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Wreck the Halls

I don't know what being in the holiday mood means to you, but for me, I always get a warm fuzzy feeling watching the world end. After a couple of days of relatives, there's nothing better than curling up on the sofa to watch zombies destroy the nation, especially if one of the victims that dies in a particularly gruesome way looks just a little bit like Uncle Ned, who won't stop making jokes about the size of your ass.

(In the event of a real zombie emergency, trip Uncle Ned and throw him in the path of the zombie horde. His enormous beer belly should keep them busy long enough for you to get away.)

As we all know, I'm big on horror movies. I'm also big on apocalypse movies. When the two coincide, I'm pretty darned happy. So, I liked I am Legend; it had monsters, pathos, and excellent scenery of a completely deserted New York. I enjoyed it tremendously, including the nods to its previous remake, Omega Man. The original movie (filmed as The Last Man on Earth) starred Vincent Price, and had actual vampires with an allergy to garlic. I don't recall much more; it's been years since I saw it. If you need more, look it up on www.imdb.com.

My favourite kind of apocalypse movies are the ones that show the apocalypse happening (I guess that rules out post-apocalypse movies then, doesn't it?). Like director Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day), I totally dig seeing nature/aliens/zombies wipe out civilization. Extra points if very large explosions are involved, and it goes to the top of my list if there's also a rather gross-looking virus/bacterium/alien spooge turning people into raw hamburger on legs.

Yes, I'm sick. But I'm also looking forward to the release of Alien vs. Predator: Requiem.   I'm not fussy about movies; if I want unrelenting intelligence, I'll read a book.  For me, movies just need 'splosions (YMMV).  There's something so fun about watching one's worst fears fulfilled.

There's also an amusing undercurrent of acquisivity in many last-person-on-earth movies; I think Dawn of the Dead (the original) said it most obviously.  Imagine getting an entire multiplex mall to yourself.  Sure, there are dead cannibals outside, but inside there's a gourmet food store, an ice rink, clothes, fun crap, and all the material goods you could ever want!  I enjoy this aspect of the movie; perhaps I'm not into zombies at all, but simply want to go on a giant shopping spree.

Nah.  It's the zombies.  Give me that old-time zombie action, baby.  Besides, short of a zombie invasion, Uncle Ned is never going to leave.


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Dec. 18th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
I am rolling! Your first two paragraphs can me laughing so hard I couldn't breathe. I am now blue. ;)
Dec. 18th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
Uncle Ned deserved to be eaten. My ass is not big.
Dec. 18th, 2007 11:44 am (UTC)
You are a fantastically sick woman. :)
Dec. 18th, 2007 11:58 am (UTC)
Glad to hear the positive review. I too am a fan of disaster movies. I like them on the small scale too, Towering Inferno, Poseidon.
We actually had to watch The Day After in school when I was growing up in an attempt to scare us all to death.

Good Times.
Dec. 18th, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
The Day After (which I watched with everyone else, but it has aged horribly when I watch it now) has nothing on an English version called Threads, which was unrelentingly depressing, and ended up with mutant babies being born to illiterate sub-normal IQ 13 year old mothers.

It's a laff riot. Not.
Dec. 18th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
I'm not that fond of horror movies, but I agree the movies really need to Blow Sh*t Up. The more the better. If the plot can be described in three sentences, good. And I think this year's perfect Christmas movie is Sweeny Todd.
Dec. 18th, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC)
Dawn of the Dead
I worked in that Mall (Monroeville Mall, just outside of Pittesburgh) :) Let me tell you, you can really freak yourself out in the back corridors while heading for your storage room.

Especially after hours.
Dec. 18th, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Dawn of the Dead
Sorry, Pittsburgh--bad typing and a 5 yr old chattering too early in the morning.
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Dec. 18th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on that. I will sit and watch movies about the Earth having 150+ temperatures due to solar flares (thereby causing much havoc and destruction in a california city) or ice descending upon the whole world. Siegfried doesn;t get it. They're corny and predictable, but that's there charm. I do not go for monster horror though. "28 Days Later" is my edge, and I only watched it partly because of the actors and partly because at the time it came out I was reading a particular series of post-apocalyptic books and much of what we were discussing ont he email lists came out in that movie. But I do not have a desire to see "28 weeks Later", the sequel. The first is only periphally a zombie movie in my eye -- the 2nd is nothing but (or so I hear).
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Dec. 18th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
First to Uncle Ned:
"You know, if you ever came with me to an event, you don't have to wear a peascod belly but you might want to think about a girdle..."

I like even the micro-world collapsing (The Net, Donnie Brasco, Nick of Time) but when the macro-world gets destroyed they do tend to have more explosions. But then again, I watch Steven Seagull and Jean-Claude Van Dame movies just to eat popcorn and laugh. It's fun.
Dec. 18th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
For me it's Nosferatu. The original silent movie about Dracula is the best. After Drac, I too am really loving the apocalypse type movies with all the possibilities. As long as the cats are not zombies, I'm good with solitude. (and a good movie collection, books, etc. and all the electricity needed to power up the toys.
Dec. 18th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
Being that I hate this time of year, I also enjoy watching humanity suffer with as many explosions as possible. I actually watched and *liked* Stephen King's The Stand mini-series (don't know how much of the bottle of Filipino rum - and pile of drunken Navy buddies trapped inside the barracks due to a typhoon in Guam - was affecting my delight).

If only there was a Post-Apocalyptic reenactment society, because I would totally work that roughly knitted sweater and random leather strapping.

Dec. 18th, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
I have a jones for the outfit Milla Jovovich was wearing in Resident Evil: Extinction. Tasty.
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Dec. 18th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
Sweet! You got a rabbit zombie!
Dec. 19th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
It is gankable, as are any of my icons that don't have a restriction on them (which is none at the moment). :) Have a zombie rabbit of your own!
Dec. 18th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
If you go to the Aliens vs Predator -Requiem site (www.avp-r.com) you can have fun putting face huggers on pics of all your friends.

Enjoy the zombie goodness of the Season!

Course now I have a craving to turn "A Christmas Story" into "A Zombie Christmas Story", where Ralphie is forced to defend himself against his family with only his trusty "Red Ryder" B-B gun.

Dec. 18th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
If you go to the Aliens vs Predator -Requiem site (www.avp-r.com) you can have fun putting face huggers on pics of all your friends.

Enjoy the zombie goodness of the Season!

Course now I have a craving to turn "A Christmas Story" into "A Zombie Christmas Story", where Ralphie is forced to defend himself against his family with only his trusty "Red Ryder" B-B gun.

Dec. 18th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)

That icon set me off into a fit of giggles. :D

What's that old saying about zombie attacks? You don't have to run fastest to get away just faster than the guy next to you. >:)
Dec. 19th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
Ok, I don't care for zombie movies - but I do like apocalypse stories - like the disaster stuff put out by History Channel, Discovery, TLC, etc. I will watch those.

I'm intelligent enough to recognize the fake science in movies like 10.5. If only in correlation to what I know of California and it's quake history.

So, yeah, the 'what if' stories on Nature wrecking havoc one day (soon) get me purring in delight - movies, not so much.

Though I like to be entertained when I see a movie.
Dec. 19th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
I love the "Perfect Disaster" series. :)
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