The Walking Dead, or Why Jason Got Grounded from Picking Movies

The very first conversation I ever had with Jason, the other children’s librarian at WPL, was about the movie 28 Days Later. Jason asked me if I’d seen it. I told him that no, fast zombies sounded stupid to me and so I didn’t want to see it. He told me the movie was really good. I told him I doubted that.

We have had a lot of conversations like that through the years.

Eventually, Jason got tired of my not seeing the movie and gave me a copy of the film. A few months after that, I finally decided to watch it, and, yes, it was good.

Sometimes I feel like that’s the last good movie Jason recommended to me. Over the last six or seven years, he has made me watch some of the worst films I’ve ever seen: Young Adam, Dead Moon Rising, Return to Horror High (which does have that one funny scene, but only the one), Kingdom of the Spiders, and Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter (which, in the spirit of being fair, I will admit did seem to have everything going for it). I’ve put up with a lot. A few months ago, though, Jason made me watch this movie called Automaton Transfusion, and that’s the one that got him grounded. Like Young Adam, it is a film that never explains its title. At least with Young Adam, you can think to yourself that maybe there will be a young character in the film named Adam (there is not), but what the heck is an Automaton Transfusion? If it were a movie about automatons gone wild, well that might be something, but, no, it was this really, really boring and poorly acted slasher flick with zombies instead of the more traditional quasi-paranormal serial killer.

All this means that since Jason is still grounded, when he and I decided to watch movies a few weeks ago, I got to pick them out. Huzzah!

First, we watched the entire first season of The Walking Dead, which is technically a television show, not a movie, but whatever. I watched this after reading the comics and hearing a ton of people raving about how good the show was, so it was kind of a letdown. Mostly, I thought some of the departures they made from the books weren’t improvements, especially the ones that made the show more like LOST. The dialog and acting are quite good, though, which makes up for a lot, and the idea of watching people try to survive long-term in a zombie-infested world is intriguing. It’s a shame season two won’t start airing until next fall. 3 1/2 out of 5 severed heads.

Second, we watched Best Worst Movie, a documentary about the making of the film Troll 2, which has become kind of a cult favorite among horror fans because it is so very bad that it is funny. Best Worst Movie is directed by Michael Stephenson, the child star of Troll 2 all grown up and trying to figure out why people so love a movie he knew was bad when he was 11. Stephenson finds a bunch of the original cast members as well as the director and writer, and he interviews them. They are, to a person, delightfully odd. If you liked Trekkies (and who doesn’t love that movie?), you’ll probably like this. 3 1/2 out of 5 guffaws.

Third, we watched Troll 2. It’s one of those movies you really need to watch in your own home, because it’s impossible not to start mocking it by repeating lines and the actors’ gestures. The film is about vegetarian trolls who find a way to turn humans into plants so they can eat them. Really. In Best Worst Movie, the screenwriter (who is Italian) said that when she was working on the script, a lot of her friends were becoming vegetarians and she wanted to make fun of them. Well done, I say. As a film: 0 out of 5 killer herbivores; As an experience: 4/5 killer herbivores.

2 Comments

  1. momster
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    5 out of 5 eight balls!:)

  2. Posted January 3, 2011 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Yes, the very last Walking Dead episode was all Lost’y. Ick.

    But I’m still hooked and shall return to it next Fall.

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