2005, Big Daddy, blood, Carnival of Souls, CGI, dark, Dead Reckoning, Dennis Hopper, Diary of the Dead, Edgar Allan Poe, Fiddler's Green, John Leguizamo, Mask of the Red Death, Shawn of the Dead, sub-genre, Super Mario Brothers Movie, Survival of the Dead, survivors, Tom Savini, zombies
This movie starts off with the old Universal pictures opening. Then after the opening credits roll the movie starts off in some old town where some survivors try to find medicine. We’re also introduced to this big van/truck/tank called Dead Reckoning that shoots down most of the zombies there. After that the survivors to this island city which is supposed to be their home.
There’s also one place in the middle of it all in called Fiddler’s Green where people forget about the zombies. While everyone else outside lives dirt poor like in the Edgar Allan Poe story Mask of the Red Death where the prince has a big party in the castle and forgets about the plague outside.
There’s also this on guy Cholo, played by John Leguizamo, tries to get a place in Fiddlers Green by persuading the owner. Played by Dennis Hopper and this movie was when I was starting to noticing him. There’s also a sense of deja vu since both actors were in the Super Mario Brothers Movie if you remember that at all.
When Cholo doesn’t get his place he takes Dead Reckoning and threatens to destroy the city. The stars of Shawn of the Dead are in this bar scene also as zombies since George Romero was a fan of the movie. There’s also a zombie, Big Daddy, then gets an army of zombies and slowly make they’re way to the city. When they rise out of the water it like from the scene from Carnival of Souls. That was from what I’ve heard of it that is, but I’ll have to see Carnival of Souls myself one day.
When the main hero get’s to Dead Reckoning he reasons with Cholo and they go back to the city. Which is getting overrun by the zombies and the Ton Savini biker makes a cameo as a zombie. Some of the blood is CGI which is fine by me since he probably had a small budget.
This movie also has a dark setting, literally, which creates a lot of atmosphere. Not as good as Night, Dawn, or Day but maybe because there was so many zombie movies around at the time it came out. I might not review Diary of the Dead or Survival of the Dead since I saw a but of Survival of the Dead and thought it was kind of dumb. Also for Diary of the Dead’s way of filming as a home video horror movie I don’t quite like. That sub-genre is just a little too overused a bit but I like the idea of that anyone can be a filmmaker.