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Zoombies (2016)

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Date Watched: 5/12/16

Plot: When a strange virus quickly spreads through a safari park and turns all the zoo animals undead, those left in the park must stop the creatures before they escape and zombify the whole city.  (From IMDB)

Starring: Terrible green screen animals

Rules:

Animal Zombies

Giraffes – Zombie Giraffes = drink two

Say “Eden”

Jump Scares

Drone shots of the park

Quotes:

“Let’s just say that I got drunk at the wrong bar with the wrong policeman.”

“You don’t look like the kind of girl that likes to get dirty.”

“I swear that gorilla was trying to mate with me.”

“Excuse me intern, this is my sanctuary, and I decide what’s good!”

Viewer Quotes:

“They have a tracker on every dinosaur in the park… I mean err, animal.”

“I wish that little girl would turn into a zombie.”

“Is he going to kill Clay Mathews?”

Things We Learned:

-Irritating little girls are worse than terrible monkey special effects or guys in phony gorilla suits.

-Zombie giraffes like to attack in pairs and draw and quarter their victims.

-Zombieism makes animals smarter, faster, and stronger.

-Guts make good eagle’s nests.

Final Take:

It was an OK rip-off of Jurassic World.  The zombie giraffes were great, but very limited in their screen time.  If they ever do a sequel, I hope that they make them the true stars that they are.

15
Jul
16

Harbinger Down

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Watched: 7/14/2016

Starring:  Lance Henriksen

Plot: A group of grad students have booked passage on the crabbing boat Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Belugas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation. Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for 3 decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship. (via imdb)

Rules

  • Monster tentacles
  • Freezing stuff
  • Translating Russian
  • Professor douchebag acting like a douchebag.
  • Say “Tardigrade” or “Water Bear”
  • We see the Russian character’s crazy eyes

Quotes

“Are you all the way from Russia?”  “All the way?  It’s right there.  I can see Alaska from my house.”

“Is this because of our space man?”

“We’re going to to need a bigger bucket.”

Viewer Quotes

“Did we figure out why Macy Gray is on the boat?”

“Too many glory holes for a man to get stuck in.”

What We Learned

  •  If you’ve lived on the sea, you’ve earned the nickname “Doc”
  • Freeze melts, fire is forever.
  • Men can’t fit down in the hull of the boat for some reason.
  • Crashing a boat into an iceberg will kill a parasitic organism that can  live in space or frozen for decades in ice.

Final Take

Not terrible.  It was refreshing to see a recent movie that didn’t rely on terrible CGI for effects.  They weren’t the best effects, but similar enough to good 80’s creature movies like The Thing, Leviathan, Deep Star Six, etc, to make this one enjoyable.  It had the requisite cliche characters, but overall worth watching.




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