February 14, 2006

DVD Pick of the Week: Zombie Honeymoon

As I was going through the new release list for the week, I saw a few films that seemed likely candidates for this honor. Maybe I would go with the first season of Grey's Anatomy, or the long awaited Quick Change, or the fun Saw II. Perhaps I would go with the early John Ford/Henry Fonda classic, that I have yet to see, Young Mr. Lincoln. Perhaps I should have gone the family route and go with the underrated Zathura. I had decided to go with Neil Gaiman's Mirrormask, until I came to the last film on the list, and, while not yet seen by me, appeared to be very intriguing.

This week's Pick of the Week is Zombie Honeymoon. I'm usually down for anything with the word "zombie" in the title, so I went and clicked on the link, not sure of what I'd find. Well, just check out this description (culled from IMDB.com):

Zombie Honeymoon is a romantic horror film about a young married couple,
madly in love, on their honeymoon. One day on the beach, the groom Danny is
attacked and killed by a man who rises up out of the water with no explanation,
leaps on top of him, and vomits blood into his mouth. Danny is resuscitated ten
minutes later, and seems to look and act totally normal. However, his wife
Denise finds out that that's not the case at all. It turns out that Danny has
become a zombie. However, instead of becoming a "Night Of The Living Dead"-style
creature right off the bat, he disintegrates gradually, in a manner akin to
cancer or AIDS. He and his wife Denise do their best to cope with his slipping
away, not to mention the fact that he can't stop killing and eating people. As
their best friends arrive for a weekend visit, she makes him promise her that
they're off-limits. He agrees, but finds it more and more difficult to control
himself. She hangs in there because he's the love of her life, but it becomes
more and more apparent that her life is in jeopardy as well.

Now, doesn't that sound like fun? I cannot picture anything sweeter than a zombie in love. It sort of reminds me of another zombie movie that had a romantic undertone to one of its subplots, the low budget Japanese horror film Stacy. In any case, the description had me intrigued enough to dub it the Pick of the Week. Hopefully it will not let me down.

Also coming out this week:
  • Aliens Gone Wild. The latest Full Moon compilation collecting some of the best alien bits from their films. It follows Monsters Gone Wild and When Puppets and Dolls Attack.
  • Goyokin. I had been previously unaware of this 1969 samurai film, but it looks like it could be a good one. It tells the tale of a young samurai returning from war to find a small village massacred. He sets out to prevent another from happening.
  • Grey's Anatomy: Season 1. The surprisingly good hospital dramedy. This set has all 9 of the first season episodes.
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Season One, Vol. 2. I loved He-Man when I was a kid I loved this half hour toy commercial.
  • Mirrormask. This was very nearly my pick for this week. I have been looking forward to seeing this fantasy spring forth from the mind of Neil Gaiman.
  • Quick Change. I cannot remember if I have seen this before or not. Something I should, perhaps, rectify.
  • R-Point. This is a supernatural war film from Korea that was the highest grossing horror film from 2004. The premise seems intriguing, a ragtag group of soldiers investigating a radio signal from a missing group. Plus, it has been compared to Dog Soldiers, which I really liked.
  • Saw II. Word of warning, the mattes have been opened slightly, changing the aspect ratio from 1.85:1 to 1.78:1. I enjoyed it, even if the story wasn't the strongest. It is nice to see some decent blood back on the screens.
  • Young Mr. Lincoln: Criterion Collection. This is a film from 1939, directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda about those pivotal early years of Lincoln, prior to his presidency.
  • Zathura. Pretty much another version of Jumanji, I liked this one better. It is a surprisingly effective and fun tale.

That is all for this week. What are you getting?


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