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DEVIL'S REJECTS & LAND OF THE DEAD
Topic by: villain
Posted: June 19, 2005 - 4:27 PM PDT
Last Reply: September 22, 2005 - 2:08 PM PDT

author topic: DEVIL'S REJECTS & LAND OF THE DEAD
villain
post #1  on June 19, 2005 - 4:27 PM PDT  
i had the VERY FORTUNATE chance to see both of these films over the weekend at the cinevegas film festival. rob and sheri moon zombie were both in attendance and did a cool Q&A after "devil's rejects".

for fans of "house of 1,000 corpses" get ready to get your asses kicked! i loved "house.." and couldn't wait for "devil's rejects" after i heard rob zombie promise that it would be more serious and brutal in nature. brutality doesn't even come close to describing it. i was ready for/and hoping for cruelty and bloodshed. it delivered and i loved every second of it. fans of sick horror will really dig this film. can't wait to see this again, and again.

now onto the master. i had the very cool and AMAZING chance to see "land of the dead" at a private screening with only george romero, a couple of universal suits, and a couple of my friends early in the morning yesterday. i actually got to see the movie twice yesterday at the private screening and then at the actual world premiere.
romero delivers as always with this fourth installment of the genre he created and set the rules for.
as usual, romero fills "land of the dead" with political commentary. he touches on the war on terror and class systems. the zombies and gore are better than ever due to the huge budget romero had to work with.

the cast was great, john leguizamo was only half-annoying.
and it's always nice to see the tasty asia argento on the big screen. **SPOILER AHEAD** a lot of people were afraid that the "big daddy" zombie character was going to be cheesy. but he's not. romero found a way to make the zombies evolve in a gradual way.

since i'm not very good at describing movies i'll leave it at that. but i will say, zombiephiles rejoice! romero is back at full force!
Battie
post #2  on June 19, 2005 - 8:09 PM PDT  
> On June 19, 2005 - 4:27 PM PDT villain wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> i had the VERY FORTUNATE chance to see both of these films over the weekend at the cinevegas film festival. rob and sheri moon zombie were both in attendance and did a cool Q&A after "devil's rejects".
>
> for fans of "house of 1,000 corpses" get ready to get your asses kicked! i loved "house.." and couldn't wait for "devil's rejects" after i heard rob zombie promise that it would be more serious and brutal in nature. brutality doesn't even come close to describing it. i was ready for/and hoping for cruelty and bloodshed. it delivered and i loved every second of it. fans of sick horror will really dig this film. can't wait to see this again, and again.
>

I knew there was a reason I was refusing to see this one. *nod*

> now onto the master. i had the very cool and AMAZING chance to see "land of the dead" at a private screening with only george romero, a couple of universal suits, and a couple of my friends early in the morning yesterday. i actually got to see the movie twice yesterday at the private screening and then at the actual world premiere.
> romero delivers as always with this fourth installment of the genre he created and set the rules for.
> as usual, romero fills "land of the dead" with political commentary. he touches on the war on terror and class systems. the zombies and gore are better than ever due to the huge budget romero had to work with.
>

Hehehe. I so want to see that. What did you do, win a contest?
villain
post #3  on June 19, 2005 - 9:53 PM PDT  
>
> Hehehe. I so want to see that. What did you do, win a contest?


no, i'm friends with a couple of entertainers that
got us in. it was a once in a lifetime chance.

Battie
post #4  on June 20, 2005 - 12:43 AM PDT  
> On June 19, 2005 - 9:53 PM PDT villain wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> no, i'm friends with a couple of entertainers that
> got us in. it was a once in a lifetime chance.
> ---------------------------------

Lucky guy. Another reason to hate Californians. :P

Have you seen the Australian Undead? Or any of the other foreign horror movies coming to the U.S. this year?

