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Daylight's End

Daylight's End Rourke (Johnny Strong - ) is a drifter who drives across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The human race has been transformed into monsters by a virus or something. They are more like vampires than fast zombies - they burn up when exposed to direct sunlight.

The protagonist teams up with a bunch of cops in SWAT armour. The extras get helmets, but the main characters (who have to be photogenic and easily identifiable) do not. Their leaders are the former Chief of Detectives (Lance Hendricksen - Terminator ) and his son (Louis Mandylor - ).

At the end of the day, this has high production values and a couple of recognisable names in the cast. Some of the supporting actors do not perform as strongly, but on a low-budget B-movie you can only expect so much.

Normally low-budget horror movies suffer by being written and directed by a single person. Luckily this effort avoided the same problem by having different specialists for each task. However, there is a different example of one participant Johnny Strong is not only the star, he is also a producer and he wrote and performed the soundtrack.

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    Exit Humanity

    Exit Humanity A title-card gives us the backstory. The zombie apocalypse has begun. Brian Cox ( Manhunter ) narrates the tale of his ancestor, who lived through a previous zombie outbreak in the wild west.

    The ancestor was a veteran of the US civil War. When he returned home he lost his family in the outbreak, and wandered the wilderness alone. Eventually he found a stranger with a quest. A mad Confederate General (Bill Moseley - ) has his men abduct people so that his Doctor (Stephen Mchattie - ) can experiment on them. The hope is of finding someone who is immune, so that they can create a cure. Since these villains have abducted the stranger's sister, our hero agrees to help rescue her.

    The survivors seek refuge with a local witch-woman ( Dee Wallace ). Luckily, they discover the source of the outbreak of zombies. Also, somehow the hero manages to write a journal about all of this. Even scenes that he is not present in.

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    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies The book that this is based on follows the plot of the Jane Austen novel quite well. However, this adaptation is in name only. The genre has been shifted from romantic comedy-drama to all-out action-adventure. As a result, Mr Wickham is no longer a minor supporting role in a subplot and is now a central character. Darcy is not merely a local gentleman, he is a Colonel in the zombie-killing Militia.

    Circa the year 1800, England is overrun by flesh-eating zombies. These are no normal zombies, they are the most unusual kind. The undead plague began in the colonies, so it may be a voodoo curse reminiscent of Zombie Flesh-Eaters . However, it is spread by bodily fluids, perhaps a reference to the Cholera epidemics from India in the 1830s. This spread-by-bite aspect makes the zombies more like the Romero type in Night of the Living Dead . Thirdly, in the post- 28 Days Later era most zombies are FAST zombies, and this film is no exception. Finally, the plague's leaders are SMART zombies ... the type four, and in this version they only turn rabid after they have eaten human brains. Yes, this is an action-adventure with fast, smart zombies and the rom-com elements are pushed into the B-Story.

    Be warned, there is a post-credits sequence.

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    Zombie Strippers

    Zombie Strippers This starts as a satire on the US Military-Industrial complex. George Bush is re-elected, starting wars against anyone who speaks Arabic or French - including Canada. Unfortunately, the US military runs out of cannon-fodder. The answer is to reanimate the dead ones, like in Universal Soldier . Naturally, the zombified test subjects take over the lab. A Special Forces unit is sent in, consisting of a ragged bunch of misfits. However, they do not pay attention in the briefing. The scientist clearly states that an EMP will knock out the zombies, but does not state that it will kill them. Also, they do not seem to understand that an EMP will take out their non-hardened radio communications gear.

    The lab is next door to a strip-club run by Robert Englund ( Nightmare on Elm Street ). The headliner Jenna Jameson gets bitten and infected. The good news is, the virus is gender-selective so she becomes a Type Four (Smart) zombie. The bad news is, the female zombies must feed on the flesh of their custmers, who then turn into the old-fashioned, feral zombies. The good news, there is a never-ending supply of customers because local men find zombie women strangely irresistable. The bad news is, Robert Englund has a limited amount of storage space in his basement to keep all the male zombies.

