Overlord (2018)

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It’s the eve of D-Day, and a group of paratroopers are being sent to destroy a German radio tower in France. Before they can get there, however, their plane is shot down, and only five men, Corporal Ford, and Privates Boyce, Tibbet, Chase, and Dawson are left alive. Shaken, but determined to complete their objective, the soldiers make their way to the village where the tower is located and discover some strange, horrifying things. What things, you ask? Well, it would appear that, in the hopes of ensuring their thousand-year Reich, the Nazis have been performing experiments on people to create “thousand-year soldiers.” Yikes. So now, in addition to having to blow up the radio tower, it would appear that the paratroopers have to contend with undead Nazis as well. Charming. Can they do it? Well, watch the film and find out for yourself. Continue reading

One Cut Of The Dead (2018)

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Film shoots can just be hell. They’re long, they’re tiring, and, take it from me, something always winds up going wrong. Maybe one of the actors pulls out at the last minute, or maybe one of the key props breaks. Or maybe, while shooting a low-budget zombie movie, actual zombies appear on set, and start eating the crew. At least, that’s what happens in the first part of this movie. Yes, for the first 37 minutes of One Cut Of The Dead, an absolutely charming Japanese comedy,  we see the crew of a low budget zombie film get terrorized by White Walkers. And then, when we’ve seemingly reached the end of the story, with the final girl having killed her last assailant, the filmmakers pull the curtain back, and reveal that this film was just, well, a film. It was a movie commissioned by a Japanese TV station, and the rest of the runtime is dedicated to watching the director, Higurashi, and his small, inexperienced crew, which includes his wife, Nao, and daughter, Mao, try to throw this thing together. And, good lord, what fun it is!
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Train To Busan (2016)

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The story of an absent father, Seok-woo, taking his daughter on a trip just as a zombie outbreak occurs, Train To Busan is a fun, fast-paced thrill-ride that never lets up. I can honestly say that I was never bored while I was watching it, and even though I don’t normally care for zombie flicks, I left the film feeling deeply satisfied. A large part of my enjoyment derived from that quick pacing I mentioned. This truly is a fast-moving film, with no extranious scenes, and some really cool action sequences. And the acting is also really good. My favorite character, by far, is this tough, working class dude named Sang-hwa, played by American MMA fighter Ma Dong-seok. He’s got a lot of charisma, and there are some really awesome scenes where he puts on gloves and just goes to town on the zombies. It’s really fun to watch. Continue reading