Land of the Dead...how does it compare to other recent zombie movies, and which are your favorites?
villain
post #5  on June 20, 2005 - 9:00 PM PDT  
> On June 20, 2005 - 12:43 AM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On June 19, 2005 - 9:53 PM PDT villain wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > no, i'm friends with a couple of entertainers that
> > got us in. it was a once in a lifetime chance.
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Lucky guy. Another reason to hate Californians. :P
>
> Have you seen the Australian Undead? Or any of the other foreign horror movies coming to the U.S. this year?
>
> Land of the Dead...how does it compare to other recent zombie movies, and which are your favorites?
> ---------------------------------

actually i live in vegas and after 27+ years it's paying off! but i'm originally from the bay area so you can still hate californians.

the only aussie zombie flick i've seen is night crawl. is there more?

the only other foreign zombie flicks i've seen are stacy and i'm waiting for bio-zombie (i've heard it's totally ridiculous in a good way). and battlefield baseball is a japanese zombie flick you need to see. totally over the top nonsense. i love that kinda stuff!

as far as land of the dead....i prefer the old school zombies, so i think this is better than all of the recent
zombie films. i don't really care for those super fast zombies that were portrayed in the dawn of the dead re-make (although i still enjoyed it somewhat). and i really hate house of the dead. but i'm also partial in my opinion because it's romero.

some of my favorite films are: wild zero (i'm a big fan of guitar wolf so the mix of zombies with their lo-fi rock and swagger was very cool), all of romero's installments, children of the living dead (mainly because of savini), the incredibly strange creatures who stopped living and became mixed-up zombies (too ridiculous to even explain, you just need to see it), the evil dead series, biker zombies (i love cheese). and probably the most over the top and just plain bizarre zombie movie ever: hard rock zombies! see this one.

okay, i gotta go and watch six feet under.
Battie
post #6  on June 20, 2005 - 10:08 PM PDT  
> On June 20, 2005 - 9:00 PM PDT villain wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> actually i live in vegas and after 27+ years it's paying off! but i'm originally from the bay area so you can still hate californians.
>
> the only aussie zombie flick i've seen is night crawl. is there more?
>

Undead is from Aussieland. :P It comes out in US release this year (I posted a whole buncha crap on upcoming releases on another forum--quite a few horror movies, several foreign).

> the only other foreign zombie flicks i've seen are stacy and i'm waiting for bio-zombie (i've heard it's totally ridiculous in a good way). and battlefield baseball is a japanese zombie flick you need to see. totally over the top nonsense. i love that kinda stuff!
>

Stacy was very, very strange. I don't think I liked it, but I wasn't disgusted with it (unlike another flick called Ghouls).

> as far as land of the dead....i prefer the old school zombies, so i think this is better than all of the recent
> zombie films. i don't really care for those super fast zombies that were portrayed in the dawn of the dead re-make (although i still enjoyed it somewhat). and i really hate house of the dead. but i'm also partial in my opinion because it's romero.
>

Oh yeah, me too.

> some of my favorite films are: wild zero (i'm a big fan of guitar wolf so the mix of zombies with their lo-fi rock and swagger was very cool), all of romero's installments, children of the living dead (mainly because of savini), the incredibly strange creatures who stopped living and became mixed-up zombies (too ridiculous to even explain, you just need to see it), the evil dead series, biker zombies (i love cheese). and probably the most over the top and just plain bizarre zombie movie ever: hard rock zombies! see this one.
>

I love cheese. :P My favorite actually has to be one of the cheesiest, Return of the Living Dead.

What's the "stopped living and became mixed up zombies" movie? I saw one on NF that was something about...dead relatives who came back, and no one knew what to do with the harmless things...

> ---------------------------------
Gradalis
post #7  on June 21, 2005 - 9:47 AM PDT  
The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies

Meanwhile, my spin on Land of the Dead, caught in the same location as Villain...
underdog
post #8  on June 21, 2005 - 10:47 AM PDT  
I also recommend this little sleeper, just out on DVD today. Who knew the French could do zombie movies?

