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Doomsday

Doomsday This is an homage to 1980s action films from Neil Marshall , the brains behind Dog Soldiers . The intro (straight out of Escape from New York ) lets us know that Fast Zombies took over Scotland, and were contained by a high-tech Hadrian's Wall.

Police Chief Bob Hoskins ( Who Framed Roger Rabbit ) and Prime Minister Alexander Siddig ( Star Trek: DS9 ) send Rhona Mitra north to rescue Malcolm McDowell ( Clockwork Orange ) and get the cure. Her team include Adrian Lester ( Robin Hood ) and Sean Pertwee ( Event Horizon ). The result is some full-throttle car chases and great action scenes with cannibalistic punks.

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    Primal

    Primal This is an Australian horror film reminiscent of suspenseful masterpieces like Wolf Creek or Long Weekend . Unfortunately, it suffers quite badly in the comparison.

    Six tweenagers go for a camping trip at a remote site. They cram themselves and their gear into a single jeep, obviously knowing or caring little about safety procedures. This would have been a good setup for a basic survival story, but that would have required writing some characters that were believable and that we actually cared about. Instead, typical of the writer-director wankfest that is the modern Indie horror scene, the writer-director took the OTT supernatural violence route.

    The site is cursed, and one of the tweenagers becomes a fast zombie. She starts to bump off the others, because she is controlled by an evil cave that has rapist tentacles straight out of Evil Dead .

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    Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town

    Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town This is a Troma production, with a tiny role filled by Billy-Bob Thornton ( Armageddon ). It concerns a group of Biker babes and blind orphans in a desert town.

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    Quarantine

    Quarantine This is a low-budget US remake of a Spanish film called [Rec] . It is a Found Footage effort, with television actors. But it is not a bad film, even if it does come across as Blair Witch Project with zombies.

    A TV journalist ( Jennifer Carpenter ) and her cameraman join some cops and fire-fighters in an old apartment building. Then the CDC turns up and quarantines the building and everyone in it. It turns out that a super-virulent strain of Rabies is turning the inhabitants into Fast Zombies. The survivors get picked off one at a time, though the Found Footage format replaces old cliches with new ones. Lots of running around in the dark, the infamous Heather Gallagher scene and so on.

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    Quarantine 2: Terminal

    Quarantine 2: Terminal This is a sequel to the low-budget US remake of a Spanish film called [Rec] . It was written and directed by a single person (always the mark of an amateurish effort), and that person was not one of the original storytellers. The previous film was found footage, while this has the more regular format. The exception is some extraneous shots through a military night-sight, which are neither Point-of-View shots or Found Footage.

    Our heroines are a couple of stewardesses who board a late-night flight out of Los Angeles. One of the passengers watches a live emergency broadcast online, obviously a reference to the previous film.

    There are a few potential sources of infection. One man is bitten by a supposedly tame hamster, while another is horribly ill with what might just be a bad case of food poisoning. We get a bit of suspense, but the outbreak is inevitable.

    The crew manage to land at a nearby effort, but the survivors discover that they have been quarantined. Now, as well as fast zombies, there is a bit of a conspiracy to worry about. This gives us slightly more background on the Doomsday Cult that is apparently behind the virus.

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    Against The Dark

    Against The Dark A disease outbreak causes people to become blood-drinking psychos. Technically they are Vamps rather than Fast Zombies, but in this context it may as well be the same thing. A band of survivors try to escape before the deadline, without getting infected themselves.

    US General Keith David ( The Thing (1982) ) wants to napalm the whole area. The clock ticks down until he calls in an airstrike. This is a blatant piece of phony jeopardy, taken from top-notch action film The Rock.

    Luckily, Steven Seagal ( Under Siege ) and a bunch of special forces goons walk around in stylish black trench-coats. Like all real-life SWAT men should, Seagal comes with his own katana. Courtesy of the SyFy channel, of course.

    There is also a mad scientist, an apparent reference to Italian zombie movie Dr Butcher . He only has a couple of scenes, however - he is terribly under-used, and most of the movie is a series of hand-to-hand encounters with the Infected.

