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  • One Cut of the Dead

    One Cut of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    MINOR SPOILERS, if you haven't seen this, it's best to go in with as little background as possible.

    It only stands to reason the greatest zombie film yet to come from Japan actually isn't a zombie film at all. Despite the marketing hook, it also sits well outside of the horror genre. Instead it's a transcendent celebration of the creative process that pulls a brilliant humanistic double duty.

    Director/screenwriter Shinichiro Ueda uses the production of a live zombie short done…

  • Evil Dead II

    Evil Dead II

    ★★★★½

    WE aRe THe tHiNGs thAT wERe AnD Jayson can't look at Evil Dead II objectively at all.

    The film that blew wind into the sails of many a horror fan's maiden voyage or solidified lifelong love for the genre. I distinctly remember my first time. Back when Syfy was The Sci-fi Channel in 1995, and actually worth a damn, they used to do movie theme weeks. Maybe their most memorable was a zombie week dubbed Zombie-A-Go-Go hosted by Rob Zombie.…

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  • Zombies: The Beginning

    Zombies: The Beginning

    ★★

    The lone survivor from Island of the Living Dead (2007) accompanies a commando squad by way of submarine inserts jacked from Crimson Tide (1995) back to the isle to explore an eerily abandoned factory. Sounds familiar, eh?

    It's almost as if a higher power allotted Bruno Mattei time enough before his passing to unleash this long threatened theft of Aliens (1986) upon mankind. Just with zombies drapped in trash bags and nude Filipino boys with pantyhose eggs atop their heads…

  • Island of the Living Dead

    Island of the Living Dead

    ★★★

    Adrift treasure hunters reach a desolate Spanish island and soon find themselves terrorized by the ghostly zombies of conquistadors and the natives they conquered centuries ago.

    Maybe the best of Bruno Mattei's mini-renaissance that began in 2003 and saw the late director rekindle his shameless knack for ripping off everyone for his own exploitation, cannibal, and zombie offerings. If walking into this unseasoned in the frayed ends of Italian horror, you'll likely take it as the silliest (or worst) zombie…

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  • Zombie Allegiance

    Zombie Allegiance

    ½

    Survivors far from the ruins of civilization deal mostly with each other than the odd zombie or two that roam their countryside property. One amongst them believes he's the new President of the United States and expectedly comes into conflict once going off the murderous deep end.

    Bog standard shot-on-video flick that quickly becomes a chore as too many uninteresting characters blather on with barely any zombie action breaking the monotony. Ripping straight from The Walking Dead comics, the leader…

  • Jeepers Creepers

    Jeepers Creepers

    ★★★★

    Gotta hand it to the detestable supposed human behind this, he crafted one of the best contemporary horror films of the '00s with Jeepers Creepers. Justin Long and Gina Philips strike a sibling relationship with gentle barbs and genuine sense of caring that's rarely seen in the genre. The Creeper's unique mythos is well developed having a folksy bent that predates the recent trend in earthen-based horrors. Jonathan Breck plays up the character's toyful menace from seasonal generations of chasing…