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Saw Romero's "Land of the Dead" this evening with weaselbitch. ukmonty met up with us for a drink prior to the film but is a girly wuss when it comes to "horror" flicks and couldn't bring himself to "scream like a girl" infront of us and the rest of the cinema :p

Land of the Dead. Hmmm. Romero is The Grandfather of the Zombie genre. His previous films are true Cult films, even if they are for the most part poorly acted and, by todays standards, very cliched. The thing is they are cliched because many of the zombie flicks that have come since have largely paid homage to his ideas. His films are the originals. The only problem is that whilst he may have single handedly invented the genre as we know it today other people have taken his ideas and done much better jobs. Thus his new film seems like a poor wannabe when you compare it to the remake of Dawn of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead or even 28 Days Later.

The premise is good and it carries on the storyline laid out in his three previous zombie films. Zombies have taken over the world and mankind has retreated to a number of heavily fortified Safe Havens which they send raiding parties out of in search of food and equipment. This has been the status quo for quite some time and a sembalance of 'normality' has developed within the human Cities. Unfortunately the zombies have started to 'learn' and this is starting to cause a few problems.....

The film had some good bits in it. I quite enjoyed it but it also had a lot which let it down. By all means go and see it, but personally I think it's really only cut out for the hard core Romero fans or to watch on DVD after a night out at the pub. School Report: C-

On the way home I had a brainwave for a new card game. Have already written some notes and will probably finish the first version on Saturday night or Sunday when I have more time to sort it out. I think it'll be part of a special series of games I'm planning for next year to tie-in with the 21st birthday of Leisure Games. It's cool (but I would say that :p) and I'll probably bring a playtest copy to Dragonmeet with me.


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Sep. 29th, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)
I'm not a big fan of horror at all, so haven't seen any of the movies. But I know what you're saying about older stuff looking a bit silly/cliche to us now. I think that's a pretty common phenomena for a lot of "firsts" in the world, though. (Ranging from Gary Gygax to Henry Ford.) But you're right about respecting the ones who start something new, regardless of what they seem like now.
Sep. 30th, 2005 11:30 am (UTC)
We're probably bringing our new card game down there as well, trade you a copy :)
Sep. 30th, 2005 12:48 pm (UTC)
I'll probably only have a playtest copy with me at DM. Happy to trade at a later date though ;p
Sep. 30th, 2005 01:17 pm (UTC)
We'll bring you a spare :)
Sep. 30th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
land of the dead
well saw this film about a month ago at Somerset House
where they also shown it on their big outdoor screen with shaun of the dead on first
I actually like this film if a bit obvious with the plot
I took it as a continuation and for me the overall premise was logical, especially with the zombies gaining their intelligence back
Even though they are dead, they are human after all and working with a different energy force from normal humans (undead life-force maybe.. )
The only thing I didn't like was the rich/poor setup (too cheesy even for me) but apart from that, it was an enjoyable romp
Really liked dead-reckoning... could use one of those, but would get rid of the fireworks and use something more practical (HE FAE AAM ATM etc.... ;-) )

that's my 2 pence
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