Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Creature from the Black Lagoon, Aaaah! Zombies!!

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Yet another classic horror movie I had never seen.  There's really not much to say about it.  The creature was in a rubber suit.  The female scientist wore skimpy (for her time) bathing suits and swam in water that they knew housed a fish-man.  For some reason, the scientists traveled with a big game hunter, who wanted to kill the creature.
It was a terrible movie, but it was a highly enjoyable movie.  Like Galaxy Invader, but in black-and-white.

Rating: 3 stars

Aaah!  Zombies!!

I have seen a number of low budget zombie comedies.  From what I've seen of them, they're fairly hit-and-miss.  In fact, for the most part, they're usually more bad than good.  So, when I started this one, I did not have high hopes.  It was clear that this was a very low budget movie.  It was also clear that the acting looked to be terrible.  It started off like a normal zombie movie: the government had accidentally developed a formula that would turn humans into zombies.  A barrel ended up outside of a bowling alley, where it leaked into some milk, with which our main characters made ice cream (or "Ale Cream", since they mixed it with beer) with.  They turned into zombies.
From here the movie took a turn.
The movie was shot in black-and-white and in color.  The scenes in color showed the characters as they saw each other...but the scenes in black-and-white showed the reality.  In color, they saw themselves as normal...but everyone else was moving fast (and talking fast).  We would see the characters in color, and they would be talking to each other like normal.  In one scene, we see them trying to hail someone who is down in alley.  From their point of view, they were like regular people: raising their hands and saying, "Hey man...come here for a second."  Then it would switch to black-and-white, and we'd see them as they really were: zombies growling and snarling and reaching out.  It was a funny gag...but it did seem to get old after a while.
Anyway, we watched the characters shamble through their lives.  Trying to survive.  Trying to find love.  All the while they're losing body parts and getting shot and everything else zombies endure.  While it was the same general concept as Colin (seeing things from the zombie's point of view), it was a completely different movie.  Where Colin was touching and raw, this movie was funny.
I wouldn't say it was amazing, but it was pretty funny, and definitely better than your average low budget zombie comedy.

Rating: 4 stars

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