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Zombieland (2009)

An American post-apocalyptic zombie comedy movie directed by Ruben Fleischer

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A Quick Tip by HDepew

  • Mar 15, 2011
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Zombies have been the talk of the town for the last few years. The number of zombie survival guides that have been released continues to grow, but I bet very few people expected the zombie invasion that took place in 2009.

On September 30 I walked down 42nd St to attend an early screening of Zombieland, but to my surprise I got way more than I had bargained for. Standing in line I was quickly surrounded by the livinging dead. Seeing the infected swarm around the 42nd St AMC theater was a sight to be seen. These were not your normal zombie fans who just dressed to impress. No. These zombies brought their A-games with full on blood, gore and the famous slow-zombie limp walk. It was like walking into a theater performance full of actors all waiting for the main attraction, but before that could happen we were surprised by a very special guest. Sitting in an auditorium of 300, and watching the living dead stagger in is an amazing experience. The NYC zombie crawl that coincided with the Zombieland screening was a perfect pairing and it brought out any zombie imaginable. We had zombies that looked as though they had been dragged begin a moving vehicle prior to their arrival, we had zombie families that came out to the 9pm screening which included a baby zombie in carriage, zombie cheerleaders, and a Beetle Juice zombie which was all too perfect for the appearance of Bill Murry in the film. But the event that topped the night was not just the zombies, but the guest appearance of Woody Harrelson. Hoops and hollers followed his entrance along with several press photos, and just as the film was about to start he stood before us with megaphone in hand to talk all of the zombies for coming out, and then apologized for the carnage we were about to witness. It was a fitting event for what would be an amazingly entertaining film, and one that any zombie fan would feel pleased with.

I sat on the edge of my seat cheering for the "zombie kill of the week" and give full credit to the genius end battle at Pacific Playland. I will never be able to look at an amusement park in the same way ever again, and I love it.

The only thing that made the night complete was leaving the theater and exiting onto the street of Time Square behind several groups of zombies. Watching these performers make their way down the streets was a horror fans wet dream. Women were screaming, people were jumping out of the way, and the NY Police seemed clueless by the invasion. I only wish I had a camera to catch the zombies down in the subway.

