Friday, October 2, 2009

Zombieland - Best Horror Flick of '09

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It's the undeniable truth and it's something I pretty much decided within the first couple minutes of the movie. From the brilliant opening credits to the utterly satisfying finale, which even manages to deliver a message, Zombieland is not only the best horror movie of '09 but it's also my new favorite zomedy of all time, and that's saying something because there's probably more of them than any other type of horror movie out there. Sorry Shaun of the Dead and sorry Return of the Living Dead, but all due respect, I think even you guys have been bested. Tonight was the most fun i've had at the movies since Grindhouse way back in '07 and I couldn't be happier to be able to say that. Thank you Ruben Fleischer and all involved for reminding me why I love zombie movies.

Oh, and it also has the greatest cameo of all time, bar none, which I would never dare spoil for anyone who hasn't seen it yet. Stop spoiling the fun, fellow horror movie reviewers! Now where was I....

Zombieland is the zombie movie I feel like i've been waiting for my whole zombie movie watching life - a roadtrip movie of a few survivors walking around, roaming from place to place, killing zombies and passing time. It perfectly captures the terror, camaraderie, tragedy, boredom, and even fun that I can only imagine the zombie apocalypse would bring. While most zombie flicks quarantine the survivors in one small area, Zombieland thinks bigger and that's what makes it so fun and different - and being different aint easy when it comes to zombie movies in the year 2009. It's a smart zombie movie that has clearly come from the minds of people who have been watching, and loving, zombie movies all their lives but have never really gotten to see exactly what they've always really wanted to see when it comes to the undead. It is quite frankly the perfect zombie movie and I think we can now shut the door on the sub-genre as a whole for at least the next five years. I simply can't see it getting any better than this.

By the way, isn't it interesting that perhaps the two best horror movies from this year, Z-Land and Grace, were directed by first time feature filmmakers? Just a thought....

By the way squared, what's with Jesse Eisenberg and amusement parks lately? If it were up to me every movie would have a large portion of it set in an amusement park, so don't think i'm complaining - just making an observation. And can we stop ragging on him for acting like Michael Cera? Get over it, he was golden in this movie. As was Woody Harrelson, who has definetly earned the title of best zombie killer of all time. And Little Miss shotgun toting Sunshine! And B...oh wait, can't talk about that yet. Ahhhhh!! Zombieland might be the greatest movie of all time!!!

Now stop reading this blog and GO SEE ZOMBIELAND! AND STAY AFTER THE CREDITS!! Then come on back here and leave a comment with your thoughts, although i'm pretty sure I know most of your guys' thoughts on this already, before you even see it. It's not that you're predictable, it's just that damn good and that damn impossible to not fall in love with.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm totally agreeing with you....it's amazing...it has the storyline like every zombie movie..a virus hits a town, and everyone just starts to eat everyone, but in this movie they totally put on a modern twist on it! Hell they even talked about stuff that was happening in the world now...Like WICKED(sorry i'm a musical geek) and they had a talk about Hannah montana..and had a zombie striper. No other zombie movie can come close to this now...and i love my zombie movies..it beats shawn of the dead hands down.

The Frog Queen said...

I am so happy to hear this!!! Thank you, thank you!! I am going to find someone to babysit the graveyard next week!!!

I will see a movie in October this year! :D

Cheers!

B-Movie Becky said...

Excited to see this one, but I'll try not to be over-excited from your claims. :)

Funny that Fleischer said he had never really seen any zombies movies before he found out he was directing this.

Tiffani said...

I couldnt agree more! Zombieland definitely feels like the movie "i've been waiting for my whole zombie movie watching life"; I thought the exact same thing in the theater =)

Jeff Allard said...

I loved Zombieland, too. I don't know if I would place it above Return of the Living Dead because the experience of seeing that classic in the theaters back in '85 was such an unforgettable experience for me. But Zombieland is right up there with the best of the best. I hope every horror fan checks it out.

Wings said...

Didn't finish reading your post, cause I didn't want even the slightest spoiler or anything. Can't wait to lay eyes on this one! :)

Carl (ILHM) said...

Listen, heres the truth. I thought it looked good. Good, but not $20 for me and the wife on top of finding a baby sitter good. But I think you have me sold, we have been pissed that we missed Sorority Row and Halloween this year, and we still have free movie tickets sitting around, so I am going to try to hit this and PA with our two free sets of tix. Thanks for the heads up man!

John Rozum said...

I'm not reading anything about Zombieland until I see it, but I'm really digging your countdown so far.

Sith Hunter said...

This movie friggin well rocked. I don't think there was more than 5 minutes at any point where I wasn't busting a gut laughing.

Not only is this a great zombie movie but it's one of the funniest comedies I've seen in years. Don't miss this one whatever you do.

The Film Reel said...

I still think this is more buddy road trip comedy than zombie flick but it's still one of the best movies I've seen this year.

Lots of laughs and enough zombie slaying to satisfy my bloodlust. And yes, best cameo ever, funniest part of the whole flick and shame on anyone who's ruining it! HAHA!

The Warfreak said...

Great flick - up there with Pontypool for best of the year to me.

KP said...

just saw zombieland yesterday. not perfect, but very entertaining. as is my gripe with a lot of movies, the romantic aspect took up too much time better spent zombie-killing. aside from a couple other minor semantic gripes, it was superb.

good acting, the jokes worked, & the action was fast-paced & gory enough to satisfy the horror crowd. when the opening lines of "for whom the bell tolls" started cranking along with scenes of zombies hauling ass, i cracked a big grin & my gf leaned over & said "you're going to love this, aren't you?" yep.

to compare it to other zombie movies, i'd still rate "shaun of the dead" as funnier & "dawn of the dead" ('78) as still my favorite pure zombie movie. zombieland is like a combination of the two, which scores very highly in my book.

Johnny said...

KP - One of the things I loved about the movie was that it blended drama, horror, and comedy together in one big fun zombie filled ride. I think it's that romantic aspect and the serious dramatic elements that help to seperate it from the rest of all the other zombie movies out there.

Monkeymanbob said...

Saw the movie tonight and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Liked the little movie references dotted here and there, like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
Question is, if it's doing fantastically well will we see a sequel?

Johnny said...

I'd bet on it! Bring it on!

Monkeymanbob said...

This may be of interest, apologies if you've seen it before
http://io9.com/5375730/forget-a-zombieland-sequel-writers-have-12-films-planned

Johnny said...

That is awesome! Thanks man. I don't think i'd ever get sick of watching those characters and the possibilites really are endless!

Monkeymanbob said...

It would make a great tv series, with each episode being title along the same lines as the rules, plus it would be a nice juxtaposition to the Walking Dead tv series

Johnny said...

Agreed, would love to see that.