Monthly Archives September 2013

Dead in Tombstone review

(USA, 2013)

Dutch born Roel Reiné has already proven himself to be a top-notch action director with movies like Death Race 2 and 12 Rounds: Reloaded. Roel started a new era in Dutch Cinema by making mainstream English language ‘Genre Movies’ with his company Rebel Film and has been very successful at doing them with modest budgets. His latest directorial release is no exception.

Dead In Tombstone, marks Reiné’s third film with actor Danny Trejo (Machete, Bad Ass) in this action-packed, supernatural Western that finds Trejo making a deal with the Devil for his soul and mortality after he is murdered by his own gang.

After the ruthless Blackwater Gang overruns the small gold mining town of Tombstone, Colorado (not Arizona) and murders its sheriff, the gang murders their own leader, Guerr...

Go Goa Gone review

(2013, India)

This isn’t India’s first venture into the zombie genre, but it is the first zombie comedy to come out of Bollywood. Directors Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru, try to expand a niche film genre for the Hindi cinema-going audience with irreverent and sexually charged humor reminiscent of their film Delhi Belly, but fall short in humor and plot.

Go Goa Gone introduces us to three roommates, stoners Hardik (Kunal Khemu) and Luv (Vir Das), who are stuck in dead end jobs with their love and sex lives going nowhere, and straight-arrow best friend Bunny (Anand Tiwari) who is a dedicated salary worker.

After Luv is dumped by his girlfriend, Hardik manipulates Bunny into taking them on his business trip to Go Goa, so they can meet girls...

Frankenstein’s Army review

(Netherlands/USA/Czech Republic, 2013)

All I ask in a horror-thriller is it to be inventive and unique, and though Frankenstein’s Army is far from perfect, first time director Richard Raaphorst and writers Chris W. Mitchell and Miguel Tejada-Flores have created something original to a genre filled with rehashed ideas and remakes.

In Frankenstein’s Army, we’re in theory seeing segments of a filmed mission in sequential order with shaky-camera work and rough splices. However, it cannot truly be called a “found footage” film because the film contradicts itself with having been shot in a 16×9 format, in color, and with perfectly synchronized sound, all of which were not available during that time period.

Through the camera of young cinematographer Dimitri (Alexander Mercury), charged b...

The Romero Strain Cover Artwork

The Romero Strain Cover

This is the cover to my upcoming novel The Romero Strain published by Books of the Dead Press.

Detention of the Dead review

Originally written and published on zombietraining.com on September 19, 2013

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(USA, 2013)

A group of high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they ban together and try to overcome their differences in order to survive a zombie uprising.

On the upside the parody element of stereotypical high school kids, which could have been embarrassing, was handled nicely by allowing the actors to add personality to their respective roles. It also helps that Detention has a solid cast of young actors that can actually act, so when the expected character revelations appear they don’t seem forced or awkward.

On the down side the film falls flat at times with its misplaced character exposition and the comedy being forced at times, including character names and place refere...