Donnerstag, 25. Juni 2009
This is the 3rd Episode of All about the Brains. Here, as the title says, I will talk about Zombie Movies that you must have to get the whole Zombie feeling and an understanding of this genre.
So this will be a list of 10 must have Zombie movies and at the same time my 10 favorits.
10. The Return of the Living Dead (1984)
This Movie was made in 1984 directed and written by Dan O'Bannon. It is a perfect example what big influence Night of the Living Dead had on Horror Movies. The story is nearly the same. So now to the Story: When a bumbling pair of employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to re-animate as they go on a rampage through Louisville, Kentucky seeking their favorite food, brains. Sounds like fun ? IT IS ! The stereotypical Zombie that says BRAAIIINNNSSS comes from this movie in no movie before his one Zombies say a word. It is not the best Movie but its my No.10.
9. Fido (2006)
This movie was made in 2006 directed by Andrew Currie. This is one of the funny Zombie Movies. It is really well written and played. It takes place in a surreal world in the 60s where Zombies are integrated into society as pets and handymen. The Story: Timmy Robinson's best friend in the whole wide world is a six-foot tall rotting zombie named Fido. But when FIDO eats the next-door neighbor, Mom and Dad hit the roof, and Timmy has to go to the ends of the earth to keep Fido a part of the family. A boy-and-his-dog movie for grown ups, "FIDO" will rip your heart out. Defenatly worth watching.
8. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
It is directed as an normal Zombie movie but with funny characters. Its a really intelligently made movie and I totally recommend it. The story: Shaun is a 29-year-old with no real ambition in life, much to the consternation of his friends, family, and fed-up girlfriend. With only a loyalty to his lazy best friend Edgar, a dead-end job where his employees step on him, and the good-ol' days, Shaun isn't exactly putting his best foot forward. But when the flesh-hungry undead start to rise in numbers around modern-day London, Shaun must come to the rescue of his girlfriend and mother before all hell breaks loose. With loyal Edgar at his side to fight the good fight, the two will have to pave their way through zombie-ridden London as Shaun must take on the first real challenge in his life--with comical results. WATCH IT !
7. 28 Days Later (2002)
Made in 2002, directed by Danny Boyle. Another UK movie about London comes around. Very good movie, well made and really good characters and RAGING FAST ZOMBIES. Awesome !! The Story: Animal activists invade a laboratory with the intention of releasing chimpanzees that are undergoing experimentation, infected by a virus -a virus that causes rage. The naive activists ignore the pleas of a scientist to keep the cages locked, with disastrous results. Twenty-eight days later, our protagonist, Jim, wakes up from a coma, alone, in an abandoned hospital. He begins to seek out anyone else to find London is deserted, apparently without a living soul. After finding a church, which had become inhabited by zombie like humans intent on his demise, he runs for his life. Selena and Mark rescue him from the horde and bring him up to date on the mass carnage and horror as all of London tore itself apart. This is a tale of survival and ultimately, heroics, with nice subtext about mankind's savage nature.
6. 28 Weeks Later (2007)
Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, this is the sequel to 28 Days Later. It has the same quality; more characters, more Zombies and more action. Just good. One of the few good sequels. The story: 28 Weeks Later picks up six months after the Rage Virus has decimated the city of London. The US Army has resorted order and is repopulating the quarantined city, when a carrier of the Rage Virus enters London and unknowingly re-ignites the spread of the deadly infection and the nightmare begins... again.
5. Day of the Dead (1985)
Directed and written by the famous George A. Romero comes a very special Zombie movie. Its special because it shows a Zombie getting intelligent. You need to watch it. it is a well made movie despite being so old, one of the few very good ones. It takes place after Night and Dawn of the Living Dead. The story: Zombies rule the USA, except for a small group of scientists and military personnel who reside in an underground bunker in Florida. The scientists are using the undead in gruesome experiments; much to the chagrin of the military. Finally the military finds that their men have been used in the scientists' experiments, and banish the scientists to the caves that house the Living Dead. Unfortunately, the zombies from above ground have made their way into the bunker....
