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LAND OF THE DEAD review

Zombies.

I’m very aware that my life isn’t like most of yours. My parents were social mad scientist experimenting on their bouncy baby boy. They’d been film students at the University of Texas. They were experimental filmmakers, Light Show Artists and Pop Culture Memorabilia dealers.

As the story goes… I apparently saw Romero’s original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD somewhere around 60 times prior to the age of 5. As a result, I had a childhood fear of Graveyards and an absolute obsession with the dead returning from the grave hungering for human flesh. There’s a photo my father has of mom as a zombie showgirl, him as a zombie hippie gnawing on a hand (actually a real prop from TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE) and I was dressed as Dr. Strange – whom I believed through magic could control Zombies – cuz I’d seen White Zombie and that Dracula guy could control Zombies… Dr Strange was a way better magician.

In the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, the scene where the little girl zombie begins stabbing in the basement… I’m told I used to applaud that scene. I wondered about this for a good deal of my life… was it hostility regarding my own mother? No. I believe it is because that was the first little kid monster I ever saw. It was evidence that I, little Harry Knowles may in fact become a zombie and feast upon the blood of my own parents… if bitten by a Zombie.

As a boy – I realized that almost all monsters were a form of Zombie… at least the really good ones. Mummies, Vampires, Frankenstein, Ghosts… All reanimated dead things. All kids at some point become fascinated by the dead. Hell, that’s a huge appeal of Dinosaurs… They’re all dead, well – till those scientist clone those red blood cells of that T-Rex and we all die of some ancient virus that the T-Rex had a natural immunity with and as we all die… The T-rex will feast on our cadavers… which hopefully will be animated by the prehistoric T-Rex virus that caused all the zombies in the first place.

I remember going to the Drive-In to see DAWN OF THE DEAD for the very first time. Still to this day – I’m just blown away by the Helicopter blade zombie gag. I just can’t imagine… no matter how many times they explained my absolute safety… I just can’t imagine climbing those boxes near active spinning Helicopter blades… Sure, I know about the wire and that the blades are nowhere near taking that guy’s head off… but, Jesus… what if a wind gust came… what if somehow the wire attached to the top of your head got sucked up into the blade and it pulled you up 2 inches into the path of the copter blades. Then… again there’s those kids in that building that get all shot up. I love it. The Mall, the music, Rog trying not to come back. That machete. The wheelbarrow. Ice Rink shooting range. Tennis balls off roofs. Flyboy getting to the roof. Getting away, but where do you go?

Then… then came DAY OF THE DEAD. Here the scientists and military begin to fall apart. Bub learning stuff… the first real zombie actor. Frankenstein teaching the zombies, doing Mengele like experiments on the dead to see how far you could go and see them still alive. Get in that ol whirlybird and finding an island mon. The nightmares, the shots of the city abandoned. I just love this film.

My fave is still NIGHT, followed by DAWN. The reason I most love NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD? It isn’t about the kill gags. It’s about exploring your options when the world goes mad. Stay in the basement, wait for help, make it to one of the safe areas. Rednecks zombie hunting. That last series of shots. No hope, no tomorrow. The end. Your brother breaking through the door wanting to eat the living flesh from your body. “They’re coming to get you Barbara!” And it isn’t about beautiful zombie makeup and the fetishry of death. It’s about the struggle to live being so desperate and uncertain and futile. I love the film. I love them all.

I love the commentary that we’ve all read into the stories. The conversations the movies spur in friends and in my case, my family.

I never intended to show my little nephew Zombie movies. That was my sister’s doing. His first Zombie movie was VERSUS. Since then, he’s seen nearly all of them. When SHAUN OF THE DEAD had it’s Austin Premiere, my nephew got made up as a zombie. Last week he shot his first film role… as a Zombie in Emily Hagin’s zombie movie, PATHOGEN, she’s shooting here in Austin. She’s 12 years old, it’s a feature film that she wrote herself. She first saw a Zombie movie at BUTT-NUMB-A-THON 5, it was UNDEAD – coming this summer. She’s since watched them all, digested them… and wrote a script at age 11 that was at least better than HOUSE OF THE DEAD and RESIDENT EVIL.

As you can see… I fucking love zombies. On average I get 3 zombie movies a month sent to me. Folks all over the world making low budget Zombie movies. Recently in theaters we’ve had a flood of them. Personally, I enjoyed the DAWN OF THE DEAD remake, main faults for me was a lack of atmosphere and dread. SHAUN OF THE DEAD… so much fucking fun it hurts. Right now above my bed is the British Quad signed by Nick, Edgar and Simon. I love it.

Now – I know… I’ve written nearly a 1000 words and I haven’t gotten to talking about LAND OF THE DEAD. I’m digesting the film right before your eyes… going over my thoughts on the film, the genre and my own particular love for the genre.

I’ve been following the 4th Romero Zombie film since the creation of this site and before. Last year, thanks to the Alamo Drafthouse, I finally got to meet George Romero. It was a quasi religious experience. But I was terrified. He seemed so together, so kind, so loving of his fans. Genuine affection. He was a few weeks from starting production on LAND OF THE DEAD.

As much as I’ve been dying to see this film, I’ve been terrified of it. The meanest thing I’ve ever written on this site. The most angry, pissed off, near kamikaze mission taking fervor that I’ve ever been was when that rat bastard fucked up 30th Anniversary NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD on DVD and shat it out onto stands everywhere. (Click Here To ReLive That Furor!). Romero can make a really bad movie. I’ve seen a couple of them. I just… I really didn’t want to see Romero fail.

I’ve been a fan of his longer than I’ve been a fan of any other filmmaker. To see him make a half-assed Zombie film… I knew he had been given a fraction of the budgets that others were making their Zombie films for. He put together a very weird cast… one that piqued my curiosity, but they were all actors with the capacity for massive suckage, as well as coolness. The one rock-solid aspect that I had complete faith in was Greg Nicotero and the folks at KNB. And… then there was this hope. This hope that Romero was going to take this opportunity and show the modern horror filmmakers that they were children playing in their sandbox… and nobody makes sand castles like he could. I’m friends with most of the modern age horror filmmaking lot and the level of respect and admiration they have for the godfathers of horror, you can’t begin to imagine it. Filmmakers like Wes Craven, John Landis, Tobe Hooper, Dario Argento, Joe Dante, John Carpenter and George Romero. They were the guys we grew up with. The entire modern generation of Horror filmmakers were taught the language of Horror film from these guys. The grand action filmmakers also heavily influenced the new group of horror filmmakers – and unfortunately MTV too.

Watching LAND OF THE DEAD… you’re watching a Master revisiting his most successful subject matter. Zombies, Horror. Before the film, I asked my nephew which zombie he’d rather have to fight, walking or running zombies. He wisely answered, “walking!” Then, knowing a bit about this movie I asked him… Ok which would you rather fight – Running Zombies – or Zombies that could learn and use weapons? His eyes grew big. “Zombies can use weapons?” I told him, not as well as he could, but they’d learn. He said, “I’d fight running zombies!”

This film is in the continuity of the original trilogy. It seems that some time in the 1970’s Zombies happened. This film takes place now. Mankind has adjusted. Just as Carpenter’s future world walled up Manhattan and made it a prison. Here – they’ve done the opposite. The city has social stratus. There’s regular scavenging groups that secure food, medicine and what not from the surrounding areas. They’ve got an incredible vehicle called “The Dead Reckoning” It distracts and eliminates Zombies while being a completely safe all-terrain military Mutherfucker of a vehicle. It reminds me of the Damnation Alley vehicle. But ya know what. I think it’d stomp a mud hole in the new Batmobile…. If it could catch it. Heh. Wonder if Lucius had a part in designing it.

The film focuses on the working class warriors that go out into the dangerous world to bring back supplies for the fat cats to live their spoilt lifestyles.

Then there’s the other lead characters. The zombies. With DAY OF THE DEAD – Romero showed a predilection to explore the curiosities of the dead, their learning capacity.

In this month’s DVD column, I recommend a French Zombie film called THEY CAME BACK. In it, the “reanimated” dead… they’re back, they want their jobs, their lives, their loves, their pensions. They want it all back. They’ve got something sneaky they’re up to, but it isn’t really malicious.

In LAND OF THE DEAD, the zombies seem to be tired of the plundering of their homes and lives. After the initial feasting on the living, the zombies have settled into a form of normalcy of their own. The opening scenes of the film show this. It’s with these scenes that Romero instantly and clearly pulls down his pants and moons the rest of the would be Zombie filmmakers. The imagery is utterly magnificent. It’s Romero as Posada, Zombies instead of Skeletons. It’s peaceful… almost like George Pal’s TULIPS SHALL GROW, before the arrival of the Screwballs – making noise, disturbing even the tranquility of the sky. The urbanites come into the Zombies’ rural lives with violence, destruction and mayhem. They put bullets in the heads of their neighbor zombies. These pests are not just food, but annoying food, annoying food that just won’t leave them be. Big Daddy does his impression of Howard Beale and strikes out in the general direction of the hive of scum and villainy. That decadent brightly lit tower in the distance. It bothers him.

Now here’s the thing. These zombies. Seems these zombies have been zombies for a while. A long time. If the zombies in DAWN were already flocking to the mall, just a day or two after the initial incident. What would they do after they found nothing at the mall? They’d go home. They’re not smart, they’re just deceptive. Their intelligence is built on Cause & Effect. Like the hammer to the knee. They don’t kick like they’re used to, but they’ll get to it.

Romero has never made a Zombie film with this sort of scope or furor. What George did… oh god, how do I say this? He fucking did it! Ol Romero made me go nutz in love with a new zombie film. This wasn’t a regurgitation of either of the 3 previous films. He didn’t copy any of the derivatives. He made a starkly imaginative, thrillingly exhilarating and entertaining and fucking SCARY film that made me giddy as hell. I just.. I can’t express how utterly happy I am with this movie. To see one of my childhood heroes fucking nail it, when we all hoped he would. My nephew began clapping as the end credits ran, and just kept clapping till they ended. Then he said, “Let’s watch it again!” with this beady look in his eyes. Afterwards we talked about zombies, and how they’re getting smarter, but he insists he’s smarter than they are.

I can not wait to see this again. I’m so pleased. The gore had me flinching. The scares had me leaping And some of the imagery even made feel for the zombies, the people and the whole world we were looking at. After all, they’re all looking for a place to live, and they have it… in a horror fans dreams and nightmares.

Bravo to all involved. Starting with Romero and KNB and Nicotero – to the man-god Bernie Wrightson! Just wonderful George. Now, let’s see ROAD OF THE DEAD! Sorry if this sounds more like a jubilant meandering bit of celebration... In coming days - I'll have give the film more thought, but for now, I'm just awash with happiness. Romero did it! He really really did it! God Bless Him!

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  • June 22, 2005, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Romero rules.

    by Gilkuliehe

    Always have. Bye.

  • June 22, 2005, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Can't Wait For This Muthaphucka!!!

    by ZombieSolutions

    a few more days... just... a... few... more... days... !!!

  • June 22, 2005, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Here's a warning: The "review" is entirely contained within

    by HypeEndsHere

    Those paragraphs should be BOLD. so you can avoid pointless nostalgia.

  • June 22, 2005, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Gore

    by CellarDoor

    That's what I want. No recent horror film has delivered the skanky, visceral nastiness that I demand from a real zombie flick. Love it though I do, Shaun of the dead just didn't go far enough. I'm hoping this new Romero piece will turn my stumach and tickle my brain. Or at least satiate my need to see people being eaten alive until the un-cut dvd.

  • June 22, 2005, 8:34 a.m. CST

    "I

    by Dolph

    Now there's an image.

  • June 22, 2005, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Speaking of DR STRANGE, now THAT would be a kick ass Marvel cine

    by Spacesheik

    A trippy, scary, mystical journey via DR STRANGE. Im surprised thats a property that hasnt been picked up yet.

  • June 22, 2005, 8:50 a.m. CST

    The Star Wars Saga of Horror Movies....

    by oh_riginal

    Glad to hear nothing but postitive things about this movie so far. I just hope theres a midnight showing at my local theater!

  • June 22, 2005, 8:51 a.m. CST

    I Heard The Movie's Too Short....

    by Karl Childers

    Damn.

  • June 22, 2005, 8:51 a.m. CST

    All Hyperbole Aside...

    by atrocitiescinema

    While Harry tends to lean towards bombastic, self-centered hyperbole in damn-near every review he writes, I'll say that it seems that Romero has hit the ball out of the park with this one. BTW, Harold...do you think we really care about your personal life? I mean, seriously. Just review the goddamned movie, and if you want to tell us how it changed your life, do so, but don't inject every single friggin review with 90% "background". If you have to justify every single moviegoing experience you have, you're subconsciously saying that your enjoyment (or otherwise) of that film NEEDS justification, and that in turn instills a certain undercurrent of negativity into every review. We know you love movies, but please...for the love of that is (un)holy...just write a straightforward review from time to time. Sheesh. By the way, here's to hoping that Romero is truly back in the game, as it were.

