Life in the Slow Lane

October 27, 2008

Zombie film facts, figures and fun

Filed under: Movies — pauljlane @ 3:15 pm

As promised, here are some trivia tidbits relating to zombie films. To read my review of “Zombie Movies: the Ultimate Guide,” click the Sunday Lifestyle link at right.
TOP FIVE
Following are the five highest-grossing zombie films and their U.S. ticket sales:
5. “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” (2004), $51.2 million
4. “Pet Semetary” (1989), $57.5 million
3. “Death Becomes Her” (1992), $58.4 million
2. “Dawn of the Dead” (2004), $59 million
1. “Freddy vs. Jason” (2003), $82.6 million
MIDNIGHT MADNESS
Released in 1968, George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” remained in demand by movie-watchers into 1970. To appease blood-thirsty crowds, theater owners began showing the film at midnight so as not to interfere with newer releases. Thus was born the midnight movie.
ZOMBIES CREEP INTO THE MAINSTREAM
Following are a few video clips pertaining to zombies in other media.

• Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”
This mini-film off of Jackson’s 1983 album of the same name cost $800,000 – more than the total budgets for many zombie films of that era. The video helped “Thriller” become – and remain – the best-selling album ever.

• “Resident Evil”
The 1990s video game franchise used zombies as its foils, as the hero tries to survive in a city that’s been wiped out by a zombie epidemic. This game gave me the heebie jeebies and remains an all-time classic.
• “Treehouse of Horror III”
No video clips are available, but the third version of this “The Simpsons” Halloween treat featured a segment called “Dial Z for Zombie” that saw everyone in Springfield but Homer become a zombie. Highlights include the zombies catching Homer in their thirst for brains, only to let him go after tapping his head and finding it empty.
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Finally, for your viewing pleasure, here’s the entire “Night of the Living Dead.” If you’re new to the zombie genre, this is a great place to start. If you’re a zombie-lover, why not relive the creepiness?

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