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Blood Quantum (2019)

Blood Quantum (2019)

Indian zombie movie? Hell yeah!

It's got the grit. Realistic blood. Twisted family relations and a bad-ass grandfather.

It feels a bit like 28 Days Later, with a little Mad Max and Dawn Of The Dead and Grindhouse (Planet Terror) all mixed together.

In the beginning it truly felt like a classic - like they tried going for a fresh start in the zombie world rather than building upon the existing genre - but as it goes on... well let's just say it feels a bit less thorough.

The beginning was SO GOOD. Really wish it could've kept going with a similar attention to detail all the way till the end, but it feels like something was lost with the sixth month skip - inventive as it might've been - and nothing comes across all as authentic after that. Like they've clearly siphoned away certain parts of the world, of secrets and personality, even though the theme revolving so much around the baby is a new touch.

It's a zombie movie unlike others though. Good cast. Great filming. Not perfect with the latter half. Not sure if I should give it a four or...

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

Street Survivors: The True Story Of The Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash (2020)

Street Survivors: The True Story Of The Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash (2020)

Here's a documentary of a band I previously only knew by name; apparently the greatest Southern Rock Band ever: Lynard Skynard.

I didn't know about the crash, but this here is the story of it. Of how their plane plummeted, as told by one of *won't spoil how many* survivors: the drummer.

It feels like it might be a bit self-glorified for him, and the early scene of the band trashing a hotel room doesn't really make the band stand out as one of the most 'funny ones' out there to me, but suddenly their comradery's strong, and the lead singer who goes out with his boots on, seems like a much better dude all of a sudden, and it's not over yet.

It doesn't end with the crash. It ends with survival.

They manage to convey the rock and roll lifestyle, the carelessness of the co-pilot, and the way it all went down pretty well but... can't say for certain this is how it really went down. It's a movie after all, and it plays as such. It's a homage maybe more than the whole truth, but I did enjoy it, and knowing that it's based on real events the suspense in the air really is there.

I feel for the band members too.

In a way it feels wrong to see something like this more so for my own entertainment than to mourn their loss. Hopefully any revenue's going to their families, unlike the royalties on their records.

It's an interesting movie too in how it mixes short bits of interview - a more purely documental form - with mainly a filming of the events before, during, and after the crash. It goes together well, but it might've been better to save the interview bits entirely till after the movie.

Let the viewer immerse themselves entirely until then.

Never did know who paid for those hospital bills though... was almost expecting the last bit of the movie to be a court case. it ended in a bad-ass way but things didn't really get closure after all.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

Horndogs Beach Party (2018)

Horndogs Beach Party (2018)

Thought this one might be a bit like American Pie but... not so much.

It's the story of two guys and two girls who go to the beach to have a party.

That's it.

Script's simple. Acting's simple. There's boobs for extra viewership. There's a sadomasochistic dominatrix as presentator and occasional in-between-scenes commentator and there's some beach... in-movie it's a pleasant trip; satisfying in its successful simplicity. The main cast overcome their obstacles - two annoying beach party competitors - and get the girls - and so the sun sets on this simple spring break centerpiece.

This is as amateur as amateur movies gets. I really wish they'd managed to get some better cameras and boom mics. The main cast do have charisma so it's not all bad after all but... leaves a bit to be desired.

Not terrible, but not good enough to feel like time spent well watching.

 rated 2/5: decent

Mary Millington's World Striptease Extravaganza (1981)

Mary Millington's World Striptease Extravaganza (1981)

I guess the first one sold huh?

With this one they basically took an entire movie - the last one that Mary Millington starred in - and changed the title.

There's a brief narrative at the start, but that's it. Let the fun begin.

Only it's not so fun when you know Mary committed suicide shortly after she filmed her role here, and neither looked all that happy in this movie or actually won the strip show 'competition' the movie's centered around.

It comes across maybe more exploitative than it's intended. Or if this is what they intended then shame on you. This ain't the way. It's way too soon too. Maybe not at the time of watching, but just a year after her unfortunate demise.

First one seemed like a possible homage, but this time...? Doesn't feel like it. Maybe the first one wasn't either.

The girls do look lovely, but if you want to watch Mary's last movie best watch that one solo, and not just for Mary.

No need for this kind of container.

 rated 2/5: decent

Zombie Spring Breakers (2016)

Zombie Spring Breakers (2016)

AKA Ibiza Undead.

We need more British zombie movies!

Shaun of the Dead was great, and though this wasn't nearly on the same level budget or actor-wise - nor as much of a comedy - it felt refreshing in the same way. A zombie movie unlike others in a day and age where the genre sometimes seems all too far gone. With a bit more profanity than the norm. Though surprisingly little nudity all things - especially initial pool scene, plus title, strippers and all - considered.

The movie's about a group of buddies who go on a resort in the middle of an ongoing zombie pandemic - though the zombie situation on the island they're visiting is supposedly okay - and end up having a crazy night full of gruesome encounters.

There's not too much gore but the arm part... oh damn. Almost made me turn away for a moment.

The props are good, the actors are good, but the special effects? I wish they'd cut those out. Blow up a car for real. Get a pyrotechnics expert so the occasional fakery doesn't ruin the movie. Otherwise they manage a lot with both a limited cast and a limited setting.

Feels relevant now too, when pandemonium's sweeping the world and we're all looking for a vacation... you feel right at home here, yet dream away. It's the perfect time; the perfect way.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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