Ten years is a long time in Hollywood. Ten years ago, to this day Avatar was yet to be released to the unsuspecting masses, with Titanic still reigning supreme over the global box-office and debutant director Ruben Fleischer surprised the cinema-going public with Zombieland.
Made on a tiny budget of just over $20million, it went on to gross over $100million globally and received unanimous praise. A sequel was widely expected in the years that followed but never materialised. That’s probably down to a few things; one being Emma Stone’s meteoric rise to fame, Jesse Eisenberg starring in some of the biggest and most celebrated films of the decade that followed and Woody Harrelson, well, being Woody Harrelson (that’s not a dig, we love you Woody).
Fleischer meanwhile went on to direct 30 Minutes or Less, Gangster Squad and Venom among a couple of other projects. The time for a Zombieland sequel came and went with the film’s core fanbase hoping that one day they’d get what they desired. Continue reading
The horror genre is, arguably, one of the most predictable movie genres around. Stuffed to the brim with tropes, stereotypes and predictability, it can feel like you’re watching the same film over and over again. However, Japanese filmmaker Shin’ichirô Ueda had a different idea for his zombie flick, One Cut of the Dead. However, does it break new ground, or is it a resurrection of a movie that has already been made?
One Cut of the Dead is a story in three acts. It begins with a group of people who are filming a low-budget zombie horror movie in a disused water filtration plant, but then are attacked by real zombies. Carnage ensues for about half an hour, before the movie takes a completely surprising turn. Without giving too much away, it’ll have you crying, but not in a scared way. Continue reading
SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (UK Cert 15)
Director: Christopher B Landon
Music: Thomas Newman
Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes
Written by Adam Brannon
We film-goers really can’t get enough of zombies. The brain-munching, cannibalistic horrors used to be the stuff of nightmares. But as our tastes became more extreme, the flesh-eaters managed to slip into the mainstream with genre-bending films at the forefront of zombie resurgence.
Christopher B. Landon brings zombies back to the silver screen with horror comedy, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Are we looking at a US version of Shaun of the Dead? Or something a little more dead behind the eyes? Continue reading