Film and TV

Zombies, a living History – DVD – out now from amazon.co.uk – (Documentary) – 8GPPs

by on 24/07/2012
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Positives

ZOMBIES BABY!

Negatives

No clear direction

Editor Rating
Total Score


Bottom Line
 

"Very American" but I wouldn't have it any other way. It's Different; interesting (if a bit over the top) and shows you how to kill and survive zombies.. nuff said!

 

The Sales Pitch

[quote]Horror fans will relish this zombie fest. A fascinating look at a subject that refuses to die. Most people believe zombies are a recent phenomenon that grew out of comic books, movies and TV. The truth is very different. This HISTORY special explores the real story of zombies beginning at the dawn of civilisation and continuing right through to today. The first written reference to zombies can be found in the Epic of Gilgamesh, mankind’s oldest work of literature. A look at both the old and new testaments of The Bible reveal numerous stories of the undead. We’ll detail how Europe’s Black Plague became one of the most prolific periods for myths and legends about zombies and find out why Viking legends believed zombies were nearly indestructible, except by decapitation or immolation.

Take a look at the history of the zombie, from its original routes in the Haitian voodoo religion through to the popular culture’s ultimate zombie offering George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Examine other zombie legends from around the world, including secret stories of China’s Terracotta Warriors and the voodoo rituals of Haiti. See how modern science added a whole new twist on zombies beginning with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein[/quote]

 

Straight to the Point: “Very American” but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s Different; interesting (if a bit over the top) and shows you how to kill and survive zombies.. nuff said!

What we liked

  • Nice visuals –  cinematically acted and resplendent with  gore spattered, snarling, moaning zombies that would have made George Romero proud; chopped in with news footage, experts opinions (including Max Brooks) and of course tutorials on how to kill a zombie.. doesn’t get any better than that!
  • “It’s Very American” – My girlfriend was watching this with me and said as much when I asked her if she was enjoying it; I guess meaning she wasn’t. Now with no insult to our American cousins I can see what she meant; it was, but I think that’s why it worked so well. It was over the top, larger than life and had guys with lots of guns running around blowing the shit out of ballistic jell skulls, while seriously debating what could be done in the event of a Zombie apocalypse.. .only in the States and may the geek gods bless them for it.  

        

  • How to kill a zombie – Useful tips on how to best kill the undead and survive in a zombie apocalypse from author of the ‘Zombie combat Manual’, Rodger Ma. From using crow bars and spades to decapitate your ghoulish assailant  to rugby tackling a zombies legs to give you time to run, or conversely, curb stomp the evil mother! I especially like the way his sections were added in-between where the breaks would have been in the TV program, making the transitions a bit more fluid.
     
  • “Man plays God and is devoured” – One of the main themes of the docu-survival guide was the impact of plagues / pandemics on modern society and how it would break down without strong leadership and forward thinking. This is where ‘Zombies, A Living History’ came into its own, because as much as the idea of thinking about a zombie apocalypse sounds absurd to most people the premise behind it Isn’t that crazy really as there are zombifying pathogens around, manmade ones and if they got out.. well, you might wish you had watch this DVD
     
  • It’s About Zombies  What else is there to say?– Do you not know Zombies are in this season?

Niggles

  • Reuse of scenes – It used, as do a lot of history channel  programs, scenes from other series like “Clash of the Gods” and “Barbarians,” which is fine for someone who doesn’t watch the history channel much but for someone like me who does…a lot, then it was slightly annoying but I guess what do you expect for a Tenner.
     
  • No clear direction – I wasn’t overly sure where the documentary (or was it a survival guide) was going at times and seemed to just throw the historical parts (interesting as they were) in to justify it being on the history channel. Personally I would have watched it regardless but I think it could have been a bit more fluid and it might have even been an idea to make it into a miniseries so areas could have been expanded on and given more clarity.

Conclusion

All in all I enjoyed ‘Zombies, a living history’ and It’s definitely worth a watch; if only to keep you in good stead for the inevitable.. mowhahahahahahah 

 Zombitastic

 

 Matt Geary 23/07/2012

 

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