Friday, August 03, 2007

Chp 137. Zombie Movie Marathon

With the MCS (Mizoram Civil Service) exam coming up next month, my room-mates and I have stopped all daily activities other than food, crap, bath and 30 minutes of blogging. But all books and no leisure makes Jack a nerdy boy. So on this upcoming Saturday, we are all going to have a Movie marathon. And what better way to revitalize our stagnant brain cells than to make that a ZOMBIE Movie Marathon!

I know that still sounds a bit nerdy, but hey, we’re old now ok?

I’ve been a Zombie fan since time immemorial. The first horror movie I watched was “Thriller”, the Michael Jackson movie, when I was just 5 or 6 years old. And yup, that movie was indeed zombifying. The make-up used on the living-dead scared me for the next 5 years. And the make-up on Michael Jackson scared me for 10. Oh wait, that wasn’t make-up, it was just “plastic surgery”

In the “Epic of Gilgamesh”, the goddess Ishtar swore:
I will knock down the Gates of the Netherworld,
I will smash the door posts, and leave the doors flat down,
And will let the dead go up to eat the living!
And the dead will outnumber the living!
And that’s exactly why I loooove zombie flicks.

I seldom watch horror movies, especially those Japanese horror movies with tiny subtitles! Man, those are some really really scary stuff. But if the movie involves the “rotting walking dead feeding on the living” plotlines, I just go crazy! George A. Romero rocks! Just as how Stephen King is to horror novels, Romero is to zombie movies. (By the way, King and Romero are good friends. King was even reported to have played the role of a zombie in one of Romero’s films). The zombies in Romero’s films (aptly named “Romero Zombies”) have a large cult following among lovers of the supernatural and the unexplained.

Romero gave us “The Night of the Living Dead” in 1968, proving to the World that a movie need not have a high budget in order to be a box-office Hit. Legendary movies such as “The Exorcist”, “The Omen” and “The Shining” are all said to have been influenced heavily by this movie. Such was the masterpiece of Romero.

Which made me wonder, how come we’ve never had Bollywood zombie movies? I’m sure it would have been a great hit. Of course if it was a Bollywood movie, there would have been at least three songs with “imported” background dancers and an item number by Himesh in between the part that the zombies are 10 feet away and the part where they are 5 feet away. And it wouldn’t be necessary to run away from the flesh eating zombie rampage, after all, the Hero is there! The Hero would beat the shit out of any zombie that crosses his path.

Remember all those movies where we used to complain that “no matter how many times the hero clobber the bad guys (or vice versa), the person receiving the beating always gets up again”. He just simply refuses to die! Now at least the directors have a good excuse, because the zombies are already dead! They can shoot a whole 40 minutes of a “fight scene” now, showing the same two people thrashing each other and hurling each other through brick walls over and over again!

Anyway, the list of Movies for our Grand Saturday Movie Marathon is:
  1. Night of the Living Dead
  2. Night of the Living Dead (1990 remake)
  3. Dawn of the Dead (2004 remake)
  4. Land of the Dead
  5. Shaun of the Dead
  6. Resident Evil
  7. Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Phew! That’s at least 12 hours of hardcore Zombie gore, running amok and eating the brains and flesh of the defenseless humans. It’s going to be a great Saturday!

We couldn’t lay our hands on “Day of the Dead”. Otherwise it would have been awesome to watch the entire series in order, all at once (Night, Dawn, Day, Land). We also couldn’t find the original version of “Dawn of the Dead”, hence had to settle for the 2004 version. The problem is, in this latest version, the zombies are very different. They don’t walk slowly in a mindless fashion anymore (after all they’re supposed to be brain dead right?). Instead, they have amazing reflexes and super strength! They jump over walls, outrun vehicles and growl like a wolf. It’s like the X-Men meets the Addams Family! Crazy. That is so unzombie-like.

And Romero will be out with the fifth part “Diary of the Dead” soon. I can’t wait to watch it. Another movie release I’m fervently waiting for is the third part of Resident Evil entitled “Resident Evil: Extinction”. Nothing to make my day than seeing the sexy Milla Jovovich kicking zombie ass.

“Shaun of the Dead” is the only comedy-horror in our list. It has a high rating of 8.0/10 at imdb.com, hence it can’t be a cheap B-Grade horror flick with overacting actors and incidents that makes you point at the TV screen and scream “you stupid (censored)!!! Why did you do that? Nobody in real life would ever do that!!!”.

The problem with zombie movies is, most of them are B-Grade kinda movies, you know, all those “Return of the living dead” series and “Tales from the Crypt” TV shows. Bad actors, bad acting, bad setting, bad clich├ęs, bad make-ups, bad plots. All bad. That is why we decided to watch only the Romero zombies, Resident Evil series and “Shaun of the Dead”. Coz once we’re done with the Movie Marathon, we have to go back to our studies again. We definitely do not want to be distracted by lingering thoughts like “damn that movie sucks”…

And yeah, you gotta love some of the Taglines of the movies we’re going to watch!

