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Monster Reviews: The Dead Don’t Die 2019

Monster Reviews: The Dead Don’t Die 2019

When it comes to zombie films, they’re traditionally all very similar. Lots of blood, guts and brains. They rely heavily on the gore and they’re usually rich with social commentary. The storylines are generally very light and its always about the aesthetics.

The Dead Don’t Die is written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Danny Glover, Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, Rosie Perez, RZA, Sturgill Simpson and Selena Gomez. The residents of Centerville are left to battle for their lives as the dead begin to rise and invade their once tranquil town.

Let’s face it, when it comes to the actors and characters in films, they can single handedly make or break a picture. They can make you fall in love with them, or they can make you hate them. You can root for them to survive, or cheer for their defeat. However, when executed properly, a legendary performance can be eternal and sometimes even immortal. 

The Dead Don’t Die is full of dry wit and laugh out loud humor that will tickle your funny bone to the core. It’s a killer horror comedy unlike any other, with the largest ensemble cast ever assembled for a zombie film. Just when you thought you’d seen it all, hold on tight as director Jim Jarmusch brings viewers a side splitting comedy about the end of the world.

This film is absolute genius. It’s managed to take the nearly beat to death subgenre and flip it on its axis. Instead of the tired old gore and blood drenched cannibal feasts that we’re used to, this film focuses more on gut busting laughs and hysterics from its amazing cast. Bill Murray and Adam Driver headline one magnificently talented lineup that’s guaranteed to entertain.

There are some seriously amazing performances in this. Murray was awesome as the cool, laid back Sheriff, and Driver was the perfect level headed sidekick. Chloë Sevigny was also great as the shy and awkward third wheel of the law, and Steve Busvemi was a riot as the crazy racist farmer. Tom Waits was savage as Hermit Bob, but the best has to be Rosie Perez as a news reporter with the hilariously similar name.

It’s not your average fast paced, chew em up and spit em out, insane, over the top type of zombie film. Instead it’s a much slower, more comedic based style where the zombies are essentially the background noise to the jokes and one liners. It’s a truly entertaining laugh filled odyssey.

Not evry film needs to employ off the wall kills or loads of gore. With the subgenre currently on a downslope, it’s pleasing to see a fresh take on the outdated monsters. It’s nice to see the undead reinvented and not taken so seriously, like they normally are. With all the zombie themed content out there, it’s hard to leave a mark on the genre and that’s exactly what this film has done.

The film looks amazing. The cinematography is great and the countryside sets are very soothing. Jarmusch’s storytelling is always slower paced, which seems to work really well with the Romeroesque zombies. It amps up the fun quotient and lightens the intensity. 

While fans might not be so accepting of a film like this, it’s definitely delightful and a worthy addition to the zombie subgenre. Stellar performances and a solid cast make it one of the best modern undead films to date. It’s a hilarious centerpiece and a great all around film.

If you’re bored of the same old tiresome zombie films, look no further. The Dead Don’t Die is an off the path, unconventional, entertaining undead film unlike the rest. Tons of laughs, awesome special effects and even its own theme song. It’s the best ZomCom yet.


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Bill Murray could come back for the new Ghostbusters movie if he were asked

Bill Murray could come back for the new Ghostbusters movie if he were asked

Growing up Ghostbusters was the greatest thing for me ever. That’s all I wanted to be growing up as a kid and even as an adult. The first two films were great and people wanted more. For years we had cartoons, toys and just about everything under the sun but a third film. Most of the cast was on board and some weren’t. One being Bill Murray.

Bill didn’t hate the franchise but just did his own thing for a while. With the new remake that happened recently, fans were very vocal about it. However, the cast came back for cameos playing different characters. The movie isn’t bad. Not perfect, but not bad. Silence came upon the franchise with no talks of a sequel even though the remake does leave the door open to one. Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman, went on to say he’ll be doing a direct sequel to the Ghostbusters with the plot being,  “A family moves back home to a small town where they learn more about who they are.”   film coming out next year with filming to start this summer. From IndieWire. Bill Murray was quoted by saying,

“I did [the remake] and I would do this next one, This franchise paid for my son’s college,” Murray added, reflecting on the Ghostbusters franchise as a whole. “We made this thing. We are the caretakers of it. It’s a great thing and it was a really fun movie to make. It’s a real movie with some really funny stuff in it.”

So, it looks like it’s going to be a huge yes from Murray. No word yet on any other cast members joining, but it might be a possibility. Next Summer of 2020 get ready to believe again.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Ghostbusters (2016)

MOVIE REVIEW: Ghostbusters (2016)

By Dixielord

It's one of the most controversial films of the last couple years. It's not Last House on the Left, it's not A Serbian Film, it's not even every film Rob Zombie ever made. It's Ghostbusters. You either love it, or you're a misogynistic pig. You either hate it or you're a studio shill. Emotions run high and our childhoods are again being ripped apart, or a new generation is given a chance to experience the Ghostbusters magic.