  • June 22, 2005, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Good review but

    by Dick Fitzwell

    way to waste your own bandwidth on utter fluff.

  • June 22, 2005, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Your nephew didn't write a better script than Resident Evil.

    by zerogundamx

    The games anyway, read the novels by S.D. Perry which are accurately based on the games. Would have made fantastic movies.

  • showing zombie movies to kids, whether they understand the FX work, is about as irresponsible as you've been with your health.

  • June 22, 2005, 9:07 a.m. CST

    George Romero wasn't responsible for the 30th Ann NOTLD

    by zerogundamx

    That was Russo wasn't it? Either way, he had nothing to do with that piece of shit.

  • June 22, 2005, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Ahh, that explains it...

    by redtom

    "I apparently saw Romero

  • June 22, 2005, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Real Fans

    by MachinaMan

    Cool. You can always tell the real fanboys. You can't fake this kind of enthusiasm.

  • June 22, 2005, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Spacesheik

    by MachinaMan

    Last I heard, Dr. Strange has been in development hell for years.

  • June 22, 2005, 9:12 a.m. CST

    I'm not a fan of censorship, but...

    by Brock Samson

    You just shouldn't show 5 year olds Zombie movies. No wonder Harry is so fucked up. That he clapped when the little girl zombie stabbed her mother when he was like 4 years old is fucked up. Thank God Harry's too fat to go on a killing spree...

  • June 22, 2005, 9:14 a.m. CST

    I saw Dawn when I was only 6 years old

    by zerogundamx

    My favorite movie of all time now. Can't wait until Land comes out!

  • June 22, 2005, 9:15 a.m. CST

    I aint being like that but.....

    by Jussa Rascal

    genro you got the nail on the head there, NOTLD 60 times before you were 5? That's how serial killers are made for fuccs sake. somebody call Social services....or (welfare in USA?), i don't know...

  • June 22, 2005, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Good review when you finally get to it.

    by Mr. Profit

  • June 22, 2005, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Jussa Rascal

    by Mr. Profit

    It used to be BCW (Bureau of Child Welfare) Now I believe it's CPS for Child Protective Services. And yes thats how killers are made.

  • June 22, 2005, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Road of the Dead

    by John-Locke

    I've just tried to find the quote from Romero but it was something like "Yeah the Studio are all set to move on a sequel, If they give me the word then it'll happen before Masters of horror. As long as America doesn't get nuked before It goes into production" Something like that anyway. Doe's he know something we don't? or is he expecting an uprising following the release of this Movie? Nice Review Harry, I'm with ya on setting up all your history with these films and the genre, but I did prefer Verns Review more. Funny and to the point.

  • self indulgent tubby fuck

  • June 22, 2005, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Never heard of that...

    by Jussa Rascal

    Nice one Mr Profit, you're a gent.

  • June 22, 2005, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Hey, Brock

    by squidman

    How do you think Harry got that heavy? People are heavy, and eating a couple here and there cant' be good for you. Thank God for Harry. I love this site, but sometimes he makes me feel so much better about myself. Social mad-scientists indeed.

  • June 22, 2005, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Pathogen

    by reni

    Wicked man. Reminds me of my first student film "Night of the Pervert." We didn't have any money for Special FX, but we did have boobs... Fingers crossed Land opens at No1 this weekend.

  • June 22, 2005, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Watch out! It's a lawyer zombie! Duh!

    by frankenchr1st

    Do the zombies watch zombie-TV? DO they wash their cars? The DO have cars right? Aww, come on!

  • June 22, 2005, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Your prehistoric virus idea was what 'Reign of Fire' nee

    by zinc_chameleon

    ...to explain how so many people died so quickly. Great stuff, Harry. Definitely develop this into a screen play. ZOMBIES CAUSED BY T-REX VIRUS! works for me...

  • June 22, 2005, 9:43 a.m. CST

    My Review of Land of the Dead in the style of Harry

    by Samson_K

    The details of my life are quite inconsequential... very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical. Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds- pretty standard really. At the age of twelve I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum... it's breathtaking- I highly suggest you try it. Anyway - it has Zombies in it and I liked it!

  • June 22, 2005, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Is Harry actually a "zombie"?

    by Jussa Rascal

    I usually dig Harry's reviews though most of the time i could be spared the various details about monsters in his wardrobe etc, but does he feel an uncontrolable zombie-like urge to inflict death and guts all over any young impressionable he can get his hands on? Every member of the young Knowles clan are subjected to, lets face it, blatent abuse of their innocence, if you know what i mean. That shit's for grown folks who can choose or have chosen, not kids who don't have a clue...blah blah blah. Nuff bashin i supose, flick sounds good though.

  • June 22, 2005, 9:45 a.m. CST

    And -

    by Samson_K

    No offence big guy but I can't imagine you climbing up boxes either - helicopter or not!

  • June 22, 2005, 10 a.m. CST

    I'm rooting for this one

    by Film Whisperer

    But I don't know. 90 minutes? A director past his prime? Has he actually made a good movie since DAY OF THE DEAD, itself marred by some atrocious acting? This looks like a studio cash in. But the idea of mercenaries doing the dirty work to feed the rich just fills my liberal sensibilites with utter glee. And maybe Asia will get nekkid. I'm there.

  • June 22, 2005, 10:01 a.m. CST

    I was half expecting....

    by The Pusher

    ...To see a picture of Harry all decked out in zombie makeup. But a review works too. Can't wait for this one.

  • June 22, 2005, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Yeah... Zoroastrian chicks...

    by Kid Z

    ... (heh)!

  • June 22, 2005, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Dont forget fanboys, the original X MEN was 90 minutes too

    by Spacesheik

  • June 22, 2005, 10:16 a.m. CST

    grammar, harry

    by whatyoufear

    it's PERCEPTIVE, not DECEPTIVE.

  • June 22, 2005, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Samson K

    by Laserbrain

    Hilarious. And Harry, I reckon those kids would get a real kick out of "I Spit On Your Grave". It's fun for the whole (Manson) family too. A must see.

  • June 22, 2005, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Holy Crap

    by Aves

    Wow, Harry fantasized about being a zombie child and eating his parents? This explains so much. I knew Harry was one sick S.O.B. but this really takes it. Harry it's called therapy, you need it, look into it.

  • June 22, 2005, 10:31 a.m. CST

    My life and yours Harry - maybe not the same but similar!

    by Samson_K

    Sure - our lives haven't been the same - mine has involved a few million less pies! But apparently - and I barely remember this but by the time I was five nine of my adoptive families had been gutted and slaughtered by a giant crow! I'd move from house to house but the giant crow - I called him Mr. Thompson - would track me down and murder everyone in the house and then set fire to their underwear as I was forced to watch from a nest constructed entirely from Gorilla fur. There's a cute Halloween picture of me dressed as an egg and I can only imagine where that came from. So, after a few years in a special institution Mr Thompson T.G.C didn't come visiting anymore and my latest adoptive family were safe as long as they didn't play any songs by Harry Belafonte - apparently Mr Thompson was attracted specifically to Island in the Sun. And to this day do you know what my favourite film is? That's right 'Leonard Part Six'!

  • June 22, 2005, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Saw it last night...

    by TPOTA

    T'was enjoyable, good ol fashioned horror. Probably will get lost in the shuffle once WOTW comes out. www.passionoftheatheist.com

  • June 22, 2005, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Um, the helicopter blades were animated in AFTERWARD Harry

    by superhero

    There was no risk at all to the "Square-Headed" zombie actor whose head gets clipped off by the helicopter blades because the blades weren't actually there! They were put in later. Figured you would've known that...

  • June 22, 2005, 11:05 a.m. CST

    I guess this explains why Harry likes to run cartoons of his fac

    by cookylamoo

    Damn those hippie parents. At least they didn't cook Harry in the oven and Diaper the Turkey.

  • June 22, 2005, 11:05 a.m. CST

    I wish you had a picture of you as Dr. Strange with your parents

    by The Heathen

    Holy shit Harry, that would be the best thing ever. I laughed for a good while until I realized like many others here how

  • June 22, 2005, 11:34 a.m. CST

    "Now

    by fiester

    Please see my comment in regard to Vern's LoTD review. It goes double here. Perhaps you need to seperate posts into reviews and essays instead of this unholy creation that showcases each form's limitations while possessing none of their virtues. Just. Please. Stop.

  • June 22, 2005, 11:43 a.m. CST

    The gore shots say it all

    by SuperCoolAwesome

    even if the acting sux, the gore shots hint that there are scenes which are to be legendary

  • June 22, 2005, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Been coming to AICN for over 7 years and this guy still can'

    by chickychow

    When this 12 year old's movie comes out, he'll write a 1000 words on how influenced he has been by her movies... "I've been an Emily Hagin fan for years... Me and my dad used to drink beer and eat Doritos for hours just geeking out on Emily Hagin flicks. They're up there with fuckin Robin Hood and King fuckin Kong. And now comes her masterpiece Pathogen. I can't begin to describe how many loads I blew watching this fuckin movie. I'd suck Michael Bay's cock just to watch 5 seconds of it again..." etc. You get it...

  • June 22, 2005, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Wow... just wow...

    by Fearsme

    Honestly guys, if you KNOW that every Harry review contains no less thatn 75% of corny nostalgia, then why even bother reading it. Most of you talkbackers are like the religious conservatives who listen to Howard Stern just so they can bitch about what he's broadcasting. Yes, the reviews are a little wordy, but you opt to click on the review and read it, knowing that what you'll read will probably annoy you. How sad is that? I'll tell ya: Extremely sad.

  • June 22, 2005, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Good review Harry-

    by bluebottle

    I know what you were going for, and i can dig it... But i'm starting to get why you're so large... It doesn't sound like you had a very "active" childhood... I see your dilemma. Stop watching movies, go outside, lose weight... Stay inside, watch movies, keep up the site, stay obese... me, i'd say split the difference.

  • June 22, 2005, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Can you stop talking about what your fucking nephew thought of e

    by Flaparoo

  • June 22, 2005, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Is it any wonder that Harry turned out like he did...

    by PurityOfEssence

  • June 22, 2005, 12:30 p.m. CST

    oops

    by PurityOfEssence

    Forgot to finish. I mean Harry realy had little choice in becoming a film geek.

  • June 22, 2005, 12:36 p.m. CST

    You bunch of stunned fuckers

    by Captainvideo

    You know, if you don't like the way the man reviews movies, find another site. I don't mind the rambling at all, actually, I kind of like it. THe rest of you idiots who profess to dispise the way the man writes his reviews..I have a question-are you actually stupid enough to put your tongues on frozen metal objects after the first time you did it? If it happens to be so painful for you, fuck off. I'll say it again-even though you quite obviously are so intellectually challenged that you happen to be immune to the tutilary effects of adverse stimuli-if you don't like it-fuck off. Please. Please Fuck off. Please? Because the only thing more lame that your inability to learn is your annoying propensity to carp off about the review. Let me keep reinforcing the lessoon. Shut up. Fuck off. Shut up. Fuck off. repeat until it sinks into your stupid sorry thick craniums.

  • June 22, 2005, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Christ, Knowles, get to the fucking point

    by TV CASUALTY

    I'm usually quite forgiving of your preambles, and think them somewhat entertaining. But it took about 20 fucking paragraphs for you to even START to review the movie. I mean shit, most of us have been reading the site for a while, we KNOW you love zombies. Hell, we ALL FUCKING LOVE THEM. But 5 pages of introduction is beyond human interest and right into completely self-indulgent. That said, I'm defintely seeing this. Definitely.

  • June 22, 2005, 12:45 p.m. CST

    If Romero's zombie "trilogy" were truly like Star Wars

    by Moonrocks

    As some suggested, LOTD would be, what, Phantom Menace? If that were the case, it would be full of inconsequential characters, stilted comic dialogue, a plot that would insult a toddler, and really cool f/x. The sequels would be slightly better but yet a betrayal to the original three. On a serious note, I am a fan of fast zombie movies. Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later is worth owning on DVD.

  • June 22, 2005, 12:45 p.m. CST

    captainvideo, fuck off.

    by chickychow

    The same goes for whining about negative talkbackers. (tho 'twas an apt comparison, reading Harry's review and sticking your tongue to a frozen metal object. good one.)

  • June 22, 2005, 12:55 p.m. CST

    I don't think that's how serial killers are actually mad

    by FluffyUnbound

    Produce a serial killer who saw Night of the Living Dead 60 times before age 5 and I will believe you. I think it's more likely that the kid who was molested by his uncle 60 times before age 5 is the one who becomes a serial killer.

  • June 22, 2005, 12:59 p.m. CST

    The Exorcist was the first movie I ever went to see.

    by Devil'sOwn

    My mom snuck me in when I was 5. And while I thought it was an insightful documentary, I don't recommend films with STRONG LANGUAGE AND DISTUBING IMAGES for all children.

