The fella who created "Schlock: The Card Game" will be running a round of Schlock at Origins for those of you who are interested. In case you haven't ever played Schlock, it's a cross between Nanofictionary and the Smithee Awards. You make up bad movies with the prompting of cards drawn and then people vote on how bad your movie is. It's a lot of fun to play or watch so without further ado from the Schlockers themselves:
"That Mangy Schlock-Dog" will be Thursday at 7PM in the Tabletop room.
There are only 5 seats for contestants, but everyone else is welcome to crowd around and bring homemade balloting kits. (For small values of everyone, I guess - we haven't yet merited our own conference room.)
I took some time to ponder, and came up with this list of my Top Five Zombie Movies. What are your favorite zombie movies? And why? For the purpose of this exercise, define "zombie" (or for that matter, "zombie movie") as broadly as you like. I defined it quite broadly.
1. Shaun of the Dead
It was a funny take on zombies which in no way robbed them of their underlying disturbing qualities.
2. Dead Alive
It took the zombie phenomenon to a completely (il)logical conclusion, and remained personable in that oddly-likeable early-Peter-Jackson-way. And it brought "returning to the womb" to a new disturbing extent, while redeeming the lawnmower as a zombie-fighting weapon.
3. Enter ... Zombie King!
Is it a zombie movie with luchadores, or a luchadore movie with zombies? Who cares?! It's ludicrously entertaining. Certainly the ne plus ultra of zombie/luchadore films.
4. House of the Dead II
It had everything that you want in a run-of-the-mill zombie movie, done well (if not too expensively). It had gore, but didn't fetishize the viscera. It had scary bits. Funny bits. Character development. It had your standard (cliched?) zombie downer ending without being nihilistic. I know nothing of the first (Uwe-Boll-directed) film, but I really enjoyed the sequel.
5. Zombie Lake
The classic (to my mind) Nazi Zombie film. French-produced, and with copious nudity. Also, a classic good-zombie-on-bad-zombie knife fight. A little girl telling an assembled group of villagers, "Bring me a bucket of blood."
Just missed: The Dead Next Door, I Was A Teenage Zombie.
#1 and #2 were not Smithee movies. #3, I cannot make up my mind. #4 will be a Smithee movie, and #5 is a classic Smithee movie.
*taptaptap* Is this thing on?
I wanted to make everyone aware that Conan O'Brien has now mentioned Smithee movies on his show, TWICE! He started a new bit talking about how he was going to be the new Oprah and suggest things that his audience would all go out and buy. His first product suggestion was several weeks ago was Killdozer, which I thought was amazing because I would never have heard of that movie outside of the Smithees, but clearly someone at Conan knew about it. Then on the December 1 episode (available at hulu.com) he demanded his audience go out and buy Leprechaun in the Hood. He even showed clips!
Thanks for supporting the bad movie cause, Conan!
A week or two ago we realized that the Smithee Awards falls on Passover this year which makes it extra hard for our Jewish Smitheeites to enjoy unhealthy snacks. For some reason, quite a lot of the Smithee fare isn't kosher, much less kosher for Passover. Imagine that! So Iron Chef Smithee, with a little ICSiT help here and there, has been collecting special snacks rated kosher Passover so everyone can enjoy Smithee munchies. I'm afraid that they don't really make odd Passover kosher unhealthy snacks though, so those of you keeping kosher will have to settle for stuff that is slightly better than the usual Smithee chow.
I'll post this also on the Smithee-awards LJ eventually (maybe tomorrow) but I thought I might as well post here because it's getting kinda dusty and I'm on a Spring cleaning thing.