Whether it’s getting gunned-down by gunfire, or succumbing to a zombie virus, two new theatrical film releases promises to supply a significant body count in different ways. While one movie might be a very unconventional love story set against the back-drop of a zombie apocalypse, the other is an expected experience from the star headlining the film. Here is what audiences can expect to hit theaters this weekend.
Quirky Zombie Love Story
The zombie-horror genre has received some humorous interpretations over the years, so if you’re a fan of films like Zombieland, Shaun Of The Dead, or the lesser-known A Little Bit Zombie, then this quirky zombie rom-com might be up your undead alley. Warm Bodies is the story about a zombie named ‘R’ (Nicholas Hoult of X-Men: First Class) who saves a girl named Julie (I Am Number Four’s Teresa Palmer) from an attack and forms a relationship with her afterward.
The movie is directed by Jonathan Levine (The Wackness), who last year delivered the sharply-written dramedy 50/50 based on his experiences with cancer and based Warm Bodies on a very loose interpretation of William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’. Clearly under the production banner of Summit Entertainment, the movie is hoping to draw a post-Twilight crowd.
Stallone Vs. Conan?
After proving he’s still a viable action commodity, Sylvester Stallone stars in this crime-fiction action piece about an assassin who teams up with a detective after their respective partners are killed off by the same enemy. Stallone goes toe-to-toe with the most recent actor to inhabit Conan The Barbarian after Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Mamoa (Game Of Thrones) and shares the screen with co-stars Sung Kang (Fast Five) and Christian Slater (True Romance).
The film also marks the return of respected film producer Walter Hill (Alien, Last Man Standing) to the director’s chair after his last film Undisputed in 2002. The set-up (adapted from a graphic novel) is primed to be bloody and entertaining, but it will be interesting to see how the film performs after Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand tanked a couple of weeks ago.
Warm Bodies and Bullet To The Head will be playing at Cineplex Odeon First Markham Place Cinemas for local Markham residents on Friday, February 1, 2013. Warm Bodies is rated PG for violence, while Bullet To The Head is rated 14A for coarse language and graphic violence.