It’s time for another set of Halloween movies that you should see this season. This week there are a few films that don’t follow the normal rules, they are the exceptions to them. By no means does this make them bad, but in fact makes them that much more enjoyable.
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
This film has become a classic for both Halloween and Christmas seasons, and one of the major exceptions to the rules. This enchanting film takes place in a world where classic Halloween creatures and ideas live and prepare each year for Halloween. That is until Jack Skeleton discovers other holiday worlds that inspire him to try his hand at doing. One of the few films that can be watched and enjoyed by anyone and everyone of any age. This really isn’t that scary of a film, but it does remind us of the things that spooked us during our time running around collecting as much candy as our little arms could carry.
I’m a big Resident Evil fanboy, having played most every game, read a few of the novels, watched the digitally animated films, even a few of the crap feature length films; so, I am obviously excited about RE6 coming out in just over a week. The new story line contains some of our favorite heroes such as Chris Redfield, Leon Kennedy, and Ada Wong. A couple of newbies join our little band of misfit heroes, the son of Albert Wesker named Jake Muller, Helena Harper (safe guess shes S.S. and teamed with Leon), Piers Nivans (B.S.A.A. member that is with Chris). As well as a surprising returner Sherry Birkin (last seen as a little girl in RE2 teamed with Jake). Each duo has a separate yet interlocking story lines that will, hopefully, tell a full and kick ass story. Once again the main enemy is the beloved moaning, groaning, and mostly shuffling zombies with a new more intelligent J’avo (similar to the las Plagas and Uroboros infected from RE4 and RE5) to go along with the oddly mutated bosses that will surely be seen throughout the game. With the return of the third person over the shoulder firing system used since 4, the characters will now be able to run and gun along with more fluid motion in close quarters combat. After going back and looking at or playing some of the previous installments there is one thing that is gnawing at me. Where is everyone else?
The above title suggests (in case you’re a complete dits) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is Seth Grahame-Smith, the same guy who wrote Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. The book is based off the classic novel by Jane Austin. So how was it?
First off a confession, I love the original Pride and Prejudice story. I love the six part A&E series starring Colin Firth as well as the more recent film starring Keira Knightley. I was rather familiar with the original story before I read the book, and was excited to see how the story varied with the addition of zombies. I am happy to say wasn’t disapointed. Graham-Smith seamlessly spins and mixes the story that Austin wrote originally with the ever present threat of zombies munching on your brains! He does a great job in making certain major story points mesh well with the zombie ridden world that is the stories back drop.