Just popped a DVD in and saw a trailer for this one – will have to seek it out and review
Desperate filmmaker Osric Taylor dreams of making his civil war Hamlet but when production funding dries up, he agrees to take southern matron Hester Beauchamps offer to fund the film if he throws some zombies in it to make their money back. But when Hester dies in mid shoot, Osric dresses up as Hester to cash the last check and awakens the suspicions of both the local police and ambitious local news reporter Shine Reynolds. Inspired by an actual incident.
A team of scientists are thrust into a potentially life-or-death situation in this thriller, which begins with the group being deployed to the Arctic to secretly investigate what could be a disease outbreak.
Just in case you have missed it – any Zombie fan who likes subject matter that covers secret bases in the arctic circle, the infected, government conspiracies and grand X-files type plots should love Helix on the SY FY channel. Just to be clear these are not “Zombies” or the walking dead but infected humans similar to something like you would see on 28 days later. So far I have seen the first 4 episodes and its a quality show and the teasers for future episodes promise so much more than Zombie kill of the week type action. I am guessing possibly Aliens much like the X-files in the 90s. Make sure you check out the show as I think you are gonna enjoy it . here are the first 5 minutes of Episode 1
Teaser trailer for the return of Season 4 of the Walking dead
When we left off the prison was destroyed, Rick was badly injured, the survivors where all scattered and the Governor was presumed dead. I would like to think they are smart enough to have a meet up point pre-arranged in every direction – well let’s wait and see
Last night’s the Walking Dead was the second in the story arc following the Governor since the fall of Woodbury. Leaving off where Episode 406 finished with the Governor and Megan stuck in a pit with his old pal Martinez peering down on them. Martinez rescues Megan and has second thoughts about pulling him out until he hears Lily call him Brian and realizes that the Governor is up to something again.
Martinez tells him he will pull him up on two conditions – one being everyone in the group contributes and two being that the he accepts Martinez as the boss
Philip has to now go on survival runs with 2 brothers both ex military to prove himself and contribute to the group.
They stumble across another camp which Mitch the more risk taking of the two brothers wants to raid but Pete the more level headed of the two thinks they should let live.
After a day of squirrel hunting the return to see the very same camp raided and everyone killed. this rightfully alarms the Governor as he realizes that their camp could very easily be next and he plans to leave that night with his newly adopted family. Only to find out the road out of the camp has a swamp trap to stop the walkers getting in. Returning the camp the next day he systemically takes out Martinez then Pete as he realizes he will never be happy until he is running the show again.
Don’t get me wrong the Walking Dead is still the best Zombie show on Tv but it is a lil bit of a stretch to kill a man’s brother one day and offer him a smoke the next to join up with him. The teasers for next week’s show (the Mid Season finale) show the Governor at the prison with the rest of his survivors ready to attack. Will he succeed this time? I know that in the comics the tank destroys the prison and the few that survive are left to flee on foot but that said the TV writers like to borrow some things from the comics and create their own story.
Either way I will be watching next week and expecting some major cast members to be killed off.
A familiar face returns as each member of the group struggles to find his or her humanity in a world of constant threats.
I really enjoyed this week’s episode
After last weeks episode finishing with the Governor watching the prison – everyone was expecting this episode to start where last week’s left off . So of course the writers threw us for a spin – by giving us a back story on what had happened to the Governor and his last remaining loyal foot soldiers in the long months since he flipped out and killed most of the Woodbury fighting force.
This was a great episode and interesting enough – they pinched quite a bit of the plot from the Story “rise of the governor” which I happened to pick up in paperback form from the Airport recently. I don’t read the comic books (deliberate intention) but I do understand that the TV show is influenced by the comics but does not always follow the same storyline.
The paperback (which I am going to PRESUME is the same as the comic book) has Philip and his brother BRIAN plus his friend and daughter take shelter in the Apartment building with 2 sisters and their old man. Philip and Nick his buddy spend days clearing the building of surviving biters and making the place a stronghold
Of course Philip messes it up and they are sent on their way.
I find it interesting that they added another little girl – to show some of the Governor’s human side and this time they all leave together due to dwindling supplies.
I missed half the trailer for next week’s but I saw the part where they are re-united with Martinez and now he is in charge – going to make for an interesting story line if you ask me.
So somehow before this week’s The Walking Dead I stumbled over a recap from someone who had already seen this episode and was sworn to not reveal any spoilers. I don’t have the link to the blog but it was pretty good. He was waxing poetically how this episode was very well written and that its right up there with the writing of Breaking Bad and Mad Men. Sounds promising right?
Well to be honest with ya – not too much happened in this weeks episode. A few of my friends are saying that its starting to feel like season 2 on the farm again with lots of soap opera-y bits and not much action. Me, while I think it was fairly slow moving after episode 2 I felt that it was setting us up for some big things coming down the pike. I mean did you see the size of that Zombie horde? If that reaches the prison they are screwed . No fence is going to hold for that!
Also what about that radio message? My take is that its some form of trap – any Zombie fan has to think about the recorded message in 28 days later or the radio station in Resident Evil Extinction. Lure em in and use them for food – right?
Do I think they are going to kill Glen off soon? Hmm nah I am not sure I get the feeling that Daryl will be back in time to save him but then again I know the WD writers do like to throw some curve balls at us just to keep us on our toes.
Anyways screw the people who moan about this show – sure it may have its faults but it is still the best weekly Zombie show we have on tv
Sy Fy have made a bunch of made for tv Zombie Movies over the years – some which have been reviewed here before see Last years Rise of the Zombies starring Danny Trejo and Zombie Apocalypse with Ving Rhames. With these movies you get what you pay for 😉 and I know some Zombie purists do not rate these films at all.
Zombie Night starts with a family stuck in traffic trying to make it home to their daughters boyfriend (also their next door neighbors) house as they have a safe room. That’s when the SHTF and the dead start to rise. As always with the Sy Fy movies they try to spend some money on name actors and this time around we have Anthony Michael Hall,Daryl Hannah, Shirley Jones (the Patridge family) and Ferris Bueller’s side kick actor Alan Ruck.
Some new twists to modern Zombie folklore in this film, you can be bitten and not turn and you can die and turn (Hello the walking dead!) The Zombies on this one are slow much like the classic Night of the Living Dead and definitely slower and much less aggressive than the ones on the Walking Dead. As per the typical horror film the main cast do some stupid things – like run from the safe room when there are two dead Zombies in there and face 100s of active Zombies versus chucking out the two dead ones and staying out for the rest of the film. I guess if they did that that would be a very short Zombie film.
You guys have no idea how many terrible Zombie films I sit thru – I am a great believer you can make a great Zombie film on a low budget – the Original Night of the living dead and I, Zombie are perfect examples of this. That said most guys with small budgets try to make a blockbuster and fail miserably. While there are some cheesy moments in Zombie Night – its actually an enjoyable B movie and a lot of fun to watch. Surprisingly a miserable old bastard like me loved the film, well worth checking out if they re-run it or you see it online. Recommended!