Anyone who’s read the Max Brooks novel understands the challenge of bringing World War Z to the big screen.
Rather than a traditional narrative, the book tells a story through a series of journal entries that chronicle a zombie pandemic as it spreads across the globe.
In that regard, the movie does an admirable job as Brad Pitt’s character skips from one continent to the next, trying to isolate the origins of the contagion, each time narrowly escaping the infected that are literally nipping at his heels. Read more »
This movie may never get out from under the shadow of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which came out the same year and was also inspired by the notorious Ed Gein. And it’s too bad, because this is a terrific flick. Like TCM, it is very low-budget and raw, which gives both films a ‘cinema verite’ feeling. Deranged is more a character study than TCM, with Robert Blossoms delivering a wonderfully creepy performance as the Gein-like Ezra Cobb. The music is also very effective, a non-melodic cross between David Lynch sound design and moody Mark Snow music. My favorite sequence is the plight of a would-be victim named Mary, as she attempts her escape from Ezra’s nightmarish home. The film also features a solid finale that makes great use of freeze-frame and slow-motion. The only element I didn’t care for was the inclusion of a reporter who pops up from time to time to narrate. The narration doesn’t add to the movie, and often pokes a hole in the movie’s otherwise enveloping sense of doom. Read more »
This is the age of the BOUNTY KILLER.
“Bounty killers compete for body count, fame and a fat stack of cash. They’re ending the plague of corporate greed and providing the survivors of the apocalypse with retribution.
Based on the graphic novel, Bounty Killer follows the exploits of Mary Death, the leading Bounty Killer on the scene.
It’s been 20 years since the corporations took over the world’s governments. Their thirst for power and profits led to the corporate wars, a fierce global battle that laid waste to society as we know it. Born from the ashes, the Council of Nine rose as a new law and order for this dark age. To avenge the corporations’ reckless destruction, the Council issues death warrants for all white collar criminals. Their hunters: the bounty killers!”
Bounty Killer is in theaters and VOD today!
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Rob Zombie is probably the most debated and polarizing director working in horror today. No current director in the genre draws such extreme and varying reactions as Zombie, and, as an admitted fan of his work, I find this hard to believe. It could be that Zombie, known to many fans for years as the frontman and creative drive behind seminal metal band White Zombie (and then as the lead of his own, self-titled band) had some high expectations to meet as a lifelong and high-profile fan of the genre. It could also be that, no matter how good a “Rob Zombie film” ended up, the “Rob Zombie film” that audiences created in their own mind (for good or for ill) would never live up to the realities of said film. While both of these are possibilities, I tend to be more cynical and go with the theory that, quite simply, haters gonna hate. Read more »
While horror-themed music is represented in almost every musical genre, a good deal of it resides in the “punk” or “metal” category. Yes, horror-rap is available (horrorcore rapper Necro, for starters, and I think there may be a group that consists of rapping clowns, but I’m not sure…), and horror-themed surf is readily available (check out Thee Cormans for an excellent example, then maybe move on to The Bomboras or The Ghastly Ones), but horror-country? It’s not really a genre mash-up that’s been properly explored. Sure, there’s a ton of psychobilly available, but when it comes to honest-to-God country and bluegrass horror-themed music, there aren’t very many choices. Read more »