Doc of the Dead

“Anyone who sets out to make a documentary film about the history of zombie cinema is in a no-win situation: if you stick with the obvious stuff, the hardcore horror fans will get bored, and impatient. But if you focus mainly on the most obscure information regarding cinematic zombiedom, then you're leaving out all the newbies.
 “Fortunately the movie-obsessed documentarian Alex Philippe knows how to cover a lot of bases in a short amount of time, and the result is a light and amusing film about some of the grossest movies you'll ever see. Mr. Philippe and his team manage to touch on all the important stuff: how the earliest film zombies often dealt with voodoo rituals; how zombies represent a great horror villain for a variety of reasons; how the "zombie apocalypse" is often just a stand-in for something real; and how the argument over fast vs. slow zombies is a lot more interesting than one might think. Also a lot of stuff about "zombie walks" and awesomely gross special effects.
 “The film offers interviews with several admirably geeky zombie experts, as well as ghoul-stomping movie stars like Simon Pegg and Bruce Campbell, but Doc of the Dead is at its most interesting and insightful when it points its cameras towards people like Max Brooks (World War Z), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), FX masters Greg Nicotero and Tom Savini, and zombie godfather George A. Romero. It's the special focus on Mr. Romero's contributions to popular zombie lore that gives Doc of the Dead a sense of intelligence and focus. About 85% of what we now know as zombies is because of George Romero and the artists he inspired.
“There's a lot to like about the slick and amusing Doc of the Dead. At the very least it might work as an explanation to that parent/spouse/child of yours who cannot fathom why anyone would like zombie movies so damn much.” - Fearnet


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