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Comments on The Vault of Horror: Top 20 Romero Zombie Moments





Updated: 2018-03-22T09:10:31.883-04:00

 



Couldn't agree more with the "Roger Rising" pick. ...

2008-10-22T23:00:00.000-04:00

Couldn't agree more with the "Roger Rising" pick. By far one of the best moments in the series. The subtle, creepy undertones and cabin fever made these moments all the more tense...even claustrophobic.



Happy B-day, VoH!Pretty good list, even if I am a ...

2008-10-16T05:25:00.000-04:00

Happy B-day, VoH!

Pretty good list, even if I am a list-hater *g

Dawn is still such a good, timeless movie. It is sad that none of the actors had a good career. Foree deserved so much more than being mostly a day player.



Well, Romero has always ignored that kind of perio...

2008-10-15T13:50:00.000-04:00

Well, Romero has always ignored that kind of period setting stuff. They are all supposed to take place contemporarily. Thats why Dawn of the Dead is set just a few days/weeks after Night, yet its clearly not the 1960s anymore. You just have to ignore that stuff.



Happy B-day!Great list, though is Diary really sup...

2008-10-15T12:57:00.000-04:00

Happy B-day!

Great list, though is Diary really supposed to represent the beginning of the whole "of the Dead" epic?

Given NOTLD take place in '68, I assumed Diary was a reboot or do-over or re-imagining or whatever the industry buzzword is for starting over is.



Happy Birthday VOH! Even with the downsides of Dia...

2008-10-15T11:36:00.000-04:00

Happy Birthday VOH! Even with the downsides of Diary, it still turned out fantastic and it should be kept in mind that it was made on a much smaller scale than the likes of its predecessors (to any naysayers out there) :P



That really is a great one, Absinthe, and another ...

2008-10-15T08:53:00.000-04:00

That really is a great one, Absinthe, and another moment that was given serious consideration. She really seemed to feel sorry for the kid, who obviously had a little zombie crush on her. Dawn seems to have the most memorable moments of the series, so I had to cut a few really good ones.



Happy Birthday and great list! For me the one sce...

2008-10-15T08:09:00.000-04:00

Happy Birthday and great list! For me the one scene that I remember in Dawn that didn't make it is when Fran is in JC Penny's waiting on the guys and the glass doors are locked. She sits by the glass as a little zombie boy in baseball getup complete with cap and glove comes up and then slides down on the other side of the door beside her. The sadness, the defeat, the whole "what the hell happened" look in Fran's eyes as she puts her hand to the glass is just perfect.



Happy First Anniversary, B-Sol. Looking forward to...

2008-10-15T03:46:00.000-04:00

Happy First Anniversary, B-Sol. Looking forward to celebrate many more birthdays with you.



Gord, I speak more of the audience's disassociatio...

2008-10-15T00:37:00.000-04:00

Gord, I speak more of the audience's disassociation from the characters and their own distant relationships rather than the narrative commentary, which I though could have been left out, and the actors shortcomings. Like I said we may not entirely agree, but I do partially agree with you. Not Romero's best but better than Land in my eyes.



Great Post, and happy birthday Vault of Horror. Yo...

2008-10-15T00:00:00.000-04:00

Great Post, and happy birthday Vault of Horror. You don't look a day over 8 months.



@ Gary, I'm afraid I don't buy your premise for wh...

2008-10-14T23:58:00.000-04:00

@ Gary, I'm afraid I don't buy your premise for why the characters were unlikeable and had below average acting abilities/charisma. Not liking someone is not akin to being apathetic and disconnected, it just means you don't like them.

You can't create a commentary on an issue if it's already heavily weighted and the outcome is decided before the 'subjects' get to make up their minds.

I think the message you speak of was strong in the characters and themes of the movie, but in terms of breaking the 4th wall and turning the viewers thoughts into a part of the commentary, I really can't agree.



Great list! I have to agree with Richard, though; ...

2008-10-14T23:33:00.000-04:00

Great list! I have to agree with Richard, though; if "Choke on it!" doesn't make the list, it at least deserves an honorary mention!



Great list Brian, congrats on the anniversary. For...

2008-10-14T21:03:00.000-04:00

Great list Brian, congrats on the anniversary. For me racing about a mall in a VW rabbit shooting zombies as you go is a top 20 and I think zombies ripping apart the Biker in Dawn might even make top 10.

Richard, I think Diary was given worse reviews than it deserved, and likely for the reasons Gord mentions. The fact the video shtick was used to such acclaim with Cloverfield, using the same concept so soon, Romero was setting himself up for copycat criticism as well.

Gord, I understand where you're coming from, but I can't entirely agree that the apathy about the characters was detrimental to the film. In fact I think Romero actually shot it that way on purpose for effect and as a part of his social commentary. I expand on this somewhat on my recent Post Mortem over at Blogue Macabre.



It's funny you should mention that scene Gord, bec...

2008-10-14T20:00:00.000-04:00

It's funny you should mention that scene Gord, because it came within a hair of making the list, only to get edged out by Flyboy in the elevator. And I don't think Romero consciously created a black hero in the first movie, but he did do so in the next three. As for Diary, I think the only reason you liked the professor so much was that he was a Brit :-)



Also, I can't believe Peter's triumphant turn-arou...

2008-10-14T19:05:00.000-04:00

Also, I can't believe Peter's triumphant turn-around/escape from the mall at the end of Dawn didn't make the list.

A) awful/cheesy music? Check
B) zombies climbing ladders? Check
C) sudden, heretofore mentioned/used zombie ass kicking karate skills (including some hilarious jump kicks)? Check

It's just too perfect.

And might I add, it is a conscious decision of Romero's to make a black man the hero of everyone of his zombie films? (save for Diary, that I remember)



I thought it said Day of the Dead and typed yes, i...

2008-10-14T18:58:00.000-04:00

I thought it said Day of the Dead and typed yes, it's my favourite. Then I realised it said Diary. Yikes, that was a close one...

That aside, while I own Diary I only saw it once when it was in theaters. I bought the DVD for the special features and haven't revisited the film. For me, aside from the teacher the cast was too unlikeable and the acting wasn't so hot.

That aside, happy birthday Vault of Horror and its dwellers.




2008-10-14T18:54:00.000-04:00

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No, you're not the only one. I thought Diary of th...

2008-10-14T18:03:00.000-04:00

No, you're not the only one. I thought Diary of the Dead was terrific.



Outstanding list. I think you've captured just abo...

2008-10-14T17:56:00.000-04:00

Outstanding list. I think you've captured just about the best moments from each film, though I think Captain Rhodes's final words and his death are the most grisly moments for me, surpassing even Roger's resurrection.

Oh, another moment I'd add: the scene from Diary of the Dead (am I the only person in the world who enjoyed that movie?) where what's-her-name comes across her parents feasting. "Mommy? Daddy?" Talk about your ouch moments.