The Undead Symphony Podcast – Original recording
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This week and we next we will be bringing you are review and commentary on the South Korean Netflix series All of us as Dead. My second viewing and Michael's first. How will our opinions differ on everything from hiding and surviving to trying to live you life, from whether Lee-Cheong San's mother was stupid or just being a mother, and whether the girl in the pink sweater was the most evil character we have come across in 70 episodes of The Undead Symphony. Guess you will just have to listen and find out.
It was an odd one this week. Something I tend to do is trawl YouTube or the web for the next month of zombie watching, or I read something, get a recommendation, ask Michael what he wants to watch but I ordinarily know roughly what I am going to watch.
You know what it's like? It is like you have done the weeks grocery shop. You eat the most exciting meals first and then a few days later even the idea of those chicken steaks makes you gag. And trust me, Jeruzalem and Zombie Warz: Falls the Shadow are making me gag.
And so, using the analogy of a road trip, as a lot of zombie movies are, I looked left and the road was littered with burning dumpsters of daipers and animal parts, to the left the body glitter and thongs of two zombie stripper movies - the truly imaginatively titled Zombie Strippers starring Robert England and Jenna Jameson, and the slightly less awful stripper themed Zombieland parody Stripperland, complete with narration from the Columbus character, the Shaun of the Dead fart apology, and cameos from Boyd Banks (Dawn of the Dead, Land of the Dead) and Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead, and Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout).
Enjoy. If it is at all possible.
Trying something new this episode as I watch the steampunk Nazi craziness of Frankenstein's Army with Karel Roden, before Michael and I watch The Walking Deceased. A movie he recommended that takes us away from my path.
Am really glad Michael has joined this adventure, shouldering the burden of Twitter, whilst I handle instaface and the technical aspects of the recording. He also brings me new movies to watch that may or may not be scheduled, such as the Walking Dead, Warm Bodies, Zombieland parody The Walking Deceased.
One terrible, one not so terrible, but which is which? Give it a listen to find out.
Time to nut up or shut up. And Michael and I are back on it with one of the mainstream hits from the realm of the undead - Zombieland, starring a very bankable cast of Jessie Eisenberg (Squid and the Whale, American Alpha), Woody Harrelson (Natural Born Killers), Emma Stone (La La Land) and Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine). A mainstream cast for a mainstream movie that borrowed the red pupiled running zombies of 28 Days Later, and made them it's own.
We join Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita and Little Rock as they navigate they way hilariously through the United States of Zombieland, follow Columbus' rules for surviving the zombie apocalypse, and stop in on comedy great Bill Murray on the way to Pacific Playland, where there aren't any zombies (honest).
Before Michael formerly joins the Podcast, living in the relative idyllic calm of the mainstream zombie hits (28 Days and Weeks Later, Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead), I am back scraping the bottom of the barrel, and wading chest deep through the stagnant filth that is the low end of the Z List.
This week, as punishment for enjoying 28 Days and Weeks Later, I struggled (and I really struggled) through the Australian Zombie Brigade, aka Zombie Commando, and the Italian/Spanish Hell of the Living Dead/Zombie Creeping Flesh.
How as it? Painful.
Zombie Brigade was poorly written poorly filmed and very poorly acted. Very few highlights for that one, as the local councillors and Mayor want to tear down a Vietnam war memorial so they can build a Japanese Robot themed theme park, only to discover the memorial was a grave for the Vietnam war dead. But are they dead? No. They were affected my the Vietnamese biochemical weapon that turned them into vampires. As you do.
So with the Vietnam war war dead vampires killing the people of the town, they have nowhere to go. They are cut off by the military with mine fields and blockades. Not that we see any of the military doing this. The powers that be will just contain it, keep it out of the press, and then destroy the town in a "bush fire".
Who can save them? Well the local aboriginal Uncle Charlie can call on the spirits of the Great War dead, the honourable Australian soldiers who died in WW1 and WW2 to come back and fight for the white people in the town. And so we have Vietnam War Vampires against WW1 zombies? Is it good? No. Especially not when they join forces.
A lot of racism, more than anything else, is what I remember about this one.
And if that is racist, then the Hell of the Living Dead is a lazy, confusing misogynistic nightmare from 1980. It is classed by many as one of the post-Dawn European classics, that really took the genre to the next level. Those people are wrong. Whilst Zombie Flesheaters and City of the Living Dead had something about this had nothing of merit.
Famed for the overuse of stock footage from National Geographic that runs to about a quarter of the movie, and the sort of gaping plot holes you could drive a horse and cart though, this was not good at all. I had hoped the poor quality of Zombie Brigade would make me look favourably on this, but no. It was truly awful.
