DAWN OF THE MUMMY (Movie Review)

If you’re a child of the 1980s, you probably remember seeing the poster art for Dawn of the Mummy or one of its highly effective trailers. Like me, you may have thought to yourself, “Killer mummies and flesh-eating zombies in the same movie? I’m in!” Well, I hope I’m not the first to burst your nostalgic bubble by telling you that Dawn of the Mummy is a steamy coil of cinematic boredom. Despite some choice scenes of zombie carnage at the end of the film, Dawn of the Mummy isn’t so much a movie as it is a chore. Dawn of the Mummy opens in Egypt in 3000 BC (why is it always a round number?). In a loosely edited sequence, we infer that a great and evil Pharaoh has died. As his body is being prepared for burial, a strange woman oversees the proceedings and gives the requisite speech […]

RESIDENT EVIL (Movie Review)

Had you asked me to review Resident Evil back in 2002, I probably would have refused to do so. My general dislike for Resident Evil and its first sequel, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, was so great that I’ve never bothered to sit down and officially review them for The Zed Word – Zombie Blog or bother seeing any other movie in the series. So why begin now? Well, after ten years, the series is still going strong with its fifth installment, Resident Evil: Retribution, due for a September release. I’m no longer the angry young man I once was, and it dawned on me that a decade-spanning series like Resident Evil deserves a fresh look. Therefore, I’ve decided to review and re-assess each Resident Evil film in chronological order leading up to the release of Resident Evil: Retribution. Perhaps I’ll find that I’ve warmed up to these movies and maybe even […]

THE DEAD (Review)

Undead feet shuffle across the sands of West Africa in THE DEAD, the refreshing yet old-school zombie survival drama shot in location in Africa by the Ford Brothers. Stranded on the zombie-infested continent, American flight engineer Brian Murphy (Rob Freeman) forms an unexpected friendship with Sgt. Daniel Dembele (Prince David Oseia), an African soldier who has deserted his post in hopes of locating his son at a Northern military base. As they make their exhausting journey between remote villages and over the plains and deserts of West Africa, they must not only survive the flesh-hungry dead that stalk the wilds of but also Africa‚Äôs harsh, unforgiving environment. There are no shopping malls to hole up in. No pubs at which to grab a pint and wait for all of it to blow over. No convenience stores to raid in search of bottled water. Only the elements and the rapidly increasing […]

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Zombie Case Study – Awesome Short Filmed

The days of renting heavy film equipment to make independent zombie movies are over. For this current generation, the ability to make zombie movies is as close as the nearest iPhone 4. “Zombie Case Study,” for example, is a clever and harrowing independent short written and directed by Sam O’Sullivan that he shot entirely on an iPhone 4. Making the medium part of the message, “Zombie Case Study” is about two friends who use an iPhone to document the effects of a zombie bite when the apocalypse begins and one of them gets chomped on by a zombie. Mobile. Small. Easy to use. Devices like the iPhone 4 are increasingly becoming tools of choice for young, independent filmmakers like “Zombie Case Study” director Sam O’Sullivan who don’t want to be weighed down by the physical and cost limitations of conventional film equipment. “I’m a big fan of maintaining momentum and […]