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The Secret of the Sword

"I've got that flying horsey in my sight" He-Man & the Masters of the Universe was a massive hit toy line and a massive hit animated TV series. He-Man ruled the airwaves in the 80s and it would only make sense to not only make a feature length theatrical film but also a new spin-off series with a new character! The film follows Price Adam/He-Man as he embarks on the search for his twin sister. Turns out that a new villain by the name of Hordak had kidnapped He-Man's twin sister shortly after birth and taken here to another dimension on a planet called Etherea. No one knows what happened to the little girl, Adora. But, with this information and with a magical sword, He-Man is on his way to find Princess Adora.  What much can be said of "The Secret of the Sword", it's not necessarily a film for cinemas as there is nothing special enough about the movie for it to warrant a theatrical release, other than the length of the film. The animation remains the

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Remakes are usually not as good as the original. You can ask any genre fan and they will tell you the same thing. That is why I was a little skeptical about viewing "Dawn of the Dead". As it turns out I didn't have to worry.

The original "Dawn of the Dead" is a classic in the horror genre. Combining social satire with heaps of gore, the movie remains in people's minds long after viewing.With this remake the film makers made a wise decision by making the movie into an action movie. Sure, the original had action in it, but that was not the primary focus. Here it is.

The movie centers around a group of people who get trapped in a shopping mall after a viral outbreak starts turning people into zombies. We get to know the characters, but only in broad strokes. This is not the type of movie you go to for in depth character development.

There has been a lot of debate about the zombies in this movie. Purist argue that zombies should not run, which is what they do in this movie. Others argue that zombies can do whatever they want. I personally feel that a slow, lumbering zombie is not scary in this day and age. Back when Romero made "Night of the Living Dead" the slow zombie was, indeed, scary. But times have changed and the zombie needs to be updated to stay with the times.

That being said, I enjoyed this version of "Dawn of the Dead". The movie is bloody enough to cater to the horror fans, but also has enough action to cater to the crowd that doesn't normally go to horror movies.


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