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Cowboys vs Zombies review

Cowboys vs Zombies: The Devil’s Crossing

(USA, 2014)

Director/writer James Ryan Gary feature debut, Cowboys vs. Zombies: The Devil’s Crossing was made on $5,000. With this kind of budget one would expect some flaws, but the true flaw is with the screenwriting. The film was originally named The Devil’s Crossing and was made in 2011, not getting an US release until December 2013.

When the film opens we see the protagonist Shadrach (Michael Sharpe) digging a wintery grave in the woods, talking to who is perceived to be the grave digger’s boss. This scene sets up what appears to be a period piece. But don’t let this fool you. Onto the next scene, the opening credits. We are now in a “saloon” in a town called Celeste...

Crusade Comics Founder Billy Tucci Goes Zombie

Crusade Comics Founder Billy Tucci talks prepping, zombies, and his latest projects

New York Comic Con 2013 Interview

Originally written and published on zombietraining.com on November 15, 2013.

William [Billy] Tucci founded Crusade Comics in the early ‘90s from his one-bedroom apartment in Queens, NY. Crusade Comics’ flagship title, Shi: Way of the Warrior has sold over 4 million comic books and grossed over $25 million in sales since debuting in March 1994. Several comic characters, including Top Cow’s Witchblade and David Mack’s Kabuki, actually debuted in Shi.

Tucci also did the penciling for Marvel Comics’ Heroes for Hire, and DC Comics’ Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion...

Running Home by Julie Hutchings review

When I was asked to read this book, I reluctantly agreed. Frankly, the whole vampire genre has been oversaturated and killed with too many novels geared towards the young adult market, like Vampire University, The Vampire Diaries, Twilight. The genre needs a stake driven through it’s lifeless heart and resurrected – and that is what Julie Hutchings has done with her novel Running Home.

This is not a book about brooding, misunderstood vampires with perfectly sculpted bodies and the woman that fall in love with them. This is a mixture of dark horror and the supernatural with an infusion of Japanese myth. It’s a book of twists and turns that at times you’ll scratch your head and say, ‘what the hell, didn’t see that coming.”

There are no stereotype vampires in Ms...

Zombie Hunter review

Originally written and published on zombietraining.com on October 3, 2013.

(USA, 2013)

You can tell that director/writer Kevin King has a love of films. His directorial debut, Zombie Hunter, is filled with homages to some great post-apocalyptic and horror films of the past, however, not all of them work, but for the most part the film still delivers.

zombie hunter review ts alan

Set six months after a zombie apocalypse that was caused by the long-term affects of a highly potent and addictive street drug called Natas (think about it), a leather jacket wearing loner known only as the Hunter (Martin Copping), drives through the wastelands of rural America in a suped-up Chevrolet Camaro killing as many “Eaters” as he can. If that sounds vaguely familiar, it should...

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...

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...