The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
“The film tells the story of how three men accompanied by a group of teenager punks deal with the accidental release of a horde of brain hungry zombies onto an unsuspecting town. The film is known for introducing the popular concept of zombies eating brains, as opposed to just eating flesh, like previous zombie iterations…” (thank you Wikipedia)
I ended up arriving at this Horror Movie Mania Marathon a half hour late due to work, so I missed the beginning, but I can only imagine that it was as epic as the rest of the movie was. This movie reminded me a lot of “Dead Alive” (if you have not seen that movie GO SEE IT NOW!!) and it was hilarious. These are not your slow stupid zombies - these are fast fuckers that can talk and think and run. The movie was just over the top ridiculous and stupid but absolutely fantastic and fun. It may be because I missed the beginning of the movie, or maybe it just didn’t matter, but I essentially had NO idea what was going on during the entire movie and I was totally fine with it. The humor and ridiculousness just kept me going the whole time. I will say, the special effects and makeup were pretty bad ass for a low budget mid-80’s movie, I was really surprised.
I mean come on, how can you not love a face like that?! Nowadays we have all these fancy schmancy zombies - which are totally cool (not hatin’ on The Walking Dead) but it’s fun once in awhile to see a zombie that is just so wrong that it can only be right. If you are looking for a completely fun, stupid, mindless, funny, gory, good time I highly suggest picking up this movie. This gets four skulls out of five from me!
The second movie of the night….
“The film focuses on two teenage sisters, Ginger and Brigitte Fitzgerald, who have a fascination with death. Outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, they must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf. The title is a pun on the cookie ginger snap. "Snap” also relates to losing one’s self-control, or a quick, aggressive bite.“ (Thank you again Wikipedia and IMDB)
I’m not even sure what to say about this movie. This movie deals with werewolves and puberty - focusing mostly on when girls hit that age where they get their period for the first time. Last I remembered, I didn’t turn into a werewolf when it was that time of the month sooooooooo I guess that just means my ascension into puberty was pretty boring and uneventful.
I’m not a huge werewolf fan (which is funny considering I just watched a werewolf movie and I’m reading a werewolf book). I just never connected to werewolves… I guess I just never got it… all they are are giant wolves (that used to be people). Of course I love the classic, “An American Werewolf in London” - I mean who doesn’t.. the special effects of that movie alone are epic. But other than that I just never got much out of the werewolf genre.
I feel like I should write a better review for “Ginger Snaps” but I don’t really know what I can say to make any of you see the movie or not see the movie. If you are interested in two sisters who have just hit puberty and get attacked by a werewolf and then subsequently one of them turns into a werewolf than this movie is right up your alley. There is a lot of gore and random drug deals in a greenhouse and some sex, kind of - essentially this film is all about FEMINISM and female empowerment. I’m down for that but I am not okay with turning into a werewolf to get my feminist viewpoints heard. With all that said, I give this 3 skulls out of 5. Oh, but warning, if you don’t like seeing animals dead (ex. dogs) then this movie IS NOT for you - I don’t like seeing dogs die (even if it’s fake - it makes my heart cry tears).