The new Ghostbusters team

The new Ghostbusters team

So I went and saw the movie Trying to keep all my preconceived ideas at bay, and go in with an open palate. This is definitely not the Ghostbusters remember, it's a different cast, and different story.  and a different team, and yes and all female Ghostbusters.  Which seems  one of the most contentious things about the film, other than the fact it is being re-made at all.

Kate McKinnon in the new Ghostbusters

Kate McKinnon was a hit in the new Ghostbusters

Well I ended up liking the movie. The new cast was really fun, Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth stole every scene they were in, and I wish McKinnon had a larger role. Melissa McCarthy is always a mixed bag, at times she annoys the shit out of me, at times I think she is funny as hell. She didn't annoy me in Ghostbusters, but I don't think she stood out as much as the presumptive co-leader of the group. Leslie Jones was also hilarious. Kristen Wiig is the lead Ghostbuster and I know a lot of people who are giving the film a shot just because of her. She's good, but Jones and McKinnon showed a better comedic touch than her and McCarthy.

Ghostbusters movie poster

Ghostbusters movie poster

The story, like the original, put NYC under attack by a legion of ghosts. The busters have to battle against the undead and city bureaucracy to save New York. The team once again sets out to trap the ghosts, but by the end they are more intent on shredding them and tossing them around. As a fan of the old film, I wasn't crazy about this change, but the young audience seemed to enjoy it, and the battles were fun. Yeah I admit it, it was fun. Beyond any and everything else it was a fun movie.

The end of the final battle disappointed me. It was one of those bonding moments that just seemed fake. I'll admit the scene may play out better to female fans than it did to me. Whatever, it didn't ruin the film for me, I just wish it hadn't have been tacked on. I had much rather have seen the ladies defeat the big baddie, high-five and be celebrated as heroes.

The film did throw in some great references to the original Ghostbusters. Not only did Murray, Akroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts show up, but we had appearances from the Staypuff Marshmallow Man and Slimer as well. We even got to see a female slimer. No it's not the same as having the original team, but it's a fun nod.

Final verdict, no hate for me. It was a good, solid fun movie. I don't think it will have the cultural impact of the original. I do think it will help the originals legacy live on. The new Ghostbusters might even introduce a new generation to the original movie. We can hope can't we? And Kudos for the cameos from the original, surviving team.

Last thought, if you really have hate for the reboot, throw it at the people who got in the way of the third film. At those who kept it from  happening while Harold Ramis was still with us. I don't know all the reasons, but films are going to get remade and rebooted. It's a fact. I have spent years hating on remakes and it does no good. Yeah most of them are shit, but some are great, some are epic and a few, like Ghostbusters are just good, fun movies.

Chris Hemsworth is a hit in the new Ghostbusters

Chris Hemsworth is a hit in the new Ghostbusters

I laughed a lot during Ghostbusters. There were a few times I felt the comedy was forced or just didn't work, and as I said I wasn't crazy about the movie. Overall I enjoyed the experience, and I think if you toss aside your anger about the gender change and that it's a remake, you will probably like it too.  Kids are going to love it. It might be a bit scary to younger kids, but most should handle it.

7 out of 10 stars for a fun movie experience

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WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH: P.J. SOLES

WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH: P.J. SOLES

P.J. Soles

P.J. Soles

By John Roisland

Before the month gets away from us, I must take a moment to cast my vote for Women  in Horror Month: the lovely P.J. Soles. This hasn't been an easy choice with so much great talent in the industry!

From Scream Queen legends Jamie Lee Curtis and Danielle Harris to academy award winning make up  artist Vee Neill to the twisted minds behind the camera -Sylvia and Jen Soska, there are legions of talented women in horror. In fact, there are too many names to list here, but P.J., for me, comes with a personal reason.

P.J. Soles, born in 1950 in Frankfurt, Germany, got her first major part in the 1976 Brian De Palma film Carrie, an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. As Norma, the ballcap wearing and wisecracking pigtailed cutie, P.J. won the hearts of many...I was 4. Since then, P.J. went on to many other roles, such as John Carpenter's Halloween and Stripes, and all with her trademark pigtails. She was at the convention supporting her role in Rob Zombie's The Devils Rejects, and as I mentioned, mine comes with a story.

P.J. as Lynda van der Klok in the 1978 classic John Carpenter's Halloween.

P.J. as Lynda van der Klok in the 1978 classic John Carpenter's Halloween.

A few years ago, my wife Stephanie and I were living in Florida and attended Spooky Empire, an incredible horror convention in Orlando. P.J. was on the celebrity guest list. After wandering around and taking everything in, we headed into the celebrity room on a mission to meet P.J. Just as we got thru the threshold of the ballroom door, I literally bump into her, look at her, and say "Oh hi. You're leaving?" She gave me a worried, almost brokenhearted look, like a mom whose kid wanted to hang out with her as she was leaving for work, and said, "Honey, I'm just running out to grab a sandwich for lunch. Come see me in an hour...PROMISE ME?!" She laughed, gave me a hug, and off she went, disappearing in the ocean of fans that filled the halls.

P.J. as Susan with Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects.

P.J. as Susan with Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects.

