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Film Blog: Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

indexToday we’re featuring something that would probably be best described as campy. Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) has pretty much everything you need for a science fiction movie. There are aliens, vampires, and ghouls/zombies. And, of course, a plan for destruction. According to the film, the first eight plans to destroy the earth failed.

This film stars the great Bela Lugosi who was known for playing the character Dracula. If you’re interested in learning more on this legendary figure, check out other items we have in the library.

This film is also available is in the public domain so it’s free to view it online and/or to download.

As always, I’m including a trailer below.

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Film Blog: The Evil Dead (1982)

The Evil Dead (1981) PosterWARNING: This is NOT a zombie film. But don’t you worry, there is blood and gore.

The Evil Dead (1982) is about five college students that go vacation in the woods. Of course, I don’t want to give away too many details, but there is demonic possession, so you really can’t go wrong.

The Evil Dead really launched Sami Raimi’s, its director, career. After this film, he went on to direct and produce some very well-known films and TV series such as Xena: Warrior Princess, Legend of the Seeker, and Spartacus just to name a few. He also wrote the script for The Evil Dead remake and was otherwise heavily involved in its production.

In early 2013, a remake of The Evil Dead came out. The main story line is the same; five college students to a cabin for the weekend. There are demons just like the original, but the details are much different.

For a preview of the 1982 film The Evil Dead, take a look at the trailer below.

I’m also including a trailer to the 2013 remake below.

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Film Blog: Day of the Dead (1985)

Day of the Dead (1985) is the third and final film of George Romero’s trilogy. This will also conclude our list of Romero films, but not to worry, the zombie theme will live on (no pun intended).

I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll give you some details about what this film is all about. Humans have pretty much resolved to living underground while zombies wonder above ground. Much of the film is centered around a scientist trying to reverse the animation process.

As always, here’s a trailer for you.

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Film Blog: Shaun of the Dead (2004)

I’m temporarily taking over the film blog to share one of my favorite examples of a little known Zombie movie subgenre: the Rom-Zom-Com (or a Romantic Comedy, with Zombies).

In Shaun of the Dead (2004), when our hero, Shaun, messes up his anniversary plans with his girlfriend, Liz, he gets dumped. His plan to win her back gets drastically altered when the zombie apocalypse hits. Shaun and his slacker friend, Ed, venture out to rescue Shaun’s mom, step-dad, (ex)girlfriend, and her flatmates and take them to the safety of their local…pub.

Enjoy the trailer, check the movie out at the library, and don’t forget to check out our One Book, One College website for more information on zombies!

 

 

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Film Blog: Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Dawn of the Dead (1978) is George Romero’s second zombie film right after Night of the Living Dead (1968). In Romero’s 1978 version of Dawn of the Dead, the zombie plague really starts to take over the world. Four brave souls decide to take shelter in a shopping mall…

In the library, we also have the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead.  I’m going to include a preview of both for your viewing pleasure.

Here’s the original Dawn of the Dead (1978) by George Romero.

Here’s the trailer for the remake of Dawn of the Dead (2004).

http://youtu.be/iZGLRIOQHOY

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World War Z Film is Nothing Like the Book

Our One Book, One College selection for the 2013-2014 academic year is Max Brooks’ zombie apocalypse novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.

We are excited that a film based on World War Z starring Brad Pitt will be released June 21. Wen we were looking at potential books for our One Book program, we thought that the film and the book would provide an interesting study on the connection between literature and movies.

As we are getting ready for the movie release, we are now seeing articles such as this from the Huffington Post: World War Z Author Says Movie and Novel Share Title Only.

The word on the street is that the movie has undergone serious revisions and re-shoots. Evidently, the movie has very little to do with the book. In fact, even the zombies are different. The book has the classic, slow zombies and the film has the super-charged, fast zombies. If you go to Max Brooks’ Facebook page, you’ll find some unhappy fans telling Mr. Brooks that he sold out when he gave away the movie rights.