I now need to have a shower I feel so dirty.
And he is back by popular demand.
Off the success of his 28 Weeks Later chat Michael is back again to discuss the sequel 28 Weeks Later, it is bigger, it is bolder, it is more American, but is it in keeping with the original? Can Robert Carlisle, Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner, and Rose Byrne fill the boots of Cillian Murphy, Naomi Harris, Brendan Gleason and Christopher Ecclestone?
28 Weeks after the original outbreak the US-led NATO force in the UK has deemed the country is now free of the Rage virus. Led by Iris Elba, with Scarlet (Rose Byrne) as his chief medical officer, they look after 15,000 returning Brits, monitoring them closely at a facility on the Isle of Dogs.
When Tammy and Andy arrive, the first children to return, Scarlet has her doubts. Tammy and Andy's father Don (Robert Carlisle) is the caretaker of the facility, with access all areas, and he has a secret. He left his wife, Alice, Tommy and Andy's mother to die in farmhouse full of infected.
But when Alice turns up, bitten but not turned, infected by asymptomatic, a carrier of the rage virus, everything they have worked for is going to go up in flames.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. As the incredible Dead Island 2 game is released (high), but without co op play (low) we here at the Undead Symphony are working our way through the z list, as well as finding new movies.
This episode we watch Amityville Uprising, a movie so bad I had to air out the house after watching it. And that was a struggle too. Off the back of Amityville Moon (a werewolf movie) and Amityville something else (a vampire movie) they made this - one of the worst movies we have seen, with some of the worst acting and worst writing combined (low). Set in a police station in Amityville, a US Army base explodes sending chemicals into the air that come down as acid rain that kill people and bring the dead to life. The effects are awful, the rain is an effect added in post, and there is a constant red hue on the clouds. The acting is the real drag here and there is nothing redeemable about it at all.
In contrast the British Among the Living looks beautiful in places, akin to Eradication, which was set in the US forest, this is the British countryside, the stunning rolling hills and lakes. We follow Harry (Dean Michael Gregory) and his sister Lily as they head across the country to their father. At times a bit slow, and always mired by the dreadful choice in music, the rest of the movie is suitably tense, and dramatic. It makes the most of a small cast and limited locations to create a pretty decent post apocalyptic tale, where the cautious and nervous Harry tries to keep his sister safe from the infected and uninfected alike.
I am joined this week by Michael Avery, a long time follower of the podcast, who has supported us throughout. And we are excited to talk all things zeke, as well as review and discuss one of the true game changers in the genre (sorry John Carpenter) of zombie horror, Danny Boyle's seminal work 28 Days Later.
Starring Cillian Murphy, Naomi Harris, Brendan Gleason and Christopher Ecclestone 28 Days Later follows Jim (Murphy) as he wakes from a bike accident in a deserted London hospital to discover the rage virus has decimated the country, turning the people into savage infected hell bent on infecting anyone they come into contact with. Joining Selena (Harris), Frank (Gleason) and his daughter, they head north in the search for salvation and a cure for the virus. Will they find it? Why not take a listen and find out.
In this episode we take a look at Peelers, a movie that does not live up to the billing of "outrageous comedy" that we discovered in the Amazon Prime description. I would say it is an infected movie, it is on the "z list" of movies classed as zombie movies found on that global source of information, misinformation, disinformation and outright lies that is Wikipedia and so I have to give it a fair shake.
I would say that death by taxidermy gazelle, urination over an audience, and some of the worst acting I have seen since I tried to split up with my freshmen year girlfriends Charlotte and whatever the other one was called. A cop theme, a BJ theme (Don't call her BJ), and some stupid deaths as the near indestructible Mexican miner zombies wreak havoc in a boondocks strip joint where we saw at least 3 full strip dances, one with urination, one as a schoolgirl with odd shaped nipples, and one called Thunderc*nt who farted out of her verjayjay.
It could have been unique, but, much like the acting, it was overall pretty awful.
And onto REC4: Apocalypse. There really wasn't much apocalypse going on, other than when the evil Dr Ricarte says there may not be anywhere to go back to if they fail. Fail in what? I hear you ask.
Well, following on from the first movie the journalist who went into the apartment building Angela and a solider that saved her (Guzman) wake up on a freighter out at sea with a lab, dodgy scientists and an army of armed mercenaries. They are trying to find a cure and suspect that Angela had it in her blood. We have a lot of infected, plenty of claustrophobic chases in the darkness (a la the first movie) , a few good kills and an unlikely hero.
Did I like it? I didn't see REC2 or 3, I am guessing 3 is the wedding one? But still it was entertaining enough, even though a bit obvious.
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