4. The Zombie Diaries (2006)
Written and directed by Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates. Mix The Blair Witch Project and a Zombie flick and you get this. Good movie that makes you feel claustrophobic. It tells you the story out of 3 viewpoints from different groups of survivors. The story: In the early part of the 21st Century, an unknown virus began spreading among the populace. Within weeks it had engulfed the entire planet, from the smallest rural communities to the greatest cities. Upon the death of its host, the virus would reanimate the corpse until it was no longer able to support itself. Soon, the planet was infested with a new threat - the undead. So begins our journey into the dystopian world of The Zombie Diaries. Three compelling video diaries chart the early days of the plague, right through to the last days of the apocalypse: A documentary film crew travel to the countryside to make a movie about the virus. Unaware of what is happening around the country, the team is accidentally caught up in the outbreak. They later take shelter in a nearby wood, where a much more sinister fate awaits them. A husband and wife escape London and pick up a mysterious hitchhiker as they scavenge the remnants of dead towns, unaware of the dangers that wait for them in the shadows. A group of survivors flee to an old farm to seek refuge, only to find themselves under siege from creatures that attack in the dead of night. Watch the devastation unfold through the eyes of those who were there...
3. Dawn of The Dead (1978)
Directed and written by George A. Romero this is one of the best Zombie movies ever made. It is the sequel to Night of the Living Dead. I don't think I need to say much about it, just watch it. The Story: Tensions are running high in the United States.The recently deceased are returning to life as shambling, flesh-eating ghouls, and political dissidents are threatening social stability. In the city of Philadelphia, Fran (Gaylen Ross) an employee of WGON-TV and Radio learns that her program director Givens is broadcasting out-of-date information on the air of rescue stations that have been overun by the living dead. Fran's boyfriend Stephen (David Emge) arrives at the station and tells her that they must run for the situation outside is getting more chaotic and wants Fran to meet with him at 9 PM on the roof of the building to leave in the station's traffic helicopter. Later, while in the air again, they see a deserted shopping mall. They land on its roof and break in through a skylight to rest and to collect supplies. Although more than a few zombies are milling about inside, drawn to a place that had meant so much to them when they were alive, the four of them realize that they could successfully live there for a long time.... but the bets are against them.
2. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Directed and written by George A. Romero. Yea I dont think I have to say much about it here either, its very famous as well. I think everybody should watch it. Watching it is an adventure. The fact that it is made in black and white just makes it creepier. The story: Chaos descends upon the world as the brains of the recently deceased become inexplicably reanimated, causing the dead to rise and feed on human flesh. Speculation rests on a radiation-covered NASA satellite returning from Venus, but it only remains a speculation. Anyone who dies during the crisis of causes unrelated to brain trauma will return as a flesh-eating zombie, including anyone who has been bitten by a zombie. The only way to destroy the zombies is to destroy the brain. As the catastrophe unfolds, a young woman visiting her father's grave takes refuge in a nearby farmhouse, where she is met by a man who protects her and barricades them inside. They both later discover people hiding in the basement, and they each attempt to cope with the situation. Their only hope rests on getting some gasoline from a nearby pump into a truck that is running on empty, but this requires braving the hordes of ravenous walking corpses outside. When they finally put their plans into action, panic and personal tensions only add to the terror as they try to survive.
1. Dawn of The Dead (2004)
Directed by Zack Snyder written by George A. Romero. This movie is so good. It is in my opinion the best "new" Zombie movie. It is one of the few movies that got a big buget and well-known actors. I love it, i hope so bad that they will continue making Zombie movies like this; every thing was just right about it. The Story: There is a young nurse named Ana who is returning from a hard day at work. Wanting to go home and cuddle with her husband Louis.But not paying attention to an emergency broadcast telling the public about a deadly plague of flesh eating creatures.Until the next day when the next door neighbor a little girl comes into their house and bites Ana's husband Louis in the neck.But Louis does not remain dead.Seconds later he is up and trying to bite Ana. Luckily Ana escapes in her car and sees the public being eaten by flesh eating zombies. Until she crashes into a tree and is recd by a black police officer called Kenneth.They regroup with 3 more people and find shelter in a closed mall called the Crossroads Mall.While they are searching the mall they find 3 security guards there armed with guns.They all keep on waiting for help to arrive.But they are all running out of ammo,food,and power.And the zombies are approaching the mall in greater number.So they armor 2 normal mall shuttle buses with weapons and a battering ram to go through the crowd of zombies in front of them.They try to make it to the boat docks and take a boat to one of the islands where they find more zombies...
