Mike Matei / October 28th, 2013
October 28, 2013 at 3:43 am
LAND OF THE DEAD AWESOME! ZOMBIE MADNESS!
October 28, 2013 at 3:44 am
I’M FIRST MOTHER FUCKERS HA HA!
October 28, 2013 at 3:46 am
fuck!!! so close
October 28, 2013 at 3:56 am
Dam, beat again. great I cant wait to read five pages of idiots crying about how “Your comment is so stupid, derrr” I bet james and mike laugh there asses of at these dooshes who get mad at the “firsts.” I say free country, god bless em
October 28, 2013 at 7:47 am
Nice work. Every since the other movie I can’t get a podium. Good vid as always.
October 28, 2013 at 11:56 am
October 29, 2013 at 2:44 pm
@KennyM I can’t wait to read the comments bitching about people leaving bitchy comments. Oh the irony! And for the record, first posts are still dumb. Bitching about them maybe even dumber. But what about the people who bitch about the people bitching? Those have to the dumbest SOBs of all. “I say free country, god bless em”. Why didn’t you say that about the people whom you disagree with? So basically you just said “they have a right to express their opinion, everyone else should shut up” You sir are a hypocrite and a moron. Personally, I laugh my ass off at douches who get mad at people who get mad at the people who bitch about firsts. Grow a brain, then leave comments. The current system of commenting without your brain isn’t working out.
October 28, 2013 at 5:16 am
BEST VIDEO YET JAMES!!!
October 28, 2013 at 11:54 pm
The person who is first port for the next video sucks cocks like a Hoover!
The person who is first post for the next video sucks cocks like a Hoover!
October 28, 2013 at 3:47 am
YES i love zombie reviews on montre madness
October 28, 2013 at 3:49 am
Right as I’m about to go to bed, I refresh the page and you have a new review. Thanks James!
October 28, 2013 at 3:53 am
I saw this in the theaters and I really enjoyed it, it was my first experience with the series
October 28, 2013 at 3:57 am
I am really tired of being forced to watch a one minute long chevy truck commercial for every darn video, I wish there was a skip after 5 seconds.
October 28, 2013 at 5:29 am
Every time I enter the website I’m forced to fight with that damn hot pocket Ad. Regardless great video James!
October 28, 2013 at 6:04 am
Download a program called AdBlockerPlus. It’s incredible. It’s free, and installs in a jiff. I’ve had it for 2 years, and I honestly haven’t seen an ad since. Not on youtube, not here, not facebook. It blocks both video & traditional. It’s awesome.
Some say “Well then people can’t make money!”
Yeah, I think the fact James is pulling in over 6 figures a year means he’s doing OK.
October 28, 2013 at 10:40 am
And you decide who makes too much? What about the other sites you visit? It’s such a chore to watch a one minute ad for your free content you would choose to deprive the content creator of income?
Ad Block has become one of the biggest threats to created media. There is no justification of its use.
October 28, 2013 at 6:57 am
I don’t mind that as much as the ad that plays AFTER I watch the video, when I’m looking at the comments.
October 28, 2013 at 10:42 am
Pause the video before it’s over and browse comments. There’s always a few second lead. Or, just mute it if you have to.
October 28, 2013 at 2:54 pm
October 28, 2013 at 2:27 pm
That’s weird it lets me skip after 5 secs every time.
October 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm
You know what Kenny? You seriously need to take a deep breath and relax, like seriously, quit being a total gribto, please. Seriously.
October 28, 2013 at 4:08 am
October 28, 2013 at 5:45 pm
Nothing about in James’ review about the 3 “good” characters of the movie? That’s strange.
October 31, 2013 at 9:35 pm
James, did you seriously call James Nicotero,”James Nicoreto”? For shame.
October 28, 2013 at 4:40 am
Good as usual. Thanks James!
October 28, 2013 at 5:03 am
Why no mentions of Simon Baker or Asia Argento?
