BEBE 2016

IMDB, Rammbock“Rammbock” on IMDB

Horror/Thriller – 2010 – 63 Minutes

This film was a selection for BEBE 2016.

This was something of a compromise. We know that some great horror comes from abroad,  yet we still have trouble getting the children to suffer through subtitles. How could they possibly pull themselves away from their phones long enough to read a movie? It was also very highly recommended, but subtitled. It was also very short: just over an hour.

Michael has made the bad decision to head into Berlin to return a key to Gabi, the girlfriend that dumped him. He’s convinced that he can win her back, but when he gets there, she’s not home. He lets himself in to find a kid, Harper, working on her plumbing. Before he can decide how to proceed, all hell breaks loose: an infection is sweeping the city. People turn feral and attack each other. Michael and Harper are able to barricade themselves in the apartment as the rest of the building is overrun.

The story revolves around the few survivors of the building.  They communicate quietly across the common courtyard (noise attracts the infected) and try to work out a plan. How do you get to another apartment? How can you trade resources? Who can you trust? Michael, of course, remains focused on finding Gabi; often to the frustration of his allies. Motivations are clear but, more importantly, the characters act realistically. They earn our sympathy.

The filmmakers use the limited budget very well. The action sequences are well done and, thankfully, not over-done. They’ll remind genre fans of those from “28 Days Later”. The movie could, in fact, easily be considered part of that franchise. The story and character development suffers slightly from the short length, but leaving the audience wanting more is always preferable to boring them.

Even the kids enjoyed this, sub-titles and all. It’s a solid, if not wholly original, story with an interesting slant. Fans of more modern “fast zombie” stories should feel right at home.

IMDB, Bigfoot vs Zombies“Bigfoot vs. Zombies” on IMDB

Horror/Comedy – 2016 – 75 Minutes

This film was a selection for BEBE 2016.

We always try to start our Easter marathon with something less, um… let’s say “intellectual”. We’ve just woken up and are still bleary-eyed, the kids are grumpy and we’re cobbling together a breakfast leftovers, dyed-eggs, pop-tarts and chocolate. Something that we don’t have to pay the strictest attention too is generally best.

This definitely fits that bill.

Ed and Andy are delivering cadavers to a “body farm”, where fresh corpses are left in natural, but controlled, conditions to benefit forensic science. The facility itself has a skeleton crew: there’s a single (mad) scientist, a cute peer/assistant/receptionist/something, the dumbass handyman and the slimy security guard. Oh yeah, there’s Bigfoot too. Bigfoot’s in this. He’s short, weird and looks like he’s covered in partially skinned dogs, but he’s Big “B” Bigfoot, dammit!

The (mad) scientist has been soaking the bodies with something designed to make them… something, and now they’re zombies. Really crappy ones. There’s just no effort made. The zombies are people with loose-fitting masks and what appear to be wigs stolen from old women. At one point the script calls for our heroes to bribe the slimy security guard with pornography. They stacked a bunch of copy paper together and – quite literally – printed out the words “Jugs and Thugz” in black and white. Mormon children could make a more convincing prop.

There’s a fine line between “fun no budget” and “sad no budget” and this shambles around it, but lands definitively on the “sad” side of the line. It’s slow and sloppy and Bigfoot is a complete non-starter. There’s no joy here at all.

 

BEBE Logo_TransToBlackAlas, BEBE 2016, our seventh year, is over!  Five movies (three good ones!) and, as usual, way too much food! Success!

We’ve had more than our share of life lately, so we decided to take it very easy this year. Anything that felt like work, we decided to ignore. It worked out very well. We had a minor setback as the zombie-themed gifts we ordered from Amazon won’t be here until tomorrow. Better late than never, we suppose.

Let’s see how we did according to the rules of Boiled Eggs and Brain Eaters:

Watch Some Zombie Movies

Check!  Here’s the tally. We’ll be doing full reviews of all of these in the coming weeks:

  • Bigfoot vs. Zombies: Come for the stupid, laugh at the stupid. This was stupid.
  • Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead: Good, high-quality flick with some neat ideas. A hell of a good time!
  • Rammbock: This chased the kids away (they’re allergic to sub-titles), but they missed out. This was good.
  • April Apocalypse: Some good acting covers the many, many (many) plotholes. And the narration, oh sweet Jesus so much narration!
  • Shaun of the Dead: Perfection. Absolute perfection.

Of course, as a nice bonus, we also enjoyed a great new episode of “The Walking Dead” to top off the evening.

Eat Lots of Good Food

Check! We ate way too much Platter’s Chocolate and, as we did last year, made Crafty Zombie Cupcakes. Dinner was ham, smooshed taters, fried corn and hot rolls. It crushed us completely… for about an hour, then we had chocolate pie.

Play Some Games

Check! We did some of our favorite, Zombie Dice by Steve Jackson Games, but also spent time with the simple, but addictive Roll For It by Calliope Games. Both of these are simple, portable and easy to play.

Spend Some Time with Those You Love

Check! This was a nice, easy year for us. The kids spent more time than not with us, but they are teenagers, so did ignore us enough to maintain appearances at least.

We hope that you had a great day with those you love and were able to fit in a little fun and games.  We also hope to see you back here in 2017 for the the eighth anniversary of Boiled Eggs and Brain Eaters!