Steve Niles' Remains [Blu-ray]
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Our non-zombie people group narrows down to four, with one openly gay character. (Guess who dies first because killing off the brother first has become too cliche?) The radioactive zombies require head shots and are a combination of fast moving and foot dragging zombies, whichever suits the mood of the director. They have the unusual characteristic of sleeping while standing up and unlike the standard zombie fare, they do feed off each other. Bites appear to cause infection. At one point they talk about going to Catalina, which made me think of this being a "Zombie Apocalypse" prequel...which it isn't...I think.
Tom and Tori are the main characters who have a rocky relationship. There are some CG fire effects that are rather poor, i.e. holding a match in front of a picture, but they don't last long. Good acting performances for a low budget zombie film. The script needed some tightening up. Worth a view for zombie fans.
PARENTAL GUIDE: No f-bombs that I recall, but it does have adult language (SOB etc.) sex, no nudity. Evalena Marie sports cleavage for much of the film in her red bra.
Now in other zombie movie reviews I have read where folks are disappointed that the movie didn't add "something new" to the zombie genre... sorry, but Remains is not a movie where the zombies "sparkle" in the sunlight while line dancing the Macarena ... maybe next time!!! Steve Nile has added a few "fresh" twists and turns to the zombie mythology which I liked a lot. In fact, I like Nile's infected cannibals a lot more that some of the "traditional" dead undead zombies. Yes, they are fast, but they are not the undead! This movie is not a bunch of "read between the lines social commentary" either... it's all about a group of survivors fighting zombies ... some live, some die, some make dumb mistakes and well, no one's character is an over inflated, typical Hollywood wanna-be action hero... the characters were all your average everyday person who was believable and did believable things that were in character.Read more ›
Another film based on another Steve Niles piece, with expected results. This one, which pays tribute to 80s B movie Night of the Comet, sets its action in Las Vegas, and if you've seen a half-dozen random zombie movies, none of that action is going to be unpredictable--you have zombies, you have holed-up survivors, and you have the group who intrude on the survivors' territory and mess everything up, in this case military types led by Fringe's Lance Reddick. There is some amusement to be had with a hamster-ball-like contraption that allows folks to wander around outside, but that is in no way enough to allow you to suffer through this ridiculous attempt at horror. ½
However this may be unfortunately it's undoing as elements that you can pass off or are acceptable in print, in this come off as slightly pantomime and lame if not just a bit farcical (the plank across buildings scene and the jumping into the pool escape come to mind if you've seen it) .
Zombies sleeping or resting at night wasn't all that bad, but they would wake up to order. Music would blast out and they would all wake up at once, however gunfire would erupt and only one or two would seem to react at a time or when threatened with gunfire en-mass they would be kept at bay sometimes but not others.
It gave you the impression they were not mindless, with them being aware of danger (gunfire) and getting into rooms etc, but then they struggle to climb onto a flat bed truck (at waist height) to reach a group of people, which again was inconsistent.
The soldiers arrival scene was rushed, to the point where it may have been better to omit it all together because you began to feel they were trying to cram too much into a short space of time (trying to illustrate cabin fever and boredom of being trapped in the same environment with the same people, as large as that environment is takes time and this is what eats up most of the movie but unfortunately it doesn't really do even that justice)
Don't get me wrong, as I did enjoy it and Evalena (apart from being hot....LOL) was great as the cow from hell to be trapped with (again very faithful both physically et al to the comic).Read more ›
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Good low-budget zombie movie. I like the beaten-down "hero" who has to pay for sex with drugs. Read morePublished 7 months ago by randy3211
Awesome movie, you think its a "B-Rated" movie but it has many new elements you don't see in other zombie apocalyptic movies (zombies in water, some comedy, etc); I rate... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Anthony A. Fernando
Steve Niles remains was a pretty good movie but really got it for the home town exposer are 15 minutes of famePublished 17 months ago by stoneyloc
I am a Zombie fan from the very early days of the genre so this zombie flick is right up my alley. I enjoyed this movie because of the high degree of character interaction that... Read morePublished 21 months ago by S. Yishmerai
I saw this movie to buy so I bought it because i love all kinds of zombie movies i haven't watch it yet.Published 21 months ago by Jessica L. Pominski
O.k. if your expecting Avatar like effects your going to be disappointed. I give it 5 stars based upon it being a good low budget horror flick. Read morePublished 22 months ago by W. Hoyt
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