  • June 22, 2005, 1:02 p.m. CST

    "DISTURBING"

    by Devil'sOwn

    Sorry, I was laughing too hard...

  • June 22, 2005, 1:07 p.m. CST

    And good point, FluffyUnbound.

    by Devil'sOwn

    Jesus, the people who come to this site have a whacked out sense of trauma. Then again, what do you expect from folks who say GEORGE LUCAS RAPED THEIR CHILDHOOD!!

  • June 22, 2005, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Harry-bashing

    by Moonrocks

    I love it when people bash Harry. Things like he's a "fat fuck", or "never gets laid", or "self indulgent tubby fuck" (now that one is as funny as when Brian Michael Bendis called him a "fat red-headed troll". What really funny to me is that for all of us who resent the hell out of Harry and his "self-indulgent" reviews and "lame" DVD picks, we all still seem to log on this site and read them. Is it a disfunctional love/hate thing? Jealousy? The equivolent of watching a horrible car wreck? In the end, I think, we are all at least part-geeks who see ourselves as alot cooler than Harry. He's like that under-developed bottom dweller who hangs out in comic book stores with his too-tight anime t-shirt with the grease stains. And he's a red-freckle head which for some reason makes us all hate him more. And, for the life of us, we just can't figure out how the fuck he has the access he does to people, movie sets, and free shit. With all that, it's no wonder we love to hate him so much and can't get enough of him. I'm feeling better about myself just writing this....

  • June 22, 2005, 1:15 p.m. CST

    That's Captainvideo with a capital "C" bitch.

    by Captainvideo

    And think of it not as whining, but helpful instructions on how to make my life better. Shut up. Fuck off. Try it. I might like it.

  • June 22, 2005, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Your nephew allusions are annfuckinnowing but the review itself

    by ms universe

    nuff said

  • June 22, 2005, 1:36 p.m. CST

    I'm with FluffyUnbound on this one.

    by Neosamurai85

    I don't think showing kids that young horror movies is the best of ideas... Heck, I think it's a really dumb thing to do. That said, as a kid I loved Freddy and Jason. I considered Friday the 13th a holiday because I knew USA or some station would have horror movies on into the wee hours of the day. I loved sneaking downstairs and watching them when my parents were asleep. Loved it! In highschool I was one of the few people who didn't do any drugs (and smoking and drinking count as drugs folks) or really get into any fights. No Criminal rechord whatsoever. I got along with just about everyone. Also, though we could say alot of things about Harry. I've yet to hear of him being arrested for murder. Night of the Living Dead is a great film, but pretty tame next to some of the things I saw around that age. Oh and the movie that gave me more nightmares than any other... E.T. Peace.

  • June 22, 2005, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Well once again I had to skip Harry's review

    by Thirteen 13

    I usually try but by the end of the first paragraph I see where its going and scroll down to the talkbacks. From reading the talkbacks I can tell scrolling down once again was a good idea, and that Harry may have liked it. I am excited for this movie. I can't believe it actually got made. Gonna see it tomorrow night at midnight.

  • June 22, 2005, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Cognitive dissonance?

    by Devil'sOwn

    People, chill. Pretty please. The good Captain is right. If you've been to this enough times, ya pretty much know what to expect. Harry is Harry. Mostly,I appreciate what he does. People keep bitching about him and his reviews. And guess what? Ain't a Damn Thing Changed! So what's the point? I guess some folks gotta have their moment. Either that, or it's like smoking, Japanese monster movies, and White Castle burgers. I know they're bad for me, but I just can't get enough of 'em. And I didn't mean to discount anyone's civic concern earlier. It's just that I've read comic books, listened to heavy metal, and watched horror movies most of my life, and I havent't become a mass-murderer yet. Remember kids, it's not movies that kill people. It's people who kill people. Seriously fucked-up, sick, disturbed people...

  • June 22, 2005, 1:57 p.m. CST

    age ain't nothing but a number

    by Bouncy X

    there's no right or wrong age to watch any type of movie. some kids can handle and love that kinda stuff when really young and others dont, it's that simple. i know just as many people who like me watched all that gore and nudity and violence since we're 5 or younger as i do those who didn't see anything til they were at least 12 or older. and guess what, neither group is out there wanting to murder, imagine that. i can't speak for america since i dont live there but here in canada, we know the difference between a movie and real life, even at 5. anyway i'm gonna be bandwagon boy and say that these "reviews" should actually review a movie sometime, that would be nice. if harry or whoever loves the movie and wants to say so that's fine, but at least review it as well.

  • June 22, 2005, 2:18 p.m. CST

    For those of you bitching about those bitching about Harry's

    by Thirteen 13

    Look. A lot of us know that there is a review somewhere in his writing. It's hidden in there to be unlocked like some kind of comic book Rosetta Stone. Sometimes he writes a review that is readable and gets to the point and is good. Other times he gives a 20 paragraph preamble before the preamble and then the review may start 10 paragraphs after that. Those are the times when I, and many others, skip down to the talkbacks. Its nothing against Harry (although some of you cynics really seem to have it in for the guy). And no I don't hate him or consider coming to this website as some kind of love/hate psychological thing. I come here for the cool movie news and to particpate in the movie geek fanboy community.

  • June 22, 2005, 2:28 p.m. CST

    It IS likeStar Wars....

    by Dreth

    ...in that even if it's a piece of shit (see: ROTS), the fanboys are able to make it "awesome" through the psychosomatic powers of their minds....Well, at least AICN makes no bones about being an objective review site. Not that their are any review sites or reviewers who are objective. I'll pass on this one. Oh, and there isn't any more subtext in a Romero zombie movie that a Lindsay Lohan one- just so we're clear on it. But, use those mindpowers fanboys,a dn I'm sure you'll find some....

  • June 22, 2005, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Oh come ON!

    by Gilkuliehe

    Not showing kids horror films?! FUCK OFF. Kids are not stupid goddamnit, they do know the difference between reality and fiction, and if you think they don't, well, isn't the right thing to do to EXPLAIN it to them? I don't see the difference between a kid watching STAR WARS and the same kid watching THE EXORCIST. They're both stories that happen outside reality and that will provide them with emotions and pleasure. I'm talking aesthetic pleasure you fucks. Yes, kids experiment that too, and not necessarily through silly cartoons or annoying pieces of shit like CGI Scooby Doo. If the kid digs movies, let him decide and try to provide guidance, if you think guidance is necessary. When I was a kid I watched THE EXORCIST, GREMLINS, STAR WARS, and DAWN OF THE DEAD a hundred fucking times each, and not once I did something wrong. If the kid doesn't like it, then it would be sick, but that's clearly not the point with Harry, his nephew, myself and others, let the fucking kid decide, how can you "geeks" act as if there was something wrong with the enjoyment of cinema?? As if there was something harmful in it? Honestly I expect that kinda crap from anyone, BUT you geeks. I'll let my son watch anything he wants, but I admit it will be AWFUL if he choses annoying CGI Scooby instead of the things I like...

  • June 22, 2005, 2:36 p.m. CST

    who else has had enough of "of the" movie titles

    by blackstormy

    AotC, RotS, WotW, FotR, RotK, NotLD, DotD...etc etc, and now there's Land of the Dead. It really pisses me off.

  • June 22, 2005, 2:36 p.m. CST

    I just went back and read every Harry review ever, and by my cou

    by so sorry

    which comes out to approximately 17 movies a day since birth. We're all proud of you, big guy!

  • June 22, 2005, 2:42 p.m. CST

    the helicopter blade

    by Vern

    On one of the Dawn of the Dead commentaries they explain how that was done, and there was no helicopter blade, it was an animation composited into the scene. But please nobody tell Harry that because I don't want to ruin the awe and mystery.

  • June 22, 2005, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Kids and horror...

    by Neosamurai85

    It has got to be a case by case thing. And yes you should damn well explain to kids. When I say it's a dumb idea, I mean as a general rule. Kids are damn smart... but some of them are also dumb as dirt in a hole. Some kids arn't cut out for horror, like some adults I might add. If it's the kids thing and it's clearly not an unhealthy situation... rock on! Horror was made for kids. It is them that have the magic to really watch a horror movie, not some 18-25 year old bitching about how tame The Ring was. Peace.

  • June 22, 2005, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Don't forget...

    by LandoSauce

    Sisterhood OF THE Traveling Pants. Seriously though, does anyone else notice yet ANOTHER classic movie that shaped and molded the very basic core of Harry's love for movies. It seems like every single review he writes, he babbles on and on about some old obscure piece of shit. Then he throws out some names of obscure piece of shit directors. Then compares these to modern movies and directors. Yawn.

  • June 22, 2005, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Ah... Drith...

    by Neosamurai85

    Still sturring up the same old shit I see. You little fire starter you. Peace.

  • June 22, 2005, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Crotchrocketfire, your obsession with Box Office is fuckin stupi

    by chickychow

    ROTS is great because of how much money its made? Are you fucking kidding me? ID4 made, what, about 350 mil domestic, what does that prove?? Either you're joking, which is just a waste of time, or you're serious, which everyone on this board should find disgusting (I guess you'd make a great studio suit tho, if money is the bottom line. no wonder xXx2 exists) You're an infant, take a fuckin walk.

  • June 22, 2005, 3:20 p.m. CST

    So everyone who is pro "5 year olds watching R Rated Horror", wh

    by Mr. Profit

    I bet you don't sit near them.... I sure as hell don't. I am not a fan of crying and talking when I pay 10.50 to see a movie. Small children should not be exposed to R Rated violence. It's just bad parenting. And no I am not some wacko conservative trying to censor everything. I am just an adult that is sick and tired of idiot kids who fuck it up for us adults who watch and enjoy R Rated movies. They go out and and kill someone and blame the movies or videogames and then we are treated to bullshit like Boogeymen and Mario Party 27. Sure some kids are smart and extremely marute. But at 5, if you want your kid to have taste and enjoy classic. Show them forgotten kid films like The Dark Crystal, Willy Wonka, Labyrinth, and Peanuts. I feel that at 5 you are just starting to be able to get your thoughts and feelings across in complete sentences. You don't need to see Zombie's feasting on little kids. And with regards to Box Office gross. Just because something makes money, doesn't make it good. Hammer and Vanilla Ice sold millions. It doesn't mean they'll be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

  • June 22, 2005, 3:21 p.m. CST

    I saw a zombie listening to Toby Keith.

    by stlfilmwire

    He was sitting in a chair just off Highway 270 in St. Louis. He had a boom box next to him and he was listening while tapping his foot. Then he ate a live rat terrier. Did anyone else see this zombie? He was there around 3am this morning. Channel 5 news says he was spotted near Highway 40 walking up a hill. They found tracks of blood, but no zombie.

  • June 22, 2005, 3:22 p.m. CST

    *Mature.... I hate typing fast.

    by Mr. Profit

  • June 22, 2005, 3:23 p.m. CST

    *Classic / *Feasting on people.... Man my keyboard is not on my

    by Mr. Profit

  • June 22, 2005, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Ya know...

    by TheDrunkenJedi

    Stories from Harry's childhood have scared me more than anything i've ever seen in the cinema...

  • June 22, 2005, 3:32 p.m. CST

    It happens to us all Proft...

    by Neosamurai85

    Good point on the thater thing. I was thinking of at home for the most part. Don't bring kids to horror movies in the thater... unless they are classics like universal 1930/40s stuff... I envy any kid who get's to see Dracula on the big screen with the imagination to really dig it. Exactly what movies they are seeing is another factor as far as I'm concerned... Don't take your kid to see Saw at 5... THAT would be messed up anyway you slice it. Peace.

  • June 22, 2005, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Sniper CA

    by Captainvideo

  • Wow. I don't even know how to respond to that. Seriously.

  • June 22, 2005, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Sniper CA

    by Captainvideo

    Oh you sweaty man kitten you, thank you for your favourable review of my oral skills. Coming from someone with as much experience as you obviously have in scat and pee play I feel strangely honoured. But no, no as much as I can feel you desire for me seething through the electrons, I have to demure. I'm engaged and can't in all good conscience indulge your steamier fantasies. As for Harry's cock, I haven't played hide and seek for years. Once again we go back to the mantra. Shut up. MMMMMM. Fuck off....mmmm. Hey I'm dealing with it. I'm really dealing with it.

  • June 22, 2005, 3:59 p.m. CST

    i'm no math expert but...

    by Bouncy X

    batman made 71 million as of monday, everywhere i read says it cost around 150, now call me nuts but that's almost half right there and of course its wednesday now so i'm pretty sure its hit half by now. but anyway i can't believe people still use box office as whether or not a movie is good. if you thought Sith was good then yay for you, but dont say "its good because it made x amount of money". many terrible movies make piles of money and many great movies dont. and in the case of a star wars movie, if the "geeks" didnt go see it 20 times then they'd probably just make the same as your average "blockbuster". also, comparing any movie's monetary success to star wars isn't really fair because other movies dont have those fanboys who watched a million times even if they hated it. of course i'm not crazy so 70 million on opening weekend is far from a failure but of course i'm not a fanboy so i can see the difference.

