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White Zombie [1932] – Conceptual Review

So – there is an almost complete List Of Zombie Movies on Wikipedia that shows us a number of good films with zombie themes – that should be watched. And I started with the first on the list – White Zombie.

I do not recall seeing the movie before – but since I watched lots of movies – I might not remember correctly – but anyways – I am watching the movie and I will present aspects of the story / characters / villains – how zombies are portrayed here.

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The movie was directed by Victor Halperin, written by Garnett Weston and it stars among others – Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn and Rober Frazer. It was released in august 1932.

The review will contain spoilers to a certain point. I will not describe the movie but some scenes that are essential for the development of the story.

A notable thing about the movie is the simplicity of it – that makes old movies special – no tons of special effects to take you into surreal planes – just simple montage – with basic editing techniques that describe the actions and situations.

The first scene in which we see the zombies – it is a quiet and simple scene – the creepiness of it is stated by the fact that these creatures stay fixed and focused without making any sounds – they look as a whisper from beyond the grave is making them move towards certain destinations.

This is the story of a couple invited over to Monsieur Charles Beaumont – whose real plan is to seduce and flee with the girl. For this – he ends up to some local’s farm – who uses his powers to create a mass of mindless zombies who work for him. He promises Beaumont a potion that will make the girl all his.

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He is taken to the farm by one the the zombies. We assist to a scene in which basic movement is involved. The zombies are depicted as being harmful and slow – the standard way that they were shown in the earliest zombie productions.

As a result of an ritual – the girl will vanish from existence. The ones she leaves behind will be filled with regret and illusion. Her fiancee for example will see her image in shadows upon walls and watery surfaces.

Beaumont will end up stealing her body and taking it home. His human happiness is depicted here in a grotesque manner – it shows how individuals can be attached to something that they desire even if it doesn’t really suit their benefits. It is a metaphor for everything with vague consistency and signification – pointless and cruelly constructed – only to be perceived as a means for happiness in one’s life – funny how we dwell into things we find joy in – and which have nothing to do with it…

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Some scenes are very well depicted in a dark Victorian atmosphere – all the mystery and the action make the plot whole. The curse of the undead takes its toll – and a turn of events will lead to an unexpected development of the plot.

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So… next article will feature a full Left 4 Dead campaign that I played recently.. and tomorrow I want to listen some zombie podcasts and write about them.

Today I worked like 7 hours on my project and didn’t get much time to enjoy other zombie media. But probably tomorrow I will.

 

 

 

 

 

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Official Zombie Weekend

Let there be braaaaaaains.. and weekend.. 🧟

So.. I kinda decided this weekend should be a time for enjoying some zombie movies, books, artworks, podcasts and of course – games <3. Three days only meant for the Undead. Besides me working on my school project – last project that didn’t end up finished last week……..

I created this blog as an idea about the zombies and such.. since it’s one of my favorite themes in media. There was a time when I was purely obsessed with zombies and the all act of the dead taking over the world. The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later, Left 4 Dead, We’re Alive – all these productions tell great stories in various forms about the zombie apocalypse. And I find myself enjoying them over and over.

So – this weekend – as part of my breaks between working on my project and studying HTML/CSS/Javascript – I will drink tea with the undead (metaphorically).

Next article is a conceptual review of one of the first zombie movies ever created – White Zombie. It will be written while I watch the movie – so I will note down important aspects of the film – and ideas about how the story develops…

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Rock Paper Scissors Manga Review

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Yet another Adventure/Romance/SchoolLife/Supernatural manga presenting battles between the students for obtaining the glory of the student council.

In a world of floating cities, somewhere in the future – students enrolled at the Masumasu Academy present a certain type of power – which is called Fiction – which allows them – by invoking names of famous scientists/musicians/writers and other historical figures – to gain certain abilities – like mastering the elements, build paradoxes as stopping time and so on.

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The rules are simple – you can use these powers only in a race between two members of opposite councils. Fiction allows you to transform, to change appearance and this can be used as a weapon against the opponent.

There are 6 chapters released – easy to read – the artwork can be defined as fine. The plot however is not that intriguing – still it is a fun read. The author is Kimura Shinichi known for Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? and the artwork was done by Makutsu.

 

Silent Hill

So I re-watched Silent Hill a couple of days ago and revisited this dark place where it rains ashes.. And fear and hatred get materialized..

And I was wondering how did these 12 years since the release of the movie passed…

All this time.. I think that almost every day I was listening to some Silent Hill song.. I love the ambiance music, the horror tunes, vocals of Mary Elizabeth McGlynn.. I’ve got the soundtracks of the first two games on my phone right now.. And can’t get enough of it.