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    World War Z

    World War Z Suburban house-husband Brad Pitt ( Fight Club ) has to save his wife and daughters from Fast Zombies. But as the Zombie Apocalypse develops, we discover he is a UN Special investigator. Once conscripted, he is sent around the world to find a cure. He visits exotic locations like South Korea, Israel ... and Wales.

    The story depends on experts being incapable of doing their jobs properly. The Israeli Defence Force can no longer maintain a secure perimeter, while the World Health Organisation cannot prevent a disease outbreak in their top-level containment facility.

    This is a big-budget zombie movie - something of a contradiction in terms, really. It even uses the term zombie in dialogue, something that never happened in the George A Romero films. It is based on a novel, bt the original writer has apparently disowned it because he wanted Romero-type slow zombies instead of Fast ones.

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    In the Flesh

    In the Flesh This is a three-part UK TV drama, but it works very well considering its limitations. If it had been made for cinematic release, it would not have had the same success.

    Part One is set in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. It was ended when scientists discovered a cure for zombification. Former zombies, now known as PDS sufferers, are re-integrated into society. The only one to look after them is a village nurse who looks too young to have a son in his 20s. The local Militia, the HVF (Human Volunteer Force), is still active in the village - killing suspected zombies.

    Part Two: The protagonist bumps into a fellow PDS sufferer, a girl he used to hunt with. They go to the funfair together.

    The HVF go out hunting in the woods. Yes, there are still rabid rotters on the loose. Will the Militia hand them in for the reward, or kill them in cold blood?

    Part Three: The Protagonist decides to reveal what happened to the missing girl. Some folks show an incredible level of denial. Others show intolerance that is all too human.

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    Carriers

    Carriers A small band of survivors face a zombie apocalypse. Familiar faces include Chris Pine ( Star Trek ) and Christopher Meloni ( Man of Steel ).

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    Terror Experiment, The (AKA Fight or Flight)

    Terror Experiment, The A Timothy McVeigh-style US patriot bombs a Government building. Unfortunately, the building houses their secret germ warfare lab. Their worst virus is unleashed, turning the survivors into fast zombies.

    Jason London ( Mallrats ) tries to lead the survivors to safety. Unfortunately they tend to get split off into smaller groups, then picked off one at a time.

    Police Chief C Thomas Howell ( Peter Benchley's Amazon ) tries to contain the situation. Federal Agent Judd Nelson (Breakfast Club) tries to arrange a cover-up.

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    Eaters

    Eaters This is a Zombie Apocalypse film, in Spanish with subtitles. A couple of survivors are hired to collect specimens for a scientist who still hopes for a cure. They run into a Nazi militia.

    This was directed by Uwe Boll , but compared to his bigger-budgeted, poorly-produced American efforts this is quite watchable.

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    Dance of the Dead

    Dance of the Dead This starts as a typical High School story. Unfortunately, on Prom night there is a zombie apocalypse.

    The main twist is that the zombies are entranced by Heavy Metal music, which the band use like snake-charmers.

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    Boy Eats Girl

    Boy Eats Girl This starts as a typical teenage drama - although this one is set in Dublin, and stars Samantha Mumba . The main boy dies, and his mother does not bother doing First Aid on him - she does voodoo!

    The rules of zombie-ism are a bit twisted. A bite turns the victim into a fast zombie, but there is a magical voodoo cure. However, even after the good guys discover there is a cure they still feed most of their zombie classmates into the woodchipper!

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    Army Of The Dead

    Army of the Dead In 1590 a regiment of Conquistadors marched off in search of El Dorado, and were never seen again. It turns out that they found some gold that had been cursed by an Aztec priest (like in Pirates of the Carribean ), and then got butchered by skeleton warriors ( Mummy 2: The Scorpion King ).

    We move forward to the modern day. How long will the cliched group of tweenagers last? They may be enthusistic at off-road racing, but they are led by an archaeology professor who believes the legends.