We wander around for a while, and about an hour or so later we made our way back to P.J.'s table. As we did, she saw us, stood up and said "IT'S ABOUT TIME!!" With a big smile on her face, she came around the table and gave us huge hugs. We talked for a good 40 minutes, the room at this time wasn't busy, or I wouldn't have taken up so much time. But since we were the only ones there at the moment, and we were all really enjoying ourselves, why not?!

She talked with excitement in her eyes. We talked about her family, John Carpenter, Bill Murray, Rob Zombie and sandwiches...she likes a good sandwich. We took a few pictures, hugged, shook hands, thanked her for her time, and asked kindly how much we owed her for her time. She smiled and simply said, "Go enjoy the show, and stop by or wave if you come back through." And that we did. Every time we were in the area, and she just smiled and waved as if we were family.

Not charging us is not the reason that I put P.J Soles at the top of my list. I put her there because of her heart, how she treated us, and how she made us feel. She took the time to make a difference with the fans.

I've met a good number of celebrities, some nicer than others, but none have ever treated me quite like this - like a person, not rushing through with a fake smile and quick to collect your money. P.J. was genuinely appreciative. Let me just add that John Carpenter was the headlining guest at this show and his table was also next to P.J.'s table. Those of you who know me know that Carpenter is my favorite. He was a bucket list for me.

We went and met with the legendary John Carpenter, but we went back to the always lovely, P.J. Soles.

Congratulations P.J. Soles, on this well deserved recognition for Women In Horror Month.

Keep it Evil.

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STAFF PICKS: FAMILY HORROR

By John Roisland

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Remember the old saying " it all starts in the home"? Well it's true, and what we teach our kids at home is what will shape them into the adult we hope they will become. Such simple life lessons as hygiene , manners, and horror!! Tired of seeing your little angels do nothing but take selfies, watch videos on YouTube, and play bad video games like Mindcrap? They are growing up so fast, and nothing you try to do with them ever works, because you're an adult...you're a parent...you're a giant nerd- bucket to them!

Well fear not! This Halloween season I've personally made a list of movies (my Family Horror list) that you can all sit down and enjoy together! Family safe, and will still help mold these little bastards into the horror loving freaks that we all are!! But parents...I know what you're thinking ...and no. I'm not going to make you watch Smurf's Halloween special or any shit like that. If I wouldn't sit through it, I'm not going to suggest you do either! To hell with that!

Now I've compiled  this list from my own viewing with my own kids. They're not really in order, but let's just say they would be my top 10 family Halloween movies.

GHOSTBUSTERS – Made in 1984 and starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis as three scientists who open a ghostbusting company in the heart of  New York. It's total chaos, and tons of fun!

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Casper – This 1995 film was inspired by the original 1930s cartoon series and stars Bill Pullman as a single father and a young Christina Ricci as his daughter. The two move into an old, abandoned house and soon learn that they are not alone.imagesRTSSF0GE

Monster House – 2006 film about three young kids who believe the house across the street from them is haunted. On Halloween night, the three decide to take matters into their own hands. Stars Steve Buscemi, Mitchel Musso, Catherine O'Hara, and Fred Willard.  This, by the way, is also one of my favorite films!

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The Addams Family – 1991 film based on the classic 1960s  TV series. In The Addams Family, the Addams family fortune is in danger of being taken by an Addams impostor. This film is awesome, an all around well done production! It stars Angelica Houston, Christopher Lloyd, and the late Raul Julia.

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Igor – This 2008 animated film focuses on Igor, the mad scientist's assistant, who aspires to be a scientist himself! Stars John Cusack , Molly Shannon, and Steve Buscemi .

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Hotel Transylvania – 2012 animated film of a castle turned into a hotel. A hotel for monsters! All is in jeopardy when a human boy  stolls through the door and falls for Dracula's daughter! Stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Sandberg, and Selena Gomez.

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The Witches – 1990 Disney film that actually got a lot of bad press (I, for one, was fine with it. I hate Disney, but love this film... Hmmm) for being "too violent "and scaring kids in the theaters. I will admit The Witches isn't a typical happy-go-lucky Disney film; there actually is a dark feel to the film. It stars Angelica Houston as the Supreme Witch who is hosting a conference with other witches to rid the lands of all young boys and girls.

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The Monster Squad – 1987 film about a group of young middle school boys who join forces to rid the town of the monsters that have been taking over! Stars Andre Gower and Tom Noonan. "Wolfman's got 'nards!"

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ParaNorman – 2012 animated film about young Norman who has a gift to see the dead. This gift comes into play fast as the town soon becomes overrun by an evil that is bringing the dead back to life. Stars Kodi Smit-McPhee and Casey Affleck.

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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – No Halloween list of family favorites could be complete without this 1966 Charles M. Shultz classic. While Snoopy braves The War and the Peanuts gang go door-to-door trick-or-treating, Linus and Sally await the arrival of The Great Pumpkin in the middle of the most sincere pumpkin patch!

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So... grab some popcorn, plug the iPhones in to charge, and plant yourself next to your kids for a few hours of Halloween family entertainment! From our family to yours, Happy Halloween!!!

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