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Tennisball Garcia takes in an ancient/modern Greek Zombie flick called EVIL: IN THE TIME OF HEROES... starring Billy Zane

Published at: Aug. 15, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here with a report from Toronto After Dark Film Fest that's commencing. This first film sounds intriguing, an ancient Greek Zombie flick... I mean, can it really be terrible? Well, read and find out. Here's the trailer:





Oh - it isn't entirely set in ancient Greece... that's why it doesn't work completely... ok - here's Tennisball Garcia with the up close look at it all...

Hey Harry, I just got back from the zombie appreciation night at the Toronto After dark film festival. The film screened tonight was Evil: In the Time of Heroes or as most of us where referring to it, Boredom: In the Time of bullshit. Goddamn, I had such high hopes for this film. Billy Zane in a Greek zombie film, come on! What’s not to love. The film started out with potential, then trails of into a mixed up cluster fuck. It seemed like the filmmakers had three things in mind when making this film, a strong open scene, an ending and a Billy Zane cameo. The most fun of the whole film was when the crowd yelled out “Inzane” whenever Billy appeared on screen. Our heads almost exploded during the minute long phycidelic floating Billy Zane head scene. Yes there is a full minute of Billy’s giant lid floating across the screen. The movie is scattered with flash backs to Greek empire times trying to create a mythos to the film. These scenes are nothing more than boring and confusing, adding nothing to the film. The zombie kills where great and the practical makeup effects where above average. Unfortunately, the over used CG blood is distracting and campy. (A part of me died when Romero starting using CG blood in Land of the Dead.) Overall the movie is confusing and boring, Cut out the flashbacks to the outbreak, the Greek mythos and unfortunately all the Billy Zane scenes and your left with a strong zombie short. Speaking of strong zombie shorts, The short film that opened the night amazingly titled “They Shall Pay with Rivers of Blood” was pleasant surprise. It clocked it at 10 minutes or so, but was chocked full with action from start to finish. The movie takes place over two well shot chase scenes, and ends with an outlandishly violet end which you'll have to see for yourself. I’m heading back to the festival Monday to peep Eli Roth’s “The Last Exorcism” I have high hopes yet again for this one, let's just hope Billy Zane floating head stays clear of the film. If you use this please call me: Tennisball Garcia

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  • Aug. 15, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Is this a review?

    by RpgSama

    I guess anything is good when you have to remove qickly that excuse of a review that harry made for inception....

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    And First!!!

    by RpgSama

    Fuck You Harry and your excuse of a review...

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim 5th this weekend!

    by JuanSanchez

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    What's scarier? Zombies or that fucking cross dresser?

    by V'Shael

    Greeks man. What is it about greeks and butt-sex?

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Billy Zane??

    by John_McClanes_Vest

    Me and my mate have always refered to him as "Spark Face" due to his brutal end in Dead Calm.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Hope that FACEBOOK movie goes to hell

    by dead youngling

    sick of the giant pop up ads.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    This guy sounds like a tween

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    probably texting his boyfriend during the whole movie

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Looks better than Scott Cera Vs The Box Office

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    probably cost less than half of Cera's flick too

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Saw this trailer some time ago

    by SnootyBoots

    Think it was here on someone's round up ot some fest, or something like that.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Harry, we're still waiting for your Inception review

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    By the way Harry, did you know Inception finished above Scott Pilgrim this weekend? Weird huh?

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Billy Zane, You Say?!?

    by Crow3711

    full of win

  • than this horribly titled Evil: In the Time of Heroes. What kind of title is that anyways.<P>And how could they not see that a much better movie would be to set it all during ancient times. 300 with zombies anyone?

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST

    BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    by BadMrWonka

    you know that Harry's inception review is 2 stories below this one. I mean, you do know that, right? the review you have all been whining about OVER AND OVER AND OVER, inexplicably, for weeks. it's there. it's right there on the front page. and yet...you're still whining?<p>I guess some people get off on complaining. do your thing, I guess.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    BadMrWonka

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    I was being sarcastic. I would hardly call those thoughtless few paragraphs Harry tossed out a "review".

