dvd reviews

By Jared Curtis


Directed by Ruben Fleischer
Rated R, 88 minutes

“Zombieland” is a wild and wickedly funny zombie film that will leave fans laughing more than cowering in fear. The story is simple — a zombie outbreak has overtaken the world and four people, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), have found ways to survive. Tallahassee uses an arsenal of weapons, Columbus has a set of rules he strictly follows and the two ladies have used their sex appeal and men’s stupidity to get by. As the group fights to stay alive, Tallahassee has more important things on his mind than survival — finding Twinkies. Harrelson is a riot and steals the films with his one-liners (“Thank God for Rednecks!”), but it’s an amazing cameo by one of my favorite actors that makes “Zombieland” one of the best of 2009. CV


“The Return of the Living Dead”
Directed by Dan O’Bannon
1985, Rated R, 91 minutes

Anyone who is a fan of the zombie genre knows George A. Romero (“Night of the Living Dead,” “Dawn of the Dead”) is the king. John Russo, who wrote the screenplay for “Night,” was also involved with the screenplay and joined forces with Dan O’Bannon to create “The Return of the Living Dead” series. Although there are five sequels, the original, about a bunch of punk rockers attacked by zombies, is known as a genre changer. Romero’s social commentary or slow moving dead was gone; now zombies could run and crack jokes. Two moments stand out — when scream queen Linnea Quigley dances around naked before being torn apart, and when a zombie gets on a dispatch radio, “Send more cops!” “The Return of the Living Dead” is a true midnight movie and is best enjoyed over beers with a few buddies. CV

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