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Monday, 30 April 2018

AtoZ2018 - Z is for ... #MovieMonsters #AtoZChallenge


Z is for ... Zombies

And we have reached the end! Well done everyone who had made it to the finish line. Today I have chosen zombies because what is creepier than a walking, rotting dead thing? The last entry if for Pride and Prejudice with zombies, which has a huge spoiler in it - so don't read it if you don't want to be spoiled.

Scariness Rating


The little skulls by their name are my scariness rating as to how monstrous and scary I think the creatures are when seen in their films.
  •  1 skull (not scary at all) - 5 skulls (very scary)
  •  and there is a special rating for a few - 5 red skulls (utterly terrifying)

Standartenführer Herzog (Dead Snow)

Dead Snow is a Norwegian zombie offering, which lost of blood and gore and some humour on the side too.

Herzog is the commander of a force of Einsatzgruppe who occupied the region of Norway during the second world war. In life he and his men terrified the local people, abusing them, and when it became clear the war was lost they looted the town. However, the people rose up and chased them into the mountains to be frozen to death.

Unfortunately, they didn't die. They remain with their loot in the cold mountains, killing those stupid enough to enter their territory.

Herzog was a monster when he was a man, as a zombie he is worse.

Big Ben (House)

House is a film about ... you guessed it, a house, only this house is a gateway to another world, one made of nightmares and evil things.

When Roger Cobb, horror author extrodinaire, moves in to his aunts old house, he expects to have a quiet place to write his new book, but instead he gets nightmares and monsters.

His nightmares include Big Ben, one of his comrades from his tour of Vietnam. The problem comes later after Cobb finds out about the other world, because then Ben is much more solid than a dream, he is a zombie.

Ben was captured and tortured before he was killed and he blames Cobb for not saving him. He's no mindless creature after brains, but a terrible monster out to exact revenge.

Henrietta (Evil Dead 2)

Evil Dead 2 was the first real horror movie I ever saw (not including the Hammer films from the 60s, which are pretty tame). It scared me silly then, and I still watch bits of it from behind a cushion - it's awesome.

Henrietta (Ted Rami) is the wife of Raymond Knowby, an archaeologist who previously lived in a cabin where Ash Williams and his girlfriend decide to take a romantic vacation. Knowby read from the Necronomicon, the book of the dead, and released evil things into the world.

Henrietta was possessed by one of these, making her a deadite, an undead zombie with evil in mind. Kowby thought he killed her and buried her in the cellar, but it's really hard to kill a deadite and Henrietta comes right back.

Sheep (Black Sheep)

You really have to see this film to believe it - it's brilliant. It has mutant zombie style sheep, who can infect humans into becoming half human, half sheep mutant creatures. It's not quite a zombie film, but the sheep crave blood and flesh and go after humans just the way zombies do, hence the inclusion :).

Of course this film is from New Zealand, where else would have a mutant sheep film?

It actually had a decently thought out plot, great effects and it's a comedy as well, so there are plenty of laughs. If you like silly horror movies, this is the one for you.

Matthew Cordell (Maniac Cop 2)

So in Maniac Cop, Matthew Cordell (Robert Z'Dar) is a rogue police officer who supposedly died in Sing Sing after being imprisoned for police brutality. However, he wasn't quite as dead as everyone hoped and in number 2 he is definitely undead.

He likes killing. Where once he might have been after criminals, now he just kills anyone he feels like, police, innocent bystanders and criminals alike. If they get in his way, they die.

Those who wronged him when he was alive need to watch out even more, because them he likes to kill painfully. This is one nasty monster no one wants to meet in a dark alley.

Q: What is your favourite zombie film? Which is worse, zombies or ghost?

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George Wickham (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies had exactly the same setting as the Austin novel, except in this 19th century England, they have a zombie problem. All the Bennet sisters have been trained in weaponry and defence in Japan.

