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rotld necropolisThe film that I chose for today was inspired by a visit to my local theater last night. Last night I believe was the last chance you had to see the 50TH anniversary screening of Night Of The Living Dead and it was awesome. That is when I decided that I wanted to see a zombie film and I figured I would check out the fourth film in the Return Of The Living Dead series entitled Return Of The Living Dead: Necropolis which was released in 2005. When Zeke Borden (Elvin Dandel) goes down in a motorcross accident, his friends go searching for him, but the only problem is that he is not at an hospital, but at a research facility. When they go to rescue him, they unwillingly unleash the undead. The film also stars John Keefe (Here We Go) as Julian, Aimee Lynn Chadwick (Las Vegas) as Becky, Cory Hardrict (Battle Los Angeles) as Cody, Jana Kramer (Friday Night Lights) as Katie, Peter Coyote (The Legend Of Billie Jean) as Uncle Charles, Alexandru Geoana (Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud) as Jake, Diana Munteanu (Seed Of Chucky) as Mimi Romero, Toma Danila (The Devil Inside) as Carlos, Gelu Nitu (Icon) as Boris, Boris Petroff (The Prophecy: Uprising) as Crusty, and the film was directed by Ellory Elkayem (Eight Legged Freaks).

pAD4FAkCERB3sDprJM4f5YaKL3vI only have one rule when heading into a zombie film and that is you do not change the science of how to kill a zombie. George Romero set the guidelines in 1968 that you either burned them to ash, disconnected the head from the body, or you hit him with a bullet to the brain or you stab the brain. That is how you kill a zombie and for the most part they followed it with some of them in the beginning of the film, but then they ignored it with just shooting them anywhere or snapping their necks like you’re in a kung fu movie. To top that, one of the zombies was fully conscious and he could kick your ass for the most part which while it was annoying, I got over it. They had everything from regular zombies to have borg (Star Trek) like zombies armed with heavy artillery which just made no sense to me, but it is a research facility so I’ll let that one slide. With the certain actors they had in this film, I was quite surprised at how cringe worthy their acting was especially from Peter Coyote who I thought was great in so many films. Cory Hardrict, I have seen in many films, but this was not one of those brilliant performances. Overall, the film was just a recipe for disaster and I was trying to figure out where in the hell in the world were they? This is definitely a film that you may want to think twice about and just enjoy the original three films in the series that were brilliant. I am going to give the film an D+ for a final grade.

Vampire LoversI have decided to stick around in Europe for today’s Cheeseball Cinema flick which includes one of my favorite actresses from the horror genre in the 1970’s. So, I have decided to watch more films in the genre that I am passionate about and that is horror films. There is something to be said about Hammer films and that is they are some of the best horror films out on the market. So, here comes the first in a trilogy of films in the Karnstein trilogy called The Vampire Lovers that stars the beautiful Ingrid Pitt as a lustful vampire that is going from castle to castle having her way with young daughters at every turn that she takes. The film also stars Peter Cushing (Horror Of Dracula) as The General, Dawn Addams (The Robe) as The Countess, Pippa Steele (Lust For A Vampire) as Laura, Jon Finch (Macbeth) as Carl Ebhardt, Kate O’Mara (The Horror Of Frankenstein) as The Governess, George Cole (Cleopatra) as Roger Morton, Madeline Smith (Live And Let Die) as Emma, Janet Key (1984) as Gretchin, Harvey Hall (Zulu) as Renton, and John Forbes-Robertson (Lifeforce) as the man in black.

ingrid pittThe film really has an epic English feel to it almost as if you are watching a Shakespearean horror film in that it was marvelously done and the sets are very Victorian and elaborate. It’s definitely one of my favorite Hammer films and it was one of the first films to really push the envelope because of the lesbian vampire angle. Every actor and actress was amazing in the film especially the seductive Ingrid Pitt who still remains the ultimate babe from that time era. She truly was a horror icon that will never be forgotten. I really loved the dream sequences that her victims would suffer, I thought some of it was pretty trippy. Of course, almost all of the women in the film were absolutely smashing and it was a shame they killed off the first vampire in the beginning because Kirsten Lindholm (Twins Of Evil) was pretty smoking. On a scale of 1 being an A-list Hollywood film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time I am giving this film a 1.3 because it really is that amazing of a film despite what you may think and it essentially doesn’t belong here. Hammer films were horror films that were wonderfully done and the writing was always superb. Check this film out on Netflix if you have it.