So thats it. If you have any more movies that need to get mentioned, write a comment and explain to us why it needs to get on the list. Stay tuned for the last episode. Zombie Books.
Montag, 8. Juni 2009
Dienstag, 19. Mai 2009
Donnerstag, 14. Mai 2009
So here we are for the next episode of All about the Brains. Todays Topic will be: What is a Zombie ?
To describe a zombie, or better, to define a zombie is quite a hard thing to do, because there are so many things that are defined as a zombie. Nearly every culture or zombie movie has one or invents a new zombie type. The zombie has it's roots deep in the history of mankind and goes back to the beginnings of mankind. The real reason for the zombie's origin was that the medicine of the early days, like that of the Egyptians, couldn't explain a seemingly death, so when they buried their family members and they came back to life, they thought they where posessed and wanted to harm the living. The most records of this happening are in Germany dating back to the Dark Ages. They called their zombies "Wiedergänger". Its German and means something like "those who come back/walk again". The actual word "zombie" has it's roots in central Africa, and stems from the word nzumbe, and the origin of their zombies is a totally different one than ours. Their zombies were made by Voodoo, then raised and controlled by a Voodoo priest. You can say that our image of the zombie is a little bit of the European Wiedergänger and the nzumbe. The nzumbe had a purpose, and that was to do very heavy work. Mostly it was a punishment for criminals. The new mindeset of the zombie during the 70s and 80s was a commercial one. The film makers described the zombie as the representative of the mainstream. Mindless people who will believe anything and ask no questions. In newer movies, the zombie usually isn't the enemy anymore, instead it is a condition and the other living people are the enemies. The origin of this fear is no goverment, no police, and no rules. The greatest fear is to be on your own, with no one to help you. These days, you see more and more cases of zombism via a virus, or because of biological weapons. This originates from todays fear of goverment, terroroist groups and medical corporations. For example, take the movie or the game Resident Evil, where the Umbrella Corporation is testing it's virus on a whole city. The interpretation of zombies depends on in which culture you live and which fears you have. You can get really deep about zombies. And thats the secret to the horror in zombie movies, to say, "Yes, this could happen", or ,"Look its just like that right now without zombies".
In movies, there are differences in how one becomes a zombie. We have the Virus Zombie, Bio Hazard Zombie, Atomic Zombie, Zombies that get raised by the Devil, a Wizard called the Magic Zombie or Vodoo Zombie, the fast rage Zombies from 28 Days Later and the good old shamblers that just shuffle around. Then there are also the ghouls, but a ghoul raises himself. He is like a Poltergeist. A lost soul that cannot rest until he has finished what he thinks he has to do. You see where im getting with this, I could go on and on with the zombie types.
A big point of discussion is also what makes a zombie, how they act and what their abilities are... I don't want to explain to you every zombie type because then this post would be 10 pages long, but in the end there are 3 main rules about what defines a zombie:
#1) It has to be a reanimated corpse. Therefore, the person has to have died and then turned into a zombie.
#2) It has to feed on flesh.
#3) Destroying the brain is the only way to kill it.
I will explain to you my version or my understanding of a zombie, because in my opinion, its the most logical and realistic one. I've always loved the Virus Zombie, because it is the most realistic one. Also, I like the idea that it's blood is contaminated with a virus and that you can get infected from it. It makes killing the zombie much more dangerous. Another thing is the speed: running, or shambling. At first, I really liked the Romero zombies. They are slow and its like death is slowly coming for you and you can't do shit about it, but I reconsidered this in 2004, when fast zombies were used in the remake of Dawn Of the Dead and 28 Days Later. That really portrayed a whole new version of the zombie. I wrapped my mind around that. I think the speed of a zombie should be relative to what injuries it has and how decomposed it is. If it has ripped out part of it's leg muscle, then it is logical that he can't move very fast, right? Also, what I liked about the Zombie Diaries was that they talked about the fact that zombies don't bleed like humans. They kinda like spray when you put a bullet into their head. I thought cool, but why?
