Juan of the Dead

Congratulations are in order for Cuba – they’re making their first ever zombie flick! With a $3 million budget and backing from a Spanish production company, Juan of the Dead will come out sometime next year. The movie chronicles the journey of a lazy guy named Juan who uses the zombie outbreak as a way to make money. Along with his partner, he promises to take out your zombified family in exchange for some cash. Initially, the Cuban government blames the outbreak on the CIA. It’s going to be your typical zombie movie, but with a lot of Cuban satire as well.

Here’s the CNN Article & Video

Awesome! It’s great to see other countries jumping on the zombie bandwagon. It looks like it’ll be a pretty cool film, with traditional lumbering zombies and not the kind that can somehow run quickly despite their decaying bodies. However, in one clip in the video above, they show a few zombies walking by a burned out car that are stumbling like they’re drunk. One guy is stepping forward and then back and then forward and then back… that doesn’t seem quite right. Maybe it’s just me.

Anyway, I think it’s a really cool concept. It brings together all the elements of traditional zombie films, but it also has an originality to it. That the guys are using the outbreak to make money is a great idea. I hope Cuba’s first zombie movie turns out to be good. After reading the article, reading this blog, and watching the video… what do you think? Are you excited?

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Published in: on December 17, 2010 at 9:28 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Walking Dead Season Finale

Spoilers. If you didn’t think there’d be any, you must be smoking something.

Hmm… what can I say? While there was certainly a lot of drama, what purpose did the season finale serve? They open a new plot line, introduce a new character, and by the end of the episode they’re both gone. I can see why the writing staff was fired.

I didn’t dislike the finale, but I also wasn’t blown away, either. What was the reason for that episode? To give a poorly thought out explanation of the zombie disease? It didn’t cover much, only how it effects the brain. So, the group went to the CDC and all that came from it was a shoddy explanation, a comfortable night’s sleep and a good meal, and that black lady whose name doesn’t seem important blew up with the doctor. Andrea & Dale almost went up, too, but you had to know she wouldn’t let him. That was a cop-out. And of course you knew they’d all get out… there’s a second season coming up, after all.

So, now they move on. My hope is that in the second season they bring about the penitentiary plot line Mark talks about from the comics. They hole up in an abandoned prison and… then I don’t know what. All I know is that nothing was really concluded and no new avenues were really open. We’re left with the group leaving in five, FIVE cars (aren’t they worried about all the gas they’ll need?) and that’s about it. No real zombie action, no crazy cliffhanger, no “OMG!” moment. The episode did not fall flat by any means… it was well done, very suspenseful, but it did not live up to my expectations.

Don’t walk into the light. Therein lies pointlessness.

*Photo from: http://tvsquad.com

Published in: on December 6, 2010 at 8:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Corpses Who Move in a Fashion That Could Be Considered Walking

So, tonight is the season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead. The show has already been given a second season, which will be twelve episodes. The creators of the show have thrown out the writing staff and are considering having freelancers complete the scripts for season two. Perhaps this will force the show to go back on the path of the comic book’s plot. I have not read the comic books, but Mark has and has been disappointed that the show is not close to the comics. I plan on reading them to see what I’m missing.

The first four episodes, whether or not they had anything to do with the comic, were awesome. I absolutely loved them. The acting is great, the makeup is amazing, and the production values are insane. The fact that they can be this bloody on cable television is awesome, too. I was not impressed with last week’s episode. Although it set the show up for what is hopefully going to be a great finale, not a lot happened.

*SPOILER ALERT*

The entire episode was about the group deciding to go back into the city and visit the CDC. That’s it. There were no really crazy fight scenes and somehow Rick still doesn’t know about his wife’s infidelities. Andrea… come on, did she really have to wait for her sister to reanimate to shoot her? That was dumb. I would think it’d be harder to shoot her when she’d have to look at her sister moving around, eyes open rather than not moving and obviously dead.

Anyway, I’m really looking forward to tonight’s episode. I hope it’s epic. I hope Rick finds out about Lori and Shane and there’s a serious ass beating. All in all, I just hope it doesn’t suck.

Published in: on December 5, 2010 at 11:11 am  Leave a Comment  
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