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    The Last Exorcism looks HORRIBLE

    by BadMrWonka

    Eli Roth: This whole "shot like it's real" thing is taking off. we should do one.<p> screenwriting hack: OK, but what?<p> <p>Roth: aliens?<p> screenwriting hack: been done<p> Roth: ghosts?<p> screenwriting hack: been done<p> Roth: monsters? <p> screenwriting hack: done<p> Roth: Exorcism?<p>screenwriting hack: ooooh, I don't think so. we could do that.<p> Roth: OK, but let's make sure to hedge our bets. I want you to recreate LITERALLY like 10 scenes that are virtually identical to every other exorcism movie ever made.<p> screenwriting hack: um...but<p> Roth: seriously! I want someone walking upside down, something moving under the skin, the neck twisting unnaturally, tied to a bed, the priest in over his head and yelling, etc. etc. I mean, I want the entire movie to just be a pastiche of exorcism scenes from better movies, so we can grab some cash with this gimmick of found footage.<p> screenwriting hack: I can do that.<p> Roth: fuck I'm hard.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    by BadMrWonka

    sigh...that's even sadder.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Y'know - an ancient Greek zombie movie would rock

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    This, however, SUCKS. And Billy Zane must be DESPERATE for cash to star in this.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    The trailer for this did nothing for me

    by lv_426

    All it consisted of was: crunch, scary face, screech, backwards hill jacks in a barn, crunch, screech, clang, "save my daughter", screech, crunch, endless flash-cuts and grating noises, possessed girl, another barrage of flash-cuts and even more grating noises...<P>Then I realized that The Exorcism is coming out on Blu-ray this fall, and that it probably won't ever be topped by another horror film with exorcism as the subject matter.<P>Seriously, what is it with American horror movies and this fascination with farms and salt of the earth type people or in extreme cases, stereotypical hillbilly characters? Is that why The Ring felt so refreshing when it came out, as it took place in a more clinical urban setting?

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    I meant, The Last Exorcism trailer did nothing for me

    by lv_426

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Gotta love those VIOLET endings!

    by matthooper8

    Now taking reviews from monkeys.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Gay as shit

    by TheKGB

    Nuther fine example of what goes on at AICN. Harry. Please for god sake. Step down.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    matthooper8

    by BadMrWonka

    what review where you reading? the the review trails of a few times, and I might be biased because I'm tripping on phycidelic mushrooms, but I thought it was pleasant surprise. <p> did you think it was weird that he ended questions without a question mark.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Wonka

    by matthooper8

    It's in his review for the short film. He says a 'violet' ending instead of 'violent' ending. I was just making a joke about a typo.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Billy Zane, hmmm

    by Shalako

    Must be awful. Can't be good.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    matthooper8

    by BadMrWonka

    c'mon man. you didn't notice that in my response, I used every one of his other grammatical and spelling mistakes?

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    yeah....

    by Jarek

    Chances are the audience was lost because most of them have no idea that this film is a sequel. They would have benefited from seeing the first one. In any case, a few weak points aside, this reviewer is way off. Film is a ton of fun, just like the first one.... it's absurd and kooky, but a ton of fun.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Wonka

    by matthooper8

    Holy crap, how the hell did I miss that?

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    figs

    by Dark_Equalizer

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Rivers of Blood

    by ScottLott

    Here is a link to the short that played before Evil in the time of heros. Sweeeet Sweeet Jesus! http://vimeo.com/6869175

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Billy Zane's Floating Head!

    by The Dreaded Rear Admiral

    Now, THAT sounds like a talkbackers name if I ever heard one!

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Evil was a pretty good...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...little zombie film. The opening sort of brought to mind the opening of the film within a film in Demons. There were some nice bits, including a finale at a soccer stadium. It was zombie-lite, sure, but a pretty good example of the sub-genre. <p> Since the guy who sort of wrote this sort of review doesn't seem to know any of that I don't think I'm going to worry about his sort of opinion or the sorry sort of play on the title that seems to have been his main motivation for sort of caring enough to do it. <p> The original title (of the first movie, which I'll vouch for as a solid six - maybe creeping toward seven on a ten zombie scale) is To Kako. If you're a zombie fan you could do a lot worse.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Hey Jarek...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I haven't gotten to see the sequel yet. <p> If you've got the time and inclination mind doing a quick (spoiler free) review of your own?

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Oh KilliK...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...the first one wasn't bad. The two gags at the soccer stadium alone were more than you get from a lot of zombie movies. Here, off the top of my head, ten recent zombie movies To Kako was better than: <p> Day of the Dead. Mena Suvari is a marine. A marine who chooses not to carry a gun. A vegetarian marine turns into a zombie. He's cool, because when a vegetarian turns into a zombie he's still a vegetarian. <p> Day of the Dead: Contagion. During the cold war a sergeant is put in charge of a project involving a defecting Soviet pilot and an unknown virus. I'm not even going any farther with that one. <p> Autumn: And apparently this incompetent staggering through the woods is based on a book? Ew. <p> Zone of the Dead: Made a little farther east. Hurts that it's as bad as it is because Ken Foree's in it. <p> Army of the Dead: The movie CGI forgot. Acting, too. <p> Zombies Zombies Zombies...yeah, also known as Strippers versus Zombies. Okay, probably not fair to count this one. <p> Zombie Reanimation. You know, I don't choose to watch all of these. My wife is maybe the most zealous zombie movie fan alive and I would have never watched a movie like <p> Gangs of the Dead if she hadn't bribed me into it. And yeah, it's about street gangs. And yeah, they fight zombies. And yeah, the zombies are slightly more convincing than the gang members. <p> Ten? If not just yell and I'll give you some more. What I'm saying is that To Kako, which proudly pronounced itself the first Greek Zombie movie, wasn't such a bad little zombie movie at all. <p> Not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Looks worse than Percy Jackson.