There are, however, some zombies who have managed to maintain something of their humanity by consuming pig brains. George Wickham is taking advantage of these to create a zombie army to take over London.

What no one realises is that Wickham is also one of these civilised zombies, having been infected months earlier. His aim is for zombie supremacy. He was a cad and a monster of a man before he was infected, having likely killed Darcy's father, as a zombie he can only be worse.

21 comments:

  1. Hi Tasha - Zombies makes sense ... just sincerely hope I never come across any! Cheers Hilary

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  2. Hari OM
    Yeeccchh. Nope. Can't face zombies. I can handle ghosts no problem.

    Having made it all the way to Z, it has to be admitted that one feels a little 'zombified' - but tomorro's a fresh day! Thanks for a fun ride through April. YAM xx

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  3. Some great choices, good Lady Tasha !!
    Enjoyed your A to Z posts !! Great work !

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  4. Congratulations on completing the challenge! The zombies in World War Z are pretty terrifying.

    Zero to Hero from Hercules (and Zombie by The Cranberries)

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  5. Zombies is a fine way to end the trip through Movie Monsters! Congrats on finishing the challenge and thanks for the enjoyable posts.
    https://iainkellywriting.com/2018/04/30/z-is-for-zaragoza-spain/

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  6. Congrats on completing the challenge. And zombies make the perfect final entry.

    Dena
    https://denapawling.blogspot.com/

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  7. I think ghosts, if I have to chose. I have no favorite zombie movie. I avoid monsters in all forms. It's pretty strange I followed you all the way through this A to Z! Congrats!

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  8. I tend to steer clear of zombie films due to their tendency toward being bad, but I feel like Evil Dead and Dead Snow look pretty fun.

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  9. Years ago, hubby and I watched Black Sheep. It was WTF but so fun. I just recently saw Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies. Mostly because of Matt Smith. LOL It was fun and I enjoyed it.

    Congrats on reaching the end.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    My A to Z’s of Dining with IC
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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  10. They may not be the scariest zombie movies, but I love Shaun of the Dead, and Warm Bodies.

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  11. I'm not a zombie movie fan, but I've run across a few in some game-worlds and dealt with them. Having lived In North Wales, I fear that the zombie sheep would have a field day - well...'diwrnod maes'. (There were sheep everywhere.)

    My Z is: https://rolandclarke.com/2018/04/30/z-is-for-zelda/

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  12. I think zombies are a very fitting way to end the challenge, but I'd steer clear of them in favor of ghosts any time.

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  13. I prefer my zombies in comedy. I like the TV show iZombie. And that's about it.

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  14. Wow, I'm not a huge zombie fan, but if I were, I'd sure remember these guys! Congratulations on completing a fun A-Z challenge!

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  15. Congrats on making it to the finish line! Zombie is an apt ending to this series. Not a fan of either but think I might just handle ghosts better :)
    Best wishes,
    Nilanjana.

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  16. I’m not a huge zombie fan, I’m afraid. I tend to think of them as those sad creatures brought back from the dead to work the fields for the sorcerers concerned. They don’t crave brains, and you have to be careful not to let them have salt or they remember what you did to them and THEN kill you.

    Or there is Reg Shoe, the zombie police officer in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, who always carries needle and thread with him just in case a bit of him falls off.
    I think I’d rather encounter a ghost.

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  17. PS Congrats on getting through the Challenge! I’m following your blog now, so it will be interesting to see what you post about between May and March!

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  18. OMG Black Sheep is a classic :D :D And I also liked P&P&Zombies, it was tons of fun. :)
    Congratulations on completing the challenge! Great theme as always, I really enjoyed the monster ratings :)

    The Multicolored Diary: Weird Things in Hungarian Folktales

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  19. Congratulations for finishing A-Z. Again, your choices look too scary for me, although, as a fan of Jane Austen, I could never bring myself to watch Prid eand Prejudice with zombies. Wrong, just wrong.

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