  • June 22, 2005, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Normally I don't have a problem...

    by PolyesterRage

    with Harry's reviews, but this one is just ridiculous! You know, I can stand a little notsalgia if there's a comprehensive review following it, but this one is basically just gibberish. All I learned about the movie was that apparently, Harry liked it. Don't know why, don't know if I would like it or not, because he didn't actually cover anything about the movie!

  • June 22, 2005, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Profit

    by FluffyUnbound

    First of all, I don't want to sit near kids if I'm seeing fucking Shrek or fucking Spy Kids. My opposition to children in movie theatres transcends the rating system. But if I'm not there to be subjected to their presence, I don't care if the little fuckers go see hard-core porn. So you can't use the fact that someone doesn't like to sit near a child in a movie theatre as evidence that children shouldn't see movies - if you use that as the standard, children should see no movies at all. Your OTHER bad argument is that you want kids kept out of movies, because if they aren't kept out, it might lead to censorship. Ummmm...how about just simplifying matters and opposing censorship directly? Keeping kids out of movies to fight censorship seems like a bit too oblique an approach.

  • June 22, 2005, 4:13 p.m. CST

    GoatZinger, Peter Jackson has famously made a zombie movie alrea

    by chickychow

    And if you think one is just like the other, maybe you should watch Dead Alive, Dawn of the Dead, and Return of the Living Dead back to back to back.

  • June 22, 2005, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Fluffy. I think I explained myself well. I said why I think kids

    by Mr. Profit

    What I wrote.... "Small children should not be exposed to R Rated violence. It's just bad parenting. And no I am not some wacko conservative trying to censor everything. I am just an adult that is sick and tired of idiot kids who fuck it up for us adults who watch and enjoy R Rated movies. They go out and and kill someone and blame the movies or videogames and then we are treated to bullshit like Boogeymen and Mario Party 27. Sure some kids are smart and extremely marute. But at 5, if you want your kid to have taste and enjoy classic. Show them forgotten kid films like The Dark Crystal, Willy Wonka, Labyrinth, and Peanuts. I feel that at 5 you are just starting to be able to get your thoughts and feelings across in complete sentences. You don't need to see Zombie's feasting on people." There was my reasoning.

  • June 22, 2005, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Damn.

    by Devil'sOwn

    Didn't see things going off in this tangent. I already know more about Harry's life than I cared to.

  • June 22, 2005, 4:25 p.m. CST

    did it again....

    by Mr. Profit

    *mature..... *classics..... God is it 5 already?

  • June 22, 2005, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Chickychow, don't stop there...

    by Neosamurai85

    They Came Back (sounds like a nice new one at least), Serpent in the Rainbow, go old school and hit up the White Zombie. Though some might argue that they were not real Zombies, I think Terror Creatures from the grave makes an excilent edition as well. The genre has its weak imitators, but there are plenty of differnt things out there as well.

  • June 22, 2005, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Oh, and...

    by Neosamurai85

    I wasn

  • June 22, 2005, 4:45 p.m. CST

    They Came Back does sound pretty cool

    by chickychow

    I like the idea of a zombie movie not necessarily involving the eating of brains.. Then we have Undead in July...Then Tobe Hooper's Zombie movie... Then, apparently, A Day of the Dead remake... Sigh, I think we gotta call it quits for a while folks, lets put this genre on hiatus for about a decade, whattaya say? (of course, I wont argue with World of the Dead, if the urge hits ol George)

  • June 22, 2005, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Leave the kiddies at home

    by liljuniorbrown

    I'm only 25 years old and i've been all around the world,served in the millitary in a situation nobody wants to be in and seen some fucked up shit,and zombie movies still kind of fuck with my head.They spook me i can't help it.If you want your kid to watch them at home,hey thats between you and the almighty,but don't bring hem to the theater to see anything rated R unless they're old enough to sit there and be still and quite.Hell don't bring anybody to a theater even yourself if you cannot act like a fucking adult,meaning when the previews start,get off the cell phone,quit talking to your buddys,if you want to screw your girl go to the parking lot,and above all do not talk loudly during the movie.I've been arressted twice in 25 years,one of those times was during Spiderman for beating the shit of of some guy who wanted to challenge anybody who asked him to be quiet.Three years and almost 1,000 dollars in court fee's later i would gladly do it again to any jackass who would bring his 5 year old to a screening of Land of the dead so he can cry half the time while dad is trying to explain to him"it's not real,just a movie,it's more funny than scary,i got you ice cream" You wanna screw your kids up in the head do it at home please,or atlease when the theater is almost empty on a week day showing.

  • June 22, 2005, 5:02 p.m. CST

    box office and quality

    by Film Whisperer

    Box Office numbers only equate to the quality of the movie depending on your opinon of the movie. If a movie you like does well, then you tout the numbers; if not, then you say the numbers are meaningless. Ultimately, box office only means a movie had an audience (or really good hype to get asses in seats the first weekend) and to some people that's enough to back up their point. Its ludicrous to find REASONS for why a movie is good since the whole thing is subjective anyway.

  • June 22, 2005, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Child Abuse

    by Belvis

    Come on now, I like the site, and sure Harry's reviews are way too long and self-absorbed, but that is just child abuse plain and simple. I myself have a 4 year old son and I know that there is NO WAY that him or any of his 4 year old friends should be subjected to zombie movies. That behavior by Harry's parents is not the act people that deserve to be parents. Maybe Harry turned out OK despite the mental and emotional abuse heaped on him by his parents, but he should seriously look at himself in the mirror and ask whether or not his nephew needs to be subjected to the same kind of abuse. I would guess no. Keep with the Spongebob and Incredibles movies Harry, and stop showing your newphew things that can damage his emotional state for the rest of his life. Seriously.

  • June 22, 2005, 5:09 p.m. CST

    llac5: I hope whatever alternate reality I live in you don't

    by Film Whisperer

    As I haven't seen LAND I can't speak to whether its a good movie or not. I can only suppose that the other zombies movies have been emotionally and socially sophisticated movies, with DAWN being my favorite. The 90 minutes comment only reflects that most movies that are pure entertainment have shorter running times, not that there are no such things as good 90 minute movies. As for the acting comment, there is a wide chasm between atrocious acting and Oscar acting. Nobody in NIGHT or DAWN will ever win an Oscar, but the performances in DAY were especially egregious, probably given that I felt it was also the weakest script of the three films. Capiche?

  • June 22, 2005, 5:10 p.m. CST

    1 hour 32 minutes?????

    by JiggamanSpence

    That's like the fucking first act of Dawn!

  • June 22, 2005, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Some of you...

    by Steve Zodiac

    ...just piss me off. Insulting Harry for talking about his childwood. So what? And last time i checked, it's his fucking site. By now, you must know how Harry writes, that he's redhead, fat, very fat, obese even, but man, he has his style and I salute him for that. I thought his Blade II review was hilarious. So go fuck yourselves and leave the man alone...damn.

  • June 22, 2005, 5:30 p.m. CST

    How many more of these movies are they going to make? 28days, da

    by Orionsangels

    yeah, Hollywood run out of ideas

  • June 22, 2005, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Profit, maybe I was reading more into your post than was actuall

    by FluffyUnbound

    When you say, " am just an adult that is sick and tired of idiot kids who fuck it up for us adults who watch and enjoy R Rated movies. They go out and and kill someone and blame the movies or videogames and then we are treated to bullshit like Boogeymen and Mario Party 27," to me it sounds like you don't want them to see R-rated movies because if they see one and kill someone, people get up in arms about it and demand filmmakers be more "responsible" or face censorship, which leads to filmmakers putting out compromised dreck like "Boogeymen" instead of the type of hard-core R horror you like. And I figured it might make more sense to simply oppose people who would try to censor filmmakers just because some dumbass kid thought he heard a secret message in some movie telling him to kill his worthless self. That seemed like a more direct solution to the problem. If I misunderstood your point, hey, my bad.

  • June 22, 2005, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Harry and making his nephew watch Zombie movies...

    by Neosamurai85

    For the sake of streight facts, I thought I'd point out Harry said it wasn't him that got his nephew into zombie films... should he take him to more since he seems to like them. Eh... couldn't say, I never met the kid. Night of the Living Dead is kind of a boarderline film. It could be too bad for some and not for others. Also, I'll admit after putting some thought into it 5 years is a tad on the rough side. Gasp! A talkbacker admits he might be wrong. I still stand by my case by case opinion, but perhaps you should work up to it with The Wolf Man or something. I agree it would not be a larg per cent of kids at thay age that would be fit for such films. Peace.

  • June 22, 2005, 5:44 p.m. CST

    "I agree it would not be a large percent of kids at that age tha

    by Neosamurai85

    Damn! You rubbing off on me Profit! Peace.

  • June 22, 2005, 5:45 p.m. CST

    um... by that I meant I'm having trouble with my keyboard an

    by Neosamurai85

    Peace.

  • June 22, 2005, 5:49 p.m. CST

    SniperCA, I agree...

    by Neosamurai85

    Call me crazy, but I don't think he'd have to cut any of this though, just slap a big ass review onto it of the film that goes into heavy detail. The kind of review that you read after you've seen the film. Something to really give it the critique it deserved. What...? I like to read! Peace.

  • God, you just yammer on for paragraph after paragraph about your childhood, then give a blurb on your movie. At least this one didn't have references to your bowel movements, mastadonic ass, or furry nipples. And I think Harry is a serial killer, folks. He's just really good at eating the evidence. Maybe if they could dig bone fragments, hair, or teeth out of his shit, they could bring a case against him.

  • June 22, 2005, 6:05 p.m. CST

    This just in: Harry to screen Last House on the Left and Maniac

    by chickychow

    This after a long, detailed monologue on how hard he gets watching those two flicks.

  • June 22, 2005, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Ok, that's just silly.

    by Neosamurai85

    Night of the Dead is debatable. No one here is talking about X-rated grind house crap. Hell, even I'd help (the surprisingly violent for a guy who talks about how films will fuck you up) liljuniorbrown kick someones ass for showing THAT to a five-year-old. Peace.

  • June 22, 2005, 6:43 p.m. CST

    All you guys need to know is...

    by Ribbons

    ...did he like the review? Or didn't he? Figure that out and let Harry use whatever semantics he wants. Zombies indeed.

  • June 22, 2005, 6:59 p.m. CST

    I rarely waste time on the "reviews"

    by fiester

    I usually skip right to the talkback--which is always the most interesting part of AICN. Within the talkback I always find a succinct distillation of whatever rambling excuse for a review Harry or one of his minions as well as all the genuine wit, lash, and snap and not the pathetic overreaching that passes for "patter" in the reviews. So that's why I come here, and I bet a lot of others feel the same way. It's too bad because they have a forum and an opportunity to provide a genuine service for the people who come here and are interested in films and film gossip. If anyone can suggest a better site with a similar bent, a talkback, and a similar audience, please please please post the URL. Thanks.

  • June 22, 2005, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Neosamurai85 I hear ya....

    by Mr. Profit

    Peace out.

  • June 22, 2005, 7:54 p.m. CST

    GoatZinger, somewhere there's a medication bottle with your

    by chickychow

    Find it and swallow the contents before inflicting more baffoonery upon us.

  • June 22, 2005, 8:16 p.m. CST

    chickychow... you can't save 'em all...

    by Neosamurai85

    He don't want to know the glory of KICKING ASS FOR THE LORD! He will simply have to manage... sad though it may be... but life finds a way... I think that way is called Red Bull and a big ass Darwin book burning... but none the less. Peace.

  • June 22, 2005, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Harry's reviews - "first the big bang happened, then the ear

    by Orionsangels

  • June 22, 2005, 8:51 p.m. CST

    hmm..

    by DocMcCoy

    you guys miss the point...maybe you can watch notld before the age of 5...but the applauding at the stab scene...come on.even my very conservative parents made me close my eyes when the guard licks sarah connor's face/t-000 is blown up(why,i dunno)/and the various t-1000 stabbings.but as a result of t2,i am addicted to squib-flicks!

  • June 22, 2005, 8:51 p.m. CST

    this genre is played ya'll

    by Orionsangels

  • June 22, 2005, 8:55 p.m. CST

    SniperCA

    by Ribbons

    "Try to keep up." Wow, I wish I was as cool as you. In the meantime, here's an idea: do you read reviews proper all the way through? If so, what's so insufferable about reading this one? All you need to know is whether or not a reviewer liked or disliked a film yet people have no problem trying to get inside the critic's head in that particular case. And if you DON'T read reviews, but rather look for letters or stars, what's so hard about skimming thru one to get the gist of it? Also, I can understand how Harry's perspective is unique and, perhaps, one you might not even respect. "There were zombies and gore and so it was good." That sort of criticism falls beyond the "altruistic" purposes of trying to make Harry's reviews better for both parties and into a critique of Harry's sensibilities. Guess what? If you don't like the way Harry sees movies, you shouldn't be reading his reviews in the first place. Of course, if you're reading this at all, all you're seeing is "blah blah blah" or "go fuck yourself," since opinions foreign to yours seem to be wrong by default. I just can't see what the benefit is; it reminds me of people with road rage, quite frankly. It certainly doesn't help that half the people who complain about Harry being more autobiographical than professional seem to be afflicted with Tourette's.

