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Friday, May 9, 2014

MY TOP 5 FAVORITE ZOMBIE MOVIES!!




    We all know the scoop about Zombie movies. A deadly virus or chemical agent is released. A guy / girl is subjected to the deadly toxin and is gruesomely transformed into a hideous monster who desires the flesh of living humans. Thus a Zombie is born. As it bites person after person, it spreads it's horrific condition exponentially across communities, states and countries and pandemonium is spread globally . These things are all the makeup of a thrilling edge of your seat horror flick. The following are the top 5 most terrifying Zombie films of all time. In no particular order.






Night of the Living Dead (1968)

    No Zombie movie would be complete without this horror classic. George Romero's first and thought to be the birth of the modern zombie and zombie film. This Flick tells the story of an African American man, a White woman, and five others who are panic ridden by the unexplained presence of living dead. They barricade themselves in a farm house in the middle of nowhere with no hope but to not be killed by the terrifying monsters.








Shaun of the Dead (2004)

    If Zombie movies were equal to pop music. Shaun of the Dead would be a hit. This movie brings horror, fun, and pop culture into one flick and does a great job at all of the above. Shaun and his cohorts set out on a wacky / scary adventure dodging Zombies while also tending to life's minor hiccups and obstacles. This film also has a great sound track.







Dawn of the Dead (2004)

    This film is a definite spine chilling, teeth chattering, keep up up at night because you are scared horror movie. A woman awakes to find her family, the neighborhood, and the entire community are all out the eat her. People all over are being mauled by undead humans and turning into zombies and it spreads like wildfire. She ends up trapped in a mall with many other characters who share the common goal of trying to escape alive.







Resident Evil (original, Apocalypse, Extinction) (2002)

    All three Resident Evil films are brilliantly made productions. Alice is a super human experiment with a knack for annihilating the undead. An incredibly hot Milla Jovovich first punches kicks and destroys zombies in a hidden underground facility where the T Virus (zombie juice) has been exposed to the population. In the second addition (Apocalypse), Alice scourges the quarantined city in search for a little girl with a cure to the T Virus. In the third installment (Extinction), an extremely powerful Alice tries to leads a caravan of refugees into a sanctuary where zombies do not exist.







28 Days Later (2002)

    This movie along with it's sequel has got to be the scariest movie of all time. Test subjects from an Animal testing facility are released into the public releasing with it a deadly zombie toxin referred to as Rage. 28 days later, a man wakes from a coma, alone, in a hospital and has no idea of the outbreak. He shortly finds the meaning if of the empty streets and obvious signs of chaos. He fights terrible Zombies throughout the flick. Eventually he finds himself stuck in the middle of flesh eating zombies and sick ans twisted militants.

THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT THE MAKING OF A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS!!








    The annual airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas has become as much a part of Christmas as Santa and Rudolph.
    Charlie Brown's Christmas tree, Snoopy's decorated doghouse and Linus' classic recitation on the true meaning the season have become true baby-boomer Christmas icons. Throw in Vince Guaraldi's classic soundtrack, and you have an animated special that has defined a generation.


  • A Charlie Brown Christmas was not the first time the Peanuts characters were animated. In the early 1960's they appeared in a series of commercials for the Ford Motor Company.
  • A Charlie Brown Chirstmas was conceived, written, animated and produced in only six months, and was finished only a week before the air date. The first airing, on December 9, 1965, was sponsored by Coke.




  • A CBS executive who watched a preview was disappointed and declared the program, "A little flat....a little slow", and said he thought Peanuts was better suited for the comics page. Ed Levitt, an animator who worked on the show was more percipient, however, declaring "A Charlie Brown Christmas will run for a hundred years"!
  • The children who sing the opening and closing songs, "Christmas Time is Here", and "Hark The Herald Angels Sing", were chosen from a children's choir at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in San Rafael, California. The songs were recorded at Fantasy Records Studio in San Francisco.
  • The voice of Charlie Brown was provided by 8 year old actor Peter Robbins, who had previously appeared in over 35 television commercials, and had small roles in TV shows such as "F Troop" and "Get Smart". Robbins continued to be the voice of Charlie Brown in 5 more Peanuts specials,as well as in the first Peanuts movie. A Boy Named Charlie Brown.
  • The youngest voice in the cast was that of Sally, played by 6 year old Cathy Steinberg. Because she couldn't yet read, when had to be fed her lines a few words at a time.






  • Vince Guaraldi was a San Francisco jazz musician. Producer Lee Mendelson was driving across the Golden Gate Bridge when he heard one of Guaraldi's songs on the radio, and recruited him to write the music for the special.

  • The "voice" of Snoopy was provided by co-producer Bill Melendez.

  • The very first airing placed second in the ratings for it's week, behind Bonanza and ahead of such favorites as Red Skelton, Walt Disney and The Andy Griffith Show.

  • A writer for TIME magazine loved the show, calling it "refreshing and "special". He also wrote, " A Charlie Brown Christmas, is one children's special this season that bears repeating".

  • The 1965 airing won an Emmy Award for "Best Network Animated Special" and a Peabody Award for "Outstanding Children's and Youth's Program".