I am so happy that 2018 was the year that I got really into giallos (classic Italian horror-thrillers). I watched several giallo entries this year, but developed a particular fondness for Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond. I love the soundtrack and shlock, but unfortunately nobody warned me about the horrifying tarantula scene that made my skin crawl.
How many times have you seen unforgivable crimes against language in a Facebook comments section or felt nauseated by talking heads on any 24 hour news channel? What if language and a person’s perception of it was the source of a virus that literally turns everyone into mindless zombies? This is exactly what happens in Pontypool, a witty and claustrophobic Canadian film about a radio dj trying to make sense of the public crisis that unfolds right outside of his station while he’s live on the air.
How to get extra nerdy:
Barricade yourself in a church basement and have a pretend radio station
Practice your Stephen McHattie voice impression while singing O Canada
Okay, I fully recognize that this movie sounds absolutely ridiculous – and trust me, it is – but please don’t write this one off just because of the title! Zombeavers is exactly what you expect it to be, but it’s self aware enough to be in on its own joke in the best way. The writing, acting, and effects are all way better than you’d expect, but my favorite part of this ridiculous horror comedy is the song during the end credits.
31 Nights of Horror, Night 17: Dance of the Dead (2008)
Three sentence review:
If you think Shaun of the Dead is the definitive zombie comedy of our generation, well, you’re absolutely right, but Dance of the Dead is terrific and totally worth your time. The plot is mindless: scores of cadavers reanimate in a graveyard next to a nuclear power plant (go figure) in a small, Georgia town and the local high school outcasts try to save everyone from the zombie attack on prom night. Dance of the Dead far exceeded my expectations when I watched it in 2009, and has quickly become one of my favorite nerdy horror films thanks to its quirky characters, sharp wit, and fantastic low budget effects… if that doesn’t convince you to watch, it has an 80% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes!
Take a cue from Britney Spears and “go call the Guvanah” because the Walking Dead is back, y’all! The once dreary prison is now a bonafide farm/school/apparent brothel cause everyone in the whole damn place is shackin’ up together and there are a whole lot of new characters to get to know. Judging from the end of this episode, I’m guessing there’s a swine flu storm a-comin’ except this swine flu turns you into a zombie – totally jazzed for this season!