October 28, 2013 at 6:30 am
I agree, it’s odd that he spends so much time on Leguizamo and Hopper and he pretty much ignores Baker, the actual star of the movie! And how can you not mention Argento? That’s sacrilege! ALSO: You had to mention Charlie a bit more. He was a fairly memorable character.
October 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm
I had didn’t even know Dario Argento had kids! ha! I’m a huge fan of Suspiria and all his other horror movies, and I love that he almost always chooses Goblin (In my opinion the best horror music composers of our time) to do the soundtrack! So thank you for giving me some nuggets of information, I also agree James should have mentioned this.
I enjoyed Land of the Dead, was lucky enough to see it in theaters. It’s the only George Romero movie I ever got to see on the big screen. Good solid movie and I love the evolution of the undead. It’s something you rarely see and it’s cool that one of the zombies become a legit character. Something I’d love to see more of in the zombie genre.
October 28, 2013 at 6:31 am
Same here, i also saw it in theatres, and it’s the only one i actually got to do that with. I am hoping some day to catch a midnight showing of some of the others at an arthouse theatre, but i am glad to be able to say i at least saw ONE Of Romero’s flicks at the movies!
October 28, 2013 at 5:56 am
James you missed the Dawn of the Dead remake, which is awesome.
October 28, 2013 at 9:05 am
He mentioned it in the review, did you watch the video?
October 28, 2013 at 6:02 am
Misfits have pretty neat song «Land of the Dead»
October 28, 2013 at 6:15 am
It’s Greg Nicotero (Tear-O)
James pronounced it like nicotine gum.
October 28, 2013 at 6:49 am
I too, felt like this one fell under the radar and kinda got lost. Thanks for the video!
Am I the only one who hears Spongebob screaming in the opening of this?
October 28, 2013 at 7:08 am
This movie was a big disappointment for me, especially the fact that it was Romero’s comeback. There are some good moments and cool scenes but overall it really missed the mark for me.
I hated the intelligent ‘Big Daddy’ zombie, it killed the zombie effect and made him seem moreso like something from Resident Evil 5.
October 28, 2013 at 7:39 pm
glad im not the only one who hated him. well, and this movie.
October 28, 2013 at 7:46 am
It’s actually Nicotero not Nicoreto. But Excellent videos as always. I’ve been following Cinemassacre for years. James Rolfe is a wonderful movie critic.
October 28, 2013 at 8:01 am
Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness, equally as delighting now as the first time I saw it! Amazing work as always James.
On a completely unrelated note, you should consider adding some sort of search function to the start page. Your vids have to be numbering in the hundreds by now and I often find myself lost amidst the years of productions when I’m searching for a specific clip.
Keep up the good work!
October 28, 2013 at 8:12 am
I really didn’t care for Land of the Dead when I saw it in the theater, but after a few viewings it’s grown on me a bit. I still don’t like the idea of zombies getting smarter over time because at some point wouldn’t they just become people? I like the classic slow, shuffling, stupid zombie that represents death and disease.
Looking forward to the Diarrhea of the Dead review tomorrow.
October 28, 2013 at 8:14 am
Greg Nicoreto? James please tell me that was a flub and that you know who effects master Greg Nicotero is
October 28, 2013 at 9:30 am
Ugh! yes, I know his name. I flubbed it. It happens when you’re doing 31 reviews in a row.
October 28, 2013 at 9:03 am
It was also the debut for the actor now doing The Mentalist, Romero always discovers.
I like this also, it’s a pity there are too many zombie movies now to appreciate it fully. Because this is real good too like the others.
I mean, intelligent Zombies? Seems like a big “fuck you” to Capcom and the fact that they rejected his script for the Resident Evil movie and RE4 witch forever changed, in worse, Capcom.
October 28, 2013 at 9:08 am
I honestly didn’t like Land of the Dead. Romero shouldn’t have come back, he sorta destroyed his reputation with the three subpar sequels he made.
