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Black Summer – Season 2

A mother and her daughter are trying to find safety in a world ravaged by a zombie apocalypse. (source: me)

This series is one of the best zombie TV shows I’ve ever watched. It’s fast and brutal but it’s also great at character development. Unlike The Walking Dead (which turned into utter crap), this show doesn’t rely on hours of useless dialogues to build its characters, it is mostly done through their actions.

Everything is on spot, the cinematography, the script, the constant feeling of impending doom. The zombies are only accessory to what’s really threatening: the human lack of trust and the focus on each individual’s own condition, regardless of other people’s lives.

Maybe should it have been titled “Black Winter”, since this second season mostly happens in the snow… It felt very refreshing since we watched it during one of the warmest day of this month of June.

Army of the Dead

With the abandoned, walled city of Las Vegas overrun with zombies, after a disastrous government fault, the billionaire casino magnate, Bly Tanaka, realises that he has left something in Sin City: $200 million to be more precise. (source: IMDB)

We already had to run away from zombies, hide from zombies and even fight zombies… However, making a heist in a zombie infested Vegas, that is new.

I don’t know if it’s because we went in without any expectations, but we enjoyed Army of the Dead. Once again, I don’t understand the bad reviews, what do people expect? It’s a zombie movie from the 2020 era, do people really watch such a movie for its depth and character development? Does such a thing even still exists in cinema nowadays?

Anyway, we had a great Saturday evening following Dave Bautista and his team. Clearly, it isn’t an original Romero, but it does a good job at keeping the pace and delivering a new experience in the franchise. It actually makes me wanna do a complete rerun of all the “of the Dead” movies, maybe an idea for this year’s Halloween (if we don’t all turn into zombies after the vaccination).

Day of the Dead: Bloodline

Bite me!

Even if the actors aren’t really good, the plot is plausible (for a zombie movie): A patient being treated for hormonal imbalance doesn’t turn entirely into a zombie. Identifying the right hormone holds the key to the vaccine…

The strong point of Day of the Dead Bloodline is its relentless action, from the first scene to the last, the movie barely slows down. There’s no place for overstretched emotional scenes, they didn’t try to seduce the fans of dramas.

Even if it’s inspired by Romero, we’re far from the quality of his original movies (especially knowing that Day of the Dead was already not his best). However, if you’re into zombies and you’re not too picky, you should enjoy Bloodline.

Cargo

Warning, this movie isn’t so much about surviving a zombie apocalypse than it is about the fight between Aboriginals and evil white men. Seriously, the very few zombies we get to see are only there to give a flavor to the movie, while the real danger comes from the cruelty of a man (which becomes a tiring cliché).

Kudos to the movie for showing me my first Aboriginal zombie though… All in all, the movie isn’t too bad, just don’t watch it if you’re tired, you might not see the end.

The Walking Dead – Season 7

A strong start and a few good episodes plagued by crappy, never-ending, scenes about people crying. Wake up, it’s the zombie apocalypse!

Ok, I get it, people have feelings… But Carol is over-the-top! Her whining scenes are unbearable and it ruins the rythm of the show.

I could re-title this season to: The good (Negan), the boring (Carol) and the wtf (Jadis and her gang).

If they continue to lure me with a strong start, only to let me down half way through the season, I’ll be very tempted to do like Negan:

Extinction

Extinction is about two men and a little girl surviving a zombie apocalypse in a snowy landscape. It’s a pretty good movie despite the bad ratings Rotten Tomatoes has been slapping around our ears. I usually see that as a reference these days ;p

Granted, the movie isn’t a masterpiece, but certainly very eye-candy without the typical “run, shoot, run” and “die, zombie, die” scenes. It lasts for two hours and it is a slow paced and character driven story. The casting does an excellent job… The mystery surrounding the two men’s falling out and the relationship with the little girl keep you guessing for a while. Of course, the plot twist isn’t so unpredictable that you don’t guess it early on, but it is nice, nonetheless.

Thinking back about the movie makes me realize how much I liked it. I don’t know whether it was the story, the snow galore, or both, but it sure was perfect for a great night snuggling in the couch.

Rewatch material that I most definitely can recommend to any zombie fan.