Sunday, May 23, 2010

One of the Best Zombie Rises

Tonight’s post is more of a reflection than anything analytical, although I am sure that it will inevitably go that route but still. As many of you know I saw Zombie (aka Zombi 2) at the Music Box during a zombie film festival and I really enjoyed it. There were two aspects of the film that I enjoyed and they were the way things were executed and shot, and the brilliant score by Fabio Frizzi. Personally I think there is one scene, or sequences, that takes these two elements and throws them together flawlessly… and that scene was the rise of the zombies. It was so haunting and yet so epic, for lack of a better term.

Please watch the clip:

I guess what I love about these scenes is that the zombies rise out of the ground in the typical zombie nature: stiff, eyes closed, slow and drone-like but what I also like is the POV of the zombie rising out of the ground. I feel that it adds to the mysteriousness I guess. The close ups also a well done since it puts your right there and exposes you to the dirty grittiness of the film. The shot where the zombies are walking through the abandoned town gave me chills because it was so reminiscent of Night of the Living Dead but it had a touch of Western to it. It just felt right.

I don’t know, I think I am just rambling about nothing but I would argue that this is one of the best ‘zombies coming out of the ground’ scenes ever. I’m also sure that Carpenter was inspired by this when he filmed Vampires, when Valek and his minions rise from the ground.

Note: The clip was taken from YouTube so that's why the quality is so bad.


The Mike said...

Yeah, I love this scene.

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