October 28, 2013 at 9:10 am
haven’t seen this one yet, I might just have to….for Dennis Hopper and John Leguizamo alone! 😛
October 28, 2013 at 9:46 am
Land of the Dead is a decent zombie flick, I just wish Romero had used practical effects.
October 28, 2013 at 10:34 am
I haven’t commented in a long time but I couldn’t stay silent on this one.
First off, to some of the commenters, you need to go back and watch your dead films. With each sequel the zombies get smarter and more human, it isn’t unique to this film. Big Daddy is the natural evolution of “Bub”.
Other than that and the Hopper Leguizamo moments me and James must have watched different films. The acting is terrible in this film, especially the guy that’s supposed to be mentally disabled. In previous dead films this had never been an issue… no-named, yet talented actors were always hired, but this one is the pits. This will plague the future sequels as well. Also the special effects were just terrible. Remember this was released in 2005 when cgi could finally be done right and yet all the cg effects looked cartoony and fake. Mind you I would have preferred practical effects, but if you are going to make a big budget spectacle you better make sure the cg you use matches the budget.
Hell there are several technical errors in the film. The most glaring one is the prison scene. You’ll see the stripe from the wall bleed over the characters. I mean it’s amateur hour stuff. I think the gore has actually increased this go around, buy you’d never see it due to poor filming. All the best zombie kills were in the dead of night and poorly lit at that. The signature of the franchise has always been brightly lit kills.
I like the film story-wise, at least on a general level, but poor filming, effects and acting gives me a rather low opinion of it. Sadly with each passing sequel these problems get worse and worse.
Romero can still write a decent zombie flick, he just needs to make sure he has the budget to pull off his stories prior to filming.
October 28, 2013 at 2:57 pm
Bub was trained to be smart, he wasn’t an evolution of anything.
October 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm
I think you are confused. I mean an evolution of theme, not a evolution of the zombies themselves.
Also the fact that Bub was trainable kind of negates your point.
In NOTLD, zombies are just portrayed as brainless monsters. In Dawn we learn a little about the zombies. We learn that some remnant of what they are in life is retained. This is why they gather at the mall ect. In Day, through Bub we find that with a environment free of flesh craving instincts even more of these learned skills can be brought out, not only that, but some vague sense of morality is still retained, shown by the way Bub reacts when finding the doctor. Land of the dead is this themes natural evolution. You’ve got zombies that haven’t been exposed to humans in a long time and without that base instinct to eat flesh they start doing what they did in life. Not only that but it clears their head a little. So much so that when a food source does come around, they are organized and when they see their fellow zombies mistreated, they are outraged.
The moral of the dead films which a lot of people are too dim to get is that if you sacrifice your morality simply to survive, you eventually become worse than the monsters you are trying to avoid. By the later films the zombies are the good guys (or at least not evil) and the humans are usually the villains.
In this respect Land is a good film, the later sequels seem to lose focus in terms of social commentary. It’s a shame it’s plagued by shoddy camera work bad acting and horrible cg effects.
October 28, 2013 at 10:39 am
Hi James I was wondering what you though of the Editing. I ask because I’m working with Michael Doherty.
October 28, 2013 at 11:33 am
I have been watching horror movies all month too, except, instead of reviews I do drawings inspired by the movie…I’m watching land of the dead tonight, kinda cool how our watching schedules linked up 🙂 I look forward to these videos every morning!
October 28, 2013 at 11:48 am
I’ve been wondering for a few episodes now, can somebody tell me what movie the one between Plan 9 and Dracula meets Frankenstein is? Thanks!
October 28, 2013 at 11:58 am
Good video James I threw up watching it but still good review dam zombies
October 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm
From my experience, Tom Savini was kind of a dick. I “met” him at a convention, and he just came off as really standoff-ish.
