewhere... especially if it does make it to DVD at some point.

Too bad Hideki Takayama's anime Adventure Kid isn't out on DVD, either. Some zombie-ness to it.



Cinenaut
post #7  on October 17, 2005 - 4:15 PM PDT  
Here's the real question: are there any Bollywood zombie movies?
pooja
post #8  on October 17, 2005 - 4:28 PM PDT  
> On October 17, 2005 - 3:47 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Hmm, that would be a very small subsubgenre, wouldn't it? ZombieChickFlicks.

Only because films like THIS ONE and Night of the Comet never make it to DVD....

> On October 17, 2005 - 4:15 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Here's the real question: are there any Bollywood zombie movies?

Yeah, they made one in Japan.... I watched it with my housemate and it was really funny.

Recently there have been a few new Bollywood films that explore the horror genre, but I haven't come across one yet that has zombies. Let me know if you hear about one!
underdog
post #9  on October 17, 2005 - 4:33 PM PDT  
> On October 17, 2005 - 4:28 PM PDT pooja wrote:

> Recently there have been a few new Bollywood films that explore the horror genre, but I haven't come across one yet that has zombies. Let me know if you hear about one!
> ---------------------------------

Ah hah!
Cinenaut
post #10  on October 17, 2005 - 4:38 PM PDT  
Ha!

The thought of singing, dancing zombies brings to mind Michael Jackson's Thriller.
pooja
post #11  on October 17, 2005 - 5:09 PM PDT  
> On October 17, 2005 - 4:33 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Ah hah!

Yeah, right! When it appears on GreenCine's REQUEST list I'll be sure to click on that!

Meanwhile, if you just want a Bollywood or Bollyesque film to watch on Halloween, try to dig up the following!

Bhoot (the only one here at GC)
Raat (an earlier film by Ram Gopal Varma)
Raaz
Makdee (a good one to watch with the kids)
Saaya
Adhu (A Tamil film)

Some of these steal plots from Hollywood and Hong Kong films, so they'll probably seem familiar.
ALittlefield
post #12  on October 17, 2005 - 9:21 PM PDT  
> On October 17, 2005 - 3:11 PM PDT pooja wrote:
> ---------------------------------
Do you guys know any other zombie films that are also chick-flicks (I know I'm applying that term rather loosely, but there aren't that many choices...)?

Way back in 1993 there was MY BOYFRIEND'S BACK about a teen zombie returning from the grave to get to the prom! I didn't see, it looked horrible, but there's your zombie chick flick. Your welcome.
pooja
post #13  on October 17, 2005 - 10:48 PM PDT  
Wow, thanks! Edward Herrmann, Mary Beth Hurt, Matthew Fox and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the distinguished cast... Directed by Bob Balaban...

My Boyfriend's Back is unfortunately a "request" item here. You'd think GC would get a copy before the Zombie Primer was published...
shiori308
post #14  on October 18, 2005 - 12:33 AM PDT  
> On October 17, 2005 - 9:21 PM PDT ALittlefield wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On October 17, 2005 - 3:11 PM PDT pooja wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> Do you guys know any other zombie films that are also chick-flicks (I know I'm applying that term rather loosely, but there aren't that many choices...)?
-----------

Shaun of the Dead was kind of a chick flick.

woozy
post #15  on October 18, 2005 - 9:32 AM PDT  
> My Boyfriend's Back is unfortunately a "request" item here. You'd think GC would get a copy before the Zombie Primer was published...
> ---------------------------------

I remember that! I saw it on video. It was a teen comedy. It wasn't horrible but it sure wasn't good. Not sure I'd call it a "chick flick" ...

Cinenaut
post #16  on October 18, 2005 - 9:42 AM PDT  
Shaun of the Dead isn't a chick flick, but it's certainly a romantic comedy.
pooja
post #17  on October 18, 2005 - 10:08 AM PDT  
If dead poultry rose up and began to terrorize the town, that would be a zombie chick flick... they'd flock around the square at night clucking, "braaaains.... braaaains....
Hmmm.... I wonder if some zombies might eventually suffer from Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease or Kuru... Maybe that's why they typically stagger around like that.
pooja
post #18  on October 18, 2005 - 10:19 AM PDT  
Hmmm... that Kuru article is thought-provoking, isn't it? Zombies display a lot of the symptoms described for the first stage of the disease. I wonder if the folklore relating to the appearance and behavior of zombies had anything to do with people who developed prion diseases.

Symptoms of Kuru

Gadjusek studied kuru, and he found the condition of kuru victims to be an upsetting sight. He explains, "...to see them, however, regularly progress to neurological degeneration in three to six months (usually three) and to death is another matter and cannot be shrugged off" (Gadjusek, 1996:10). Gadjusek (1973) reported three main stages in the progression of symptoms. The first stage is called the ambulant stage, and it includes unsteadiness of stance, gait, voice, hands, and eyes; deterioration of speech; tremor; shivering; in- coordination in lower extremities that moves slowly upward; and dysarthria (slurring of speech) (Gadjusek, 1973).... Symptoms are generally common among prion diseases, as a comparison with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease will demonstrate.
underdog
post #19  on October 18, 2005 - 10:40 AM PDT  
> On October 17, 2005 - 10:48 PM PDT pooja wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>
> My Boyfriend's Back is unfortunately a "request" item here. You'd think GC would get a copy before the Zombie Primer was published...
> ---------------------------------


It's not mentioned in her primer, it's not good and there was heretofore no interest in it - thus, it wasn't a top priority. However, if there's a sudden upswing in interest, we'll think about getting it. Is that title a, uh, play on words?

woozy
post #20  on October 18, 2005 - 10:49 AM PDT  
>> Is that title a, uh, play on words?
>
Um, in the the sense that if you turn the video over it'd say "My Boyfriend's Front"? No. I assumed the title was a reference to the song "My Boyfirend's Back" (I can not remember if the movie had a reference to the song-- but as the story is from the boys point of view I assume it was intentional). The song title refers to a boyfriend returning (from who knows where) and the movie implies the boyfriend is returning from the grave. I'm not sure that qualifies as a "play on words". Maybe it does. It is a "play" but it isn't a pun. More a play on context.
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