Romero has inspired a few great films, some which have approached the subject matter in a more self-reflexive, humorous way, some that have attempted to make social commentary through zombie lore, and some who have managed to straddle that line between the two.
Here is a look at our newest contributor Brandon Engel‘s top five zombie films that are, in one way or another derivative of George A. Romero’s work. Bon apetit!
WHEN THERE’S NO MORE ROOM IN HELL, THE DEAD WILL WALK THE EARTH!
Produced by none other than the good folks at Hammer, this rootin’, tootin’ space opera delivered exactly what it promised: a western set among the stars, complete with shootouts and mustache-twirling baddies. This is an amusing little trifle, but it hasn’t aged that gracefully, with viewers more likely to glean ironic chuckles from it than genuine pleasure.
Ride a rocket Texas-style! Have a shoot-out in Moon City! Find a new frontier and a new kind of pioneer. But watch out for deadly moon maidens. IT’S THE FIRST MOON “WESTERN”.
Released in 1981, GRADUATION DAY (1981) has become a favourite of slasher movie fans thanks to its plasma-spurting set pieces, maniacal mystery-killer storyline and a cast of cult celebrities. Now gearing up for a Blu-ray release, with a stunning print restored and re-mastered from a colourful 4k scan, Graduation Day will return to the UK on October 13th, courtesy of 88 Films. This Blu-ray debut will launch 88 Films’ ‘Slasher Classics Collection’.
GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL HAS NEVER BEEN SO DEADLY…
I’m just going to come out and say this; I didn’t really like Airplane! Although occasionally funny with its over-the-top nature, I found the film to be schlocky and unintelligent, which was a viewpoint I maintained up until I saw the movie that it is spoofing, Zero Hour!
“The life of everybody aboard depends on just one thing…finding someone back there who cannot only fly this plane, but didn’t have fish for dinner.”
Adam Carl Parker-Edmondston reviews Bio-Dome (1996), directed by Jason Bloom.
This is not just a review, it is a warning to all you readers out there. DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE! In case you really need to know how this movie plays out, then below is a breakdown of how bad a piece of entertainment can really be. Welcome dear readers to Bio-Dome.
YOUR DOME AWAY FROM HOME.
Ask any self-respecting slasher buff about the genre’s ‘golden age’ and they will doubtlessly wax poetic about the plasma-packed pot-boilers of the 1980s. 88 Films, named in homage to the Back to the Future franchise, was launched in 2012 and has become one of Britain’s leading boutique labels. Given the label’s name, what better way for 88 Films to celebrate this halcyon era of horror than with a series of numbered and collectible sanguine-splashed shockers from the period of VHS and video nasties?
88 FILMS GOES BACK TO THE GOLDEN AGE OF GORE!