Friday, 7 November 2014

06/11/14 Doc Of The Dead (2014)

Normally don't include documentaries on here, but as this one's about zombie films, and we certainly watch an arseload of them, I'm putting it in.

Anyway, if you've ever wanted to watch a documentary about zombie films that takes itself, and the subject matter, too seriously, this one's a right winner.

Cool poster though.



  1. I only lasted a little while into this one. It completely wrote Euro zombie films out of the story. The likes of Grau, Mattei, Fulci, and even Bianci, are essential to the whole evolution of the genre. Indeed without these we wouldn't have a genre. Because it was the Europeans, espcecially the Italians, that adopted George A Romero's rules that turned it from being an auteurs signature into a fully fledged genre. Zombies deserve a better documentary.

    1. Yeah, I think you're right and I've been a little generous.

      Without wanting to lapse into easy stereotyping, it was a very Ameri-centric documentary. One author in particular was very verbal in claiming it was almost entirely an American sub-genre.
      Later on, in fairness, they did mention Sean of the Dead and 28 Days Later, one of them claiming SOTD was "The most important zombie movie in twenty years", which is bollocks. I think Manchester Morgue would've been far more worthy of mention, but that's prob just me.

      Having said that, for me, the all time greatest Zombie film is Day of the Dead. Genuinely satirical (unlike much of the 'social comment' so frequently accredited to Romero) bleak and stunningly horrific in parts. Loved that film for nearly thirty years.

      But, yeah, I agree, definitely a narrow version of what zombie films are all about, and as I say, too serious, forgetting that such films should actually be fun.

      Cheers :)

  2. I not sure I would say Day of the Dead is the greatest zombie film (or not)- to be honest I am not sure what I would say the greatest zombie film is. There a list of contenders. But, I have a LOT of love for Day of the Dead and it is pretty much my favourite of Romero. Though I also like Zombi (the Argento edit of Dawn of the Dead). But yeah- Manchester Morgue is especially noteworthy. Also Tombs of the Blind Dead and Zombie Flesh Eaters. Zombie Flesh Eaters and Day of the Dead are the two I have watched the most times of the past few years though. So maybe that's the shortlist :D