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March 31, 2004

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it's a little late, but here it goes...
this was the best movie ever. EVVEERRRRR!!!! okay, that might be taking it too far, but for the hour and a half it was on, it felt that way. it had it all. it was gorey, suspenseful, shocking and best of all... loads of fun. same concept as the old one, an infectious breakout of some unknown disease that will, if caught, kill you and then bring you back to life as a zombie. But instead of the old staggering, sluggish zombies, these are speeding, raging zombies who are after those who have managed to survive. a group of survivors meet and hideout in the mall desperate to avoid contact with the living dead and figure out an escape route. the survivors come up with some of the most creative ways to get rid of their foes i've ever seen. and andy, oh andy. the highlight of the film. this movie pushed the boundaries with a few hard to watch scenes that before may have been considered almost taboo. the characters in this film were surprisingly, not stupid. there wasn't a whole lot of "why didn't they just do this?" going on, yet the movie managed to keep you chewing on your nails throughout. very 28 days later only any serious moment in this movie instantly turned into roaring laughter. it was like someone just gave you the most awful news you've ever heard, made you cry, and then delivered something of a punchline so outrageous, you were laughing so hard the tears had to be from the hysteria, not the sorrow. and it happened again, and again, and again. don't wait for this one to come out on dvd. this is definitely a theatre worthy film. Contributed by: Stacy Broce

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I LOVED this movie!!!! It was such a good damn time to go see in the theatre!!! Everybody was yelling and cheering and laughing and gasping and doing everything people should do at a good 'ole fashion Friday night horror flick. The movie is dumb. Good. The idea is simple. Good. And it won't offend fans of the original, it just ups the ante. Damn, I want to go see it again and again and again...
"I like this song..."

Posted by: Shane at March 31, 2004 7:25 PM

The first 20 minutes of this film may be the best first 20 minutes in a horror film ever.
By the time Johnny Cash's "When the Man Comes Around" belts onto the screen you've seen so much in such a short period of time go so completely wrong that it's a little bit hard to even put it in perspective. I don't want to ruin it, and I don't want to downplay the rest of the film- it manages to live up to it's excellent beginning. I'm just convinced that there's a little slice of perfection tacked on to the start of this film. I can honestly say that those 20 minutes alone were worth admission price, and everything that happened after that was gravy. Fucking brilliant.

Posted by: Adam at April 1, 2004 3:11 AM

Fucking "DOTD" was a good remake but not really bloody enough for my liking. I imagine it is the same plot as The Passion of Christ, except in one Vhing Rhames plays Jesus Christ.

Posted by: Bryan Christ at April 5, 2004 2:06 AM

funny thing; shane was reading something online one day that said something like - top 2 movies in the nation are about zombies- dotd and the passion... hahah

Posted by: stace at April 5, 2004 4:09 AM

I've heard that "The Passion" also has Satan with a "live booger" i.e. a worm crawling out of her nose. Also, the final image is Jesus' butt hair. I hope I haven't spoiled anything.

Posted by: benjamin at April 6, 2004 5:34 AM


Posted by: Shane at April 6, 2004 6:06 PM

Kemp and I saw this was GREAT! I really enjoyed the original (did not care for Day of the Dead). This movie did not seem so much as a remake but an alternate telling of a good zombie flick.
Took a little while to get used to fast zombies but after I did it was great.
I like the fact that Tom Savini made a cameo too.

Posted by: Trav at April 6, 2004 6:29 PM

Yeah, Savini as a State Trooper was just too damn cool. He played the part well with his big moustache and bad haircut.
I met him once at a sci-fi convention and he was macking on everything with tits and a hole. (Except for that fat guy in the Klingon make-up and the coconut bra with matching grass skirt.) Nobody was coming up to his booth at all, either because they were too intimidated, they just didn't know who he was, or they were afraid of being sexually harrassed.
I braved it and got to talk to him briefly. He was kind of cool, kind of a dick. I got the feeling that he was way used to the nerdy-fanboy attention while still hungry for real star-quality Hollywood action. Our conversation was cut short when some girl in a Sailor Moon costume walked a little too close to the booth and Savini felt the need to "engage" her.
I've got a picture for the scrapbook though.

Posted by: Adam at April 6, 2004 7:32 PM
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