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Dawn of the Dead (2004)

2004 / d. Zack Snyder
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Proof that not all remakes are bad, the director of 300 and WATCHMEN injects new life in George Romero’s classic commentary on the horrors of commercialism. Provided you’re not a zombie purist and can get past the fast moving brain-munchers, you’re sure to dig this new take on an old classic. Very highly recommended.

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Creepshow

1982 / d. George Romero
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The ultimate flick for all fans of retro horror comics. George Romero directs five depraved tales of terror penned by maestro Stephen King himself. It’s a smorgasbord of beloved horror tropes and stories that never cease to be fun with multiple viewings. This movie has it all: reanimated corpses of the pissed off curmudgeon and betrayed lovers variety; a lunkhead farmer who grows weeds all over his body; a cute, furry critter that lives in a crate and likes to munch on bitch heads; and a heaping helping of flesh-hungry cockroaches that bug out a miserly millionaire! The stark lighting and visual effects give the film the actual feel of the bloodsoaked pages of an E.C. Comic and makeup wizard Tom Savini does wonders with his array of ghoulies, ghosties, and monsters.  This is the perfect film to introduce any horror-shy viewer to the wonders of the genre. After all, it’s the most fun you’ll have being scared! (JC)

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Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things

1973 / d. Bob Clark
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The late Bob Clark is the man who brought us BLACK CHRISTMAS, surprisingly just one year after he co-wrote and directed CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS. The reason why it’s so surprising is that the difference between the two films is, quite simply, monumental. The picture quality on the 35TH ANNIVERSARY EXHUMED EDITION DVD still left much to be desired, so viewers should anticipate watching many a dimly-lit night scene. Instead of the undead, the true plague of this film is slow pacing: the special effects are surprisingly decent when there are actually creatures onscreen, but it just seems to take forever until anything actually happens. It’s interesting to see early films from directors who are still learning how to hone their craft, but just don’t go into this film half-expecting another BLACK CHRISTMAS, or you’re sure to end up disappointed.