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I Survived a Zombie Holocaust

I Survived a Zombie Holocaust
Stars: Harley Neville, Jocelyn Christian, Reanin Johannink, Andrew Laing, Ben Baker, Mike Edward, Simon Ward
Directed By: Guy Pigden
IMDB Rating: 4.8
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PLOT: Wesley, a young runner on a zombie film set, has the first day from hell when real zombies overrun the film set… Who are the real zombies and who are the extras? Decapitate with care!

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Quick Review: Zombies, zombies and more zombies…..

Wesley (Harley Neville) is fresh out of film school and eager to get his feet wet in the illustrious industry of film-making. Young Wesley is in for a shock, when he quickly finds out that the world of film is not what he expected… Full of aspirations – and maybe delusions of grandeur – he arrives on the set of a zombie horror flick, ready to give it his all, and possibly pitch his own horror script Twilight Of The Dead. However, his job as the runner is filled with demands to do all the tasks that no one else wants to do.

His first assignment is to take one of the lead actors to the doctor in a nearby town, due to the actor coming down with food poisoning (blame the cook who supposedly cannot boil water). Wesley arrived in the town to find it deserted, apart from the hacking hag who runs the rooming house. She tells Wesley that everyone in town is sick due to “something in the water”.

And so the fun begins….. From a stand-in spot, to falling for the caterer (Susan – played by Jocelyn Christian) to surviving the zombie outbreak, Wesley goes from geek to … well, geek in this comedy romp.

I Survived A Zombie Holocaust is a fun movie to watch. Not like some other poorly done flicks that I have seen (and reviewed), this film is one that you need to watch. There were some similarities I found to the Spierig Brothers 2003 film, Undead. Even with that, there are moments that are too priceless to miss. Such as when Tane Henare (Ben Baker) does the Haka infront a horde of zombies, or when Adam Harrison (Mike Edward) gets it on with zombie Jessica (Reanin Johannink).

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Verdict: There’s something in the water
My Rating: 8 out of 10

Daybreakers – Movie Review

Daybreakers – Written & Directed by the Spierig Brothers.

Stars: Sam Neil, Ethan Hawke,  William DaFoe & Claudia Karvan.

Plot: In the year 2019, a plague has transformed most every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.

In the year 2019, a plague has transformed much of the world’s population into vampires. Edward is employed by Bromley Marks, a pharmaceutical company that is the chief supplier of blood for the American population, which is operated by Charles Bromley. As the human population nears extinction, vampires must capture and farm every remaining human for their blood, or find a blood substitute before time runs out.
When deprived of blood for extended periods of time, vampires lose their human-like characteristics and begin to transform into winged bat-like monsters those of which have diminished mental capacity and no ability to speak are driven strictly by their impulse to feed. However, a covert group of humans makes a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race. Audrey, the human’s leader, brings Edward in on the secret: there is a cure to vampirism.
It has been a long hiatus since a film came out by the Spierig Brothers, and now one can see why that their new film was well worth the wait. Brilliant performances all round by Ethan Hawkes, Sam Neil, Claudia Karvan & William DaFoe.
Daybreakers was a great movie. It had a good concept, and some intense moments, especially one scene where Charles Bromleys’ daughter gets turned into a bat-monster and she is dragged out into the daylight where she explodes.
Lots of gore, blood and thrills to feed the frenzy of any horror lover. Well done.

Legend of the Bog – Movie Review

Legend of the Bog – The title in itself should say everything. This movie is a comic horror feature, written & directed by Brendan Foley, and starring Vinnie Jones and the ever lovely Nora-Jane Noone.

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While the film had some great scenery of the Irish countryside, that was, in all honesty, the best part of the movie. The rest left me wondering what the heck I would be in for next.

The characters are mostly obnoxious and one-dimensional. We’ve got the American property developer (played by Shelly Goldstein) who was a complete moron and let fly with the most lame wisecracks I have seen since The Undead, and her driver; The pretty American and her gal-pal; the egghead archaeologist and college student; Then last we have the hunter, a character who’s motives are pretty much a mystery, a one-dimensional character played by Vinnie Jones. They all get stranded through various mishaps in Jones’ hunting shack near the bog.

While the scene of Nora-Jane going to have a shower showed some promise of a thrilling scene of perhaps a Zombie breaking the window or even the archeologist joining her, but sadly there was no romance on the screen and no zombies breaking anything.

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While the film was okay, if that is how Zombies act in Ireland, then they wouldn’t scare me out of a daydream 🙂

If you like watching one-dimensional characters and enjoy the Irish countryside, then by all means, watch this film. Otherwise, save the 99 cents.

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