Most of us in the library are excited to see the film just to see how different it will be from the book. Most importantly for MVCC students who have to read the book for classes, don’t just watch the movie and think you understand the book!

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Film Blog: George A. Romero and Night of the Living Dead (1968)

For the next few film posts, I’m going to be focusing on George A. Romero’s zombie films. Some people credit Romero for his “fresh” perspective on zombies. Up until Night of the Living Dead (1968), the zombie genre involved a voodoo element. Romero’s zombies fed on the living, which, as we all know, is a very common element to zombies today.

Many of you may know George A. Romero’s films, but did you know Romeo used to film short segments for Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood? Another fun fact is that Romeo wanted to cast Betty Aberlin (who played Lady Aberlin on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood) in the role of Judy, but Mr. Rogers’ was opposed to the idea. For more fun facts about George A. Romero, take a look at “10 Questions for George Romero” from Time.

                               

As always, I’m including a trailer to the film below. And, of course, if you’d like to check out our next One Book, One College, you can click here for more information.

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Walking Dead’s Zombie School

In preparation for our One Book, One College events on World War Z, Sarah has been doing a series of posts this month about zombie films in the library’s collection (click here to see her zombie film posts).

In the spirit of these posts, I thought I’d contribute with this video about zombie school from the Walking Dead. The nameless and faceless (literally sometimes) actors who play the actual zombies are obviously important to the success of the zombie film. They don’t get lines beyond the random moan, but they have to be believable and frightening.

This video shows the behind the scenes recruitment and preparation of the zombies in AMC’s Walking Dead. It seems that the actors get a great deal of freedom to express their inner-zombie.

Zombie School

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Film Blog: 28 Days Later (2002) and 28 Weeks Later (2007)

Next on our zombie journey are two British films. 28 Days Later (2002) starts with animal activists freeing chimpanzees from inhumane testing. Unfortunately, one of the chimpanzees is infected with something called the Rage Virus, which causes (I’m sure you could have guessed) uncontrollable rage in animals, and (as it turns out) humans as well. The rest of the film follows Jim, played by Cillian Murphy, who wakes up from a coma 28 days after the initial outbreak to find everyone missing. You may recognize Cillian Murphy from The Dark Knight Rises as the ever creepy Dr. Jonathan Crane or Scarecrow.

For a preview of the film, take a look at the trailer for 28 Days Later below. Also, don’t forget to check out our One Book, One College website for more information on zombies!

http://youtu.be/eunaclr-WgU

After the success of the first film, the sequel 28 Weeks Later followed five years later. 28 Weeks Later centers around the resettling of Britain after the all those infected have died off from starvation. In this film, we follow a family’s tearful reunion after the initial infection.

There are a couple people you may recognize. Jeremy Renner (from The Bourne Legacy and The Avengers as Hawkeye) and Rose Byrne (from X-Men: First Class and Bridesmaids) also star in this film.

Trailer for 28 Weeks Later

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Film Blog: The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

Sadly, all great things must come to an end. The Day After Tomorrow (2004) is the last earth focused film in this series. Unlike all the other films featured this month, The Day After Tomorrow isn’t a documentary.

The film is about multiple catastrophic natural disasters happening simultaneously all over the world due to the effects of global warming. It follows the story of climatologist Jack Hall, played by Dennis Quaid, and his son Sam, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. A huge ice storm in New York City makes it impossible for Sam to leave, so his father decides to fight massive storms to save him.

The director of The Day After Tomorrow, Roland Emmerich, is quite the spokesperson for natural disasters. You may have seen or heard of 2012 (2009). In addition to being a director, Emmerich wrote and produced many of his own films. But his most well-known film is probably Independence Day (1996), which won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Emmerich wrote, directed, and produced this film as well.

Next month, I’ll be featuring zombie films for our up-coming One Book, One College theme!

As always, I’m leaving with a trailer to the film.

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