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23 March 2008 @ 10:15 pm
Zombies Rule  
Or Zombie rules...

I'm a firm believer that a good horror movie, (be it zombie, vampire, or werewolf), should make rules to govern it's world and should not stray from those rules. It's this adherence to the laws of that movie that will make or break it for me. For this reason I have to say that my favorite horror movie is "28 Days Later". Here's a short list of what I liked and why:

They are not really Zombies, they're infected and crazy. (For some reason crazy is much more scary than evil to me)

They can starve, they can bleed to death because they are still technically alive.

Because they are still alive they're not slow. They're crazy and don't feel pain so they will chase you until their body gives out.

Infection takes less than a minute and unlike every other zombie movie I've ever seen, they don't deviate from this.

Other movies that were good about setting rules and following them were: Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, (Except for the end when the talking head was found in the cooler), Silver Bullet, From Dusk Till Dawn, The Lost Boys, and 30 Days of Night.

Major offenders of their own laws that come to mind, (though not necessarily BAD movies), were: Blade, Land of the Dead, Van Helsing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bloodrayne, Bordello Of Blood, and Resident Evil.

Jerry's final thought: Can Jason be considered a zombie? He's slow. He's dead. He probably smells really bad.
Current Location: GARY
Current Mood: amusedamused
cookie pot (ages 3+)duchess_of_pie on March 24th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
question: why is the cooler head in dawn of the dead not playing by the rules?

(sorry if i'm intruding. your journal came up in the entertainment section and caught my eye. i'm a big zombie fan/phobe.)
Derick McCormickdrunkasalways on March 24th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
So glad you asked...
No intrusion at all.

Earlier in the movie when the group had abandoned the mall for the heavily armored mall busses they had killed multiple zombies by decapitating them.

This would lead me to believe that zombies in that realm can be dispatched by removing the head from body. Also, one can not talk if one can not push air though vocal cords that would have to be mangled anyway.

Little details like this can drive me nuts...
cookie pot (ages 3+)duchess_of_pie on March 24th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
Re: So glad you asked...
wow, very precise. i'm convinced! i always thought it was destruction of the brain, but if others died because of decapitation, then you're right!
Derick McCormick: pic#72412612drunkasalways on March 24th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
Re: So glad you asked...
Other than that little tidbit, (which didn't even take place until a minute into the ending credits), I really enjoyed Dawn of the Dead. It's in my top 5 for ALL horror movies, not just zombie.

A movie that really drives me nuts is Resident Evil. The movie lawlessness abounds in the whole series.
cookie pot (ages 3+): shaunduchess_of_pie on March 24th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
Re: So glad you asked...
which dawn? i'm assuming the old one, because in the new one our zombie pals move pretty fast for being dead.

although, i admit to loving the new one. mostly because of the johnny cash songs. *^_^* the old one is a gem, even with the blue makeup. but after than one, george lost it for me. just recently went to see diary of the dead (with george in attendance) and it was ass.

i refuse to watch the RE series. not a big fan of the horror + action combo. got burned that way on van helsing. ick. although, it has kept me from some of the greats...never seen any of the bruce campbell flicks.
Derick McCormickdrunkasalways on March 24th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Re: So glad you asked...
I liked the old one too, but the living dead are so much more freaky when they run.

The Johnny Cash songs were cool, but I have to say that when I fist saw it I couldn't help but fall in love with the version of, "Down with the Sickness", they played when the group was having fun in the mall.

The first RE was more of a horror than the second one. (I still have yet to see the third installment) If you haven't seen it I would highly recommend it. Then, pretend that it was the only one made and you'll live happily in ignorance.

The Evil Dead series are classic. Great comic relief with the cheese factor. If you've not seen them yet I think you're doing a great disservice to yourself. If I was your cinema classics professor I'd assign a 400 word essay on each of the three and expect them to be turned in by end of class on Friday...