    The scenery is amazing, but the story soon gets taken over by the TV-budget CGI SPFX.

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    Zombie Women of Satan

    Zombie Women of Satan This is a low-budget British movie about a burlesque freakshow. They attend an Internet TV studio run by a family of weirdos who keep a huge harem of scantily-clad bimbos. The father is experimenting on a serum to create Fast Zombies. He thinks this will win him the Nobel prize for Medicine, although this must be taken as a further sign of his insanity. And predictably, the harem girls all get infected and go on a rampage.

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    World of the Dead: Zombie Diaries 2

    World of the Dead: Zombie Diaries 2 This is a found footage effort, starting three months after the zombie outbreak. The braindead monsters have taken over the world by outsmarting the humans. One family leave their house's curtains open, so their bright lights will attract any zombie within line of sight. Daddy hears a noise, and wanders off into the darkness without a weapon. Mummy leaves all the doors open, meaning the zombies can wander all over the house with nothing to stop them. Worse, with the doors half-open nobody knows which ones the zombies will appear through! And then she tries to hide in the darkness while waving a bright torchlight around. People like that are too stupid to live!

    The main story concerns a video-journalist documenting a TA (military reservist) unit. Their fortified camp is slowly overrun by Romero Zombies (not FAST ones, the usual slow and lumbering ones). The military blaze away on full auto, wasting lots of ammo and forgetting about headshots. A handful escape, and try to get to safety.

    The military is unpopular with civilians, presumably due to a policy to stem the zombie plague by killing all infected before they turn. In contrast, the civilian survivors seem to be bandits.

    As well as the main officer and the cameraman there is a blonde civilian woman and a couple of redshirts - a female soldier and a token black guy. Who will get bumped off first?

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    Bad Meat

    Bad Meat Teenage tearaway Dave Franco ( Warm Bodies ) gets sent to Boot Camp in Canada. The commandant is Mark Pellegrino ( Supernatural, Lost, Being Human USA ), who has actually changed his appearance by getting a side-parting and a toothbrush moustache.

    The staff eat poisoned meat, and turn into cannibalistic monsters. The inmates (including Elizabeth Harnois - playing a teenager despite having hit thirty) have to fight for their lives.

    The movie ran out of funds half-way through. As a result, a couple of characters are mysteriously off-screen for most of the film, and there is no third act. Seriously, there is no denouement or climax!

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    Cowboys & Zombies

    Cowboys & Zombies In the wild west, a bounty hunter searches for a Native American warrior. Nearby, some prospectors uncover a strange rock. They take it back to the town, where it turns everyone into a zombie.

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    I Sell The Dead

    I Sell the Dead Convicted bodysnatcher Dominic Monahan ( Lost ) is on Death Row. He makes his confession to a monk (Ron Perlman - Hellboy, Pacific Rim ).

    This is like a fantasy version of Burke and Hare , where as well as dealing in actual corpses they have to contend with zombies.

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    Stag Night of the Dead

    Stag Night of the Dead Five idiots and a hot stripper go off on a stag weekend. Instead of playing old-fashioned laser tag or paintball they get the newest version ... with stun-guns and zombies!

    There are some nice references to The Prisoner , including a Dwarfish butler.

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    The Desert

    The Desert Two men and a woman are trapped together in a house in Spain. Outside is a zombie apocalypse. Our protagonists have military-grade assault rifles, although anyone who has seen The Walking Dead will know that they are of limited use.

    This is not an action thriller, it is more of a survival drama - like Blair Witch Project . Unfortunately, this effort suffers in the comparison. The characters have their flaws, but one cannot really care for any of them.

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    Sexy Killer

    Sexy Killer This is a ramped-up version of American Psycho 2 , with a protagonist who looks like the title character from Don't Trust the Bitch In Apartment 23!

    Basically, the bitchy/sexy killer is a college student who works her way through the campus. The plot takes an even bigger turn when the medical students start bringing the murder victims back as zombies!