And this is the idea that I've come up with: because of the virus, the blood gets thinner and because of the decomposition, the pressure gets higher in the body. Its like piercing a water balloon. Thats why I've added it to my zombie thoery; its very nice and logical. It makes the killing even more dangerous.
I hope you liked this excursion through the origins of the zombie, and I hope I've shown you a more in-depth view of the whole zombie genre, and shown you that its not just a stupid monster. It represents our fears. Maybe I made a zombie fan out of you, I hope so. If you want to add something please comment on it. And yes, I already knew everything I wrote and didn't have to look it up on Wikipedia. I'm a big zombie fan.
So next episode on All about the Brains will be a big review about 8 or 10 zombie movies. So stay tuned!
So here we are, the series All about the Brains is starting today. So first, I will post my Zombie apocalypse plan and how I would survive if it comes to that. If you have any ideas to add to the plan or you have your own plan, feel free to leave a comment. Okay my criteria on which my plan is based are the movies of George A. Romero and the book World War Z, because I think they are the most realistic ones.
Now to my masterplan: First of all, I live in a suburb outside a big city. That could be a bonus for me becauseas we all know cities are a big attraction for zombies which means that I would have some time before the shit hits me. I already have a bunch of canned food because I am lazy about cooking. So I would grab that and throw it into my car along with some filled water bottles and my girlfriend. During my job training I learned some useful skills, for example welding (and I do have a welder)So I would weld both passenger doors and the trunk shut, so that no zombie could accidentally open them. Then I would weld metal plates in front of the passenger door and both back passenger windows. I have quite a surplus of metal because I work with it. Oh damn, I nearly forgot the condoms! Huge amount of condoms. Because whats best against stress? Right, sex. And the last thing you want in a zombie apolcalypse is a pregnant girl at your side eating all the canned food.So where was I? Okay right protection.. I have a lot of stuff left over from Halloween, for example gas masks, ear protectors.. a bulletproof vest and a nice army outfit.I need the army outfit and gas mask for when I kill the zombies. I don't want any viruses or other shit getting on my face when I dismember them. The vest is for my girlfriend because women tend to freak out when they see a zombie and it just calms them down and makes them feel secure.The ear protection is also for her so she doesn't hear the moans.
So a calm girl, a car full of food and water, and protection.. lets see what else we need.Weapons!Okay I won't even think about guns because they run out of ammo, and since the lobo hasn't been invented yet *wink wink*, I'd take a metal plate, sharpen it and screw it to my ice hockey stick to make something like a sickle. Kitchen knives are also good for close hand to hand combat. Guns for show, knives for a pro, right? I don't know if you noticed, but my plan has one weakness, and that is the car. I'd need gas for it, which is rare in a zombie apocalypse (also the metal welded onto my car would make it use more gas becouse of the waight, but it doesnt use much in the first place, so I don't care). But moving on.My town is located in a pretty flat area (no hills or mountains), which enables me to have a good overview.I'd also have my bicycle with me to ride around and access the situation to avoid having to use my car. Also, we all know that zombies travel for prey, so after my town got pillaged and they'd moved on to the next one, I would wait fot that and come back and turn my house into a fortress.So that is my zombie apolcalypse plan.
Today i will post the next episode of All about the Brains is called What is a Zombie ? So stay tuned for that.
In the last two days i watched 2 new Zombie movies. Okey the are not new but i saw them the first time. Diary of The Dead by George A. Romero from 2009 and The Zombie Diaries from 2007. I think you think what i think wuhaaaa. YES you are right, i will give you a complete Zombie fan kit like: What is a Zombie? The Zombiemovies you must have! a review of 3 awsome books about Zombies and a review of The Zombiegames you must have! After that you will be a Zombie fan like me. So stay tuned. I WILL GIVE YOUUUU BRAIIIIIINNNNSSS!
