Last week, while writing about ARMY OF THE DEAD and commenting that it was now among my favorite zombie flicks, I proceeded to mention the other movies that occupy that elite eclectic grouping. Romero’s original Living Dead trilogy. Fulci’s ZOMBIE (aka ZOMBIE 2 aka ZOMBI aka ZOMBI 2). The ZOMBIELAND flicks. SHAUN OF THE DEAD and ZOMBIE LAKE, to cover the comedies. And in terms of unintentional comedies, my beloved Blind Dead films. But my lovely better half reminded me, when she read the article, that I’d neglected to include some of my *other* favorites. This post, then, is to rectify that.
28 DAYS LATER. How could I forget about this modern masterpiece? And the classic, legendary, even, WHITE ZOMBIE starring Bela Lugosi? Val Lewton’s I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE? WORLD WAR Z? PLANET TERROR? ZOMBEAVERS? And of recent vintage, THE CURED.
This last one, an underappreciated independent production, starred Ellen Page. I’m not calling her “Elliot Page” here, because at the time, she was still Ellen. Is this the proper etiquette? I’m asking seriously, here. I totally get that now it’s Elliot Page. And I have no problem referring to him as “Elliot” or “Mr. Page”. But Elliot Page wasn’t in THE CURED, was he? If we are referring to actors, and the actor has transitioned, should we go back and use their new name as opposed to their “dead” name for all previous work? I genuinely do not know. I ask with all respect, which is appropriate? (How appropriate is it, though, that we’re using a term like “dead name” in a post about zombies?)