I walked up, introduced myself, told him how much I appreciated all his work, and asked him if I could take a picture with him. He just looked at me and said “15 bucks”. No “thanks”, no “nice to meet you”, just “15 bucks”. He didn’t even smile for the damn picture.
I’ve looked around online, and I’m far from the only person who’s noticed this. From what I’ve seen, he’ll only give you the time of day if you tell that you’re a filmmaker (or shove a camera in his face). Though, as this clip showed, he’ll still kind of be a dick.
I’ll always respect the man and his work, but I will never attempt to speak to him at a convention again. On the other hand, Ken Foree, Sid Haig, Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Robert Englund, and George Romero himself have all been nothing but awesome from my experience.
October 28, 2013 at 12:09 pm
Hehe…..the “castle” set with the huge glass atrium that John Leguizamo is walking around in is Brookfield Place in Toronto, Ontario. I used to be a security guard there 🙂
October 28, 2013 at 12:20 pm
Why would they make Fiddler’s Green out of the PPG Building? I’m guessing the slums are the South Side? If you’re from Pittsburgh, you’ll get my joke.
November 1, 2013 at 12:14 am
Ha ha I know! But that’s not a joke– it’s a legit question!
October 28, 2013 at 12:23 pm
As I was watching this the cover seemed very familiar to me. I completely forgot I owned this movie on HD-DVD and never watched it! I’m gonna have to watch this on my Xbox 360 HD-DVD player now. Thank you Monster Madness!
October 28, 2013 at 1:38 pm
if james gives dairy of the dead or island of the dead a good review he will prove that hes just a romero mark and btw land of the dead wasnt good
October 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm
I don’t know if you meant this; but Land of the Dead is currently airing on AMC’s Fearfest today… Perfect timing. In the words of Dennis Hopper: “Zombies, man, they creep me out. “
October 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm
Good timing, indeed. Not intentional though. Do you know if they’re censoring any of the gore?
October 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm
October 28, 2013 at 2:51 pm
Yep, they do.
It seems like they shouldn’t have to, since they use graphic violence and and say “shit” all the time on the Walking Dead.
I heard somebody say once that these are probably just the tv-safe copies of the films they get, and AMC may not be in charge of censoring the movies they show.
October 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm
One strange thing AMC does is speed up the original Halloween every time they show.
Like in the opening credits you hear the Halloween theme playing way too fast, and it’s like that at several points in the movie.
It makes the movie unwatchable for me. I guess they’re doing it so the movie will fit into a certain time frame, but it just sucks.
October 28, 2013 at 5:57 pm
They definitely are censoring bits and pieces, I have to say though, I am surprised how much gore they actually have been showing. It’s not completely unwatchable. I basically have the tv on fearfest for the whole 18 days it is on. It at least refreshes my memory and brings back a feeling of nostalgia.
October 28, 2013 at 3:38 pm
Actually with the exception of the older films he’s reviewed, they have all been showing on amc around the time he reviews them. They did an aliens marathon last week.
October 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm
So that’s where Tenpenny Tower from fallout 3 came from.
October 28, 2013 at 3:07 pm
Land Of The Dead isn’t terrible, but it’s the obvious point where his zombie films became pretty lame. It starts out really great like the classic zombie films, it starts to stumble in the middle, and at the end it just dies (although it has the greatest Dennis Hopper bits, which helps a little bit).
October 28, 2013 at 3:53 pm
This is the only Romero zombie I was able to see in theaters. I really enjoyed it, but not as much as the others. I prefer all my gore to be done with the old tricks rather than by CGI. Still, I thought it was good and had some strengths and it was awesome to finally be able to see a Romero film on the big screen.
October 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm
In the video game Fallout 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) there is a tower called Tenpenny Tower that is similar to Fiddler’s Green and I wonder if this movie inspired the Fallout 3 creators to make Tenpenny Tower along with the ghoul related quests with it?