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    Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things

    Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things This is a low-budget film from the early 1970s. The director was Bob Clark - this is closer in tone to Porky's than to the original Black Christmas .

    A theatre company of twenty-somethings in brightly-coloured clothing go to an island with a large cemetary. The company's director wants to act out a satanic ritual with a genuine corpse.

    About half-way through the film, the corpses come back to life. The kids board themselves up in an abandoned house, like in Night of the Living Dead .

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    The Signal

    The Signal A TV signal sends people into a homicidal rage, not unlike the apocalypse scenario in TV show Dollhouse. The infected people start to suffer hallucinations. This leads to sporadic bursts of brutal violence.

    This story is told in three episodes, each centring around a different character.

  • Transmission I: Crazy In Love
  • Transmission II: The Jealousy Monster
  • Transmission III: Escape from Terminus
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    Apocalypse of the Dead

    Apocalypse of the Dead This is set in Serbia, of all places. The protagonists are US Government Agents named after famous film directors (Milius, etc). The team leader is Ken Foree ( Dawn of the Dead ). They must transport a violent criminal to Budapest airport, where they will fly him to secure custody. Naturally, a zombie apocalypse slows them down.

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    Survival of the Dead

    Survival of the Dead This is the newest in George A Romero 's zombie series, a crossover from Diary of the Dead . It is surprising that a big-name horror director is working with the kind of budget that one would associate with the terrible made-for-TV efforts from the SyFy channel. But his long years of expertise in the independent film-making sector mean that he delivers a quality effort, whatever its drawbacks. The SPFX are hi-tech compared to the 1960s stuff he started with, with CGI exploding heads becoming almost the norm, but he uses the now cheap technology to good effect.

    Our heroes are a military team who have gone AWOL and decided to prey on the living while running from the dead. They end up getting involved with some canadian actors with terrible Oirish Accents supposedly playing hillbillies living on Plum Island, Delaware.

    Oirishman Kenneth Walsh ( Twin Peaks ) has a feud with a more powerful Oirish clan, and gets exiled from the island. Can he get back to see his daughter (played by an actress who looks like Maggie Siff from Sons of Anarchy)?

  • Night Of The Living Dead
  • Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  • Day of the Dead (1985)
  • Land of the Dead
  • Diary of the Dead
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    Before Dawn

    Before Dawn This starts with some beautiful shots of the rural countryside of the Lake District in the north of England. Then we meet the protagonists, a mismatched married couple. She is a wiry little redhead who works out in a boxing gymn. He is a big bald flabby skinhead who goes shopping in a supermarket. They drive to the Lake District to spend some time together, without the hassles of big-city life.

    Unfortunately, the characters are mainstream folks who exhibit typical genre blindness. They ignore suspicious signs, like an abandoned car on the roadside (smeared with blood, if they had cared to look). Also, there is no sign of life anywhere around the holiday home they rented.

    It turns out that there is one or more fast Zombies on the loose. When these fellows start to run, they go at full pelt and they keep going.

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    Remains

    Remains Grant Bowler ( Defiance ) and Evalena Marie are service employees in a run-down casino in Reno, Nevada. They are locked in a storeroom together when a nearby nuclear explosion turns the population into Fast Zombies. They have to secure the building, and wait for rescue.

    Lance Reddick ( Fringe ) is leader of a military unit that comes to the city. But can he and his men be trusted? After all, in a post-apocalyptic world the greatest danger comes from other survivors.

    Cast aside, this is a generic modern zombie movie. The zombies themselves only represent exactly as much danger to the protagonists as is demanded by the script. The result is an uneven tone to the film.

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    Harold's Going Stiff

    Harold's Going Stiff This is a found footage movie, but its light-hearted tone makes it more of a mockumentary.

    Basically, there has been a zombie outbreak caused by a dodgy ingredient in a new brand of frozen food.

  • 2000
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    Zombie Kill!

    Zombie Kill! A handful of Dutch citizens get themselves arrested and locked in the police cells. This turns out to be a good thing, because the city is hit by meteors. When they get out they discover that everyone above ground has been turned into zombies with green blood.