Sonntag, 10. Mai 2009
Germany strikes again! Now to show all the other people how fucked up Germany is, read this article. It's ridiculus. Germany has got so paranoid that they want to ban Paintball. Its so fucking retarded, I don't get it anymore and I'm not going to talk about it anymore because I've given up on that topic. It is time for the generation thats got the power to die and pass the torch to the younger generation. I don't think they are able to make decisions anymore. First they started to pick on video games. Okey well thats fucked up but okay, fuck that, I get my games from Austria anyway. But now they are starting to censor the intertnet. WTF?! Are we in China or something like that? Yesterday on the website garrysmod.de, a big red Stopsign showed up that said: STOP! You are going to enter a website with illigal material. WTF. That sign is suppost to block child porn, but on the garrysmod site? With this goverment, Germany is really fucked. It would be so easy to just delete any childporn content on the internet, but that would just make too much fucking sense. And from what I understand, everyone that has that sign show up is going to be registerd by the police, that means name, address, provider... The mind fuck thats going on here is unbelievable. Now, to pick on Paintball as well is so idiotic. WHY THE FUCK WHY!? There is no reason for this. Again, I don't play paintball, but that grinds my gears to hear that painball makes you an mass-murderer. We've had Paintball here for 6 years, we have leagues, teams and everything. It's like saying, "Oh well we should ban football in the U.S. because it's making you aggressive". Thats the fucking reason why I wouldn't want to vote. Every single political party in Germany is like a bunch of clowns. But you know what, if anyone wants to start a political discusion with me about voting just forget it I DON'T GIVE A FUCK. If I were to go vote, I'd vote for the Beer Drinker Party.
Germany May Seek Ban on Paintball
In response to the Winnenden school shooting in March, the German government is moving ahead with a plan to ban paintball, which politicians describe as a game that glorifies murder and teaches people to kill.
According to reports in the Berliner Zeitung and Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspapers on Friday, games like paint ball and laser tag are to be banned in Germany in the future, and people who violate the law could be fined up to €5,000.
"These games simulate murder," Wolfgang Bosbach, who heads the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) in the German parliament, told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. He said a deal had also been reached with German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble.
The German Paintball League claims about 1,000 people in the country are active in the sport and there are more than 200 facilities where it is played. The organization has sought for years to portray the sport as a safe one. At tournaments, players even eschew red paint because of its optical similarities to blood and the guns used in the sport are referred to as "markers."
The head of the league said he was surprised by the plan to ban what he called a "tactical team sport." But "during an election campaign," he said, "politicians are always looking for a fall guy."
The government has been under pressure to act since the mass killings two months ago. A German Interior Ministry spokesman said Thursday that the government hoped to pass new weapons control legislation before the end of the current term. A political agreement is expected next week and legislation would have to be introduced by the end of May in order for it to be voted on in both of Germany's federal legislative chambers before the summer break in July.
"Teaching People to Kill"
The interior minister of the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt, Holger Hölvelmann, welcomed the government's plans. He argued that the game was tantamount to "teaching people to kill" or "playing war." "Our society," he said, "should outlaw such cynical games that glorify violence."
Meanwhile, Claudia Roth, the chairwoman of the Green Party, described the proposed tightening of weapons laws as a "courage-less concession to the gun lobby." Instead of banning large calibre guns in general, the coalition government has only managed to agree on a token ban on paintball." By doing so, she said, "the coalition is tightening weapons laws in areas that are the least painful to the gun lobby."
Her party's legal affairs expert, Jerzy Montag, said that while he is no fan of such games ("Do you really need to shoot paint at other people?"), he didn't see any advantage in banning them. "The real issue is the millions of guns kept in peoples homes and at sporting clubs," he told SPIEGEL ONLINE.
During the debate over Tim K., his passion for paintball was much-discussed. But it was soft-air guns that were found in his bedroom. They can also be used to shoot paint-filled pellets, but they are far more similar to actual weapons than paint guns.
The debate over paintball is not new. The German company "Mydays.de," markets paintball as the "ultimate nerve game and the latest sporting trend." But again and again, paintball makes the headlines because it is played at events in Europe held by right-wing extremists or military freaks. In 2007, photos circulated of the head of Austria's right-wing FPÖ party, Heinz-Christian Strache, playing paintball in uniform with a group of right-wing extremists. Press reports spoke of Wehrmacht-like exercises, a reference to Hitler's military, but Strache played the event down, saying he had just been playing paintball.