The Returned (Les revenants): Season One

As horror goes through its cyclical phases (vampires! witches! plagues!), the theme of zombies keeps returning like the pesky undead that they are. We are used to seeing them rotting and staggering, rotting and running, and definitely always frighteningly bitey. But what if the dead just returned, looking just like they did when you remembered …

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28 Days Later

28 Days Later opens with a rather deliciously ironic scenario of a bunch of well-meaning activists breaking into an experimental lab in Cambridge to free a bunch of test animals. “But wait!” the hapless scientist screams, “These monkeys are infected!!!” With what? Simply put (in movie terms), these monkeys have full-blown cases of RAGE. Dewey-eyed, …

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Shaun of the Dead

Set in North London, the movie – which the press materials refer to as a “rom zom com” (romantic zombie comedy) – centers on hapless twentysomething Shaun (Simon Pegg, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay with director Edgar Wright). Shaun’s life isn’t exactly where he’d like it to be. He’s in a dead-end (ha ha! get …

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World War Z

World War Z is a series of awesome action scenes strung together by the presence of one constant character, a guy name Gerry, played by Brad Pitt. I imagine Gerry described on paper when the movie version of Max Brooks’ bestselling document of the zombie apocalypse was being pitched for the big screen. “So, since …

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