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The Zombie Genre


#1

Perhaps the most underated and unappreciated genre in all of cinema. In 1933 the first zombie movie “White Zombie”, Directed by: Victor Halperin started a new genre that would soon influence other zombie films. The dead were brought back to life by a witch doctor, gone by the name of “Murder” (Bela Lugosi) and were forced to work in sugar mills as slaves. Murder of course is the parallel version of “Ghede”, the voodoo god who stands in the crossroads of death. In voodoo myths, “Ghede” defies the destiny of the dead, wether they can walk to heaven and rest in peace or wether they would return back to earth, and live in anguish forever. Most zombie movies released in the latter days contained “Voodoo mythology and themes.” Movies like: Revolt Of The Zombies, King Of The Zombies, etc. The genre changed dramatically when Pitsburgh native George A. Romero transformed the zombie genre with Night Of The Living Dead, which was heavily influenced by “Carnival Of Souls” and a short story “Night Of Anibus”. This movie would soon start a new wave of zombie films, that we are seeing today…


#2

Biohazard…we know it’s you!


#3

[quote=“Kilgore Trout”]
Biohazard…we know it’s you!
[/quote]So.


#4

Another interesting Thriller/Zombie film is 28 Days Later. I know most of you would say that 28 Days Later is not a zombie film…in many ways it is and in other, it isin’t. The “infected” in 28 Days Later resort to cannibalism in order to survive yet they really are NOT dead, they are just suffering the effects of this virus, which is rage. But I beleive the old Romero style zombie movies will soon diminish as more and more films like 28 Days Later come out. The “zombies/ghouls” are more dangerous, harder to kill, more exciting. I look forward to seeing more films like 28 Days Later, most prefferably its sequel “28 Weeks Later”.


#5

[quote=“Lucio Fulci”]
Another interesting Thriller/Zombie film is 28 Days Later. I know most of you would say that 28 Days Later is not a zombie film…in many ways it is and in other, it isin’t. The “infected” in 28 Days Later resort to cannibalism in order to survive yet they really are NOT dead, they are just suffering the effects of this virus, which is rage. But I beleive the old Romero style zombie movies will soon diminish as more and more films like 28 Days Later come out. The “zombies/ghouls” are more dangerous, harder to kill, more exciting. I look forward to seeing more films like 28 Days Later, most prefferably its sequel “28 Weeks Later”.
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more exciting? you see thats just the thing now days people try to make action movies out of zombie movies and it just doesnt work that well particularly in climaxes which just become nonsensical, Zombie movies should be horrifying not exciting ( or if anything else funky ) they should be more about the horror… the horror …common… :frowning:


#6

Horror in zombie films are limited. If you put too many zombie action sequences like Resident Evil:Apocalypse, the entire movie will become dull and boring. But a common problem in zombie films today, is that the situation is merely the same as others films. Its always a survival-horror story that includes a group of people trying to escape the carnage of a zombie infested city or town. There should be more character based zombie films, imagine someone like Travis Bickle confronting a zombie; sounds funny and stupid but I think it can work.


#7

http://www.houseofhorrors.com/fulci.htm


#8

<LINK_TEXT text=“http://www.upcominghorrormovies.com/mov … 3.php&nbsp”>http://www.upcominghorrormovies.com/movies/residentevil3.php&nbsp</LINK_TEXT>; Resident Evil : Afterlife/ Extinction already in production. Guess that whole zombies in the desert idea by QT is being done in this next Resident Evil installment. Directed by: Russell Mulcahy - - Screenplay by: Paul WS. Anderson


#9

<LINK_TEXT text=“http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_E#Plot&nbsp”>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_Evil:_Afterlife#Plot&nbsp</LINK_TEXT>; Here’s a better website with more insight. The possibility of Albert Wesker’s debut in this next Resident Evil movie is more than possible.September 13, 2004 â€â€


#10

I would actually try to give a shit if the first two movies were even remotely decent.


#11

[quote=“Scarface”]
I would actually try to give a shit if the first two movies were even remotely decent.
[/quote] If you see them as a whole, it makes a lot more sense. You underestimate Resident Evil, it has more potential than every other zombie movie, if its done right.


#12

I agree. It had HUGE potential. Before it went in the hands of that hack Paul Anderson that is.


#13

[quote=“Scarface”]
I agree. It had HUGE potential. Before it went in the hands of that hack Paul Anderson that is.
[/quote]I somewhat agree, however it seems that he’s finally making some sense out of this thing. Alice will probably be killed off, then the other characters: Leon, Chris, Claire, Albert, Jill will take over the franchise. That’s what I wanted to see, all the great videogame characters playing major roles in the movie.


#14

28 WEEKS LATER : http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0463854/&nbsp; the zombie genre being revitalized with the next-gen zombie movies. Another link: http://www.comingsoon.net/news.php?id=5236


#15

Based on the information I’ve manage to gather, I beleive I’ve managed to create the opening scene for RE: EXTINCTION, the following is based solely on my conjecture. The movie opens with a voice over provided by ALice, re-accounting the past incidents that transpired in Raccoon City. The next scene reprises the helicopter scene crashing in the Arklay Mountains. Jill , Carlos and Angie Ashford see that Alice has died, they cry and venture off in a zombie infested forest. . .their ticket way out there is probably through some sort of underground passage that Angie knows about. They soon infiltrate an Umbrella base to gather any information on Alice. As you all probably know, Alice was subjected to the G-virus which bonded with her cells, thus preventing an abnormal mutation. However something was done to her before she resurrected. And that’s what I DON’T KNOW, but will figure out… <LINK_TEXT text=“http://ww2.capcom.com/ResidentEvil/wesk … .html&nbsp”>http://ww2.capcom.com/ResidentEvil/weskers_report_2/html/report.html&nbsp</LINK_TEXT>; This information on Wesker is vital for his role in RE:Extinction. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Wesker


#16

http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/news.php?id=3594&nbsp; Minor plot summary for RE:Extinction


#17

Ever wondered what Resident Evil would look like if George Andrew Romero would of directed it . . .with this 30 second commercial that he filmed for CAPCOM, you will see his style come into play, this supersedes Paul W.S. Anderson’s “style” by a fucking mile. <LINK_TEXT text=“http://www.residentevilfan.com/videovie … d=156&ff=5”>http://www.residentevilfan.com/videoviewer.asp?id=156&ff=5</LINK_TEXT> I love how he always confines his characters in small room, leaving them in hopeless situations. Also look at the way he films the zombies, with close-ups and tilted angles, now that’s TRUE horror. <LINK_TEXT text=“http://www.residentevilfan.com/videovie … ?id=2&ff=5”>http://www.residentevilfan.com/videoviewer.asp?id=2&ff=5</LINK_TEXT>


#18

The man. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_A._Romero


#19

Damn, thick glasses ;D


#20

Be nice to the man or don’t say anything at all!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAHHHHHHHHH!!! There’s no reason to live, where’s my Kyack!!!