Steve Niles' Remains
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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 ›
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.
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
The movie had a few original feels to it, first being an original yet typical disaster theme that caused the creation of the zombie like creatures. which is a new power source that is supposed to be great for the tree huggers and hippies goes bad and boom! which is typical for a disaster movie or a apocalypse movie, but i don't recall see that particular disaster somehow creating a zombie menace in any movie. So, kudos for the orignality, but pppfffft on practicality.
Another difference, was the way the zombies acted and their shared traits, which actually made me wonder if they could even be considered zombies at all. Certain traits such as gaurding their food like an animal, barking and growling. Sleeping at night time in the standing position, eating each other as time went on, and a few other traits that i will leave to your discovery.
Although the movie had a few original points, the characters and the way they were portrayed was pretty lame. very stereotypical and extremely aggravating. i literally looked at my buddy and told him that if he ever acted like any of those clowns, i'm knocking him out and using him as a distraction.
Overall rating is a 3 star. it had me interested with the different zombielike theme and approach, but the acting and characters kept telling me to watch something else.
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Good for a netflix filler but a waste of money to rent or buy.Published 6 days ago by Alexis jason chovit
Don't waste your money. Get The Night of the Comet much betterPublished 11 months ago by G. A. Neri
Good low-budget zombie movie. I like the beaten-down "hero" who has to pay for sex with drugs. Read morePublished 11 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 14 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 21 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 on May 5, 2014 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 on April 30, 2014 by Jessica L. Pominski
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