October 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm
I didnt care much for this film. Although I did play the video game quite a bit. I remember thinking it wasn’t very good at all, but the survival mode with other players online was some decent mindless fun.
Something about movie licensed games that have an original story is always interesting to me. They seem like less of a cheap cash-grab
October 28, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Next year, please review “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”
October 28, 2013 at 6:39 pm
Well, it’s nice to hear that even if this movie doesn’t live up to the previous films, it’s still pretty good. That is a shame about the cgi blood. It annoys the hell out of me when I see that, because it’s one of the easiest practical effects to do, and it never looks convincing in cgi. I do think it is cool that the zombies were actually made into characters in this movie, and we follow them through the movie, as well.
October 28, 2013 at 6:43 pm
The video won’t play!!!!
October 28, 2013 at 7:09 pm
damn.. the stream doesnt seem to work.. file not found.. 🙁
October 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm
Same prob here 🙁
October 28, 2013 at 9:54 pm
I had the same problem. But after pressing the Play button countless of times, it eventually worked 😀
October 28, 2013 at 7:42 pm
i feel like a small minority here. i absolutely hated this movie. i went to the theatres so excited that romero was back! it seemed too cartoony to me. all the other dead films seemed like they were real (in a zombie apocalypse vibe i mean). and i absolutely hated big daddy. if it was by any other director it would have been good. 2/10 for me.
October 28, 2013 at 7:51 pm
Thought this film was okay for a zombie flick, no where near my top 10 at all. Can’t watch the review, streaming issues…d’oh!
October 28, 2013 at 8:46 pm
I didn’t like all the CG in it either. But I did see it at a Drive-In in Brownsville, PA which is about 15 minutes away from Uniontown, PA, which is referenced in Land of the Dead. That will creep you out fast. Fiddler’s Green=Pittsburgh (I don’t know why they just didn’t call it that.)
October 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm
Um…Did I miss something but…. Tom Savini would be the 2nd reoccurring character BUD would be the 1st, he was the zombie in the wine store part shot in the head
October 28, 2013 at 9:59 pm
Awww, you didn’t mention or show that hot chick who had her belly button piercing ripped out by a zombie.
October 28, 2013 at 10:28 pm
I dont wanna be a dick….but its Nicotero, Im sorry I just wanted to pont it out, again im not trying to be a dick
October 28, 2013 at 11:09 pm
You want your movie to be taken seriously? Don’t cast John Leguizamo in anything close to a speaking role.
October 29, 2013 at 12:18 am
You should record a hilariously obvious overdub of pronouncing “Greg Nicotero” and then ask everyone “are you happy now, ya bunch of horse cocks!”
October 29, 2013 at 12:27 am
this is one of my favorite zombie movie
October 29, 2013 at 2:30 am
Am I the only one who can’t watch this? It says the stream is lost.
October 29, 2013 at 2:35 am
No idea who Dennis Hopper is, but could you later please talk about your opinions on The Walking Dead?
October 29, 2013 at 2:51 am
“No idea who Dennis Hopper is”
October 29, 2013 at 3:52 am
the vid is not working
October 29, 2013 at 6:24 am
Sorry about that. We had some tech issues for several hours last night. It should be working fine now.
October 29, 2013 at 11:45 am
holy shit you responded it’s working now 🙂
October 29, 2013 at 10:19 am
I can’t believe you called him Greg Nicoretto..
October 29, 2013 at 11:37 am
One of my first big Zombie movies back when i cstarted watching Horror movies around 13 to 14.
Awesome one, one of the faves that came out during my Lifetime.
October 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm
I didn’t really remember this one as a great zombie flick, but now that I watched your review I kind of give it more credit. I still prefer the remake of Dawn of the Dead to this one and I really hated the intelligent zombie thing going on here. I didn’t mind it in Day with Bub, but Big Daddy doesn’t do it for me.
