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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.

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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...

An Interview with Simon Bamford

Actor Simon Bamford talks Hellraiser and his upcoming role in the zombie horror The 4th Reich

Originally written and published for zombietraining.com on February 11, 2013.

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To horror fans British born actor Simon Bamford is most well-known for appearing in several Clive Barker vehicles. He played the Butterball Cenobite in Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Ohnaka in Nightbreed, and in 2009, he played a character named Derek in Book of Blood. However, there is more to Simon than just playing monstrous characters on film. For over 30 years Simon has performed in theatre all over the world, and has also designed and directed several international tours. In 2000, he won the actor of the year award for his portrayal of Pip in Great Expectations at the Vassa Theatre in Stockholm.

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An Interview with The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun

Originally written and published for zombietraining.com on February 10, 2013.

Before he was cast as Glen Rhee on the hit television series The Walking Dead, Steven Yeun (born Yeun Sang-yeop) had done a few short films and commercial work for Best Buy, Milky Way and Apple. Now, after two and a half seasons on AMC’s international hit show, he is one of the most recognized Korean born male actors of our time, and a superstar in his birth country of South Korea.

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Recently Steven appeared at the Monster-Mania Con #22 horror convention in Cherry Hill, New Jersey for a Walking Dead cast reunion that included Jeffery DeMunn, Emma Bell, Madison Lintz and Norman Reedus...

Gangsters, Guns and Zombies review

(2012, UK)

A bank robbery gone bad has six criminals fleeing with their loot to a safe house amidst a zombie uprising, but when they finally make it they discover the cops waiting. Switch to the backup plan, a secondary safe house near the coast.

Running out of petro and deep within the countryside, the gang try to steal a car from a seemingly empty house but get a surprise when a shotgun toting grandma nix their plans. It’s a standoff between Nana, her granddaughter Cassie (Cassandra Orhan) and the bank robbers until the zombies intercede. Seeing they there not too bad of a lot, Nana (Jennie Lathan) allows them to stay the night, but ring leader Tony, played by Huggy Leaver (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, EastEnders), has other ideas.

This zombie film is supposed to have been a co...

Osombie review

(2012, USA)

While the concept of Osama bin Laden rising from the dead and coming back as a zombie may seem like bad taste to most, the idea for this low-budget action-horror seemed a great idea; especially since the zombie films of late are remakes or ones without any originality. Bad taste or not, it is an original idea with the potential of being a horror film zombie fans would want to see, and early buzz from internet blogs seemed to reflect that notion.

The story follows a group of NATO soldiers in Afghanistan, hunting down the root of a zombie uprising...

Cockneys vs Zombies review

(2012, UK)

The East End of London has been overrun by the undead, all thanks to two dimwitted construction workers who unearth and break into a burial vault that was sealed by the order of King Charles II, believing that they may have found a trove of buried gold. What they find are rotting corpses of the living dead and a quick end.

Meanwhile, as the outbreak begins to spread, two hapless brothers (Harry Treadaway, Terry Macquire) are attempting to rob a bank with the aid of their cousin Katy (Michelle Ryan), an inept convenience store robber (Jack Doolen) and Mental Mickey, a psychopathic career criminal played by Ashley Bashy Thomas...