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Zombies, mainly

I kind of want to see Zombieland. I also kinda don’t.  Now I adore zombie movies, don’t get me wrong, but I haven’t seen a single recent one that didn’t make a complete mess of things.  What’s this new thing (take the remake of Dawn of the Dead, for example) of making the zombies fast and clever?  If you want monsters like that, watch 30 Days of Night or The Howling .  Zombies are scary *because* they are slow and because they are stupid and they win every time, regardless.  Because they work together in groups and we can’t.  It’s our own failings that get us killed by brainless shuffling creatures, and I find that frightening.  Even in Land of the Dead, when they do start to develop consciousness, they work together and they win. What makes these kinds of films so fascinating is that they (the good ones, anyhow) are a mix of comics, social commentary, and good, old fashioned horror.  Take anything by Romero or Fulci and show me a recent film that can match what they made (Shaun of the Dead excepted!), and I’ll be a bit less skeptical about shelling out the cash to see a Zombie film in the cinema.  And while we’re on the topic, here’s some Zombina and the Skeletones!


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