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Review: Dead & Breakfast

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Property of Anchor Bay Entertainment

Released: 2004

Directed by: Matthew Leutwyler (Unearthed, Road Kill)

CastJeremy Sisto, Erik Palladino, Bianca Lawson, Oz Perkins

Dead and Breakfast is a self aware b-movie, country-style zombie romp.  If line dancing zombies aren’t reason enough to entice you to watch this bloody mess, then you clearly need more evil spirits to possess your poor soul.

The cast stars a few familiar faces from some of my favourite chick flicks.  Jeremy Sisto (Clueless), Bianca Lawson (Kendra from Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and Oz Perkins (Legally Blonde).  Together with three other friends, they set out in an RV on a road trip to Galveston  for the wedding of their friend (a hilarious cameo by Portia de Rossi) and promptly get lost.  They end up in the small town of Lovelock and decide to stay the night at a bed and breakfast run by a creepy owner named Mr. Wise (David Carradine) and a really intense French chef.  Tensions start to run high before the first piece of deli meat falls to the ground, and by morning the group finds themselves the suspects of a murder investigation.  Their situation is made worse when one of the friends accidentally unleashes the evil spirit of the monstrous “Kuman Thong”. Soon they become trapped in the bed and breakfast and need to find creative ways to fight off the townsfolk who have all been transformed into zombies.

The movie is a clear reference to The Evil Dead right down to the over-the-top chainsaw scene, and though this film may not be breaking any new ground, the blood splatters are generous, the b-movie dialogue is on point, and did I mention the line dancing zombies?  The slapstick fun is just enough to keep you hanging around, but the characters fall flat and any suspense is lost somewhere between the line dancing zombies and buckets of blood.  This is one hotel that you only need to visit once.

Recommended snack:
One of the best lines in this movie is when in the midst of battle one character states: “I can’t kill anyone. I’m a vegan”.  So in honour of her strong vegan stance, try baking up a batch of these Vegan Gluten Free Quinoa Date Squares.

FUN FACT: Oz Perkins is Anthony Perkins son, looks like he’s following down the same horror path as his father!  Keep up the creepy work!

Evil Dead (2013) Review

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Property of TriStar Pictures

Release: 2013

Director: Fede Alvarez

Cast: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas

The blood flows freely in the remake of the , so much so that in comparison the preceding trailer for looks a bit dry.  When word of a remake was first announced, there was an outpouring of protest from hard core Deadites, myself included, who were convinced that touching such an accidental masterpiece was sacrilege of the highest kind.  But after Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell jumped on board there was nothing but positive press and eager anticipation and I found myself quite excited for opening weekend.

Evil Dead

Evil Dead Property of TriStar Pictures

The blood flows freely in the remake of the Evil Dead, so much so that in comparison the preceding trailer for Carrie looks a bit dry.  When word of a remake was first announced, there was an outpouring of protest from hard core Deadites, myself included, who were convinced that touching such an accidental masterpiece was sacrilege of the highest kind.  But after Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell jumped on board there was nothing but positive press and eager anticipation and I found myself quite excited for opening weekend.

The premise remains the same, a group of friends head up to a hilariously rundown cabin and become entrenched in a demon rising possessed slaughter. Bruce Campbell’s character, now named David (not sure how I feel about these name changes – how can there be an Evil Dead without Ash?) meets up with his sister Mia (previously known as Cheryl), as she goes cold turkey in a form of cabin fever rehab.  With the support of her two friends, Eric (or Scotty) and Olivia (Shelly) along with David’s girlfriend Natalie (Linda), she buckles down for the week.  Diehard fans will also nod happily at the sight of Sam Raimi’s beloved car in the first couple of scenes.

The group stumbles upon the infamous Book of the Dead, more bound and bloodied than ever before.  Despite the utter creepiness of the cabin, Mia’s good friends decide they must stick it out and keep her under lock down, for her own good.  Using demon-possession as an allegory for addiction was a smart update, grounding Mia’s battle against her demons in a relatable psychological reality.  Good enough of an excuse for me, for then the fun can begin.  When it does, there’s more then enough bodily fluids splattering about to keep the whole theatre engrossed.  The tree rape scene is toned down a bit but still effective, the possessions are more brutal and in-your-face and there are all kinds of fun tools to play with, saving the best for last: the chainsaw in all its gory glory.

