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    I hated Bio-Zombie. Its dial was stuck on shrill.
    The whiny girl nearly made me give up on it, but mass' love for it made me press on and I did end up liking it tons.


    I love both Shaun and Fido, but I place Shaun above it.

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    Biozombie is a top 100 film if there ever was one.

    Some brilliant filmmaking. One of the best trick-split screen takes I've ever seen, and the use of the Gameboy camera is brilliant. It's truly funny, and even a little touching at the end. Shaun of the Dead owes a huge debt to that film; beat for beat the two are quite similar.

    One of my favorite films. I've seen it dozens of times.

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    Quote Quoting Daniel Davis (view post)
    Biozombie is a top 100 film if there ever was one.

    Some brilliant filmmaking. One of the best trick-split screen takes I've ever seen, and the use of the Gameboy camera is brilliant. It's truly funny, and even a little touching at the end. Shaun of the Dead owes a huge debt to that film; beat for beat the two are quite similar.

    One of my favorite films. I've seen it dozens of times.
    Huh.

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    Quote Quoting Dead & Messed Up (view post)
    Huh.
    You don't say?


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    Yeah, Fido was kind of mediocre. It has some good moments though.

    Good-to-descent (pseudo)zomcoms:

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    I was a Teenage Zombie
    Biozombie
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    I kinda like that typo. It fits.

    I also really enjoyed Biozombie. In fact, I think I saw it based on your rec. I've also seen and liked Return, Braindead (actually Dead Alive which may be a bit tamer, I dunno), Shaun, and Slither. I'll queue up the others.
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    Descent... heh....

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    I liked Biozombie a lot, too. The setting was ridiculously clever.
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    I was actually just reading about Matt Damon and he’s like, ‘There’s a culture of outrage.’ I’m like, ‘Well, they have a reason to be outraged.’ I think it’s a lot of dudes just being scared. They’re like, ‘What if I did something and I didn’t realize it?’ I’m like, ‘Deal with it.’
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    Quote Quoting balmakboor (view post)
    I kinda like that typo. It fits.

    I also really enjoyed Biozombie. In fact, I think I saw it based on your rec. I've also seen and liked Return, Braindead (actually Dead Alive which may be a bit tamer, I dunno), Shaun, and Slither. I'll queue up the others.
    The least of my recs are: My Boyfriend's Back and I Was a Teenage Zombie. I rented these during the phase in which it was my goal to see every zombie film available to rent in my home town - I did. And I saw some terrible films. I expected these to be terrible, but I ended up digging them to a certain degree. I haven't seen them since, and probably shouldn't vouch for their status.

    And while not strictly a comedy, Cemetery Man contains some wickedly dark humor and also comes highly recommended.

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    I liked Biozombie a lot, too. The setting was ridiculously clever.
    I love how it opens up with a commentary on bootlegging. Hilarious. This was especially funny because the first copy I saw was on a bootlegged VCD.

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    Quote Quoting number8 (view post)
    I liked Biozombie a lot, too. The setting was ridiculously clever.
    The mall?

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    The mall?
    Yeah, referencing Dawn, but rather than a regular mall, which Hong Kong does have, it opts for HK's underground mall, which is usually a place for bootlegs and knock-off items. If I remember correctly, the two main characters sell pirated VCDs, too. It adds a claustrophobic atmosphere that a regular big mall lacks, but also sets it someplace quite distinct for their culture. Not to mention the meta-commentary (it being a "knock-off").
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    I was actually just reading about Matt Damon and he’s like, ‘There’s a culture of outrage.’ I’m like, ‘Well, they have a reason to be outraged.’ I think it’s a lot of dudes just being scared. They’re like, ‘What if I did something and I didn’t realize it?’ I’m like, ‘Deal with it.’
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    Quote Quoting number8 (view post)
    Yeah, referencing Dawn, but rather than a regular mall, which Hong Kong does have, it opts for HK's underground mall, which is usually a place for bootlegs and knock-off items. If I remember correctly, the two main characters sell pirated VCDs, too. It adds a claustrophobic atmosphere that a regular big mall lacks, but also sets it someplace quite distinct for their culture. Not to mention the meta-commentary (it being a "knock-off").
    Right. And the opening only strengthens this theme. It's a very clever film.

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    Quote Quoting number8 (view post)
    Yeah, referencing Dawn, but rather than a regular mall, which Hong Kong does have, it opts for HK's underground mall, which is usually a place for bootlegs and knock-off items. If I remember correctly, the two main characters sell pirated VCDs, too. It adds a claustrophobic atmosphere that a regular big mall lacks, but also sets it someplace quite distinct for their culture. Not to mention the meta-commentary (it being a "knock-off").
    Ah. That explains things.

    Still, I didn't think much of the setting. Aesthetically, I found it dull, as it was mostly a series of identical hallways with brief detours into small rooms. Suspense-wise...well, I thought everyone was too abrasive and loud to be sympathetic, so the claustrophobia never quite hit the way it should have.

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    I'm a sucker for zombie flicks, and this one looks funny and highly violent. Plus its got Woody Harrison in a cowboy hat again, only this time he's killing zombies. Sweet.
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    Another one, on On Demand right now...

    Dance of the Dead

    Pretty good.

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    Quote Quoting Daniel Davis (view post)
    Another one, on On Demand right now...

    Dance of the Dead

    Pretty good.

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    Dance of the Dead is freaking terrible!!

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    I liked it well enough.

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    Quote Quoting number8 (view post)
    Not to mention the meta-commentary (it being a "knock-off").
    Sounds like what Tsui Hark did with Knock Off, which itself was so infused with this meta-commentary that I'm amazed virtually every critic missed it.
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    Sounds like what Tsui Hark did with Knock Off, which itself was so infused with this meta-commentary that I'm amazed virtually every critic missed it.
    I know, right?

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    Quote Quoting Daniel Davis (view post)
    I liked it well enough.
    Eh, me too. The actors are all pretty solid, which is good for a comedy with so much dialogue.

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    Hm. So these guys are doing the Venom spin-off movie.
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    I was actually just reading about Matt Damon and he’s like, ‘There’s a culture of outrage.’ I’m like, ‘Well, they have a reason to be outraged.’ I think it’s a lot of dudes just being scared. They’re like, ‘What if I did something and I didn’t realize it?’ I’m like, ‘Deal with it.’
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    Maybe we should move this to the main forum...?

    Anyway, I just got back, and it was a blast. The zombies are dull, as zombies frequently are, and the film never quite follows through on its concept of ridiculous zombie kills - it's mostly shotguns to the chest for these ghouls. But the terrific cast work within their roles really well, and it's refreshing how much of the film is devoted to how those personalities bounce off against each other. My favorite moment being when Abigail Breslin tries to explain Hannah Montana's two personalities to an impatient Woody Harrelson.

    Oh, and there's an extended cameo that absolutely brings the house down. I was losing my shit, and I was amazed by how far the movie was able to take it.

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