Picture this... A woman is walking up the stairs, exiting the subway station. Clinging to the handrail a man in a business suit is struggling to make his way down the stairs, using the railing to support his weight as he hobbles on one leg to get down the stairs. The woman looks over at the man and asks if he is ok, or if he would like some help. In response he slowly turns his head toward her, revealing a pale white face, white eyes(contacts) and several layers of flesh pealing away from his face as he and lets out a deep guttural moan. She screams and takes off up the remaining stairs two at a time. The zombie, emotionless and not effected by the reaction, turns back and continues to make his way through the subway and onto a downtown N train heading towards Brooklyn. I only imagine what that subway ride must have been like.
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review by . October 31, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Ah, the good old zombie apocalypse. That great fantasy scenario which allows people to envision going on destructive, murderous rampages while still emerging as the good guy.     Zombieland forgoes the regular rote of showing the apocalypse itself or even giving us a backstory to pin to it. All we know is that we are suddenly given this character, Columbus, who is running away from his life as a student at the University of Texas. We first see him in Garland picking up fuel ("You …
review by . December 24, 2010
I would hardly consider myself an expert on the zombie genre because I haven't seen many zombie films, but I can safely say that Zombieland is the highest grossing zombie film of all time for a reason. One of the great things about it is that it doesn't take itself all that seriously. It's a comedy first and a horror film second. I've never even been a fan of post-apocalyptic films and I still like this movie, because it doesn't treat itself as a post-apocalyptic film. The only …
review by . October 02, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Zombie Heaven
I can't believe the hate this flick is getting, for me it was zombie comedy heaven all wrapped up in a nice new package. We've seen zombies presented in all sorts of ways before but generally we get them in the same old unimaginative way; people get trapped in a house or other edifice and try to fight them off. Yeah. I saw that back in the 1960s and I've been ready for something else for a long time now so I appreciate any new twist to the formula no matter how slight. The twist here is …
review by . October 03, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
     Zombies have become such a great delicacy in the horror genre; they have become almost as malleable and adaptive as the vampire when it comes to genre mixing. We’ve seen them in horror, action, comedy and even video games. One would argue that the current winner of the zombie comedy crown is either “Shaun of the Dead” or “Fido”. Director Ruben Fleischer isn’t seeking to reinvent the zombie-comedy-splatter fest with “ZOMBIELAND” …
review by . June 24, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Preposterous Blockbuster Zombie Flick
Don't get me wrong. I don't mind a horror comedy. In fact, some of them are relatively good in that annoyingly yet infectious way which usually spells out "instant cult classic" to most moviegoers. Biozombie perhaps would be the best example of a zomedy film that actually doesn't suck & pre-dates Shaun Of The Dead. I had relatively high hopes for Zombieland initially.      Surprisingly, the opening scenes of Zombieland sold me although I can't say …
Quick Tip by . January 03, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
I find zombie movies as funny as I find vampire movies overdone/overhyped. I got to a point where I was laughing out loud but had run out of sound long before the movie was over.
review by . March 17, 2010
I Liked the Edited Version of Zombieland
If I had actually watched the entire movie, my rating would surely be negative. But since I watched the movie with a friend kind enough to cover my eyes every time some gory attack or dismembering or blood spurting occurred, I moderately enjoyed the movie. In fact, as far as I know, one out of every four scenes was the back of someone's hand.      Between the scenes of the undead creating more carnage, there were some genuinely clever and entertaining moments. …
review by . October 07, 2009
When I first heard of Zombieland and saw the previews my first reaction is... "I'm not sure if I want to see this."  And then a friend of mine saw it and said, "It's like Shaun of the Dead."  This brings me to my first confession.  I am one of about twelve people in the world who actually didn't like Shaun of the Dead.  There was nothing wrong with it, per se, I just didn't like it much.  So I started thinking, "I'm probably going …
review by . February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
   I managed to catch Zombieland the other day (last week in fact) and, despite the box office receipts and despite my personal reluctance to post yet another pan 1. Zombieland is one of those "seen the trailer, seen it all" flicks. In other words, once you've laughed and enjoyed the mayhem of the trailer and then said "I'd like to see that", don't bother. 2. The promotional campaign for this film is probably mostly at fault. Trailers and ads give you …
review by . October 06, 2009
 Step right up, folks! Don’t miss your opportunity to visit the one and only Zombieland! See! the amazing traveling zombie-killers Tallahassee and Columbus! Witness! the beguiling sibling con artists, Wichita and Little Rock! Marvel! at the last famous person on Earth, Bill Murray! Watch! in horror as the undead walk and ooze assorted unidentifiable bodily fluids…       In the near future, a virus will sweep the world, turning almost everyone into …
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Filmed entirely in the state of Georgia.

If there's been a zombie apocalypse and you're road-tripping alone though the wasteland, you could do worse than run into Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), a bourbon-swilling bad-boy butt-kicker with a really cool car. This is where the careful hero ofZombieland, a kid nicknamed Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), finds himself early in the film, and you can hardly blame him for hitching a ride with this swaggering Alpha Male. Still, they have their hands full not only with gibbering zombies but also with two sisters (Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin) who will stop at nothing to reach a Disneyland-like amusement park in L.A. AlthoughZombielandgets off to a rocky start with Columbus's overly-cute narration (he's got a list of rules for surviving in the zombie world), it settles into an amusing comedy, regularly interrupted by bouts of blood-letting. The road-trip stuff is enough fun that when the movie does arrive at its version of Disneyland, the air goes out of it a little; sure, there's a giant zombie blowout, with entrails flying, but it's not quite the same. Director Ruben Fleischer keeps the gags coming, although the movie is often funnier in its odd little asides (both Eisenberg and Harrelson are expert at this) than in its official jokes. Comic high point: an interlude at the home of a very famous movie star, who plays himself--and we'll leave the spoiler unspoiled, in case anybody hasn't heard about...
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Director: Ruben Fleischer
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 2, 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 80 minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures
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