Neil parker is a passionate wildlife photographer who pays more attention to his wildlife than his human life. as a result his relationships with the real world suffer. when his girlfriend walks out on him he resigns himself to isolation and nature. but a chance occurrence changes all that.
Changes that he can't seem to handle, changes that seem to take his humanity away...changes that seem unable to change back?
The story follow his journey into a darkness that has to be seen to be believed. a monster that seems to be rising out of the depths of desolation and agony...soulless, depraved and out of control...
CAST & CREW
ZOMBIE FACTS, FIGURES AND HISTORY.
1968 NIGHT OF HE LIVING DEAD - GEORGE ROMERO
GROSS $42 MILLION
1981 THE EVIL DEAD - SAM RAIMI
GROSS $29 MLLION
2002 28 DAYS LATER - DANNY BOYLE
BUDGET $8 MILLION
GROSS $82 MILLION
2004 SHAUN OF THE DEAD - EDGAR WRIGHT
BUDGET $5 MILLION
GROSS $29 MILLION
2004 DAWN OF THE DEAD - ZACK SNYDER
BIDGET $28 MILLION
GROSS $102 MILLION
2005 LAND OF THE DEAD - GEORGE ROMERO
BUDGET $15 MILLION
GROSS $46 MILLION
2007 I AM LEGEND - FRANCIS LAWRENCE
BUDGET $150 MILLION
GROSS $585 MILLION
2008 COLIN - MARC PRICE
2009 ZOMBIELAND - RUBEN FLESCHER
BUDGET $23 MILLION
GROSS $102 MILLION
2010 THE CRAZIES - BRECK EISNER
BUDGET $20 MILLION
GROSS $54 MILLION
2002 - 2010 RESIDENT EVIL (ALL FOUR FILMS)
BUDGET $183 MILLION
GROSS $673 MILLION
Why do we Love Zombies?
What is it about these creatures that attract us to them? If I were a sociologist I would probably answer that question in this fashion:
"The attraction of some to the zombie and the genre of films in which they appear represents an inner desire to place blame for society's
misgivings on the establishment, i.e. big business, big government, etc. and use the zombie as the most logical outcome if the
establishment were to be left unchecked by a complacent population."
Me not being a sociologist though, I would have to answer that question like this: "We are just a bunch of sick freaks that use the
cinematic visions of the undead feasting on the living as a release from the everyday monotony of life."
In the Beginning...
In the period of time that I like to call B.R. (Before Romero) the zombie as we know it did not exist. Pre-1968 zombies were something entirely different. These animated corpses were a product of voodoo and the movies portrayed them as such. In films such as White Zombie (1932) and Revenge of the Zombies(1943), lifeless bodies were removed from the grave right after burial and turned into living mindless slaves obeying the biddings of a human master.
1968: Birth of the Modern Zombie
In 1968 along came a man who would revolutionize the horror genre and breath new life (or undeath) into the zombie. A small budget black and white film titled Night of the Living Dead , written and directed by George A. Romero, hit theaters and drive-ins in 1968. The effects of Romero's ground-breaking treatment of the theme are still being felt today. From the moment that we heard "They're coming to get you Barbara", the zombie became fair game again, and the gore effect became a staple of the genre.
The 1970s: Zombie Genre Growing Pains
The seventies were a decade that consisted of a lot of growing pains for the Zombie genre. Filmmakers were not quite sure how to properly utilize this new tool that had been thrown into the horror toolbox. There were a couple of decent attempts such as Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972) and Garden of the Dead (1972). Though not great, they were not that bad either. The better films of the decade seemed to come from the minds of European film makers. Eurohorror produced such gems as Tombs of the Blind Dead (Tombs of the Blind Dead 1971) and Horror Rises From the Tomb (Horror Rises from the Tomb 1973). In 1978 Romero gave the genre a much needed "fatherly" shove in the right direction with Dawn of the Dead (1978). The first to gather an understanding of where the genre was going was Lucio Fulci who ended the decade with the release of Zombi 2 (1979, 1980 U.S.).
The Roaring 1980s
Like a child with the training wheels taken off, zombie films took off in the eighties. The list of movies adding to the Zombie Movie History from the 80s is long and includes many of the classics if the genre: Dead and Buried (1981), The Evil Dead (1982), Zombie Island Massacre (1984), Day of the Dead (1985), The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Night of the Creeps (1986), Evil Dead II (1987), The Dead Next Door (1988).
It was also during this time that certain rules became staples of the genre, some accepted, some rejected, and others made fun of:
• If you didn't die first, you ain't a zombie.
• Zombies are not cannibals. They do not feed on each other only living flesh.
• The only way to stop a zombie is a well placed head shot. (Hammer, ice-pick, gun, axe, etc.)
• Intelligence is not a their strong point.
There are other rules that are deemed acceptable to bend if necessary, but these are pretty much untouchable.
1990s: Zombie Film Makers Lost Their Way
Teenagers, you see, think they know everything and that they are bullet-proof. It is during the teen years that the most mistakes are made.
That is what the nineties were to the zombie film - mistake time. Though there were a few greats, such as Braindead (1992) and Dellamorte Dellamore (Cemetery Man 1994), they were hard to spot floating around in the waste water with Dead Men Don't Die (1990), Zombie Rampage 2 (1992), Zombie Holocaust (1995) and Zombie Doom (1999).
2000 - Present: The Future Looks Bright
Today, it seems as though the zombie genre is moving into responsible adulthood.
There have been some good films released so far in this decade, notably Land of the Dead (2005), Dawn of the Dead 2004 (2004), and Shaun of the Dead (2004).
There are a few remakes in the works that I am a little hesitant about, but I am very optimistic about what the future holds for zombie fans everywhere. So, just remember...If work is weighing you down, home life is racking your nerves, and nothing seems to be going right, there is nothing more calming than a good healthy dose of gory, human flesh eating, zombie mayhem. Whether you want to blame "the Man" for societies woes, or just like seeing rotted walking flesh rip apart their victims and eat their guts out, a zombie movie marathon will surely cure what ails you.