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Zombie TV (2014)Starring Maki Mizui, Takashi Nishina, Tomoya Maeno

Directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura

Distributed by Pony Canyon


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Zombie TV (2014)Starring Maki Mizui, Takashi Nishina, Tomoya Maeno

Directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura

Distributed by Pony Canyon


I think in the grand scheme of everything I can honestly say, without so much as a shred of a doubt, that I have seen it all. As I sifted through a pile of potential reviews, I was immediately drawn to Yoshihiro Nishimura’s gore-infused horror comedy anthology piece Zombie TV and figured, “What the hell?!” It turns out that laying sight upon that mythic “seventh circle of Hades” might have been easier on the eyes than this visual atrocity.

From his previous work on such blood-soaked films as Tokyo Gore Police and Suicide Club, one should not have to call into question Nishimura’s obvious affinity for the crimson showers that permeate any one of his movies, and this one is no exception. As the movie starts off, we bear witness to the “Pink Zombie,” who at times is singing about the praises of being undead and that all of your worries are non-existent. She also has a few scenes where she is seen biting different people who’ve apparently asked for her to chomp down on their bare skin. (Note: These scenes are NOT done with makeup – there are actual severe bite marks shown afterwards.)

Moving on, the film is displayed in an anthology-styled premise with the idea that we’re watching a channel designed exclusively for the undead, complete with soap opera vignettes, infomercials and comedic sketches. Allow me to give you some examples of the things on parade in this optically-challenging 77-minute movie:

We get to see the benefits of working out with a zombie and some equally beneficial evasion techniques in a Zombie Workout, a day in the life of a woman who has been bitten and waits for the inevitable change, which includes an afterlife battle for food for one recently transformed denizen of the dead (who knew foraging for human flesh was equivalent to the Olympic Games?). An idyllic stroll through a crowded city is documented in Grampa Zombie (apparently shot in the same vein as Johnny Knoxville’s Bad Grandpa) – a fight club program between tactically-differing flesh-eaters (with a notable nod to Cannibal Holocaust) and a series of makeup tests with eerily crooned lyrics by vocal artists.

As much as I was painfully glaring at the screen in the middle of this presentation of inanity, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to revel in the amount of gore that Nishimura decided to splash around. The blood at times comes down in waterfall fashion, and the look of skin tears due to biting is visually appealing (to the gorehound, that is). When all was said and done and the film had drawn to a close, I couldn’t see myself necessarily pushing “Play” on this one EVER again, but for the hardcore zombie fan this is one TV channel they might want to keep in their “favorites” list.

1 1/2 out of 5

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Even Sarah Connor Hated TERMINATOR: GENISYS

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I think it’s safe to say there aren’t many people out there that were fans of Terminator: Genisys. The film was kind of a major mess and it looks like life on the set was as well.

That film’s new Sarah Connor, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) was recently speaking with Vanity Fair about some other crap and then the conversation swung around to the failed reboot of the Terminator series. And Clarke had some interesting things to say…

First, she told the magazine how she was “relieved” when the film bombed at the box-office so she didn’t have to sign up for further sequels. And then Clarke says she watched frequent Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor “get eaten and chewed up on Terminator. He was not the director I remembered. He didn’t have a good time. No one had a good time.”

Damn girl, tell it like it is! Got to respect the woman for not holding back and sugarcoating things under the blanket of “creative differences.” Hell, maybe Clarke will be able to do the same regarding all the drama surrounding that new Lando: A Star Wars Story movie one day.

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Synopsis:

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance against Skynet, sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah (Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator assassin, an unexpected turn of events creates an altered timeline. Instead of a scared waitress, Sarah is a skilled fighter and has a Terminator guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) by her side. Faced with unlikely allies and dangerous new enemies, Reese sets out on an unexpected new mission: reset the future.

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Idris Elba Directs and Stars in Netflix’s HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

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Like many of you out there, Idris Elba is one of my favorite actors working today. And it is with this in mind that I’m excited by today’s news that says Elba will be tackling The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Netflix.

THR reports that Elba will not only star in the film, but he will be directing and producing the music described as a “sonic and musical experience” as well. That’s a lot of hats there, Gunslinger.

For those who might be unaware, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is an 1831 novel by Victor Hugo that follows Quasimodo, a hunchback, who falls in love with the Gypsy Esmeralda. Michael Mitnick (The Current War, The Giver) will write the modern-day retelling with Fred Berger (La La Land) and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Midnight Special) producing along with Elba and Ana Garanito.

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Amy Adams and HBO’s SHARP OBJECTS Poster Welcomes You Home

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A few weeks back I asked the question Is HBO’s Sharp Objects Mini-Series With Amy Adams Horror?” I got some interesting responses but needless to say, at the end of the day, the question is still up the air. But regardless of all that, I still plan on checking out the series one it begins airing this summer.

And if you’re on this boat with me, then you’ll be interested to check out the new poster for the series, which you can see in high-res by clicking on the thumbnail to the right.

Are you looking forward to this series as much as I am? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on FacebookTwitter, and/or Instagram!

The eight-episode series is directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, scripted by Marti Noxon from the book by Gillian Flynn, and stars Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlon, Elizabeth Perkins and Matt Craven. It hits HBO in July 2018.

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Based on the book by The New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places), this eight-episode series tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.

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