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    Doghouse

    Doghouse Danny Dyer ( ), Noel Clarke ( Centurion ) and a bunch of their mates go on a men-only weekend trip with Christina Cole as their bus-driver. They are all hen-pecked by their women, except for the homosexual one who is hen-pecked by his boyfriend. As a result, they all want to get away from that kind of abuse. Unfortunately the village they go to has been cursed by a witch, and all the women have been turned into monsters and eaten all the men.

    This film is played for laughs, and it does have a certain amount of originality - especially with regards to the nature of the monsters. Phase one is a simple Fast Zombie. Phase two involves metamorphosis into a more lycanthropic creature.

    The lads so have one slim hope. Neil Maskell ( Utopia ) was delayed, and might turn up just in time to save them. Although we all know how that turned out in The Shining .

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    Dead Snow Franchise

    Dead Snow

    Dead Snow A group of skiers stay in a cabin in the mountains of Norway. They discover a hidden treasure of gold coins. Then they start to get bumped off, one at a time, by Nazi zombies.

    This is a tongue-in-cheek effort that does not take itself seriously.

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    Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead

    Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead This carries on directly from the final confrontation in the previous film. The protagonist survives, but his troubles have not ended. As per the rules of And Then There Was One , as the sole survivor he is arrested and blamed for all the deaths. His only allies are a group of American internet nerds who call themselves the Zombie Squad.

    The nerds realise that they are not up against the Romero type of zombie that eats brains and spreads the infection by bite. While these Nazi zombies are both fast and relatively smart, they are basically the old-fashioned voodoo curse zombie. They have been given a mission, and will not rest until it is fulfilled. In the first movie, that mission was to protect the gold. However, it turns out they have another mission too. Hitler ordered the Colonel to annihilate a nearby village.

    The villains re-arm at the local museum. Luckily for them it has a fully operational Tiger tank that is fueled and armed with live ammunition. Even better, the zombies include an expert tank crew.

    To fight an army of Nazi zombies, the good guys have to raise their own army. Luckily there is a mass grave of Soviet POWs nearby, eager to get their revenge on the Nazi officer who killed them.

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    Outpost Franchise

    Outpost

    Outpost A group of mercenaries led by Ray Stevenson ( Punisher: War Zone ) and Michael Smiley ( The Aliens ) are hired to escort a scientist to an abandoned World War Two bunker. Unfortunately the bunker is in the former Yugoslavia, hence the heavily-armed mercs.

    When the men get to their destination they eventually realise they have bigger problems than the local militias. The bunker was site of Nazi experiments to create an army of super-soldiers. When the mercenaries enter, the Nazi ghost-soldiers start to pick them off, one at a time. So, totally original idea for a film

    This is part of a sub-genre of horror film, the military supernatural survival film. Prime examples would be The Keep, The Bunker, Deathwatch ...

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    Outpost: Black Sun

    Outpost: Black Sun This is a sequel to a low-budget horror film. Usually these things are made on the cheap in Eastern Europe. This one is set in Eastern Europe, but made on the cheap in Scotland.

    A young female Nazi-hunter tortures OAP Nazi Michael Pennington ( ) for personal vengeance. Then she discovers that he helped fund the expedition from the first film. In order to catch his boss, she goes to the bunker area.

    The bunker is surrounded by an electro-magnetic field that is slowly expanding. The Nazi super-soldiers are unkillable anywhere in that field, which is now thirty miles across. Luckily she teams up with Richard Coyle ( Prince of Persia ) and some soldiers led by Daniel Caglione (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking barrels).

    Parts of this are unoriginal, but for what it is (a sequel to a low-budget horror) it is watchable.

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    Outpost: Rise of the Spetznaz

    Outpost: Rise of the Spetznaz

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