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So, you seen these?

October 15, 2009

To make up for the lack of updates lately, I’m going to do something useful for a change. “What’s that?” I hear you ask. In reply I will introduce you to some movies you just may have missed, and might keep missing if it weren’t for a blog post such as this one. Not all of these are zombie movies per se, but are close enough to be a part of the genre.

Pontypool tells the story of a small group of people trapped in a radio station building, when a strange mental plague strikes. It turns out that the plague is caused by certain words in the English language, making the life of radio journalists precarious indeed. While the film boasts some amazingly obscure and zany theories about the incident, it has a few very good actors in it. All in all it’s a fun little film and well worth watching if you’re in for some zombie-ish entertainment.

Mulberry Street is a movie about rats. Or rather, people getting bitten by rats and turning into bloodthirsty ratmonsters. Need I say more? Mulberry Street will certainly not win prestigious culture awards, but it is pretty fun, with decent acting and well-executed gore. And I liked the way no character was really safe in the movie. Oh, and the ratmen were actually pretty nasty and repulsive.

Last of the Living is a wonderful, low-budget Australian movie that centers around a group of three friends as they make their way through the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. The effects and makeup aren’t by any means top-notch, but where this movie excels is in its characters and acting. I sympathized immensely with the characters in the film, and as this is what usually makes or breaks any movie – zombies or no zombies – I found myself liking Last of the Living a lot. Sure, there are clichés and silly things aplenty, but they couldn’t defeat the attraction of the characters. The movie’s pretty funny, too. Not really on par with Shaun of the Dead, but it did give me a fair few chuckles.

There you go, three movies for your viewing pleasure. It’s always good to be on the lookout for stuff like this, as these films tend to pop up in dvd clearance bins, message board discussions, tv-guides and the like. Keep your eyes open and remember to tip me off when you spot something interesting!

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8 comments

  1. Did you catch The Signal? If not, don’t read descriptions, just give it a go, it’s a good watch.


    • Thanks for the tip! I’ll add it to my currently fairly empty “stuff to watch” list.


  2. Good list of recommendations! I’d definitely add Dead Snow as something currently at the video store. And they’re not any Zombies… they’re ZOMBIE NAZIS.


    • If there’s one thing you can’t go wrong with, it’s zombie nazis.


  3. Heard about “Colin” the £45 zombie movie?

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/6371890/45-zombie-movie-Colin-to-appear-in-cinemas-this-week.html


    • I’ve been wondering about this. It does look cheap indeed, do you know if it’s any good?


      • No idea, it’s out on DVD in the UK for around a fiver, but I’m waiting until it’s even cheaper before I indulge. It’s not as if it’s as irresistable as Dod Sno…


  4. […] of the Living – This low budget Australian zombie comedy (posted on October 15th 2009) was actually a nice surprise. It’s available on […]



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