C
Battie
post #9  on June 21, 2005 - 2:38 PM PDT  
> On June 21, 2005 - 10:47 AM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I also recommend this little sleeper, just out on DVD today. Who knew the French could do zombie movies?
>
> C
> ---------------------------------

Hey! That's the one I was thinking about. ^_^

And thank you, Gradalis. :) So when does Land of Plenty come out here? Or is it out?

villain
post #10  on June 21, 2005 - 4:46 PM PDT  
> On June 21, 2005 - 9:47 AM PDT Gradalis wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies
>
> Meanwhile, my spin on Land of the Dead, caught in the same location as Villain...
> ---------------------------------

hey, i assume you were at the premiere then. what were
you wearing.....just kidding.
did you happen to catch a view of "rize"? or the "aristocrats"?

and hey underdog, thanks for that link. i've added it to
my queue list. french zombies...well, they at least should
be sexier than normal.

Gradalis
post #11  on June 23, 2005 - 3:26 PM PDT  
Battie, Land of Plenty is an IFC production. I doubt if it will ever get a theatrical release. TV and DVD are its likely destination.

Villain, you presumed correctly. I was only at the festival for the day, though. However, I caught The Aristocrats in Seattle. It starts well, gets a bit dull and then becomes interesting again near the end. THINKFilm will be releasing it in nationwide on 12-August.
ALittlefield
post #12  on June 24, 2005 - 4:01 PM PDT  
I found the last film, DAY OF THE DEAD, to be mostly an utter bore, (in Romero's defense, he was forced to either cut the budget down from his original script or go for an "R" rating; he chose the former)but I will definitely see this one. I find it interesting that zombie films are making a comeback lately,(and that they're actually good!). I think these films function well at a "what would you do?" level, and they combine apocalyptic imagery with the even more frighening concept of the people you love becoming mindless monsters. Two primal fears in one!
Zenslinger
post #13  on July 12, 2005 - 11:24 AM PDT  
I'm a big fan of the DEAD movies but found Land of the Dead to be a little lacking in the plot department. Granted, they're all a bit lacking there, but, still, I feel like he had the resources this time out and it's a bit of a waste. The political bits and the zombie munchings are all as good as they ever were. But there was a lot of potential drama that could have added so much.
Battie
post #14  on July 12, 2005 - 1:46 PM PDT  
> On July 12, 2005 - 11:24 AM PDT Zenslinger wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'm a big fan of the DEAD movies but found Land of the Dead to be a little lacking in the plot department. Granted, they're all a bit lacking there, but, still, I feel like he had the resources this time out and it's a bit of a waste. The political bits and the zombie munchings are all as good as they ever were. But there was a lot of potential drama that could have added so much.
> ---------------------------------

You know, leaving, I thought there was something missing, but since I couldn't figure it out, I dismissed it as me being my sometimes-usual critical self. ^_^ But you hit it on the head. Now that you have, I realize that he could've added more drama. In fact, Land of the Dead relied a lot more heavily on comedy than the previous Dead movies, IMO. (I DID enjoy the comedy.)

Eh, I kind of think what could've been added wasn't due to a length issue. You notice how the majority of movies are around an hour and a half? (War of the Worlds wasn't, but that's a "special" case--and even then, it was only two hours.)

I wonder what the Director's Cut will be like...
GodEmperorAyato
post #15  on August 8, 2005 - 7:59 PM PDT  
I though Devil's rejects was kinda pointless and boring, better then 1,000 corpses though(which i hated).

Land of the Dead was completely forgettable. Everything about it was just plain mediocre. I guess I should have expected this after Bruiser, but its still pretty damn depressing...
blackdroog
post #16  on September 22, 2005 - 2:08 PM PDT  
I actually enjoyed devil's rejects I expected it to be more like house of 1000 corpse but it was more like a exploitation 70's movie than the first movie Rob did that was more into like this mix of texas chainsaw with a monster on the basement. At first whe it began I hated that family but in the end I felt sorry for them wich made me think for 2 weeks is that cool to feel that way? jejeje. Love the soundtrack and editing of the movie...it was really like a homage to 70's horror and thriller enjoy it even do poeple at the theater started to leave the room.

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