  • June 22, 2005, 8:57 p.m. CST

    oh and could somebody link me to the correct,non butchered versi

    by DocMcCoy

    i never got around to getting it and i don't want that 30th anniversary one...oh and is the dawn of the dead box set worth buying?

  • June 22, 2005, 9:19 p.m. CST

    me harry and george

    by shooliganza

    In the fall of 1971 I was a sophomore at Columbia College in NYC. New York at the time was the center of the movie (not film) universe and with the Thalia, the Elgin and the on campus showings I was going to about 5 to 10 movies a week seeing all of Hitchcock (who was still scoffed at), Bergman, Murnau, Lang, Wyler, Renoir, Carne, Truffaut, De Sica, Fellini, Huston (I

  • June 22, 2005, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Harry, love him or hate him...

    by Ribs

    ... as has been mentioned... it's HIS SITE! He runs it, he chooses what goes on it. If it pisses you off or you think it's lame, check out any one of the THOUSANDS of entertainment talkbacks on the net. If you think Harry et al have some kind of agenda... well, damn them to hell, they are the first of their kind. The exit button is one short click away...

  • June 22, 2005, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Oh come on, they're just movies.

    by I Dunno

    I agree that a small child shouldn't be taken to a public theater if you think he's going to make noise but in the privacy of your home, I don't see the big deal. If watchng a movie is going to fuck your kid up, he was fucke dup to begin with. As for whining about Harry's self absorbed reviews, it's his fucking site and apparently all the whiners have read everything he's ever wrtten so it can't be that bad.

  • June 22, 2005, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Nice story shooliganza...

    by Neosamurai85

    If you have not seen it, check out Smoke. The way you write makes me think you might really like it. Peace.

  • June 22, 2005, 11:07 p.m. CST

    pretty lame

    by jassubg

    horror movies in general suck. no thought. no art. just relentless killing- and there are always dups. of these things (i.e. jason series, freddy series, etc.,) and now this Dawn of the dead, or return of the dead, or watch out for the dead! all lame, its rediculous to see how our culture is, how watching someone get torn apart, and another, and another...and we call these grusome things art and works of art? Honestly, this Ramero guy sucks, he should have done somethinge else say...movies with real plots - now thats original!

  • June 22, 2005, 11:14 p.m. CST

    pretty lame

    by jassubg

    so....his "review" on this movie was what exactly? he liked it, and liked the word "fuck", and told us a twist on his childhood (but his story sounds good on here!). And he gets paid to do this shit!!! DAMN! HES GOT IT MADE!!!

  • June 23, 2005, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Harry, go google the ZOMBIE TIMELINE.

    by LordEnigma

    The events in Land take place only a year and half after Night. It seems Koppeman got his plans together quick and in a hurry. If you see Dream of the Dead. Savini points out that Blades has been a zombie for a year since the end of Dawn. Which leads to Day occuring six months after Dawn, and Land occuring 1 year after Lori Alan chills out on an island. This film unlike the other zombie films. Deals with that whole PURPOSE thing Mr. Smith goes on about. The purpose of humanity and the purpose of what used to be humanity. Read ToeTags to explain this further. It might be a long-winded, but Harry at least discusses his life. These stories are always a trip and a half.

  • June 23, 2005, 12:23 a.m. CST

    jassbug, insulting you would be to easy.

    by LordEnigma

    jassbug, comparing Romero to regular horrour proves you either to be a 14 year-old with no sense of cinematic history. Or a totally ignorant person who passes him or herself off as a film lover. Romero makes films that have all sorts of meaning behind him. Night dealt with the racial tensions of the 60s. Dawn with the growing consumerism in our lives. Day with the overproliferation of the military. And Land now deals with what it means to be human in this day and age. When the lead character screams out, "YOU DONT HAVE ANY RIGHT!" You have to see this film is about more than zombies feasting on a lot of punk ass Fiddler Green citizens. If you dont think these four dead films have plots. You are indeed of laser eye surgery. Since you need MYOPIC removed from your eyes. Talk shit about people who deserve it. Not about directors who put more meaning in a few frames, than Clint Eastwood has put in each of his Oscar winning films.

  • June 23, 2005, 12:25 a.m. CST

    to the haters

    by Seelbach

    So Harry sets up his review with background information to illustrate how meaningful the film is to him. That's his style, accept it, or go elsewhere for reviews! Personally, I enjoy his open, conversational writing style, which is why I read his reviews. How can you be so offensive to someone who is so passionate?

  • June 23, 2005, 3:02 a.m. CST

    jassubg sucks...

    by Gluecifer

    end of the story.

  • June 23, 2005, 7:32 a.m. CST

    I wasn't trying to come off as a bad ass

    by liljuniorbrown

    I'm sure i'm not the toughest guy in the world either,but my point Neosamurai,is much like yours and 95% of everybody else posting on this review and that is that kids really shouldn't be watching stuff like Night of the living dead or Dawn of the dead until about 13years old. Horror movies were basicaly banned in my house because my mom was a single parent and very religous.She is one of those people that scare easy and it didn't help things with it being just her and my three brothers around.But like most kids when she went to sleep or went out with friends some weekend nights and let my older brother watch us ,we snuck around and watched some of the scary movies that were coming on HBO ,Showtime,and USA.One night i decided i was going to watch Night of the living dead on Showtime at about 10:00 one friday night.I was 9 years old and i swear i didn't get a normal nights sleep for a long time.This was like 1987 and Nightmare on Elm Street films were all over the place and those scared the shit out of me even more that NOTLD. Kids growing up now are exposed to alot more than i ever was so NOTLD might not be a big deal for them,they probably play scarier video games. So if they want to sneak around and watch it like me and i'm sure i'm not the only one that did that,and you cant stop them but if it is too much for them to see then they will learn there lesson after a long night of no sleep.My rant has gone on long enough so i'll end with this...once you see something you can't possibly unsee it,there's no delete button.Movies can be very powerful,this site is proof of that,so when you combine those two facts just be aware of the negative consequences it can have on a child.

  • June 23, 2005, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Shooliganza

    by Captainvideo

    That was as close to art as i've seen in an internet posting.

  • June 23, 2005, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Much like Harry's review, I got a few sentences into Shool&#

    by HypeEndsHere

    You see how being your own boss works against you? editing, folks. brevity...etc.

  • June 23, 2005, 9 a.m. CST

    "...that I, little Harry Knowles..."

    by Kid Joker

    Need I say more? Fore score and a million twinkies ago...

  • June 23, 2005, 9:03 a.m. CST

    "I

    by Kid Joker

    Oh come on you fukcing idiot, I hated Dawn Of The Dead (it was too long and boring) and even I know that the blades weren't an on set thing, they super imposed them later! Tom Savini explains this all on the documentary on the Dawn of the Dead DVD! Fucking hell.

  • June 23, 2005, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Seelbach, Hitler was passionate too. Why do people talk so bad a

    by Durendal

  • June 23, 2005, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Nice review

    by Troverine

    Always good to read that kind of review. Nice job Harry.

  • June 23, 2005, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Come on, at least he apologizes

    by Noeland

    Harry knows his reviews are 80% talking about what he did before he went to see the film, or how he felt before the film. For him that is a very important aspect OF the film experience. And yes, he's a fat man with an ego, and those can be dangerous as hell. Because egos and insecurities together is like amonia and bleach, it creates an airborne toxin. And I'm not just talking about flatulence either. Harry Knowles knows where his place in the world is, and he fucking revels in it. You would too. He runs this website, and we all know this website is cool. Was this review AWEFUL? I thought so. Was this review POINTLESS? I thought so, because we all knew Harry would like this film. It could have been 2 hours of a zombie in one room bouncing off the walls and talking to him self "brains? mmmbrains." and Harry would have declared it a masterpiece of cinema, created by a GOD of cinema, because that's the language Harry speaks guys. I don't know why you keep holding it against the man, just sit back and enjoy it for crying out loud. The obvious statement is that the zombies are republicans anyway.

  • June 23, 2005, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Yep, that's how killers are made.

    by Ole Gravy Leg

    Horror movies. Dullards.

  • June 23, 2005, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Saw it yesterday, it is indeed perfection

    by Archduke_Chocula

    That opening shot, the priest zombie, bridge decaps, hanging head decaps, zombie gambling, numerous headshots, numerous feasting scenes, pulling out guts from the victems mouth, i'm amazed this is rated R.

  • June 24, 2005, 1:22 a.m. CST

    land of the dead

    by robkenn

    i thought this was a review of the movie not of your childhood and family you fat tub of goo get to the point shit i almost fell asleep before i got to the fucking review by the way you are right this is a hit better then all the rest of there crap bravo and please dont stop george and by the way i started watching at 6 my brothers were really in to halloween now so am i

  • June 24, 2005, 2:38 a.m. CST

    "They

    by Eugene O

    Shouldn't that be "perceptive"? I'm still trying to figure out what he means...

  • June 24, 2005, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Regarding Pathogen

    by wackedfuck

    Are we the general public going to be able to see this film via the internet and, if so, when and where (meaning which website)? Please title your response "Pathogen Answer". Thank you.

  • June 24, 2005, 5:13 a.m. CST

    to the haters

    by Seelbach

    Durendal, why are you insulting people?

  • June 24, 2005, 12:01 p.m. CST

    To those who bitch about Harry's review style

    by isisredwizard

    In all curiousity, if his style sucks so badly, why do you have an account on this site? Judging from what I've been reading, this series is the whole reason he has an interest in film at all. Let him be nostalgic. I rather enjoyed it (his review, that is), myself. If you don't like it, fine. Don't like it. Don't read it. Don't come to the site. Don't post on his reviews. Find something better to do with your time. Obviously some part of you enjoys it, or you wouldn't be here, spending the twenty-five minutes or more it takes to read his review, and then taking the time out of your OBVIOUSLY important life to POST, IN DETAIL, about what you didn't like about his review. Yet, of course, here *I* am, wasting *my* precious time to flame you for flaming him. So much is getting accomplished here, I'm beside myself with the joy of it all. Face it. He's going to do it, people are going to read it, and most of them who have an ounce of sense are going to appreciate that he has an honest, and rather complete take on it. If you don't, that's fine. But why waste *your* time, reading something you don't appreciate anyway? ~IRW

  • June 24, 2005, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Just saw it.

    by Moonrocks

    This is no exaggeration or blind fanboy-geek talk. Land of the Dead is a very good movie. Wow. That was really well done. It's well acted, gory, smart, well-paced, well written. It was not without its flaws, especially the anti-climactic ending, but good golly...This is a summer of surprises. First, Batman, now this. Great movies. Better than anything else out by far.

  • June 24, 2005, 3:17 p.m. CST

    This sounds like a damn good movie but...

    by MarlboroMan

    what i would really like to see is an adaption of The Walking Dead. This is easily the best zombie comic available {except the dawn of the dead book}. And its British, bout time we threw in our buck o five, and please dont say 28 days later. Though its a great film its not a zombie film. An 28 weeks later sounds shit!

  • June 24, 2005, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Oh my God...It's awful...

    by Azuma

    I just saw it. This is a terrible movie. Romero just killed the genre. There'll be no more zombie movies for ten years.

  • June 24, 2005, 9:43 p.m. CST

    severely dissapointed

    by bastard_guy180

    Let me just say, I am a huge fan of the DEAD films. I also must add, that I enjoy the DEAD films in the order with which they were made, DAY being my all time favorite. DAY, you see, was Romero's masterpiece. He didnt need large city shots or CGI to show that zombies had in fact taken over the world. Everything about DAY was unapologetic and disturbing. I cared about the main characters, I liked the way they interacted, I loved BUB I hated Rhodes and... the effects... MY GOD, the effects. Many consider this the cripple of the series... but my god, it is the best... Jump to LAND... .... first off... the characters, for the most part, just stunk. The main character was this pussy boy do-gooder, then you get these RANDOM who gives a shit characters like Doughboy and co. .... WHO CARES? WHO CARES IF THEY DIE? OR LIVE? The concept of this film was wonderful but horrible executed. Then comes the effects... I'm sorry... CGI Bullet hits???? WHAT???????????? NO. When a movie made in 2005 has worse effects than a film made in 1985... you have a BIG problem. I'm sorry... the effects in this film consisted of cheap censor abiding cut aways and poor CGI (the scene where the bullshit matadore character gets bitten was laughably horrid) Then comes the concepts... DAY handled the concept of Zombies learning and understanding wonderfully and believably... Land just rehashed the same ideas with some lame Zombie Civil Rights ending (DONT SHOOT THEM, THEY ARE JUST LIKE US OMGGGZZZ) and a couple of zombie moans that could have rivalled Darth Vader's infamous NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO in episode III. Sorry... I wanted to love this... I wanted to cherish this... I wanted some 3 hour massive zombie epic with struggle and suspense and sadness and genuine emotion... I wanted a Zombie Apocolypse... what I got was a typical 21st century Zombie movie... shame on you Romero. Shame on you.

