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FILM CLUB: Night of the Zombie Film Fanatics@Boa 10/30

Posted by Omar / October 29, 2006

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It took about 14 nano-seconds for us to declare the words "Zombie Double-Feature" when we realized that this week's Film Cub fell on the night before All Hallow's Eve. Yes, I suppose in some senses, this appears a little cliché - bunch of geeks, freaks and über-film-nerds watching Zombie flicks instead of going to some hipster costume party in Mile End dressed in a high-concept costume and flirting outrageously with the girl in the Batgirl costume.

Yes, it's true, but the fact remains that I wasn't invited to that party...

Oh well, on Monday night, after 7:30 at Boa Taverne Modern (5301 St. Laurent), we will be screening two very offbeat and atypical zombie flicks. The 1943 Horror classic, I Walked With a Zombie, and George Romero's sequel to Night of the Living Dead, 1978's Dawn of the Dead. Free admission. Popcorn and drinks available. Costumes are encouraged.

RKO Pictures often told their producers and directors to make a film based on a title they came up with. Simply put, director Jacques Tournier and producer Val Lewton were told to come up a film of their choice, so long as it was titled "I Walk With a Zombie" And what did they decide to do? To make a fucked-up hybrid of Jane-Eyre-goes-West-Indies-voodoo-freaky, and craft a eerie, spooky horror-romance that wouldn't seem out of place in the art house cinema.

Be advised, the story of Nurse Betsy caring for the catatonic, zombie-like wife of a plantation owner is filled with more Hitchcockian atmospherics than with blood and feasting of brains.

Dawn of the Dead, on the other hand, is classic 1970s low-rent gore horror. As the sequel to Night of the Living Dead, Dawn begins with a world slowly becoming overrun with zombies. Four people on the run decide to hole up in an abandoned mall and wait things out. Romero, despite his fondness for gory sequences and shocking images, was more of a satirist than a horror-monger, and it shows the most in this film - a satire about consumerism in a barely disguised form. These are some pretty Marxist zombies, my friend.

So yes, this is a zombie double bill - but one is a gothic melodrama + zombie while the other is an indictment of commidity fetishes + zombies. One is black-and-white and very artfully paced. The other is garrish and oddly paced. One is bloodless, the other bloody. So join us - walk with the film zombies until dawn (or until the bar shuts down...)

And to all you film distributors and studio heads wondering where we get the rights to screen such fare - I say, the zombies of consumerism will devour your brains and topple your vacuous Hollywood regime! Boo Hoowaaa ha ha ha ha! ... Er, by the way, I have a zombie script I'd like to pass on to one of your offices, would you have a chance to read it?

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Christy / October 29, 2006 at 12:53 pm
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Pfft! Wake me for the Trotskyite zombies.
Sara / October 29, 2006 at 04:39 pm
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thoughts on the dawn of the dead remake, omar? i watched it again the other night, and i enjoy it - the trick being to try not to think of it as a remake at all, cause the similarities really end at the setting.
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never seen the other one... looking forward to it. although i will likely save my own uber-gross costume for tuesday.
Dave / October 29, 2006 at 05:34 pm
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Just to clarify, is it I Walked With A Zombie first starting just after 7:30?

Omar / October 29, 2006 at 05:58 pm
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Yes, we'll start with the lighter zombie fare, before feasting on the harder raunchier stuff.

Omar
rrrobyn / November 1, 2006 at 12:56 pm
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"i walked with a zombie" was great! zombie film noir! i really loved it. and the main guy's brother, in the suit, totally reminded us of Gob (Arrested Development) - uncanny! "this is a $300 suit!" haha.

had to leave halfway through "dawn of the dead" because my sleep deprivation was causing over-sensitivities and making me jump and scream at everything. me nerves!

halloween is rad. film night is also rad.
Derya / February 4, 2015 at 07:41 am
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Ne3o reconheci vocea por le1. Estava muito bom este ano. Muita gente, um clima f3timo. Bonita essa mninea, pena que ne3o fotografei.
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Herbal Powder / March 22, 2019 at 10:17 pm
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