    The main twist is that unlike in America there are no gun stores, so they arm up with sporting equipment instead!

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    Scary or Die

    Scary Or Die This is an anthology of five short films, presented as being on a website named ScaryOrDie.Com ... Several actors play different roles in different films, which may be confusing for people who tune in halfway through.

  • The Crossing
    Some rednecks take the American border controls with Mexico to a lethal extreme, as was touched on in the film Machete . However, this time the villains run into some vengeful zombies ...
  • Taejung's Lament
    A lonely, middle-aged Oriental businessman is lonely in Los Angeles. Like a reverse version of Lost In Translation. But no sooner does he spot a beautiful young chinese woman than she gets abducted by an unknown assailant. Rather than call the police, the protagonist goes to her rescue alone. But what has he gotten himself into?
  • Re-Membered
    A suspicious type is driving his car at night, when a knocking sound comes from the trunk - like in Goodfellas. He learns that Re-membered is the reverse of dis-membered ...
  • Clowned
    A drug-dealer pedals his wares on the beachfront at Los Angeles. Children are going missing in the area, and his kid brother might be next.
    If you get bitten by a vamp, werewolf or zombie you might become one of them. What happens if you get bitten by a clown? The protagonist finds out, and ends up wandering the streets disguised as the Elephant Man.
  • Lover Come Back
    This is narrated by a young woman whose Creole grandfather was a Voodoo practitioner.

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    Cockneys vs Zombies

    Cockneys vs Zombies Rasimus Hardiker ( Your Highness ) and his brother are a pair of mockney geezers on the make. Unfortunately, some workmen accidentally unleash a horde of zombies.

    The good news is, they are slow zombies - with the walking speed of the average Old Age Pensioner. Unfortunately, our heroes want to save their grandma and her friends who are in a nearby nursing home filled with retired Eastenders bit-players.

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    Devilís Playground

    Devilís Playground A new pharmaceutical product turns people who use it into Fast Zombies. Worse than merely being fast, they suddenly become expert free-runners. Yes, the English film-makers seem to have taken this idea from Battle of the Bone !

    Hulking mercenary Craig Fairbrass has to hunt down the cure, the only test subject known to be immune to the drug - Myanna Buring . She has teamed up with her estranged ex-husband (Danny Dyer - ), a disgraced ex-cop who knows how to handle himself. Along with some dodgy types (including Jamie Murray ) they try to survive the Zombie free-runner apocalypse.

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    Humans vs Zombies

    Humans vs Zombies The title is a reference to a Live Action Role-Play game played by the protagonists, as group of older-looking students at college in the USA. Predictably (and eventually, after a very slow build-up) the campus and town are overrun by real zombies - fast ones, that is, infected by a virus spread in a chemical deployed to counteract an oil spill.

    The characters are a predictable mish-mash of archetypes - the gamer who is meta about the zombie apocalypse cliches, the sports jock and the counter-culture gamer girl. There is even a cut-price Jack Black! But the low budget seems to save it - there are no recognisable stars with the baggage of previous roles, merely some relatively underwritten characters.

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    13 Eerie

    13 Eerie A criminology Professor takes a group of students to a remote location, where they get picked off one at a time. If this sounds familiar it was the plot to a couple of whodunit films - D-Tox and Mindhunters. But this time the Professor (Michael Shanks - Stargate SG-1 ) is a CSI expert, and his students include Brendan Fehr ( Roswell ) and Katharine Isabelle .

    This is not a slasher film with a serial killer. Instead, the killers are fast zombies left over from unethical experiments on convicts. The victims are inexperienced students, so they can be excused for not acting like professionals, although this does take things borderline close to the clichťs of the Dead teenager movie.

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    Smart Zombies Franchise

    Deadheads

    Deadhead This introduces a fourth kind of Zombie. Previously we had Voodoo, Romero, Fast - and now we have Smart as well.