  • June 24, 2005, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Neosamurai85

    by Neosamurai85

    Since Harry's review is the only one that will be on the main page in a few days... I thought I'd post this here too... yeah... I just like eating up AICN bandwidth... so here ya go! Ok, I

  • June 25, 2005, 12:25 a.m. CST

    i'm right there with you!!!!

    by mulletmaker79

    i thought hearing about how you grew up around these films was cool, and the little recaps of the past films was good also. i saw the movie tonight and i also loved it. i'm a girl,25, and i went by myself. i love horror, and especially zombie movies. when i was little, about 4 or 5 my parents would watch these movies after i went to bed, but i would peek out my door and watch too. anyway, i thought was great.i cant wait till more of my friends and family see it so we can talk about it.

  • June 25, 2005, 12:54 a.m. CST

    "i'm a girl,25, and i went by myself. i love horror, and esp

    by Neosamurai85

    Yay! Zombie girls make me smile. Peace.

  • June 25, 2005, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Saw it, loved it...

    by Anla'shok

    Loved the world he created, loved the characters that populated it. The possibilities of exploration in it are endless. Only nitpick would be the head zombie. I would have preferred his intellect dialed back just a tad, and I think he howled at the moon about two times too many. Other than that I was quite entertained I give it a solid 8/10. Good stuff George!

  • June 25, 2005, 2:57 a.m. CST

    VIVA ROMERO VIVA HARRY VIVA ARGENTO

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    I can't remember a better movie I've seen in a big theater. AWESOME. Romero nailed it and Harry nailed him nailing it. And my girlfried just said: imagine if Romero had cast Alba instead of Argento???!?! AND MY BLOOD RAN COLD. Troubling rape-imagery mall zombie rampage notwithstanding. SO ANYONE WHO HAS ANYTHING NEGATIVE TO SAY ABOUT ROMERO,HARRY, OR ASiA ARGENTO CAN TAKE AN ENORMOUS BOWL-SHAPED SPACESHIP TO THE PARALLEL UNIVERSE OF DICK, WHERE AIR IS DICK, AND THEN EAT THE CONTENTS OF THEIR BOWL-SHAPED SPACESHIP.

  • June 25, 2005, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Its quite sad...

    by bastard_guy180

    ... what recent zombie movies have reduced our standards too. This film had about as much charm as Resident Evil... in fact Michelle Rodriguez and Pillsbury would have made a great team! (Tough but fun OMGZZZzz LOLZzzz... just make sure you kill the entire world's population of zombies in the last 5 minutes of your film by conviently getting them all in one spot)

  • June 25, 2005, 4 a.m. CST

    btw

    by bastard_guy180

    though I had very high standards for this movie, I also saw it with mindless action / horror buffs who basically like anything involving guns and their reaction as the credits rolled was "What was the point of that?" .... I mean these guys literally dig anything with blood and guns and even THEY thought it stunk. Seeing someone like Romero slip and rush a movie like that makes me ache. When people can remake his movies better than he can make them... well... I mean... again, I ache.

  • I ask all you Romero 'Apologists' this. How is this film in any way better than other recent flicks like the piece of shit RESIDENT EVIL films or 28 Days Later or DAWN OF THE DEAD 2004??? This movie is a disappointment. Each one of Romero's first three zombie films offered audiences something new, something they haven't seen before. The first is a monumental horror film, and even looking at it today I cant believe it was made and released in 68. DAWN offered an amusing commentary on society and a fitting comparison between the zombies and us human drones shuffling to the nearest shopping malls. DAY OF THE DEAD offered the interesting idea of the zombies expressing cognitive ability and learning, and the theme of re-teaching them to function in society instead of killing them. What di LAND OF THE DEAD offer??? What new twist or idea? After 20 years Romero was supposed to tackle the zombie film and take it to the NEXT LEVEL, just like he did with the two previous sequels. Well, he failed. LAND offers nothing new. The entire film has a feeling of "been there done that". The characters are a complete bore across the board, made up of predictable cliched roles and forgettable bland heroes. Argento doesn't do anything but shoot a couple of guns and look hot in a tight grey t-shirt. John Leguizamo plays the same character he does in every single one of his films. The big Latino guy, "Let's DO SOMETHING!", is completely wasted. The main hero with the short blonde cut is serviceable but bland and forgettable. The nlonde chick driver of the super-artillery vehicle from STRIPES doesnt even register. The terrific human vs human interaction of the previous Dead films is replaced by generic, predictable human vs zombie action derivativeness and predictability. There is not one single scene in this film as cool as Cillian Murphy walking around a deserted London in 28 Days Later. Or the opening Johnny Cash montage in DAWN 2004. There is nothing in this film that distinguishes it from the countless Romero knockoffs that have been made since '85. I hate to break it to you guys, but while I still think the movie has some good scares and an interesting but underdeveloped and ultimately abandoned commentary on class systems, Romero simply didn't deliver with this film. It looks, feels, and plays like a sequel to DAWN OF THE DEAD 2004, only it takes place in another city with different people. The well has run dry. Romero had already expressed what he wanted to say with his first three zombie classics. DO NOT LET YOUR BLIND FANATICISM KEEP YOU FROM RECOGNIZING AND APOLOGIZING THIS FILM'S SUBSTANTIAL FLAWS AND BRUSHING THEM OFF SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU'RE A LONG-TIME ROMERO FAN LIKE ME. It pains me to say it, but while watching LAND I was kinda wishing that Jake Weber, Sarah Polley, and Ving Rhames were cast in this movie and not the Dawn remake. Maybe then I wouldve actually gave a shit whether the characters in LAND lived or died..............

  • June 25, 2005, 9:14 a.m. CST

    I wish Richard Pryor was in my theatre last night.

    by HypeEndsHere

    Someone needed to say what I was thinking: "Will someone just shoot that niggah?" Remember folks, if a crowd of zombies is headed straight for you, do not-- I repeat-- do NOT shoot the 6'5" diesel black one in the front with no signs of decay, Buffy vampire make-up, signs of intelligence, and a fucking machine gun. if zombies try to recreate what they did in life, naturally the big negroid that works at a gas station is going to figure out the theory of relativity.

  • June 25, 2005, 10:25 a.m. CST

    i completely agree with RIVERO

    by bastard_guy180

  • June 25, 2005, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Wow... I never thought I'd say this. The movie was horrible.

    by Mr. Profit

    Wow. What a bad movie. Romero is certainly behind the times. The political comentaries were dull. The learning zombies dumb. The characters are boring and stupid. And Leguizamo was bad. Why did he have a Mexican nickname and spoke in Puerto Rican/Carribean spanish slang. Just bad writing. I am just going to ignore this entry like I ignore Halloween 3. And the film wasn't gory like people were saying. Just shameful....

  • Wow... Good title sequence. Baaaaad film. Wow. I am so disappointed. It wasn't even close to being better than the Dawn Remake which is what I was hoping to see. What a badly executed take on what on paper sounded like a good story.

  • June 26, 2005, 3:40 a.m. CST

    A bad movie by any other name ...

    by Feverish

    In no way is this movie good. It does absolutely nothing for the genre. What? Thinking, feeling zombies? Stupid, heartless humans? Hmm. Ok. Some very deep shit going on here. All they want is to find their way ... hmm. Ok. Next. Move along, nothing to see here.

  • June 26, 2005, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Now that I am a day removed from my anger.

    by Mr. Profit

    My problems with the film. The movie started off great, the title sequence and old school Universal logo were nice touches. But when the film started, there was nothing new going on. One of the main reasons that Romero's Day of the Dead (Which was probably his best directed Zombie film, and had the best Zombie make up of the 3) flopped, was because audiences couln't take Zombies seriously after Return of the Living Dead. Modern zombie films have made Zombie's threatening again. But in Land, the Zombies come off as corny looking. The main zombie had horrible make up on his face. The look of the film was flat. It did not have any visual style to it at all. The dialogue was poorly written, and the horrible dialogue is made noticeable by terrible acting. My main problem with the film, Fiddler's Green. If Zombies can easily go to the building and destroy it and cause panic? How come the low lives, people living in poverty, and the people not in the building ever think to take the building over. The political undertones were dated. And a funny thing happened at the theater I was in. When Hopper said "I wont negotiate with terrorists" people groaned and booed. The politics were silly, and America and the Bush administration were lampooned better in Team America world police. There was a whole lot of racist remarks about Latinos. Which I have seen in previous Romero films and it never bothered me before. But in this film it was times 20. John Leguizamo is a terrible actor. Romero could have gotten an actor from a telenovela and would have probably gotten a better performance. 1st off John strikes me as a Latino who does not fluently speak Spanish. When he spoke it was god awful. And if he was playing a Mexican, he should have researched his role and learned Mexican slang. Simon Baker was a corny Idealist. It was annoying how much of a bad ass he thought he was when he really was a goody goody. I hated the pseudo Wolverine like entrance for Asia Argento. Fighting 2 zombies in a cage? Knock it off. And you know you have issues when there is a Mexican midget who is running things. The story was all over the place. The effects. I swear I only saw the same 5 zombies over and over. CGI head shots? Zombie shadows to cover the "Gore"? And I say gore pretty loosely. People were saying how nasty the film was. But it wasn't. You could find more gore in the Texas Chainsaw remake. Not one scene of gratuitious violence filled with too red blood in Land even compares to the guy on the hook in Texas Chainsaw playing the piano with his toes. That's another issue. There is not even one cool scene in the entire film. There are funny scenes, there are stupid scenes that make you laugh at their awfulness, but cool scenes or a cool sequence? No. I personally hated 28 Days Later because I felt it ripped off Dawn and Day. But Land makes that film look like a masterpiece. It even makes Resident Evil, I film I hate, look decent. I am utterly shocked at how terrible this film is. Asia Argento and Simon Baker at one point thought they were in a romantic comedy. The stupid faces they were making while he was climbing the truck, WTF was that about? The guy with the Mel Gibson makeup was a character I wished would get eaten. I dont care what a good shot he is. The character was annoying, un funny, and wack. The Samoan was pure cheese, like a WWE gimmick wrestler. The chick with all the sass and frass who got decked was trying her best to do a Michelle Rodriguez impersonation. And why was there a fake Veronica Mars driving Dead Reckoning? Which reminds me, Harry you are truly diluted if you belive that the Dead Reckoning was better than Batman's Tumbler. I went to a late afternoon showing in NYC and it was empty. I watched the unrated version of the Dawn remake again last night, and nothing in Land could have competed with that film. The ending, where they dont shoot the Zombies was just dumb. The Zombies are not going to be forgiving of them, so why let them live? This was Romero's chance to get it right and prove his fans right and the film was terribly executed. It was his time to shine, and I was wanting him to do so in the worst way. But man, what a mess of a film. I wonder if Paul WS Anderson directed this movie, would people on this site be calling it a masterpiece? I am a fan of a lot of types of movies and classics, but I don't give people a pass because I loved something they did ages ago. If something is stupid or bad, we shouldn't lie to our selves. The movie is an experience I wish to forget. http://www.latinoreview.com/films_2004/universal/dawnofthedead/review.html

  • June 26, 2005, 8:35 a.m. CST

    And by Empty I mean like the theater probably seated 500 people

    by Mr. Profit

  • June 26, 2005, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Land of the Dead = Fuckin Great

    by SMosier

    If you have any respect for Romero's earlier films you will love this one. At times it has cheesy lines that fit into our current social and political status in this country. Just like the movies before, this movie is more than a zombie movie. Very few Horror movies contain this level of sophistication. This is a MUST see for horror fans and for the people who think horror movies are just gore fests. For them it will be an awakening.

  • June 26, 2005, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Response to Mr. Profit IDIOT and others

    by SMosier

    If you think the movie is bad that's fine. But, don't make references like "Leguizamo was bad. Why did he have a Mexican nickname and spoke in Puerto Rican/Carribean spanish slang". Are you fucking kidding! Of course that is what Romero meant to do was focus on things like stereotypes in our society. Just for Mr. Profit, that was a latin american reference that the USA majority sees that steroetype and comments on it regularly. Yes maybe this is to deep a movie for someone that wants to see just guts. To compare this movie to the Dawn of the Dead remake is stupid. I can imagine these people with like 5 horror movies (this includes Evil Dead, Friday the 13th, Dawn of the Dead original and remake and scream) on their shelves, who think they know what the fuck they are talking about. Get deeper into the genre and your brain may seem to understand some details. Unfortunately it's IDIOTS like these that will ruin this movie for others. I guess we will have to wait 20 years for this to finally get some notice, just like Dawn of the Dead. Land of the Dead Remake in 2025? Starring Ashton Kutcher in Dennis Hoppers role and Lil' Romeo as the lead zombie.