October 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm
Honestly, I was really excited to see this movie. Night, dawn and day were so epic how could this one be anything but great. But man was I disappointed. It not only put me off with the whole “zombie learns how to use a gun and begins teaching other zombies to do the same”, but it was also the fact that the main threat for most of the movie weren’t the zombies. And besides this didn’t need to be a zombie movie at all. In fact a huge portion of the movie just deals with people coping with a collapsed civilization. This has been done many times before, and it was done better and it was without zombies. It almost seems as if romero wanted to make a totally different movie but had to throw in some zombies real quick otherwise no one would care. Seriously the zombies are just kinda there for most of the movie. And the zombies aren’t even the biggest most immediate threat for most of the movie. It’s mostly about douche bag people fighting with eachother. In fact the main villain in the movie is a regular human. WHAT? I’m really getting tired of zombie movies where the main focus is on normal bad guy humans. seen that done well before as well, without zombies. You know who the main bad guy should be for zombie movies? zombies, yeah zombies. Don’t get me wrong, night, dawn and day all had bad humans to deal with, but it never felt like they were the main threat for most of the movie. That was the zombies job. Plus, shouldn’t the zombies be getting dumber over time? After all, their brains are decaying. It’s bad enough that the zombies are already stupid, but add a brain that’s decaying on top of that. They should be getting dumber slower and more fragile over time. But this gas station zombie (not even an army zombie) is smart enough to figure out how to use guns, perform mercy killings, mourn the death of fellow zombies, teach other zombies how to shoot or use tools, leading them like an army and how to set things on fire with fuel and a flame source. These zombies are just too advanced for me and act more like slightly retarded humans, than zombies. Maybe he shouldve called it land of the mentally challenged. I want 2 things from a zombie movie, 1. zombies that act like zombies 2. The main threat of the movie be zombies. Thats all you really need and this movie ain’t got it. Hate to disagree with james, but there you have it.
October 29, 2013 at 7:34 pm
James said Greg Nicoreto instead of Nicotero. Ha!
October 29, 2013 at 8:04 pm
In case you don’t know about this website, it’s great for comparing different cuts of movies. Here’s the entry for “Land Of The Dead”
October 30, 2013 at 2:02 am
I’m pretty disappointed that James didn’t mention what could be one of the worst endings in movie history. Letting the zombies live because they’re just looking for a place? Really?
October 30, 2013 at 4:27 am
james, fo you hate Asia Argento? you went nearly 10 minutes and didn’t mention her once or show her at all during the review… seems odd since her father Dario Argento was in charge of the Euro cut of Dawn, and Goblin did the music, — Having her in the Land I thought was keeping up in the family tradition… did you get a weird cut with no Asia in it or something? Just seems strange since noramally you are so complete
October 31, 2013 at 2:07 am
Greg Nicotero was also in Day of the Dead.
October 31, 2013 at 10:55 am
I seem to have trouble watching the video player here on Cinemassacre.com. The videos keep stopping and they tend to reset back to the beginning. Does anybody else have this problem?
November 1, 2013 at 12:21 am
This movie is a Pittsburgh movie. Therefore, I must love Land of the Dead.
November 2, 2013 at 10:32 pm
What the hell is he going to do with 5 million dollars in a zombie apocalypse
November 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm
PAGE OF THE DEAD dedicated to the undead in cinema, literature and video games. https://www.facebook.com/pageofthedead0813
November 14, 2013 at 1:18 am
nice review, in my opinion, I thought the 2000’s ‘Dead’ series were all average at best :-/ Thought the Mario movie reference was awesome
August 21, 2014 at 12:40 pm
September 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm
Great review of a great movie, have you read George Romero’s new Marvel comic Empire of the Dead? It’s pretty cool, full written review here: http://fronttowardsgamer.com/2014/09/12/empire-of-the-dead-1-review-comics/
November 4, 2014 at 5:03 pm
The “rich people = evil” stereotype is tiresome.
February 22, 2015 at 3:23 am
am i the only one who watches past MM vids?