    Our hero wakes up dead, and his day gets worse from there. He discovers he was murdered and then reanimated as a walking corpse. Luckily, one of the other zombies has also retained his mental faculties so they can actually have a conversation together. Unfortunately, they then run into the black Bruce Willis!

    The zombies decide to go on a road trip so the hero can propose to his girlfriend. However, a US Government clean-up crew is on their tail.

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    Warm Bodies

    Warm Bodies This is narrated by our protagonist, a zombie known as R. He wanders the streets after a zombie apocalypse, and meets a human survivor named Julie. Yes, this is basically a Romeo and Juliet story with a twist. That is why they released it on Valentine's Week and not at Halloween!

    Not only are human brains tasty and nutritious, but when a zombie eats them he absorbs the victim's memories. The zombies lumber along, but when food is close they can move very fast. This makes them more like The Infected (AKA Fast Zombies). And if they are infected, there may be a cure ...

    Rombie and Julie encounter a few obstacles. She already has a BF - the annoying pretty-boy from Scrubs: Med School. Plus, she also has a psycho dad - the leader of the human resistance (John Malkovich - Con Air). Well, it is nice to see Cyrus the Virus as the potential SAVIOR of mankind!

    Zombies that deteriorate too far become fast-moving CGI skeletons nicknamed Bonies. They are like the Sub-Suckers in Vampire Apocalypse film Daybreak , which had its own share of problems. This is convenient, because it allows the zombies and humans the chance to bond by teaming up against a mutual enemy.

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    Girl With All The Gifts, The

    Girl With All The Gifts, The This is an adaptation of the novel She Who Brings Gifts. Due to colour-blind casting, the black child and the white teacher have swapped races. To some people this is a big issue, but it is one of pragmatism. Firstly, the main role required the best child actor available. Secondly, the nearest Black equivalent to Gemma Arterton would be Naomie Harris, but she does not really have the star power. Other white alternatives, the American equivalent (Scarlet Johannson) or the (Slightly) older English version (Kate Winslet), would make money the big issue. The entire budget was only 4 mil, and an A-lister would not take a phone call for that much.

    Melanie is a young girl in a boarding school that is run more like a prison, guarded by British Army Sergeant Parker (Paddy Considine - Dead Man's Shoes ) and run by Doctor Caldwell ( Glenn Close ). The girl is a teacher's pet towards her teacher ( Gemma Arterton ), but she and her fellow inmates are guarded at all times.

    The base is overrun by Fast Zombies, because a fungus transmitted through bodily fluids has been spreading for the last decade or so. A small group of survivors (the child and the big-name actors) flee the Fast Zombies, a scenario reminiscent of the last big British zombie movie - 28 Weeks Later . They have sound suppressors for their rifles, like in The Walking Dead , although knives are useless against the Fast Zombies.

    Our heroes try to find the next sanctuary. They take the direct route - on foot through London! There, they stumble across the next stages in the zombies' evolution. One is the sporing process of the fungus itself. The other is a group of feral children, straight out of Lord of the Flies. Perhaps the Smart Zombies are the next step of humanity's evolution - a human-fungus symbiote that will replace humans as the dominant species, like the vampires in I Am Legend .

    All in all this is an above-average effort. It is well-written (based on a novel) and has a great cast. However, instead of being a genre-changer (as the original Joe Straczynski script for World War Z is rumoured to have been) it merely feels slightly derivative.

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    Not Zombies Franchise

    Day of the Triffids (2008)

    Day of the Triffids (2008) Bill Mason (Dougray Scott - Mission Impossible 2 ) is an expert in Triffids - flesh-eating plants. This is useful when they replace humans as the dominant species.

    The Greater London Area gets depopulated, except for blind people. Sighted people are rounded up and handcuffed to the blind people, so as to make more effective foraging teams. But the Triffids are on the march, and soon they will rule the streets. They may lumber slowly, like zombies, but they also have vicious tentacles and they aim for their victim's eyes. Naturally, nobody thinks of blocking natural choke points like bridges so as to limit the Triffids' progress through the city.