When there’s no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth.
- Dawn of the Dead
The dead have waited. The day has come.
- Day of the Dead
It’s just one of those days when you’re feeling a little… dead.
- Shaun of the Dead
Everyone died. The trouble is, they didn’t stay dead.
- Resident Evil

I took the Zombie Apocalypse Survival quiz, and it seems I have only a 46% chance of surviving in case of a zombie apocalypse.



But still, that’s better than my girlfriend who has just a 22% chance of surviving! Ha ha ha! But the more important question now is, if she turns into a zombie and I didn’t, will I have the courage to shoot her brains out? What about you? Suppose somebody you love deeply has been infected and will turn into a zombie any minute, what will you do?
  1. Blow her brains out before she turns into a zombie.
  2. Wait for her to die first, and then blow her brains out the moment she starts to change.
  3. Tie her up and leave her. How can you ever kill the sweet thing?
  4. Infect your own blood with her infected blood, so that the two of you will turn into zombies together.
With that, I leave you all for now. Have a great weekend, and if you are planning to mail me after Saturday, write softly, because I am going to be quite jumpy

28 comments:

JesseTheCat said...

Hey to you, I see you are the first to comment, which makes me very happy! I am now the first to comment on your post, I was in such a hurry to get here and accomplish this, that I havent even read your post yet! Naughty Jesse is deserving of a jolly good spanking, lolz.I know its going to be good, your post, I mean, it always is. and yes, you did make be wonder for a minute when you said its Monday over there...I am a bit sleepy at times, but surely not totally dead ! :) I am now the first here, happy for me too, now off to read your post.Have a happy weekend

sercop said...

Taken the test and geez....I have 36% chance of surviving . lol

JesseTheCat said...

Civil Service exam ?? How cool is that?Cooler than cool, and I wish you best of luck and I know you will pass with Flying Colours !
I'm glad to see how much fun you guys are going to have.In reply to your blog question, I would have to tie the poor thing up and run like Hell! lolz, I cant kill a spider, never mind a Zombie..Jesse will be heading for the hills at the speed of light !
You have a great horror list there, but you havent included the Master of Disaster, Bruce Campbell in the ' evil dead ' series.Remember the Army of Darkness ?? hilariously Scary and total B-Grade fun.
I hope you and your roomies enjoy the movie fest..kinda jealous that I'm not going along for the frightening entertainment. Have a great time and no, Sandman, for the umpteenth time, that is Not Michael Jackson springing from the cupboard ! :)

JesseTheCat said...

Civil Service exam ?? How cool is that?Cooler than cool, and I wish you best of luck and I know you will pass with Flying Colours !
I'm glad to see how much fun you guys are going to have.In reply to your blog question, I would have to tie the poor thing up and run like Hell! lolz, I cant kill a spider, never mind a Zombie..Jesse will be heading for the hills at the speed of light !
You have a great horror list there, but you havent included the Master of Disaster, Bruce Campbell in the ' evil dead ' series.Remember the Army of Darkness ?? hilariously Scary and total B-Grade fun.
I hope you and your roomies enjoy the movie fest..kinda jealous that I'm not going along for the frightening entertainment. Have a great time and no, Sandman, for the umpteenth time, that is Not Michael Jackson springing from the cupboard ! :)

J@n!ce said...

Now that you mentioned. I seriously have not seen a Bollywood Zombie kinda movie....
My impression of Bollywood movies are beautiful ladies with good dancing steps & the lovers are always running on the beach. If need to sing songs to go along a scene. We will find them 'hid & seek' around the tree. :) :)
My mum in law loves to watch Bollywood shows :D

Philo said...

Where does Wes Craven line up in your constellation of masters-of-gore...thought he was cool too. As an aside, Jesse deserving a jolly good spanking...oooh, tarty! Personally, the zombie genre invariably gets a little too tacky but hope your moviethon goes well...BOO!!

illusionaire said...

Thanx for all your comments! Slight delay in starting the Movie Marathon, hence we are going to start now only. I will be totally unreachable until 8pm :)

@ Philo: Of course Wes Craven rocks too!!! But his horror genre aren't exactly zombie types, you know. They are more action oriented compared to the Japanese horror movies. I have watched every single part of "Nightmare on Elm Street" and also "Friday the 13th" series. Love them both soooo much. And then someone came up with "Freddy Vs Jason" and it was the crappiest movie I've ever seen!!!!!!

illusionaire said...

@ sercop: Why are you still here little brother? First finish your exams and then you can spend all the time you want on my blog. Remember even during my engineering days, even though we never used to study the entire semester, we were very serious during the one week examinations time :) All the best once again.

@ Janice: You watch Bollywood movies too? wow! Im impressed :) Yes basically most Bollywood movies are what you mentioned: Dance scenes, beach scenes, and hide n' seek scenes :) I do wish to see a zombie movie produced by Bollywood. It would be so amazing :)

Mariuca said...