Shiloh Fernandez (United States of Tara, Jericho) plays David, and channels more Orlando Bloom than Bruce Campbell, a wise choice to stay clear of the brilliant campiness that was Ash.  While not the most intriguing character of the bunch, he holds his own, fighting a good fight to the end.  Heroism is divided instead with Mia who is played by the pretty Jane Levy (Suburgatory) and is the stronger of the two. Similarly to the successful remake I Spit On Your Grave, she is given a strong female character who endures tremendous turmoil, only to return as a stronger heroine who will stop at nothing to enact revenge on the evil that violated her.  While the film holds back on the campiness of the original, there are still moments where enough humour is injected to allow an appreciative breath, inviting the audience to engage and cheer on the reels of blood.

Real praise should be given to the composer, whose classic haunting horror score is mixed with enough modern themes to keep it relevant and bytes of cheekiness to remind us of the original, bringing the scenes to life and keeping us on the edge of our seats.

Evil Dead hits enough of the old marks to satisfy fans, but infuses enough new personality to really becomes it’s own wonderful, laughing demon.

RECOMMENDED FOOD:

Feeding a group of hungry, hungover campers is always a challenge.  Sriracha Sloppy Joe Ramen is a cheap, fast, noodle dish filled with spicy, filling meat and noodles!

Introducing…The Marvel Zombies!

My friend and I are always trying to top our previous year’s Halloween costumes so this year we decided on a Marvel Zombies group costume.  So here we are: The Hulk, Spiderman, Dark Phoenix, Headpool, Black Widow, Rogue, Dazzler, Wolverine and She Rulk!   So much fun, so awesome!

The Marvel Zombies

Zombie Dark Phoenix

We ordered our costumes and my wig from doitstyle.com – all the way from China!  They were pretty good, the costumes ranged from $40-$50 and were custom made.  I had to follow up a bit with the delivery, but their customer service was friendly and they arrived just in time!

We didn’t want to ruin our costumes, so we sewed bald cap patches onto our suits, made the skin a bit green with some watered down acrylic paint, then blended sharpies together to do the wounds.  I also had some latex wounds that I sewed directly onto the arms.  We used character dust to dirty-up our costumes and edible blood so that it wouldn’t stain.  I sprain painted an old pair of Mary Jane’s to blend in with my boots.

Zombie Dark Phoenix

For my makeup and special effects, I used spirit gum to glue the falling eyeball and bullet wound to my face.  Then I filed down some fake nails to look like teeth (my friend’s idea) and glued them on as well.  I put a thin layer of liquid latex wherever I wanted flesh to rip off, and put three layers of tissue paper, alternating with the latex.  While it was still wet, I ripped the “skin” off, which worked really well over the teeth.  I also mixed some oatmeal and liquid latex together and smeared that on my face for texture.  I covered the latex with castor oil to support the face cream and help it blend with my face.  Next I used some scar gelatin to create lacerations on my jaw and forehead and molded flesh gel over top of red/purple face cream to create the burn effect under my eye.  I powdered the gelatin to bring down the shine.  For my face and neck I used the zombie face cream kit, and started with the yellow, layered with green and added shadows with grey and red/purple, accenting with a bruise kit around the eyes.  Before I did my final makeup and blood, I inserted my contact lens that I got from Clearly Contacts.  I used regular MAC makeup on that eye with some gold liner (lining my drooping eyeball as well!).  Finally I dabbed Fresh Scab blood in my wounds and splattered some edible blood around my nose and mouth. **all products were Ben Nye

For Spiderman, I glued the fake nail teeth to a piece of bald cap and sharpied some rotten teeth colour and blood.  For his intestines we stuffed some pantyhose with styrofoam balls, then used sharpies to paint on some blue and red veins and finished them off with a spray varnish.

Since we didn’t have any pockets, we glued pencil cases and makeup bags to the bottom of plastic limbs from the dollar store.  A bloody good functional prop!

Zombie Dark Phoenix & Spiderman

One of the many things I love about my husband is that he really gets into his costume!  I could never be with a man who didn’t enjoy dress up.