Survival of the Dead

(2009)

Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi

Hot & Now: Kaboom / Survival of the Dead

Transcript for Hot & Now: Kaboom / Survival of the Dead

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY: 
Now it's time for a feature we're calling Hot & Now where we make our picks on movies you can watch right now on DVD, on cable, on video, on demand or online.

CHRISTY LEMIRE: 
My pick for Hot & Now is KABOOM a fun little sci-fi comedy from writer-director Gregg Araki that you can see right now on-demand.  KABOOM follows a group of college students who are all having sex with each other: guys and girls, guys and guys, girls and girls, every possible combination.  But something strange is happening on campus.  Students have unsettling visions and are receiving cryptic messages.  What does it all mean?

CLIP
 > >Today the world ends.
 > >I told you.
 > >I don't want to be too late.

CHRISTY:
KABOOM is playing at the Sundance Film Festival this year but you can watch it right now from the comfort of your own home through the Sundance selects Video On Demand series.

IGNATIY: 
That’s a great pick.

CHRISTY:
Thank you very much.

IGNATIY: 
My pick for "Hot & Now" would be George A. Romero’s SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD.  It's been on DVD for a while, but you can also see it on cable and certain Video-on-demand services.  It's a zombie movie but I have to admit it's not really very good as a horror film.  On the other hand – 

CHRISTY:
But you like it!  It's on your top ten list.

IGNATIY: 
It was on my top ten list for 2010, because it happens to be a great western that isn't readily obvious.

CLIP
 > >I'm the sort of fellow that always has something up his sleeves I can kill you right now if I wanted to.
 > >I could kill you.
 > >Yes you could I guess it's not about who pulls the trigger first.

IGNATIY: 
But it's a very old-fashioned western, in sort of an Anthony Mann/Bud Bedicker mode, about people on the island.  You can replace the zombies with Indians and take the setting back 150 years and it would fit in with many great classic westerns, especially in the fact that it addresses the way that a community constructs itself and defends itself.

CHRISTY:
Ok, I'm not sure that SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD really stands out in the Romero canon, but you like it so folks should check it out.