Hey Sandman! Enjoy ur movie marathon, am not a fan of horror movies but if I do watch them, I'd have a pillow or a blanket to cover my eyes almost all the way through! You're so brave...BOO!!! :):):)

illusionaire said...

Jesse: Yay! Thanx for being my first commenter :) So when I said it's already Monday over here while it's still Friday there and you fell for it, that makes you quite similar to the brain dead zombie movies we're going to watch. lolz! :)

Civil service exams are not easy Jesse, They seriously aren't. We gotta know so much stuff (basically: everything under the sun) and sometimes I really don't think it's worth the amount of salary I'm going to get in case I get through. But then, civil service is more about power rather than money. Lolz at your MJ joke :) You should have seen "Scary Movie" making fun of MJ :)

Bruce Campbell? lolz, thats exactly the kinda B-Grade movie I was talking about. Puleeeze don't even remind me of those "Army of Darkness" movies!

Tying up your infected loved one is cute :) Thats a good answer. But eventually, he will get out of that and turn into a zombie and infect other innocent people. Can you really live with that conscience? :)

illusionaire said...

hahaha Marzieee :) Thanx for the scare :-P Yup I will enjoy the movie like a true man: Watching it with my eyes open the whole time and pumping iron at the same time :)

Mariuca said...

Ha ha.. Sandman! U do that while I work on somethin' special for YOU! Have fun :)

mnowluck said...

hey lehkha zir thra rawh... :D else bigsis will comment here again :P


Best of luck for ur exams dude!!

Anonymous said...

Your movie marathon sounds interesting.

All the best for the exams, Sandman.

illusionaire said...

@ mariuca, mnowluck and anonymous:

Thanx for the comment! As I am still a bit jumpy right now, I will post the review of our movie marathon by tomorrow.... uhh whats that? Did you hear that? It seems to be coming from outside the door...... ok I'm shutting down the comp!

Ps. Marzie... I wonder what the special you mention is all about :) Catch ya all tomorrow.

JesseTheCat said...

Glad to see that Sandman is back from his 'horror-thon' and still able to walk! I have given up on horro movies, the fear was toooo much.

So being a civil servant will mean you will have lots of Power, in the long run?? lOlz, how cool, I shall be glad to 'Know You' then,he he , and perhaps even get a free t-shirt ! That would be awesome. :)

Can I live with my consience after tying up my zombie-lover and heading for the hills, leaving him to get free and nibble innocent by-standers ?? Why, Sandman, how cruel! it would be a Damn site better that him nibbling me!! :)

sawmpuia said...

Happy ferensip dayz haha i sak pui duhlo a :-)

2S said...

Loved Resident Evil :-)

mystic said...

I blog hi ka lo tlawh ve ziah thin a, thu ziah i thiamin a ngaihnawm thei khawp mai.
Thlahrang film lampang sawi takah chuan Japanese/Korean thlahrang film te hi hlauhawm hle mahse en hi a chakawm tlat thin, hlau chung chungin ka en ve nual tawh. Tunhnai lawk khan One Missed Call 3 (The Final) ka en a se, a hlauhawm ltk lo. Ka en tawh zingah hlauhawm fal bik em em pakhat a awm a, mahse a film hming ka hre tawh lo, a rapthlak tawp...

Ps. I hope its not inappropriate to comment in Mizo.

Clezevra said...

know exactly what you mena about horror movies... but i hate them

illusionaire said...

@ sawmpuia: Happy Friendship day to you too :) ka sak pui chuan a bum vek a nga sin.

@ mystic: Hey thanx a lot for your comment. And no, it is not inappropriate if you comment in Mizo. Any comment is most welcome here. Please feel free to comment here anytime you want in English or Mizo. And I would love to watch the horror movies you mentioned. Sounds great! :)

illusionaire said...

@ Jesse: lolz. Ok I guess thats better than him nibbling you :) By the way, I really love "Shaun of the Dead" from our marathon! It was sooooooo funny... them imitating the zombies in order to fool them! lolzzz! Laughed out so much! Its a british humor, more like dark humor. The casts are almost the same casts from that other British humor flick "Hot Fuzz". You really must watch that Jess.

@ 2s : Resident Evil rocked! I cant wait to watch the third part!

@ Clevzera: Thanx for visiting. Thats the specialty about horror flicks. You hate them, but you cannot NOT watch them :)

Puii Colney said...

Civil service exams? WOW.. Good luck, Your a great writer! love your blog..

Puii Colney said...

civil service exams? Wow...Good luck. Your a great writer! love your blog..

illusionaire said...

Thank you Puii Colney :) Love your blog too. Just hope you update it more frequently :)

3d-lover said...

I dont really watch Zombie Movies except Resident Evil....the game that is lolll

Seriously, Play the game (but not resident evil 4), its one of the scariest games ive played, and ive played a lot of scary games. You wont be disappointed.

RTPA said...

Bro chu in la huiasen tawh ve aw :) Hostel kan awm lai a ka bul a rawn mut kuk lai thin te kha...zan a zung tur a min kaih thoh ziah thin te kha aw :) miss dos days Bro...

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