I even wanted to get a Silent Hill themed tattoo – and I still want that.. hopefully some day.. soon.

And for a few days now.. I stumbled upon this mix – a mix of the ambiance of the nightmarish town…

Gaming F.A.C.T. – SH2 – Mary’s Letter

Yet another series of articles – these will present various random facts from the games I’ve played [mostly], since they are quite easy to work on and these days I got so much to study I literally can’t write more elaborated articles.

We are talking about one of my favorite games – Silent Hill 2 – a survival horror that takes you into a nightmare without escape. The Silent Hill games are like poems – you just have to see the beauty in all that is depicted.

F.A.C.T. – Mary’s Letter

Mary’s Letter is an important item received in Silent Hill 2. The letter was written by Mary Shepherd-Sunderland while she was terminally ill and was meant to be given to James Sunderland; however, it is the mystery of the letter that brings James to Silent Hill. It is already in James’s inventory at the start of the game.

Depending on which ending the player receives, Mary may give it to James in the Leave and In Water endings, or Maria may give it to James in the Maria ending.

In the beginning, the letter ends at the line “Waiting for you…”, leading James to believe that Mary is indeed alive and waiting for him, whereas the final letter reveals that it was actually written shortly before her death.

“In my restless dreams,
I see that town.

 

Silent Hill.

 

You promised me you’d take me
there again someday.
But you never did.

Well, I’m alone there now…
In our ‘special place’…
Waiting for you…

Waiting for you to
come to see me.

 

But you never do.

 

And so I wait, wrapped in my
cocoon of pain and loneliness.

I know I’ve done a terrible
thing to you. Something you’ll
never forgive me for.

I wish I could change
that, but I can’t.

I feel so pathetic and ugly
laying here, waiting for you…

 

Every day I stare up at the cracks
in the ceiling and all I can think
about is how unfair it all is…

 

The doctor came today.
He told me I could go
home for a short stay.

It’s not that I’m getting better.
It’s just that this may be
my last chance…

I think you know what I mean…

Even so, I’m glad to be coming
home. I’ve missed you terribly.

 

But I’m afraid, James.
I’m afraid you don’t really
want me to come home.

Whenever you come see me,
I can tell how hard it is on you…

I don’t know if you
hate me or pity me…
Or maybe I just disgust you…

I’m sorry about that.

When I first learned that
I was going to die, I just
didn’t want to accept it.

I was so angry all the time and I
struck out at everyone I loved most.
Especially you, James.

That’s why I understand
if you do hate me.

But I want you to
know this, James.

I’ll always love you.

Even though our life together had
to end like this, I still wouldn’t
trade it for the world. We had
some wonderful years together.

 

Well, this letter has gone on
too long, so I’ll say goodbye.

I told the nurse to give
this to you after I’m gone.

That means that as you read
this, I’m already dead.

I can’t tell you to remember me,
but I can’t bear for you to
forget me.

 

These last few years since I
became ill… I’m so sorry for
what I did to you, did to us…

You’ve given me so much and
I haven’t been able to return
a single thing.

 

That’s why I want you to live
for yourself now.
Do what’s best for you, James.

James…

 

You made me happy.

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Congruence [Poem]

Beneath the night’s sky… / The lights just fell asleep.

The city is so silent / The silence is so deep..

The fog of winter sings / A sinister embrace,

Just shadows of the membrane / Dark figures without face.

A colorblind newborn / With implants of vague hope,

With holographic dreams / And circuits, plastic, rope…

An ever-beating heart / A never-ending night.

A call for endless fight / Believing what is right..

Time unexpectedly stops… / This web is filled with fright.

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Surreal: Art of Jan Švankmajer

I’ve always found interesting the works of foreigners in the film industry. Today I happened to find some short surrealistic movies by Jan Švankmajer.

He specialized in surreal depictions of events – inspired by the puppet theater he received as a Christmas present. Modeling various situations with the new toy and also imagining actions and dialogues led to some of the best surreal short movies I’ve ever seen.

Creepy in their nature… with a plot that doesn’t make any sense.. the fingerprint of time being applied to them.. they seem out of this world.

With 27 short films, 6 released full-length movies, one to be released this year and another 5 projects – Jan Švankmajer offers a unique set of films meant to describe what he calls “Surrealism as psychology… it is philosophy, it is a spiritual way”.

Below there is a playlist of 200 videos containing short movies, interviews and also clips from the full-length films among other. Enjoy.