Yeah, it’s been a minute… but we’re back, and let’s kick things off with a double feature, shall we?
I guess since it’s been awhile we should start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the before the year 2000. (Yes, this is a change from the original rules, which said the movie had to be from 1980 or before, but let’s be honest, at this point even 2000 is ancient history to a lot of the younger readers out there, so while I’m most likely still going to go for older movies whenever possible, since the real reason for this idea is to introduce my readers to movies they may not be familiar with, I think the rule chnfge works.) Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.
So we’ve actually got an interesting week at the box office this time around since there are two movies opening that could be vying for the top spot, depending on what kind of mood audiences are in when they plunk down their ticket money.
First up, there’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the sequel to 2014’s colon-less Maleficent which is Disney’s latest attempt to see just how much money they can squeeze out of live-action “prequels” to their well-beloved animated movies. (As opposed, of course, to their other strategy of seeing how much money they can squeeze out of “live-action” remakes of their well-beloved animated movies.) (Or their other strategy of simply buying up anyone that night be considered competition.)
The other big opener, however, is the one I want to concentrate on today, and I suppose I shouldn’t be too hard on Disney opening a sequel, since it, too is a sequel, this time to a movie that’s ten years old. That’s right, I’m talking about Zombieland: Double Tap.
I’ll admit I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the original Zombieland, and that’s due in large part to the performance of Woody Harrelson, who I honestly think has become… maybe not one of the best actors working today, but certainly one of the most interesting. It seems lately that no matter the quality overall of the movie he’s in, Harrelson is going to give it his all and bring an interesting interpretation to the character he is given.
So… having made my choice of a modern feature, the question then became what to pair it with. As always, there were a lot of directions I could have gone in. In the end, however, I decided to go with yet another zombie horror-comedy, but perhaps not the one you’re thinking of.
1994’s Cemetery Man finds Rupert Everett starring as the caretaker of a small cemetery in Italy who finds himself busier than one might expect because, for reasons that are never really explained (the question does at one point come up as to whether this is an isolated phenomenon or perhaps part of a more widespread issue,but it’s pretty well dismissed with a simple “I don’t know”) the people who are buried in the cemetery return as zombies seven days after they are buried.
His life becomes even more complicated when he falls for a beautiful mourner at a funeral who is burying her husband. He manages to seduce her by showing her the cemetery’s ossuary, but they are interrupted while making love on her dead husband’s grave when the deceased in question suddenly rises and bites her before he can be dispatched for good. And that’s the least odd thing that happens in this movie.
If you’re getting the idea that this movie is a quite odd and more than a bit darker than the one at the top of the column, then you’re absolutely correct. But that’s also why I like it so much and highly recommend checking it out. Obviously, it’s not going to be a movie for everyone, but if you find this premise intriguing, and want something more challenging and out of the ordinary than what you’re going to find in your local multiplex, then I highly suggest checking this one out.
Here’s your (NSFW) trailer: