You may not sleep after this double feature. Not because it’s too frightening, but because you’ll be so amped up you’ll want to run around your neighborhood punching children and kicking things (please don’t do that). On this week’s episode we talked about George A. Romero’s 1969 classic Night of the Living Dead. Naturally, our first movie of the night is a terrific zombie movie. And then we veer off course a little bit, stray from the horror genre, and go balls-to-the-wall.
Movie #1 – The Horde
(2009 / UR / 1h 30m)
S: Claude Perron, Jean-Pierre Martins Eriq Ebouaney, Aurelien Recoing / W: Arnaud Bordas, Yannick Dahan, Stephane Moissakis, Benjamin Rocher / D: Yannick Dahan, Benjamin Rocher
This was a fun discovery on Netflix a few years ago. For me, it ranks in the top 10 zombie movies ever. It’s a classic tale of good guys and bad guys coming together to defeat a common enemy. In this case, the common enemy is a mass (or horde) of truly terrifying zombies. It’s action-packed, bloody as hell, exciting. It’s just the type of hyperactive aperitif you’ll want as we move into part two of our evening.
Movie #2 – Die Hard
(1988 / R / 2h 11m)
S: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Alan Rickman, Paul Gleason / W: Jeb Stuart, Steven E. de Souza / D: John McTiernan
Fuck yeah, I went there! Honestly, you never need an excuse to watch Die Hard, but a light bulb burned to life in my head as I was thinking of a movie to pair with The Horde. It’s perfect: you move from a group of badass cops doing everything they can to escape the bad guys with no shortage of violence, to one badass cop (and Carl Winslow) trying to save dozens of people while trying to escape the bad guys with no shortage of explosion budget.
Total Time: 3h 41m + 10m break = 3h 51m
Disclaimer: avoid caffeine at all costs the day of this double feature. Your heart may explode halfway through the second movie from excitement.