Zombie Nation

I've always loved Zombie films and wanted to talk about some of my favorites...
By dg
August 07, 2006

I've always loved Zombie films I love the whole trapped in a house and have to stick it out and get safer areas to survive.I would also want to talk about George A. Romero who should of Directed the Resident Evil movies even if it might not of been a box office smash at least he had the intention of keeping it true to the games and to the fans.I'm going to go through the zombie films that he made and calibration with the brilliant make up artist Tom Savini.Allot of people always say if you want see a Resident Evil movie based on the game play the game but I can now say that Silent Hill stuck to its routes and made a very impressive version of the game so why couldn't they do the same with Resident Evil. I'm not saying you would fit every thing into the movie but add new things and make it more realistic.

Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 black-and-white independent horror film directed by George A. Romero. Early drafts of the script were titled Monster Flick, but it was known as Night of Anubis and Night of the Flesh Eaters during production. The film stars Duane Jones as Ben and Judith O'Dea as Barbra.The plot is about five people that have to survive the night while trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse.

Romero produced the film on the low budget of $114,000, but after a decade of theatrical re-releases it had grossed an estimated $12 million in the United States and $30 million internationally.[2][3] Reviewers criticized the graphic contents, but three decades later the Library of Congress placed Night of the Living Dead on the United States National Film Registry with other films deemed "historically, culturally or aesthetically important."

Tom Savini is known for his groundbreaking work in special makeup effects. He got his breakthrough working with Pittsburgh filmmaker George A. Romero,in the opening scenes of Martin (1977). The next year, working with an expanded budget on Dawn of the Dead Savini created his signature palate of severed limbs and bite-marks. The gore effects in Dawn have been widely imitated, but never bettered for sheer visceral impact, with the possible exception of Savini's own work in the (otherwise less successful) Day of the Dead (1985).

"When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth."

This film is considered one of the greatest zombie horror film ever made. It is also responsible for launching the so-called "splatter craze" gore effects in horror films, as make-up artist Tom Savini went on to work on Friday the 13th immediately after Dawn of the Dead's completion. I really enjoyed this film especaly aat the start when the soliders break into the infested building and blow every one away.It's quite dated now but its a classic and great.
The film, shot during a period of four months in late 1977 and early 1978, was made on a low budget of around US$500,000.The Mall in Monroeville, Pennsylvania was done only when the shopping center was closed for business, roughly between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.. Director Romero was quoted as saying, "Filming in the mall was hell." Zombie make-up effects, created by Tom Savini, varied widely from the austere to the elaborate. Most undead extras received little more than gray make-up slathered on their exposed skin.

The film was a great success because its great use of the international market. It was edited and presented in a variety of ways. For example, Italian producer Dario Argento edited the movie to achieve a story with considerably less character development and a much faster pace, in comparison to Romero's definitive cut, which was peppered with humour and driven by cultural satire.

Day of the Dead was based in a military establishment. Romero's original vision for the film was ambitious but accepted a prohibitively small budget in exchange for the production company tolerating an X-rating. If he had chosen to go for an R rating he would have had seven million dollars to work with, but aiming for an X, he was given a mere three and a half million. The resulting film was smaller than the original but introduces the possibility that the undead are more capable of adaptation. The original script was considerably more complex and ambitious, involving the training of zombies to fight other zombies. Most of the lost themes were carried over to 2005's Land of the Dead.

The film has been criticized for various reasons. Many fans of the second film, Dawn of the Dead, were disappointed in this third offering, as its plot is disappointing. Fans of the film point out, about the zombie"Bub", underscoring that zombies and humans are not so different.This is the thing which I never liked because I don't feel that Zombies should become more intelligent they should just stick to the brain dead zombie eating gore which Dawn of the Dead was about because it became to silly when they added that idea in the film.

Although it was criticized allot, the film is noted for its special effects work, notably Tom Savini's make-up and special effects work; and it was honoured in 1985 with a Saturn Award for Best Make-Up.

This is my favourite zombie film ever,I watched it when I was a kid and found it a bit boring but when I watched it again I appreciated it much more and saw it was a really good film.

A group of humans fend off hordes of walking dead in a farmhouse in Western Pennsylvania. The people, themselves, prove to be their undoing in the end.

The story follows the same story of the original Night of the Living Dead, but with slight alterations. Barbra (Tallman), originally a screaming female horror stereotype, is stronger in this version and the only surviving person of the farm house. The film was made by the same team as the original, with the exception that directing were handled by famed special make-up effects artist Tom Savini, who originally signed up with hopes of doing the make-up effects as he was not able to for the original film.I think he did an amazing job with this and personally I think its much better than the original,I thought that Tony Todd was great in this.Some of the acting was a bit silly but over all the was good.

Originally George a Romero was supposed to direct and had a good cast lined up but he was axed but it amazes me that they could do that considering he wanted to stay more true the games. I think in the end they wanted to get a fresh director one that was a lot younger, which is fair enough the director that did it had done some good films that I liked but he decided to make up his own characters an hashed up his own version of the game which I thought was totally wrong.The whole point of transferring the game to the screen is to see your game heroes in live action and then build from there and if your not going do that I kind of don't see the point of making the film.
In 1998, Romero returned to the horror scene, this time to direct a commercial. He directed the commercial ad promoting Resident Evil 2 in which was shot within Tokyo, Japan. It was a natural transfer, as the Resident Evil series have been heavily influenced by Romero's "Dead" series. The advertisement (which lasted a mere 30 seconds) was live action and featured Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield (the games two main characters) fighting a horde of zombies while in Raccoon City's Police Station. The advertisement proved to be rather popular and was released in the weeks before the game's actual release; although a contract dispute prevented the commercial from being shown outside Japan. Capcom was so impressed with Romero's work, it was heavily implied that Romero would direct the first Resident Evil film. He at first declined, stating in an interview "I don't wonna make another film with zombies in it, and I couldn't make a movie based on something that ain't mine",he reconsidered and wrote a script for the first movie. While many were impressed with the script (which garnered positive reviews), it was eventually turned down in favour of Paul W.S. Anderson's treatment.

Info I found on the movie-

We will probably have to shoot two versions, because in the US and in many other countries, the violence won't be tolerated. However, in
Japan and Germany and many territories where the restrictions are not as stringent the complete version will be released. I'm sure there will be directors cut versions released everywhere on video.
The budget is reported in excess of $65 million.

Probably will be a Fall 1999 or 2000 release.

Presently Tom Savini's name is not attached to this project.

Chris Redfield

Jason Patrick
Ben Affleck
Christian Slater
Michael Beihn

Jill Valentine

Samantha Mathis
Claire Danes
Linda Florentino

I think that the original idea for the movie that it should of stayed more true to the games. I think that the live version release was very disappointing casting milla jovoich playing her usual character kicking every ones ass like in fifth element rather than be more realistic to the characters of the game.

To me the game was about the great suspense and music and spooky environments, which the movies never had they used a action take on it to rake in the crowds rather than use the suspense and cleverness that the games had.

I was very disappointed in the movies and , I felt that the resident evil games missed out on a huge success in motion picture.I watched the street fighter2 animated movie and was totally blown away by it,I thought it was out of this world and really paid tribute to the game. I just wished that somehow they could do the same to the resident evil games. If they couldn't adapt into a live version film at least make into a manga film because it would be the perfect style for it with monsters and big action sequences.I just hope they remake it the way it should of been.

Albert Wesker

Bruce Payne

Rebecca Chambers

Sarah Michelle Gellar

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