    Bill and his partner ( Joely Richardson ) try to survive. They get conscripted by Eddie Izzard ( Mystery Men ) and Jason Priestley ( Jeremiah ).

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    Joely Richardson now works for Eddie Izzard, making a public service broadcast on the radio summoning survivors to London. She eventually becomes cynical about this.

    Mason and Priestly hide out in a sanctuary run by Mother Superior ( Vanessa Redgrave ). Is it too good to be true?

    They want to get to Mason's father (Brian Cox - Troy ). He is the greatest living authority on Triffids, and has been working on a cure ever since the Apocalypse started.

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    The Last Sentinel

    The Last Sentinel Clone warrior Don Wilson hides out in a post-apocalyptic city. He has flashbacks to the last battle, where he and his colleague (Mykelita Williamson - Total Recall 2012 ) and commanding officer Keith David ( The Thing ) took on an army of black-leather-clad cyborgs. The idea of firing from cover never occurs to them - they display a complete ignorance of military tactics, and instead charge headlong into enemy fire.

    Wilson is joined by Resistance fighter Katee Sackoff .

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    Contagion

    Contagion This is a global story, using an international cast and worldwide locations. The result is a zombie apocalypse without the zombies.

    Gwyneth Paltrow flies home from Hong Kong to hubby Matt Damon ( Dogma ). But she brings bat flu with her, and soon people are dropping like flies.

    Laurence Fishburne ( Event Horizon, Predators ) and Kate Winslett are the CDC boss and field agent respectively. International doctor Maria de Medeiros is in China, trying to find the original source.

    Pentagon goons Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) and Enrico Corleoni ( Veronica Mars ) take over the CDC. Conspiracy journalist Jude Law ( A.I. ) blogs about a potential cure.

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    The Road

    The Road This is a post-apocalyptic story based on a work by Literature novelist Cormac McCarthy . Viggo Mortensen ( Lord of the Rings ) and his pre-teen son wander the hills of Appalachia. It is full of sadistic cannibalistic hill-billies, so you will be happy to know that not much has changed. In between flashbacks of Charlize Theron , the wandering duo encounter suspicious characters like Robert Duval ( Secondhand Lions ) and Michael K Williams ( Flash Forward ). Guy Pearce ( Lockdown ) and Molly Parker also make an appearance at the end.

    The cause of the apocalypse is never explained, it could be a nuclear war or a supervolcano but apparently the writer intended an asteroid-induced Extinction Level Event like in Armageddon . After ten years of nuclear winter, the crops and the animals have all died. The only sources of food available are scavenged supplies, and human flesh. The man and his boy only have two bullets between them, to use on themselves. Yes, even by apocalypse standards this is quite bleak!

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    The Day

    The Day Shawn Ashmore ( Earthsea ), Dominic Monaghan ( Lost ) and a token black guy wander a post-apocalyptic wasteland. They even have a couple of girls ( Ashley Bell, Shannon Sossymon ) for company. However, this is more like The Road than The Walking Dead - there are cannibals, but no actual zombies.

    Our heroes get ambushed by the cannibals. They dig in to make a last stand.

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    Retreat

    Retreat Martin (Cillian Murphy - Batman Begins ) and Kate ( Thandie Newton ) go to stay on a deserted island somewhere in the British Isles. They are supposed to be a married couple, but she refuses to let him see her naked in the bathtub. Evidently they are one of those troubled couples who are trying to overcome a tragedy - like in Vacancy .

    The shore station does not respond on the radio. Soldier-boy Jack (Jamie Bell - Jumper ) staggers into their farmyard, with a head wound and pistol. He tells a story that there is a South American epidemic, an airborne disease that has spread globally. Then he starts to fortify the house ...

    The story of three people stuck together on a deserted island is reminiscent of the first feature film by Richard Marquand , with the exterior threat as the Second World War instead of a virus epidemic. In comparison, this effort does not fare well. The three main cast members all deliver strong performances, as befits their combined decades of experience. However, the plot itself is sub- M Night Shyamalan .

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