But besides sitting in awe over a movie that takes place a decade before I was born, some truths rang though that follow until this day. We still have not learned from the warnings that were practically shouted at us from progressive film makers like Romero. The first 25 minutes of the movie are riddled with examples of corruption, racism, and violence of man against his fellow man. A sort of foreshadowing of the horrors that we will be exposed to if we don’t learn from our past mistakes. The scene Mr. Romero was painting for us over 34 years ago still rings horrifically true in this day and age. I can still see some sleazy news director posting old and outdated information even if that information may kill someone just to get the last of the ratings in the final days. I see examples every day of people who get angry at a group of people with different color skins because of a false generalization they make about the people as a whole. And their jokes of violence don’t bring me laughter, only sadness.
Lesson 3. Let everyone in on the plan. – If Rodger and Peter had told Steve what the first expedition plan was he probably would not have put himself in as much danger and it is for sure that the Harry Cristina zombie would not have made his way up to Francene, putting her in danger without a gun.
Lesson 4. Proper planning does a lot of good. – I was so happy when I saw the scenes where they were planning the fortifications for the mall. How many people would think to wall up the entrance to their hide out so that if people come they wouldn’t recognise that they lived there? Stroke of genius I say. Parking the trucks in front of the entrances, although did not go so well for Rodger, was a smart way to stem the flow of zombies so it would be easier to lock the doors. Plus it served as extra protection from other outside attackers. If they would have needed to, they could have used those parked trucks as a relatively safe escape plan.
Some other things I wanted to point out before we were finished. My award for funniest zombie in this movie goes to the fat zombie. The scene where the shirtless fat zombie was rubbing his body against the glass door made me laugh out loud. Scariest zombie has to go to Zombie Rodger. They did a great job on his make up. Best zombie acting job goes to the Steven zombie. The way Steven dragged his bum leg around was great. And finally the most awesome zombie kill would have to be when Peter lifted a zombie over his head and threw him off the second story. And funniest death will go the the death where the raider tries to get his blood pressure taken and gets trapped in the machine as the zombies descend on him. Dumb Ass.
One last point to talk about. I know this is old hat, but did anyone else see how much this movie influenced the first Dead Rising video game? Everything from the helicopter entrance, to using everything around you as a weapon (throwing the fence at a zombie), and even when the raiders threw pies in the zombies faces and used seltzer water on them. I realize that Romero has influenced many other zombie movies and video games but this one was so blatantly obvious this post would feel naked without me saying something.
We could go on for hours about this movie, but alas I must move on. Maybe we can revisit this subject at another time. But until then please feel free to discuss below. I’m always welcoming people’s opinions on the blog and looking for suggestions so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow Dead Future on Facebook and Google +. And to hear more from me, follow me on Twitter and Google +.
Till Fate brings our Future…
Have you ever had the thought, “The zed’s won’t bother me! I’m hoping the first boat out to some tropical island where they will never reach me!” Well Max Brooks has already told us how that’s a bad idea in his book The Zombie Survival Guide. I’m going to show you why that’s a bad idea. Well not me per say, a film director will, but I will lead you to the film.
When I think of good horror zombie flicks, I think of Hollywood. I’m sure there is some great foreign zombie film out there and if you have any of it, let me know what I should be looking for, because I’d love to see it. But the good ones I know of now come from production companies based in the city of old actors and musicians, waitressing hopefuls, and filthy streets. Ok to be fair it does have ONE nice street with a walk of fame, but that’s about it. Or so I’m told. My point is would you ever think that the next big zombie flick would come out of some small country not known for its film? Well my friends times have changed, and we are about to see Cuba step into the big leagues of zombie movies.
“Juan De Los Muertos,” or, “Juan of the Dead,” (no I’m not making this up) is this zombie movie filmed in Cuba. The film is produced by the La Zanfoña Producciones (Spain) and Producciones de la 5ta Avenida companies and is being directed by Alejandro Brugués. The scuttle bucket on the web is that it’s the first ever zombie film made in Cuba. I for one think it’s brilliant!
The movie will take a comedy approach it looks like similar to the styling of Zombieland. The movie’s plot looks to be more “Shawn of the Deadish,” but the comedy is defiantly not the Brittish humor that permeates SotD. You should really watch the trailer rather than listen to me blabber about it.
So the basic synopsis given by the official website (link is to English version of website) is that Zombies invade Cuba and our hero Juan is looking to make some spare cash. So he promotes his slogan “Juan of the Dead, we kill your beloved ones,” and becomes a zombie hunter for hire. But once the shit hits the fan and the living dead become too large to control, Juan and his pack must escape Havana at all costs.
Sign me up. I want to see this movie. The comedy is up my alley, the action looks good, if not a little campy (which isn’t a bad thing), and the chick is good looking. My only question is if I should find a subbed or dubbed copy of the film? It’s the ancient debate, the dubbed copies never seem to match up well, which takes away from the film, but I have a hard time enjoying the art of the piece if I’m reading a bunch of sub text at the bottom of the screen. Oh well I’ll burn that bridge when I get to it. I do not even know if I’ll be able to get it here in the US due to the current polices we have on Cuba and goods from there, but I digress. If you can see it, I would recommend giving it a shot. I can’t find a release date yet, but the website promises that it will be some time this year.
What are your thoughts? Worth seeing, or are you indifrent? Let me know! You can post comments below, email me at email@example.com or twitter me @PenguinPrince25. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for more zombie goodness and comic updates!
-Till Fate brings our Future