We select those films or fictions with the undead that have fascinated us and continue to remember.
Brains chewed out there, guts around here, blood everywhere ... Whether in a comedy, horror or romance tone, zombies have managed to fit into any film genre. Many audiovisual projects have as a claim for those who enjoy seeing how difficult it is to survive when a single bite means the end. They have always been treated as outcasts, villains and disgusting beings. But we must not forget how well they have made it happen to us. Therefore, to pay tribute to the walking dead, in SensaCine we have chosen our favorite zombie movie.
Shaun of the Dead, Dead Alive, I walked with a zombie, Resident Evil, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Zombieland are some of the titles that each of us comes to mind when We think of a film with these beings. And you?
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Who said the apocalypse has to be serious and boring? The movies and series are plagued with too solemn stories about zombie survival, but Edgar Wright arrived willing to end that in 2004, when he released Shaun of the dead, best known in Spain with the crazy title of Shaun of the Dead (one night .. of death), something that strikes much more with your spirit, where it will stop.
The British filmmaker manages to put his particular touch even on a horror tape like this. Only someone like Wright can include a scene in which the protagonists try to end two undead throwing vinyl and mark a conversation about musical tastes in between. Or kill a zombie to the rhythm of Queen and her 'Don't stop me now'. If the end of the world comes, let us get caught in the Cornetto Trilogy.
'Dead Alive' (1992)
How I miss Peter Jackson's craziest stage as a director! Responsible for toxic jewels like Bad Taste (the most gore alien movie you are going to find) or The delirious world of the Feebles (everything that Who is killing the dolls? Wanted to be and did not come near). When I knew that we had to choose our favorite movie or series of 'zombie genre', for a moment I doubted whether to pull for the seriousness of Romero and his Night of the Walking Dead, the Italian exploitation of Fulci with his New York under the terror of zombies, or because of the hours of fun that have given me the couple Robert Kirkman / Frank Darabont with The Walking Dead.
But, finally, I opted for the movie that boasts of having more liters of hemoglobin in its footage: Dead Alive. In it, a young man tries to conquer his neighbor while dealing with his mother: a possessive and manipulative lady who has frightened him. Everything will get complicated when it is bitten in the zoo by a strange rodent brought from Africa. A madness that has to be enjoyed surrounded by friends and liters of beer, which has it all: a rat monkey that carries a curse, a zombie baby, one of the Spanish protagonists of the series Girls today, a lawnmower used as a lethal weapon ... A very beast and ironic tape, which deserves to be reviewed once and thousand times even though, as happens to almost all the cinema of the early '90s, the years do not go through it for nothing.
'RESIDENT EVIL' (2002)
I must admit that I am not a fan of the zombie genre and there are few series and movies of this kind that has passed through my retina. I was hooked like almost everyone to The Walking Dead and lost interest over the years, as well as almost everyone. That said, it never hurts to see a couple of movies and series of this type to know how to react when the apocalypse (zombie) arrives and to have enough knowledge to prepare a modest survival kit when the time comes. For this reason, I recommend seeing Resident Evil, although no one doubts the skill of Milla Jovovich loading these beings from beyond the grave, on the other hand he teaches us what things we should not do, such as going with a spectacular red dress to stand up to the worst moment of the planet, and despite being agile with weapons, demonstrate an almost zero reaction capacity when making decisions.
Have you not wanted to get on the screen and say: "Espabila, aunt"? Poor Alice indeed suffers endless hardships and misdeeds throughout the saga, but how do you expect the apocalypse to be? The Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory? Another couple of lessons that Resident Evil leaves us is that Americans always walk behind the viruses, blackouts and great evils of the Earth, and who least expects you can betray you.
'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' (2016)
Jane Austen and zombies. Can there be a more bizarre combination? It was Seth Grahame-Smith who had the idea of turning the story of the Bennett sisters into a horror and action novel in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The book, of which Austen is co-author, was published in 2009 and seven years later the film version Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by director Burr Steers arrived in theaters. Let's be honest, the film leaves much to be desired, but for those of us who are not diehard fans of the walking dead, the film comes in for several reasons: its game with the original story created by the British author, the dystopian world in which the Humans live with these series and, in short, because it is not the typical zombie movie. In addition, his cast is not bad: Lily James (Cinderella), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones).
No expert will tell you that Zombieland (2009) is the best zombie movie, but any lover of this subgenre of horror movies will recognize that it is a real ode - and above, fun - to these titles about undead that have fascinated us throughout life and that have laid the foundations for a mythology that continues to influence the new productions. What I love about Zombieland is mainly that it is fun to rage. I also love Woody Harrelson in his role as Tallahassee, but if I have chosen the film directed by Ruben Fleischer it is because of his “contribution” when it comes to making viewers the best survivors of a zombie apocalypse.
What is the use of having seen so many zombie movies if we do not learn some basic things like that we should be fit (Rule No. 1: Cardio), that we must make sure to finish off the walking dead (Rule No. 2: Finish off) or that public services Can they pose an extra danger (Rule # 3: Beware of restrooms)? Counting the days for Zombieland 2: Double Tap.
'DAWN OF THE DEAD' (2004)
I had thought about writing about The Return of the Walking Dead (1978) original by George A. Romero, but in the end, I opted for his 'remake' Dawn of the Dead, directed by Zack Snyder (300, Batman v Superman). Although I don't especially admire movies with the walking dead, James Gunn's script - yes, James Gunn of Slither: The Plague and Guardians of the Galaxy at Marvel Studios - goes like a shot from the beginning.
It all starts when nurse Ana Clark (Sarah Polley) returns home after a very long day's work. Distracted, neither she nor her husband look at breaking news and, the next morning, a small girl enters the house and ends his life, which almost immediately becomes a zombie. Bloody, Ana flees deadly of fear through the bathroom window and escapes in her car until she crashes and loses consciousness. The frantic pace is precisely one of the greatest qualities of Dawn of the Dead: you are always in tension as a spectator and you never know how much time the survivors have left, either in a garage or in a shopping center. The substance may be scarce, true, but Dawn of the Dead works very well as pure entertainment.
'I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE' (1943)
In I walked with a zombie (1943), by the great Jacques Tourneur, there are echoes of Jane Eyre, the classic of the literature of Charlotte Brontë, and the Rebecca (1940) of Alfred Hitchcock - not in vain both were produced by Val Newton–, but beyond references and links, it is one of the most poetic works of the genre. The film was one of the first series B of the RKO under the tutelage of Newton and the second collaboration of the producer and Tourneur after the good reception of The Panther Woman (1942), and today it still shines as one of the most mythical titles of the gender.
The synopsis is minimal - Bety is a young Canadian nurse who travels to the fictional island of San Sebastian, in the Antilles, to take care of Paul Holland's wife, the head of a plantation, who has fallen into a strange coma - but Tourneur managed to make these narrative wicks a powerful film in just 66 minutes. "There is no beauty here, only death and decomposition," Paul tells Betsy at his first meeting, and that sentence, of romantic and mysterious tone, will soon reveal a hidden world, a consequence of centuries of tensions between natives and settlers. Dreamlike atmospheres in the Caribbean plantations, disturbing characters and a celebration of the fantastic for the fantastic that must be in the canon of every good zombie movie lover.