Humans vs. Zombies

Humans vs. Zombies

★★☆☆ – (2011) – A group of college students come to terms with each other as well as a zombie outbreak. Has moments of somewhat-fun get-to-know-you character moments, and an above average attempt to freshen a beaten genre. Commonness gets in the way of any festivities, but the lightheartedness does work.

10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane

★★★☆ – (2016) – Three survivors of a supposed apocalypse come to constant blows over matters of paranoia and trust. Never tells the audience what’s happening, and relies solely on the marginal cast to carry the watch, but succeeds admirably in doing so. Full of twists and surprises, though the outcome is arguably standard.

Thirst (2009)

Thirst (2009)

★★½☆ – (2009) – A priest who contracts a disease is transfused with vampire blood and further complicates the life of a sad housewife. A strange blend of unique and played out ideas that manages to hold attention through 134-minutes. Tonal shifts are a problem, as one moment is deadly serious while the next is overly comical, which hurts the overall emotional impact.

Maggie

Maggie

★★½☆ – (2015) – A young woman is infected with a virus that slowly turns her into a flesh eater. Somber and moody straight through, with some surprising and endearing moments. The conclusion, however, isn’t nearly as effective as the set-up.

[Rec] 4: Apocalypse

Rec 4

★½☆☆ – (2014) – Survivors of a viral outbreak are quarantined on a ship with animals that contain the virus. An illogical bore that comes close to ruining the previous installments by changing mythology for the worse. There’s a lot of running and yelling, but nothing in the way of suspense.

Splinter

Splinter

★☆☆☆ – (2008) – Pathetic convicts and an irritating couple are trapped in a convenience store by victims of a zombie-like virus. A showcase of bad ideas, phony characters, and laughable predicaments. By the time this rips off Tremors 2, all hope is lost.