Movie Review: ARMY OF THE DEAD

This was an unexpected surprise. When I first heard that this film, Zack Snyder’s return to the Horror genre (and the zombie subgenre in particular) would be a Netflix project I resigned myself to likely never seeing it, or if I did I accepted that it would take a while. Netflix doesn’t get in any hurry about releasing original content onto DVD, if it ever bothers at all. When I learned that Netflix had reached a deal with the Cinemark theater chain to release the movie to theaters before it goes to livestreaming, I was thrilled. Does the movie live up to my heightened expectations? Indeed it does.

See, my expectations weren’t all that heightened, honestly. I enjoyed Zack Snyder’s remake of DAWN OF THE DEAD back in 2004, but I didn’t think it lived (or un-lived) up to the original. It was fun but it wasn’t Romero. So I went into ARMY OF THE DEAD using DAWN OF THE DEAD, Snyder’s version, as the measuring stick. I wasn’t expecting Romero in his prime. I just wanted a good, entertaining zombie movie, and that’s what I got. ARMY OF THE DEAD exceeded my expectations, in fact. Yeah, it could’ve perhaps used a little trimming in places, and there’s nothing really new or innovative involved. But ultimately it’s a hell of a lot of fun. I mean, it’s got a zombie tiger, for petesakes!

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

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