There’s been a lot of other stuff happening, but I’m still celebrating the US release of the FLU series (FLU and FEVER) through Tantor Media with the help of my friends.
So far, we’ve had Gary McMahon, Iain McKinnon, Andre Duza and Joe McKinney over to talk about a zombie movie of their choice. Today, it’s Bowie Ibarra’s turn. He’s hanging out with some very cool folks, kicking back and watching zomedy classic RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD.
Take it away, Bowie!
Zombie movies mean a lot to many different people. People connect to them for whatever reason: Age, place, time period, etc. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD blew me away from the get-go, and I was a zombie movie fan from then on out.
RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD cracked me up. I have many favorite moments from the movie, but my fave is still the 2nd set of paramedics arriving on the scene, discovering the danger, then being form tackled by the zeds as they try to race back to their vehicle.
But enough about my thoughts, here’s a brief recap of some of the thoughts of the ‘Bloodthirsty Thursday’ viewing of the movie at Alamo Drafthouse Westlake in San Antonio, Texas.
The question was, “What does ‘Return of the Living Dead’ mean to you?”
Mike Flores: I remember watching that movie growing up. I was around 5. And I remember it scaring the crap out of me.
ZBF.com: Do Zombies kick ass?
MF: Ah, yeah. Especially in this one. They talk. Run. We’re doomed.
Timothy Pettis: Basically, it means my entire life that I’ve been frightened of this movie ever since I saw it when I was 8 on HBO. Luckily, I was one of the lucky ones to have cable back in the day. And I saw it when it first premiered. And Tarman scared the shit out of me. What was even worse was that my room was in the basement.
It impacted me so much that I actually have him tattooed on my leg.
ZombieBloodFights.com: What inspired this work of art?
TP: Basically, I couldn’t see a movie like this, with so many memorable characters, I mean, to be just maybe one character or two characters, or just something that didn’t even go with the movie. And I think every character in this movie had some kind of impact on somebody that they all deserve to be on the poster.
Sherry: It’s just a great cult classic. Really funny. Encompasses all the great things: Punk rock, horror, comedy, memorable characters, and, I don’t know, just a lot of blood. BRAINS!
Joe: Well said. She took the words right out of my mouth.
Matt Bright/Steven Remeir: Man, it’s a movie I grew up with since I was a little kid. One of the first zombie movies I ever saw. Kelly’s always down to bring what people want to see, what people want to, you know, be exposed to. And its always cool to see a movie you grew up with on the big screen.
Steven: That was the first time I’ve actually ever seen that, and it was just, like, really awesome. And I want to come back and see more movies like that.
ZBF.com: Bad ass. So this is a real moment here. What were your impressions of the movie, man, was it what you expected.
Steven: It was better than what I expected. I didn’t know actually, really even what to expect. It was just awesome just being able to, like, watch and see everything that goes down, like, how it was filmed back then. It was pretty awesome.
Lucy: This was actually my first time seeing it. I’ve never seen this movie.
ZBF.com: Okay, this is big. You’re the second person I’ve talked to tonight that said that. What were your impressions of this movie that has a huge following.
Lucy: It was pretty awesome. I liked it. It was my first time, and it was funny. I thought it was actually funny. It was really good.
ZBF.com: Excellent. What were some parts that you enjoyed?
Lucy: When she turned into a zombie. The redhead.
ZBF.com: Her nightmare came true there. What about you Alex?
Alex: I love this movie. I saw it when it first came out on video back in, like, ’85. And I was like 8 or 9 years old. So I got a lifetime relationship with this movie. I’ve probably seen it 100 times. It’s awesome. It’s awesome to come out tonight and see a room full of people. And I understand the 7:30 show was even sold out. So I guess it says a lot about the movie itself. You know, granted, everybody loves zombies nowadays with ‘The Walking Dead’ and everything. But this is still a classic, its awesome, and I’m just glad there was a really good turnout.
ZBF.com: As we can see, there’s just something about the zombie genre movie “Return of the Living Dead” that resonates throughout zombie pop culture. Considering the responses I received above, I can confidently say that I believe a big part of that has to do with the camaraderie and brotherhood that comes from enjoying such a quality movie with other members of the z-day subculture.
BOWIE IBARRA is the author of the zombie horror series ‘Down the Road’ from Permuted Press and Simon and Schuster. The magnum opus of the series, ‘Down the Road: The Fall of Austin’, follows several groups of people that watch the world collapse around them in the city of Austin, Texas.
Network with Bowie and follow his writings and wild antics at his personal website, ZombieBloodFights.com
FLU and FEVER are available now to US readers through Tantor Media in paperback, audio and e-book.