  • June 26, 2005, 11:25 a.m. CST

    IDIOT (In caps? Well I have been called much worst in my life)

    by Mr. Profit

    Including my favorite, a Spic. The reason about my Spanish comment was because well, to give you background I am Puerto Rican. Every Latino country has a different dialect, slang, and ways to pronounce certain words and phrases. Mexican people have a completely different way of saying things than we do, and the way John Leguizamo spoke was clearly with Spanish that was from the carribean. It was out of place and I am sure a smart man like Romero would have known better. I don't care what purpose it was "supposed" to serve for the film. And yes Leguizamo was terrible in the film. And me complaining about it doesn't make me an IDIOT. Ooooh wow dude you really showed me. Come on, grow the fuck up. Dissing people on the internet is played out already. I we both know how this ends, back/forth until one of us gets tired, but you know what, I'm not really into arguing online or in real life so knock yourself out. I'm just sorry you are so blinded with your love for Romero that you did not realize you were watching a film that is only a smidge better than House of the Dead. And if you want to pay me a visit here in NYC, you can see that my horror collection doesn't begin with Scream and end with the Dawn remake. Unlike many, I am a fan of horror. I am in my 20's. And I am not a fanboy who's dick got hard after watching X2. I like and respect Romero's work. I feel his Trilogy is flawed but genius. I also enjoyed Day a whole lot. And was pissed that for years Romero couldn't even make a film. Now that he was given the chance, he squandered it. Just because I like and respect the man doesn't mean I am going to accept any ol bullshit that is presented to me and have me rave about it like crazy. And the movie wasn't "DEEP". If that is what you call deep I'm scared for you. Wow, he's talking about greedy capitalist and the corrupt Bush Administration. Snore. Racism is evil. Snore. If I wanted a to watch an movie that obviously shows that racism is alive and kicking I would have watched Crash again. I am Latino, I see racism every day. Romero isn't telling me something I don't already know. To close, Smosier, please dont lump me with 12 year olds that enjoy Boogeymen because my opinion differs from yours. Before you call someone an "IDIOT", and write it in caps as if it becomes harsher, you should ask why I said something before attacking me. I actually saw the movie. I did not outright bash it before I saw it. You should watch the film again and see it as if the opening credits read Directed By Paul WS Anderson. Would you still love the movie? Have a good day.

  • June 26, 2005, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Truth of the matter is...

    by bastard_guy180

    I don't care if you grew up watching Night (Harry), I don't care if you think your some huge horror buff or an afficianado on the genre. If you think this movie is a masterpiece, you have no respect for the original trilogy. None. For this film, insults not only Night, but Dawn and Day aswell. It insults me as a movie-goer, to see a series of films that used to actually use amazing and realistic effects that would happen before our eyes, now rely on CGI to do the most basic of effects. Honestly, it worries me to think about the future of film, when one of the most gritty and no-holds barred directors of our time blatantly sellsout to appease the masses. This film was rubbish, total, rubbish.

  • June 26, 2005, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Watch out bastard_guy180. Someone might call you an IDIOT....

    by Mr. Profit

    I am glad someone else wasn't blinded by their love of the original trilogy. This film was not good. And I don't anticipate it doing well this weekend. Virtually everyone I know that has seen the film are saying it sucks. Even my cousin who likes crap as movies hated it.

  • June 26, 2005, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Overboard!

    by SMosier

    I used the word IDIOT because I have some fucking manners! Believe me I have a deeper vocabulary, but I wasn't trying to be a dick. I didn't expect people to get all fucking offended by someone writing something about them in a fucking forum. Dude, that's what forum's are, talking shit to eachother. Can you say short fuse! Next time I'll choose one of the other people in the forum to talk shit to! It's fine your Puerto Rican (I am not an stupid about the dialect comment), it's fine your a big fan, it's fine you think you know about horror movies. But, to completely bash something out of nowhere isn't cool. Especially if you have any respect for a genre that doesn't get any credit for making quality films. Keep in context that Romero's films tend to take years to even be somewhat likeable because the social commentary isn't really interesting when it's current. But down the road, your like damn that was how society was then, brilliant. In time you will like this movie, when it's out in some remastered edition 10-15 years from now. Oh yeah, you didn't hurt my feelings either. Keep an eye on this forum so every time someone writes an opinion you can write back saying "watch out someone might call you an IDIOT". "Ooooh" I guess the growing up thing is mutual!

  • June 26, 2005, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Dude, my priority wasn't to make any enemies with my post.

    by Mr. Profit

    So if I went overboard and offended you I apologize. I dont live my life to be mean to others. That being said, I still hated the film. Anyway I hope you have a good day. No hard feelings.

  • June 26, 2005, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Man... everybody needs to CHILL...

    by Neosamurai85

    Put on some Marley or Flaiming Lips or whatever rubs your shoulders. Yeah, this movie is a big deal to a lot of us, but that's no reason to go all rabid badger with jumper cabled testicles on each other. There's a lot to love about the film and a lot to hate. Let's all just chat about it. SMosier, Talkbacks are often filled with people talking shit, but they don't have to be. So lets just ease down... ease down... Peace.

  • June 26, 2005, 10:20 p.m. CST

    A horrible, horrible movie.

    by Immortal_Fish

    Horrible movie. Few movies are as short as 90-minutes these days. This was the longest 90-minutes of my life. I like Dennis Hopper and John Leguizamo. But they can either make or break a movie in a big way. They help break this movie, which would have been broken without their help. I can suspend disbelief and try to wrap my brain around zombies learning. Problem is I can no longer believe when ingenuity prevails over a zombie's bloodlust to consume flesh. If Big Daddy gave such a shit, why did he cook zombie Cholo? The film goes so far as to eliminate the very prime motivation for its antagonists in order to make a statement against the war on terror. The bitter irony is that, not unlike Moore, Romero is cashing in on it. The film is loaded with white guilt and wealth envy, meanwhile Romero cashes in. The gore effects were fantastic, but nowhere near disgusting. Bottom line -- I'm glad my two tickets worth will help result in fan interest that will lead to better quality zombie movies being made, such as 28 Days, the Dawn remake, and the two flicks by Paul WS fricken Anderson. Land is Romero's version of Carpenter's Mars. Awful.

  • June 26, 2005, 10:47 p.m. CST

    "why did he cook zombie Cholo?"

    by Neosamurai85

    The real question is... why did he cook Kaufman? Cholo was the one who shot up his neighbors. Cholo was the one he chased after. Why persue Kaufman at all? Peace.

  • June 26, 2005, 10:54 p.m. CST

    "Why persue Kaufman at all?"

    by Immortal_Fish

    So, are you saying that we need to exercise caution and restraint and offer psychiatric help to the zombies instead of preparing for war? After all, they only want to eat us.

  • June 26, 2005, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Huh?

    by Neosamurai85

    Sorry Immortal_Fish, I'm lost at what the hell you're talking about. I was talking about Big Daddy and his motives. He sees Cholo and gang kill zombies. This makes Big Daddy MAD. He follows them back to Green. Kills lots of people and then reacts to seeing Kaufman as if he was the bad guy all along. Kaufman is the bad guy, but how would he know this? Kaufman wasn't shooting his folks, Cholo was. So thus, it makes sense he would kill Cholo, but why make a big deal of bumping into Kaufman. It wasn't like there was nobody else he could have chased down and burned alive in thay tower. Peace.

  • June 27, 2005, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Also hated it!

    by lasvidfil

    Loved Night, Loved Dawn, Loved Day, Loved Dawn Remake, Even loved Shaun. This one.....Terrible!! So dissapointed. Don't need to rehash the reasons that have already been said by others. Also, CG is ruining films.. period. Why do you think so many people love 70's & 80's horror films. Because the effects looked much more realistic when they were created by geniuses like Savini, Baker and Bottin not today's effects created by Bill Gates. It sucks.

  • June 27, 2005, 12:19 a.m. CST

    I was taken back by the CGI in Dawn remake being better than Lan

    by Neosamurai85

    I'm going a tad off topic, but who did the effects for Hellraiser? If I knew I've forgotten. I'm sure Barker did some of it hands on but who else? I watched it again last OCT 31st with a friend and we were still blown away by how good the gore was. Peace.

  • June 27, 2005, 2:05 a.m. CST

    in other words. ITS GOOD.

    by Darth Moa

    For fucks sake that took a lot to get out

  • June 27, 2005, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Bunch of G-Damned Pansies

    by SgtElias

    All you douchebags bitching and moaning about zombies and kids. You think our evolutionary life here on earth has been all flowers and birthday parties? I know, zombies aren't real but horror sure the fuck is. Your pussified children will wake up one day in a proverbial torture bunker and wonder why the fuck they were blindsided by the reality of horror in this life. Fuck artificial utopian childhoods. How friggen awesome was the beginning of Lemony Snicket with the fake "Happy Elf" beginning. Remember... children born the day after WWIII will find joy in life no matter how fucked up it is by our standards. Kids are certainly more resilient than you cunts. More power to you and your's Harry!

  • June 27, 2005, 3:22 a.m. CST

    you ask your nephew very weird things

    by CuervoJones

    leave the poor boy alone!

  • June 27, 2005, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Big Daddy was the fucking mack zombie.

    by Nadine_Cross

    Saw a late show Friday with my old man- and somebody brought a baby. An infant. A swaddling. On a less enraged note, I loved the movie. The zombies were excellent; and Big Daddy was so disgruntled, even for a zombie! Genius.

  • June 27, 2005, 12:16 p.m. CST

    ...

    by SoonerSean

    I saw it last night and have to say... if it had been anyone other than George Romero, people on this board would be trashing it. It's very much an action-shoot-'em up vs. a zombie movie. And the fact that it takes on some current day issues about society doesn't save it as some grand commentary on the world today. Honestly... this movie was WEAK and I loved the previous three movies from Romero when you felt real danger, when characters that you cared about DIED, when the zombies weren't running around settling scores - but EATING.

  • June 27, 2005, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Blind Loyalty? I'll give you "blind loyalty"!!!

    by Moonrocks

    Man, reading all these Talk Back reviews from so many 20-something horror afficcionados who claim they've seen every horror movie ever made, I get the feeling it's hip to trash LAND on a site that's essentially sucking Romero's dick! I'll tell you what I think as a 41 year-old self-proclaimed horror afficcionado. I've seen all the classic post 1970 horror movies in the theater when they were released. I saw NIGHT in '74 a few years removed from it's release, but still in the theatre. So, I AM a horror movie afficionado, and to me, horror movies are, by definition, crap. They have gimmick-driven concepts made from thrown-together scripts and historically low budgets with all that implies (bad directing, acting, lighting, and editing with only a few exceptions). Even today, with the "high standards" of effects that exist, it isn't very often that there is a truly good horror movie made. The hooks of a horror movie are so ulike those of most other genres; our standards for quality in horror are so much lower. Truly, if the violence is gratuitous enough and/or the scares are original enough to, well, actually scare us, we forgive a whole lot that doesn't work in the movie. So for a horror fan, I would venture to say a "good" horror movie is pretty much one that's creatively bloody and/or scary in a way we've never seen before. All you nay-sayers are sitting here criticizing the lack of poignant political statements and weak characterizations, and lameness of CGI head-shots, and saying how derivative this film is when compared to Romero's classic trilogy. You know what, guys? And I mean those of you who accuse zombie fanboys who like LAND of being blind loyalist; you are blind youselves if you think Night, Dawn, and Day are brilliant genious movies when you apply those same standards. I hate to tell you this, but the plots were just as lame, the acting was just as shitty, and the dialogue had just as many campy-cheesy moments. Let's look at DAWN OF THE DEAD: I can't remember one well-developed good character. I mean, Steven, Peter, Dr. Foster, Francine? Did any of you cry when they died or whatever? When those bikers got torn up, did you feel for them individually because their characters were so well developed and the acting was so poignant? Did any of those actors make any other movie that meant anything to anyone anytime. Did any actor in any Romero movie have any sort-of non zombie movie career? At least we know who the fuck John Leguizamo is. Okay, how about writing and plot? What was the point in Dawn? A bunch of people hold out in a mall for over half the movie trying to keep zombies out; then they get in. Wow. Also, let's not forget such poignant lines like, "It's something my grandmother used to say, When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth." Really. Hell has a limit on it's real estate? Does that line even sound cool? When you think of it in those terms, all those Romero films "sucked". But guess what, I love them all; so do you. Why? Okay, I'll only speak for myself here, but I'm guessing many of you are on board with this too. Those films struck a cord, mostly visceral in nature. They just "fealt" great, therefore, they were. They were unlike anything made before them, especially Night and Dawn, and they had creative gore and scares, and just enough political/social seasoning to make them somewhat "important", but by no means could they be confused with, say, "Being There". And really, it all comes down to the visceral for Dawn: we love it because people get torn apart at the end in a way never before or ever since has quite done so. And you know what else? Those effects that you CGI basher were saying looked so "good", really didn't look very good at all? Those chests and stomachs were all folding in on themselves before they were split open to reveal no blood and a buch of obvious looking pig intestines. BUT IT STILL LOOKED REALLY COOL! Like I said in a previous talk back on this page. I saw LAND last Friday (openning day) and I loved it. Now that I've had more time to digest it, I still loved it because it "felt" good. It was all the things you guys said; imperfect for most of the reasons you've documented here. But in the end, it felt good. It had original imagery, original plot, and it said something you may have heard before, but in a slightly different way. I will always remember things like some chick in the "mall" getting her belly piercing ripped out or that Number 9 "softball chick" zomie with the big eyes and the ripped-off cheek. You know what else was a shit movie? Nightmare on Elm Street. That was bad all-around, but what a great horror flick it was too. Does anyone see what I mean?

