Ruminations Upon a Second Viewing of ARMY OF THE DEAD

As far as zombie movies go, my favorites, bar none, are the Blind Dead films from Amando de Ossorio. The Blind Zombies *are* zombies, but I don’t tend to think of them in the same way I think of standard zombies. They have their own unique style, their own collective personality, so I tend to not include them when I’m categorizing zombie flicks. Other than the Blind Dead, then, what are my faves? The original Romero trilogy, naturally. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD, and DAY OF THE DEAD. And then there’s Lucio Fulci’s ZOMBIE (which is also ascribed various other titles depending on the country in which it is being offered, but we don’t need to get into that here). The 2010 Africa-set THE DEAD occupies the next rung on the ladder, alongside SHAUN OF THE DEAD. And now there’s a new contender perched beside them on that rung. Move it on over, SHAWN OF THE DEAD and THE DEAD, because ARMY OF THE DEAD is moving in!

Yes, I enjoyed the film that much. It has gravitas enough to be taken seriously while at the same time being tongue-in-cheek enough to watch with a big smile on your face. I loved it. Crap. Going back to my listing of favorites, I forgot about ZOMBIE LAKE. I love that cheeseburger pie as much as the Blind Dead films. And then there’s ZOMBIELAND and its sequel. They’re on the limb alongside SHAUN and the African zombies and now ARMY OF THE DEAD. That limb is getting’ crowded, I reckon.

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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