    by RPLocke

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST

    I would like to see it

    by catlettuce4

    If only for Billy Zane's Floating Head

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 10:45 p.m. CST

    and stay clear of 'the vanguard'

    by frank cotton

    freakin' crime against humanity, that one. anyone seen THE MAD? another BILLY ZANE zombie flick. been burned by too many bad ones lately

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 12:48 a.m. CST

    alright....

    by Jarek

    It's a difficult film to classify, but what really strikes me is the tone. I could see a section of the audience never really identifying with the tone of the film. Sure, there's been plenty of horror comedy in the past, but with the two "Evil" (To Kako) films it's done in what I would call a unique way. They are both very low budget (although the second one has noticeably more money to play around with), so they make up for that shortfall with energy and creativity. The filmmakers seems satisfied bringing tons of gore and over-the-top kills to the screen, to the point where sometimes motivation for a scene or for a character's actions may seem entirely unmotivated. Those expecting an easy to follow narrative are going to get lost because it's literally one of those "everything and kitchen sink" approaches to a movie. Additionally, I'm guessing a fair bit is lost in translation, and those with an understanding of the Greek way of life would take more away from it. This all sounds negative, but it shouldn't be. Basically, the movie is not going to appeal to every viewer, but those that grew up on a steady of diet of zombie mayhem, gore, grindhouse-style idiocycracies, random major character deaths and "normal" characters that turn into human cuisinarts the moment a sharp tool is handed to them will find a lot to love. Do I understand the plot completely? No. Do I care in this case? Not really. The past/future timelines in the story, and the "destiny" of certain characters is an interesting idea, done a thousand times before. But in this case, when handed to characters that couldn't give two craps about their own destiny, it feels fresh. Basically, see both films for a good time, don't over-think it because it's not that type of movie, and it'll be a wild ride. Basically, it's like the Greek "Feast" in approach to tone.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Adults named "Billy" "Bobby" "Danny" "Tommy" "Johnny" etc

    by Anything But Tangerines

    ALL have options for much more mature names, and just don't care. These are people who were never told they should drop the cutesy suffix when they hit double digits. These are people who are used to their name being preceeded by the words "good" and "job", in other words, retards.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 6:33 a.m. CST

    do you think Greeks goof on us

    by DylanYousonofa

    because we can't pronounce "Gyro"?

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Boring is not what I expect from a Zombie B movie.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Harry, did you know AICN reviewed this movie before?

    by D.Vader

    Honestly it's like you don't even read your own site. It sounds like this is the first time you've heard of it.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Jarek...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...thank you. It sounds like you felt the same way as I did about the first one.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Anything but Tangerines...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I can tell you from experience sometimes you have to fight to get away from that cutesy Y and in some cases things that are much worse. My mother's side of the family was very large and very ethnic in that clannish way where about five families have multiple connections through marriage. When I was growing up I had to call and regard people as my aunts, uncles and cousins who I didn't share a drop of blood with. <p> Anyway, my dad, who wasn't a part of any of those families but who had grown up being with a bunch of my mother's older brothers, had the middle name Ted. And therefore when I was born I was called Little Teddy. He was called Big Ted. Well, my dad died while I was still pretty young. You'd think that would make me Ted, or maybe they'd even use my first name like every other person I knew did. <p> But no. I was Little Teddy when I got married. I was Little Teddy when my first child was born. I was Little Teddy at my mother's funeral. <p> So it's not always a matter of choice. I think some people just end up not caring and go with it in the rest of their life.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    by Anything But Tangerines

    I had a Little Teddy once, he went through the washing machine and ended up looking like a bizarre physically deformed version of his former self. No matter what anyone told me, I believed with every bit of my being that my mother's pantyhose were to blame. I so hated those weird things, I once set fire to about a dozen pair and placed the resulting curled-up glob in the refrigerator where leftovers for last night's stroganoff had been. The cry of mixed surprise, rage, and fear rang throughout the house and spilled into the backyard. I still remember its harsh, ringing tone to this day and whenever I see a pair of pantyhose I somehow shit sour cream whether I have eaten it recently or not. Welcome to my world, Little Teddy.

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