Anyone paying attention to my site (which is, admittedly, probably very few people) may have noticed that it hasn't been very active in the last several years. I had other things going on in my life that took priority, and although I left the site up, the only thing I've added in about 3 or 4 years has been my review of World War Z. Well, now my life has simplified, and as I start posting to the site again, I thought it would be a good time to look back and think about all that has changed.
When this site started in the year 2001, Blockbuster and small private video stores were all over the place, Netflix was just a few years old, and there had only been between 200 and 300 zombie movies ever made. My goal was to watch them all, or as many as I could get my hands on. Then, Resident Evil came out in 2002 and brought zombies into the mainstream consciousness. The use of digital video cameras in independent filmmaking was increasing, movie editing software became available for desktop computers, and pretty soon budget zombie films were popping up everywhere like mushrooms after rain.
Even if I couldn't watch them all, I figured I could at least try to list them all as a sort of library and review a good portion of them. That worked ok for a little while, but the rate of zombie movie production kept increasing, and my time for the site kept growing less. I just kept plugging away, watching zombie movies when I could squeeze them in. Somewhere along the way I gave up trying to keep track of all the zombie movies in existence, and just satisfied myself with adding in the ones that I watched myself, or planned to watch. I started ordering zombie films from Netflix instead of going to the video store, since I had watched all the ones that the video stores had to offer and video stores were vanishing anyway.
Then came the break, and now that the break is over I see that there are more zombie films than ever. The most readily available ones are budget productions by first-time writers and directors, which of course makes me wary. I know from experience that even allowing for the production problems facing most budget films, budget zombie films can make you wish you had just spent 90 minutes sticking pins in your kneecaps instead. But then again, zombie movies with high production values haven't really impressed me much lately either. The last one I really enjoyed was Zombieland in 2009.
Looking back, I think part of that might have been burnout. Watching zombie movies had become a chore, and often movies that might have seemed good to the average viewer seemed to me like a ripoff of something I had seen before. But now after my long break I'm ready to start again. I'll watch zombie films with fresh eyes and, hopefully, less preconceptions. If I suspect a zombie movie is going to be bad, I won't watch it. (But if I watch one and it does turn out to be bad, I'll certainly let you know with a review.) And I'll continue to write articles and try to keep you informed of what's going on in the world of zombies. If you're old readers, thanks for your patience and loyalty. If you're new readers, welcome to the site. And remember, aim for the head.
I've had a bit of a hiatus from writing reviews, so this is my first one in a while. A couple things have changed since the last time I was writing reviews on a regular basis. First, the number of zombie movies in the world has just exploded. At one point when this site first started, I had hoped to watch at least all the American zombie movies ever made, and as many foreign ones as I could. Now I know that's not possible. However, now that I'm not compelled to watch every movie, that means I can be more choosy about what I watch. I no longer have to watch something that I know will be a piece of crap just because it exists. On the other hand, now there are so many independent zombie movies available streaming online that it could be difficult to find the good ones amidst the bad.