Slapstick gore movies deliberately focus on graphic comical portrayal of violence. They are a mix of slapstick and splatter comedies. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 131 slapstick gore movies sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?
This sequel to the classic that created the zombie genre takes place on an island where we assume the infestation can be contained and stopped. The film introduces its premise by fast tracking us through the story covered by the previous films and spares us the discovery process we already went through many times. The zombies have evolved to become increasingly smarter, for one thing.
By Romero tradition, humans and their struggles are at the center of the story; not zombies. Lightness not unlike that of the first Dawn of the Dead can be found here. It doesn't take itself seriously. It’s never downright comedic but it’s cooler than sad; more heroic than survivalist, frantic and therefore not so scary. It is aware of its fandom and that zombies can be fun when done right.
The computer generated effects are an issue. This series has had bigger budgets used on more strategic aspects and gore is one of them. The practical effects look much better than the cheap compositing used as technical shortcut. It’s not photo-realistic enough and it takes you out. What is most memorable about this sequel is its deliberate Western film inspiration and structure.