Just another short post today.
I was looking at shows “On Demand” on AMC through Time Warner Cable and I saw some real zombie movie gems (yes… I actually have cable, that’s another story altogether).
In addition to previously more readily available and more famous films like White Zombie (1932) and King of the Zombies (1941), they also have Revolt of the Zombies (1936) — a second zombie effort by the Halperin brothers, creators of White Zombie — and Teenage Zombies (1959) — a film where a scientist creates a horde of zombies via nerve gas.
Just a year ago, these films were not that easy to find — I checked about 1.5 years ago and just didn’t want to pay $15 or $20 for a really poor quality copy — now they are On Demand and airing on AMC AND streaming on amazon prime.
On one hand, this is an awesome demonstration of digitization and media democratization at its best, on the other hand it speaks to the utter popularity and proftiability of zombies and zombie films: that it could be profitable for companies to show 60 – 80 year old zombie movies that were unpopular and critically unfavored is staggering.
Nonetheless, I’m not judging, just observing. I’ll be watching the Halperin brothers bumble their way through another awful movie — featuring some intense orientalism this time — and checking out the (ab)use of stock footage in Jerry Warren’s Teenage Zombies.
Happy Halloween, Happy Watching.