The Zombie Diaries (2006)
The Zombie Diaries is a nicely executed low budget film, that doesn't try to be anything it's not. Worthy of your time if you enjoyed Autumn (2009) and POV films.
The Horde (2009) The premise of the Horde is that a group of police go to take down a Nigerian drug cartel after one of their own is killed, however, there is a zombie outbreak and the city becomes under siege. Trapped in a block of flats cops and crooks must assist each other to survive. Zombies recently have been mixed productions, excluding virus or affective flicks, 28 days Later, Crazies, and Rec. They have been the butt end of successful comedies (Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead), disappointing recent offerings from the genres defining creator Romero and endless low budgeters, including the over praised Colin. Borrowing from the best and despite some unnecessary choppy editing and the racial tone of Arnaud Bordas screenplay it has many redeeming features, the story, issues of trust and loyalty play out nicely. The acting is excellent from the supporting cast, Eriq Ebouaney and Claude Perron stand out. Thankfully, Horde is a rounded and entertaining piece of cinema, taking the subject matter violently seriously. It's a big budget well acted French flick, plenty of nasty zombies, adequate developed characters, guns and gore. It's finely directed by Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher but note worthy is the lighting. The perfect eerie, ominous look and feel, the dimly lit corridors and well dressed sets. It's a very gloomy, gory film, this coupled with Christopher Lennertz's score and some sound effects deliver lots of scares. Notwithstanding subtitles and/or dubbed voices, "La horde" is not just one of the best dead films in the last twenty years, but also possibly has the most fitting bleak endings of a zombie film to date.
Taking style of The Blair Witch Project (1999) to a more fitting effective and aesthetics level and inspiring big budgeter Cloverfield (2008), Rec is creatively directed/written by Jaume Balagueró and Luis Berdejo.
Messiah of Evil (1973)
In Messiah, the people of Point Dune worship the rise of a red moon as they become zombies.The storyline is disjointed, but this adds to the mystic, surreal and dreamlike quality of the film. Admittedly, there is some irregular editing and the score is very much of its time, but there's plenty to like about it.
Kaufman's Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and the aforementioned clearly have taken its cue from Willard Huyck's jumbled but effective film. Especially the scene where slinky brunette Anitra Ford is perused through a supermarket. There is also truly creepy scene again with Ford and an albino trucker, played by Bennie Robinson,you'd think he would have been in a lot more movies.
It oozes dread and suspense, it's a chilling 70's horror flick that despite its faults is a lot better than some of today's so called horrors.
The style of the filming is similar to the virus flicks 28 days/ 28 weeks later and Dead Set could almost be seen as a companion to the two movies.Dead Set is bleak, bloody and full of irony as the wanna-be celeb's have to fight for their lives. UK past contestants including Imogen Thomas, Ziggy Lichman and Helen Adams make brief appearances. But Davina McCall steals the show playing herself and then scarily convincingly as a member of the un-dead.
Some of the effects and action are horrifically realistic, at times real tension and emotion is built, over all it's a great reflective piece of drama/horror/black comedy style of entertainment.
Zombie Strippers (2008)
The effects are outstanding (could be where the budget went?) some are very effective and hyper realistic. Unfortunately that's it sorry folks. I don't think Zombie Strippers will ever have that 'cult' status. However, I am sure it'll have a fan base following by gore lovers, Jameson lovers and boob lovers. Zombie strippers is not charming enough to be a Charles Band or Roger Corman B film and there really is nothing funny about zombie herpes, although I'm sure it looked hysterical to writer/Director Jay Lee when it was written.
Even with its Anti American Bush administration under tones and jibes at the superficial, the film just isn't clever enough to make a any serious subtle points. There's a little spoof to Resident Evil in there and other nods to zombie films but it's not really a 'meet the spartans' spoof either. It suffers from the that 'TV look', and is less entertaining than an episode of the A-team, season 2, episode 3.
Oh did I mention there were boobs in it and decomposing strippers too? What I'm trying to say is re-watch Show Girls and an Evil Dead, or a Living Dead film back to back, it's far more rewarding and fun!
Zombie Creeping Flesh (1980)
There's really not much to dislike about the film, however, if you like your zombie films serious and menacing avoid at all costs, but if you like large budget horror comedies, Zombieland is for you.