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January 12, 2009

POLL 44: ZOMBIES

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:32 pm

This is about a poll in my bilingual blog at http://celinejulie.blogspot.com

 

My poll 44 is inspired by a conversation with an American. He talked to me about how the middle-class in Bangkok are living their lives in department stores and are oblivious to the facts about the reality of Thailand and the poor people of Thailand. His description about the class problem of Thailand makes me feel as if I was living in LAND OF THE DEAD. So I think it’s time I should make a list of favorite zombie films I have seen.

When I was a little child, I used to like the fact that many people in Thailand choose to cremate the bodies of their relatives, because that’s mean Thailand would have less zombie problems than other countries in which the burial is more popular than the cremation. When I grew up, I came to understand that zombies in many films may have metaphorical meanings, other than being scary things.

I regret I haven’t seen many classic or great zombie films, such as Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and DAY OF THE DEAD. I also haven’t seen FIDO, LES REVENANTS (2004, Robin Campillo) and ZOMBIE STRIPPERS! (2008, Jay Lee).

THESE FILMS ARE ABOUT ZOMBIES. WHICH FILMS DO YOU LIKE?

1.CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS (1972, Bob Clark, USA)

2.DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978, George A. Romero, USA)

3.DEAD SNACK (ขอขบเคี้ยวสักนิดก็ยังดี) (2008, Pichanund Laohapornsvan, Thailand)
This is a short film.

4.DIARY OF THE DEAD (2007, George A. Romero, USA)

5.GHOSTS OF MARS (2001, John Carpenter, USA)

6.HOMECOMING (2005, Joe Dante, USA)
Some parts of this film make me want to cry. I also think this film should be adapted for Thailand, because a part of this film is about zombies who try to protest the right-wing who cheat the general election. If it is remade in Thailand, maybe it should be called ZOMBIES VS. COCKROACH GOVERNMENT.

7.I, ZOMBIE: THE CHRONICLES OF PAIN (1998, Andrew Parkinson, UK)
This zombie film concerns with lonely feelings like Wong Kar-wai’s films.

8.LAND OF THE DEAD (2005, George A. Romero, USA)

9.LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE (1974, Jorge Grau, Spain/Italy)

10.OTTO; OR UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE (2008, Bruce La Bruce, Germany/Canada)

11.PLANET TERROR (2007, Robert Rodriguez, USA)

12.PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1987, John Carpenter, USA)

13.RESURRECTION (2008, Sorrawis Rawitiwagul + Harin Paesongthai, Thailand)
This is a short film.

14.SARS WARS (2004, Taweewat Wantha, Thailand)
Wise Kwai wrote about this funny film here:
http://thaifilmjournal.blogspot.com/2005/04/review-sars-wars.html
http://thaifilmjournal.blogspot.com/2009/01/on-dvd-in-hong-kong-sars-wars.html

15.SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004, Edgar Wright, UK)

16.28 DAYS LATER…(2002, Danny Boyle, UK)

17.28 WEEKS LATER (2007, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Spain)

18.UNDEAD (2002, Peter Spierig + Michael Spierig, Australia)

19.ZOMBIE CHICK (อีสาวซากดิบ) (2007, Thitimon Mongkolsawat, Thailand)
This is a short film.

20.ZOMBIE SELF-DEFENSE FORCE (2005, Naoyuki Tomomatsu, Japan)

You can cast multiple votes.

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2 Comments »

  1. This is my reply to my friends in my bilingual blog:
    http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2009/01/poll-44-zombies.html

    –Filmsick, I need to thank you for all the DVDs + VCDs you gave me, including CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS, I ZOMBIE, LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE, and ROMERO’S DAWN OF THE DEAD. Without your gifts, this list wouldn’t exist.

    –WiseKwai, I didn’t know about the ZOMBIE TRUCK project. It sounds very interesting.

    There’s another Thai zombie film I saw. It’s CURSE OF THE SUN (2004, Anat Yuang-ngern + Kittipong Panyataweesap, C), but I don’t like this film, so I didn’t include it in the poll. However, I like the next film by Anat Yuang-ngern very much. It’s THE BRUTAL RIVER (2005, A-), which is about a killer crocodile. I don’t know why the qualities of these two films are very much different, though Anat directed both of them.
    http://www.thaifilmdb.com/en/tt00398

    I like RESIDENT EVIL (A-), and RESIDENT EVIL 3 (A-), though I think RESIDENT EVIL 2 (B ) is boring. I think RESIDENT EVIL is exciting, and I like some ideas in RESIDENT EVIL 3, such as the zombie crows and the moment when Milla Jovovich regained consciousness and started fighting again.

    –Matthew, I hope to see I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE soon.

    –Filmvirus, yes, I remember Stefan Popescu. One of his short films is very creepy. I think it would be great if he can direct a zombie film in Thailand as he wishes.

    –Has anyone seen ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST (1980, Marino Girolami)? I think its synopsis is very funny.

    Comment by celinejulie — January 13, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

  2. This is my reply in my bilingual blog:
    http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2009/01/poll-44-zombies.html

    –Vespertine, your question is very interesting. I don’t know the definition of zombies, but I think most zombies have the capacity of infection, so I’m not sure if the living dead who can’t infect other people are zombies or not.

    I am confused sometimes, too. I thought the monsters in I AM LEGEND (2007, Francis Lawrence) are zombies, but they are actually categorized as vampires.

    –Matthew, thank for the information on ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST. This film was shown in Thailand when I was a little child. I didn’t go to see it, but I still remember its Thai title, which can be translated as CANNIBALS EAT ZOMBIES.

    –1minutefilmreview, thank very much for your vote. I haven’t seen the new film by Danny Boyle yet, but he can direct great films in many genres. I don’t know if he can be considered an auteur or not.

    –Boat, I think flying cockroaches are very frightening, but what is more frightening are cockroaches who become prime minister and government members. Hahaha.

    –Initial A, I definitely recommend HOMECOMING. I also like what Joe Dante said very much. He said that HOMECOMING is a horror film because most characters in this film are Republicans.

    Comment by celinejulie — January 15, 2009 @ 8:39 pm


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