Wow, this is one weird movie, but man, does it have some serious energy behind it. Written and directed by Australian filmmaker Kiah Roache-Turner, this wacky little indie movie has it all: telekinetic science experiments gone wrong, secret government undead protocol, cars that are powered by zombies -- if you can dream it, chances are Roache-Turner has already crammed it into this wildly hyper and increasingly surreal fantasy world. In this special cinematic place, anything is possible, and the bad guys aren't the ones feasting on flesh, they're the guys put in control to maintain the situation. It makes you wonder -- if the world were to become overrun with a zombie outbreak, what would be more worrisome -- the walking dead, or the way our government would handle it?
In a subgenera that has come to be defined by its zingy one-liners, nameless victims, and gratuitous bloodshed, What We Become serves as a nice break from the norm. Centered on a family drama, the film provides a relatable pre-existing plot, then heightens the tension that's already at play by adding zombies to the mix. It all starts when a suburban neighborhood is rocked by a flu outbreak that kills its victims before reanimating their corpses. When the local authorities quarantine the area, they not only confine a family that's already at each other's throats, but also trap everyone in their home with the ones who are already infected. This is a surprisingly well made little film that made its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in 2015, yet has been slightly overlooked ever since because of its subject matter. Do yourself a favor - give this one a shot. It's worth your time.
Picking up right where Resident Evil: Apocalypse left off, the survivors of the Raccoon City blast wander wearily across the Nevada desert, hoping to find safe passage in Alaska. Along their journey, they run into a strange girl on a motorcycle bearing medieval blades and an impressive set of survival skills. It's Alice, back again, and little do these people know, but she's about to become their savior. After all, that's what she's been doing ever since she woke up alone, memory erased, in that mansion all those years ago -- saving people. Saving them from the Umbrella Corporation, and saving them from the T-Virus infection. Fired up with new psychic powers and pissed off at the world, Alice charges through the desert with her newfound friends in tow, taking out zombies and blowing up whatever she can find along the way. But will she bring her peers safely to their destination? Or will they all be devoured by zombies before they can reach their end point? Check it out to see what happens!
A surprisingly-original zombie movie that also serves as an equally rare Valentine's Day-themed horror film, Pontypool is really firing on all cylinders. Smart, inventive, and wholly Canadian, this icy chiller is the perfect movie to watch when you're in the mood for a holiday-themed horror flick, a dystopian-based reality, or a wintery-tale of terror. It begins when big shot renowned radio DJ Grant Mazzy walks into his first day at his new gig, and is met with a warning from his superior about his infamous drinking problem. However, by the end of the day, they'll both realize that the only thing to fear is those creatures outside who keep trying to claw their way in. Oh, and the English language, as well.
When their fellow officer is killed in the line of duty, four friends on the police force decide to take it upon themselves to strike back, and take down Markudi, the man who murdered their detective Mathias Rivoallan in cold blood, and his entire gang in the process if they have to. Together, the cops invade the abandoned building that Markudi and his posse possess, and come face to face with the man himself in a deadly showdown. Just when it seems that they might all just kill each other right here in this run down flea bag citadel, a new enemy approaches the building: an overwhelming army of hundreds and hundreds of flesh eating zombies. Now, these two groups have no choice but to work together to fight in a new battle: the living vs. the undead. Filled to the brim with obscene amounts of violence, chaos, gore, and an oddly insightful commentary about police brutality, The Horde is a zombie flick that's a step above the masses that come pouring through each year. Don't miss it.
Break ups are hard. More often than not, one party doesn't want the relationship to end, and has a tough time moving on. But what if it's more serious than that? What if the circumstances surrounding said break up are life or death? What if your ex girlfriend was literally dead and buried, rose from the grave, and came knocking on your door demanding a relationship? Such is the dilemma that Max faces when his gung-ho go-green ex crazy Evelyn comes back from the dead, not ready yet to go into the light, or to get out of Max's apartment. With a new lady in his life and a violent trepidation when it comes to confrontation, Max is caught between a rock and a hard place. If he's not careful, he'll be yanked straight into Hell itself -- literally and figuratively. The latest film from Joe Dante feels like one that would pair well as a double feature with The Burbs -- sweet, simple, and complete with a funny anecdote about everyday life.
IT'S REC ON A BOAT! No, but in all seriousness, this is actually a really great franchise that manages to keep up the momentum for several installments, which is not an easy feat for any genre, let alone one that already comes with so many preliminary expectations. Starring the same Angela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) from the original Rec -- you know, the Spanish movie remade one year later in America under the name Quarantine -- the infection has finally moved out of the tower block and into a new setting: aboard a quarantined ship sailing on the vast seas. Sure, Angela's finally out of that death trap of a building, but when word breaks out that the same virus that was set loose in that old apartment complex has somehow made its way on to her vessel, she'll find that the only thing more terrifying than being trapped in a building with a bunch of zombies is being stranded in the middle of the ocean with a bunch of zombies.
It's exactly what you think it is. Well, at least it starts out that way. Centered around a bratty group of high school cheerleaders, this seemingly-simple cliche teen movie takes a sharp left turn when the maniacal captain of the football team runs the squad off the road, and their car crashes into the river below. Watching from the sidelines, as per usual, is Leena, who's been stalking her ex best friend Maddy ever since she left her to go pick up a pair of pom pom's. As Leena watches the car bubble below the surface, she realizes she has no choice but to use her handy witchcraft to resurrect the girls so they can cheer in tomorrow's game - and kill the quarterback who screwed them over, of course. Wacky, witty, and shockingly entertaining, All Cheerleaders Die is a legit zombie movie that will probably have its day of reckoning years down the line when everyone finally decides to give it a chance. Be ahead of the curve. Give it a chance now.
The only thing worse than a nazi is an undead nazi. At least, that's what this group of Norwegian medical students is about to find out when they embark on a carefree skiing vacation in Oksfjord, a.k.a. an old safe haven for the sadistic members of the Third Reich during WWII. After a troubled local stops by to warn the kids about the cursed ancient grounds they'e stumbled across, it's not long before decrepit soldiers begin popping out of the snow, bearing bright shiny red swastikas, and a hunger for human flesh. Suddenly, these innocent college kids are forced to transform into winter warriors to survive. Whether or not they will escape these frozen grounds with their lives still intact is a mystery, but one thing's for sure: if they do make it back to school, they'll never skip another history class again.
Usually, when someone in a movie turns into a zombie, it's either because they were bitten by one of the undead, or their body becomes contaminated with an airborne virus because they've wandered into unsafe territory. But what if it's worse than that? What if they were just at the wrong place at the wrong time? When Samantha attends a friend's house party, she expects what any young woman in her position would: she'll have some drinks, gossip with her girls, dance, flirt, and head back home. Little does she know, someone else at this party has other plans. The guy in the corner who's been eyeing Sam all night has already placed the drugs in her drink, and now it's just a matter of time before he gets what he came for. There's plenty to fear already when it comes to taking drinks from strangers, but in Eric England's Contracted, the repercussions of a one night stand turn into a waking nightmare when it's revealed that Sam doesn't just extract an STD from her horrific encounter, but rather, an infection spread by a deceased host. She had sex with a stranger, and now, she's turning into a zombie. Clever, repulsive, and well acted by all involved, Contracted is one of the most imaginative zombie films to come out in recent memory. Catch it before it leaves Netflix. You'll be glad you did.