  • June 27, 2005, 4:40 p.m. CST

    well, you weren't lying. that's blind loyalty.

    by HypeEndsHere

  • June 27, 2005, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Dead Reckoning LOL

    by Bass Cadet

    Was I the only one who was rofl'ing by the way every character in the movie apparently wanted to give Dead Reckoning a blowjob? "Only with Dead Reckoning can we..." "I'd rather be taking Dead Reckoning..." "I'm going to need Dead Reckoning to..." What a horrible, horrible movie. I wouldn't mind seeing the softball chick zombie without her makeup on though. :o

  • June 27, 2005, 10:58 p.m. CST

    First!

    by Badvoc

    Oh.....bollocks. Land of the Dead was fantastic by the way, roll on Romero completing this second trilogy. Harry's review does suck though. Actually review the thing Harry, I don't need to know the in's and out's of a duck's arse in relation to your childhood.

  • June 28, 2005, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Loved this movie

    by gopherkhan

    Friggin sweet. One of romero's best. I've got a review up here: http://www.dreamlogic.net/?p=38 It's fairly short, and doesn't include what I did on the day leading up to my viewing the film.

  • June 28, 2005, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Are you people insane?

    by dangermint

    I just saw land of the dead, which I have looked foward too for a long time and it blew. The dawn of the dead remake was far superior. Romero stinks

  • June 28, 2005, 3:03 p.m. CST

    THIS MOVIE SUCKS is really a subjective opinion, I guess....

    by Moonrocks

    Wow. I am really shocked so many people think LAND sucked. I mean, like, it was a piece of shit. Are there multiple versions of this film out there? Is my own taste meter so out of whack? I've seen shit before. Shit is the plethora of zombie movies in the 80's not Romero or Argento. Shit is Resident Evil II. Shit is Friday the 13th 3, 5, 6, and 7. Shit is Nightmare on Elm Street 2, 5, and 6. Shit is most of Blair Witch Project I and all of II. Shit is anything John Carpenter did after Prince of Darkness. Shit is a lot of other things, but not Land Of The Dead. I already defended why I liked it earlier in Talk Back, but I just don't get why so many of you didn't like it at all. I made a Star Wars analogy once; it's like most of you see this as Romero's Phantom Menace, and I really don't think that's fair. My opinion.

  • June 28, 2005, 7:10 p.m. CST

    It's all been said

    by Duke of Hurl

    It was rank. But they all were pretty rank. So where's the surprise? The guy falling on his own grenade was work the ten bucks.

  • June 29, 2005, 3:15 a.m. CST

    THIS MOVIE !!!!!!!!!!

    by cefur

    Well this goes to all the haters and lover, i dont give a f

  • June 29, 2005, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Land of the Dead was Awesome! Go see it!

    by LordSoth

    Saw it last night. Harry, you sure can ramble off topic. Dinosaurs? You're reaching with that one.

  • June 29, 2005, 3:25 p.m. CST

    It was all right

    by PumpyMcAss

    It was entertaining enough and the whole Road Warrior thing was a clever enough idea but this simply did not pay off. It didn't pay off the way Night did, Dawn did, and it sure as hell didn't pay off the way Day did. All in all not unhappy that I saw it but not all together thrilled by it.

  • June 29, 2005, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Martin

    by PumpyMcAss

    Martin is better than any of the Dead, anyway. They should rerelease that movie in theaters, or at least do a decent DVD of it. The one available now isn't anything to write home about. And no, I don't want any Martin sequels.

  • June 29, 2005, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Moonrocks got it right on the nuts...

    by Vyrmin

    I think Moonrocks got right. Trashing this film is a VERY subjective viewpoint just as praising it is too. The genre by and large is overstuffed with fluff but admit it that's kinda what we know we

  • June 30, 2005, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Awful movie, I

    by Judge Doom

    It

  • July 1, 2005, 9:47 a.m. CST

    hate to say "i told you so"...

    by duanejones

    ...so i won't. just recall the endless reflections on (what i consider to be) the downward trend of the quality of romero's films since _day_ which i have posted here since _land_ got the green light. i must say i didn't find _land_ to be the unmitigated effing disaster i feared, but calling it a "masterpiece" can only demean true masterpieces. like _night_! and there's the rub -- george has scared us witless and made us think long and hard about that fear. it seems, with _land_, that only the thinking is left, in the zombies and the filmmaker. was anyone TRULY frightened at any point during this film? i mean, other than by the dialogue? if this was _john carpanter's land of the dead_, say, we might not be so dismissive. sad to say, it's george's. on a baseline summer thriller level, _land_ works, and i'll admit i actually enjoyed it on that level. but that is about the biggest damning with faint praise i could imagine. everything in this film felt derivative, from that _se7en_ -ish title sequence to the loner hero, good guys vs. bad guys, etc. i've said it before, i'll say it again: mr. romero had modest gifts as a writer starting out and those gifts have not increased appreciably over time. it's funny to me that dc comics would bring him on as a writer -- did anyone read those _toe tag_ tales? were they as lame as i fear? i also feel that george edited this film mercilessly, to the point where no character development can really take hold, not even riley's. i hope the director's cut is closer to two hours and isn't just more underlit gore scenes -- yeah, they were pretty good. big deal. nice to see george discussed seriously by the pop culture, i guess. i'll always have my memories and they'll always seem more vivid and memorable than any film george has directed in twenty years. if he had shot the trujillo film he and ed harris had been shopping around (and almost got ricky martin to star in! true story!), i bet i wouldn't be feeling quite the same nostalgia for great filmmaking past. and _land_? "that's another one for the fire..."

  • July 2, 2005, 4:50 a.m. CST

    What is it about Geeks and Zombies?

    by Lezbo Milk

    I just don't get it. All these movies have the same plot. Zombie movies are all crap. Arn't you guys getting sick of them? It's the same old shit over and over.

  • July 3, 2005, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Land of the Snake Plissken

    by cbgiles

    This movie reminded me of Escape From New York and the present invasion of Mexican immigrants crossing our borders daily. I didn't feel it was real. All the humans were crackerjack marksmen and too in control. I have to say it was okay but not overly impressive.

  • July 3, 2005, 5:43 p.m. CST

    GARs LAND OF THE DEAD

    by Losethewar

    SERIOUS FAN REVIEW, by Losethewar With GAR's Land of the Dead, we are given a film that in many ways is part of something greater. First, simply, there is more to this film than we saw. Either to be in the DVD, on the cutting floor, or in the deep recesses of the master's mind, we are given a snapshot. This is a complete homage to the fan and to the intellect of his audience. He knows that fans are using their imaginations to fill in certain aspects; and he's seen to it that LOTD is a completely clever and multifaceted film. Yet to the eye, it's all so simple. Second, there's more to this because the 'zombie' that Romero coined and filmed in 68 (no need to mention the choad who 'co-wrote') has become an iconoclastic image and is now a f'ink social class (notice the last shot, now, you should have -- the zombies are doing what? They

  • July 4, 2005, 2:22 p.m. CST

    This is the one!!!!

    by the original

    Whilst I was growing up my mum wouldnt let me watch "Zombie" films as they where to scary for me even though she let me watch all other films (most of them where band in the early 80's) and I can still remeber the trailer for Day Of The Dead and shitting it. As I was young this gave me a facination with this horror. Now years later George A is finishing one of the greatest and scariest horror series ever, Each one is great and this one will be no exception. I have seen this film and it really is an amazing from start to finish. On watching the trailer I thought it was going to be a modern "Resident Evil" type film with a big super truck rolling through the zombie infested community's and blowing everything up, it aint like that at all. It's an uneasy look at the end and the beginning, the what was to the what is, this film really aint a let down. George you should be proud.

  • July 5, 2005, 6:27 p.m. CST

    just awful, sorry

    by Homer Sexual

    NOTLD is the scariest ever, and so well done. The next two were less excellent. However, a 10, a 9 and a 7+ makes three good movies. This one sucked on all levels. The story was weak, the "commentary" and direction, pedestrian to put it nicely. No sennse of action or urgency. As I hit middle age, I was rooting for the old guy to show us he can still hang. But this was worthless.

  • July 8, 2005, 8:39 a.m. CST

    romero should be dead

    by trevorfactor

    I just watched Land Of The Dead and it was the biggest piece of crap movie I

  • July 8, 2005, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Ordinary...

    by JohnnyUtah

    And conventional. And derivative. And forgettable. But alas, not scary. I too think that some reviewers have allowed the Romero name to shade their reviews. 6/10.

  • July 10, 2005, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Terrorists & Zombies Should Die...This movie sucked

    by cgd

    LOTD truly sucked and came across as a preachy "B" movie. Romero obviously fell in love with the pub he gets for his 'zombie movies with a message' crap. All the dreck about "Dawn" taking place in a mall really being about our mindless consumerism went to his head. He now made the zombies terrorists and, at the end, has the "hero" decide the zombies deserve to live since they are simply "looking for a place of their own." Bullshit. This is the same crap morons spew about the terrorists needing to be understood and making us out to be the bad-guys. Blah blah blah. Terrorists and zombies deserve to die, not be respected, understood or breathing. Romero deserves to retire since he is obviously a sad, one-trick pony.

  • July 11, 2005, 11:20 a.m. CST

    King Koopa lives!

    by Brit Pop

    I watched Land Of The Dead - and after the fantastic Dawn Of The Dead I was dissapointed to say the least. Dennis Hopper as an evil overlord in a high tower... John Leguizamo on the outside - Does anyone else remember Super Mario Brothers? In my opinion I prefer zombies to be mindless killing machines as opposed to trombone playing, riverbed walking (Pirates Of The Carribean), organised and oppressed minority groups - they'll have a seat at the UN next... "EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ME... YOUR DEAD GRANNY!"

  • Aug. 1, 2005, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Harry

    by sonnythefat

    Why so many comments about harry weight ? , and I wish harry was at his work when "Black Hole" came out ,the worst flim ever made ...until "Hook""and "AI"came out.

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Thank you

    by Enuvain

    Hey, The name is joe and i was just browsing around trying to figure out when Land of the dead would come out on video when i happened along your review. I enjoyed your review and find it nice to know there are still fans of zombies that dont just watch them because people die. Like you i am a die hard fan of Romeros first zombied film and also like you was thoroughly pissed off with the 30th anniversary. I wouldn't mind actually having a zombie conversation with you. By chance you may even be able to help me out with a zombie idea i'm working on. Email me back and ill let you know more. Either way, thank you for appreciating zombies as individuals and not just raged murderers. An execelent review.

  • Sept. 24, 2005, 3:27 a.m. CST

    AWESOME......UP THERE WITH DAWN/DAY OF THE DEAD!!!

    by Fugazi32

    Will there be an '18'-rated version of the film on DVD in the UK?

  • Oct. 24, 2005, 9:38 a.m. CST

    classic cinema goodness

    by ABRNT1

    saw Land of the dead as soon as it was released and just got the dvd. Romero is in top form with this film.

  • Oct. 27, 2005, 7:55 p.m. CST

    by Marv_$in

    i didn't get a chance to see this movie in theaters. so i bought the unrated directors cut. i really liked the movie. the wierd thing this time was that i did feel kinda bad for the zombies, well at least the head zombie. they're just trying to get by like the rest of us. i don't know if that was part of george's social commentary on our current affairs, but i really liked it and thought it brought a different spin to the zombie movie. anyway, i loved it!

  • Oct. 29, 2005, 11:29 a.m. CST

    I saw this last night

    by proper

    I enjoyed it,good action flick.Some people just couldn't adapt to the new world.And got eaten for their troubles.PS Don't wear headphones while on Zombie patrol,thats just silly(although i liked the freak out of a kid zombie,followed up by a CLOWN zombie,that was mad.My favourite Zombies were the band,esp the tambourine zombie.This film Seemed straight forward to me.There were some nice touches all round,the only gore(if you can call it that)that made me wince was the Zombie nails on the side of Dead Reckoning Ugh.This film was worthy to me,sorry everybody.I imported the Unrated directors cut while the Theatrical in in the cinema here as I speak.Excellent.Then I followed it up with Kung Fu Hustle which I thought was quality too.Good evenings movie session for my crew.