"I believe this film picks up about 30 minutes in and ends on a higher note than it started on." - Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Review
It has been 10 years since Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, and Woody Harrelson signed off as the Zombieland family in their 2009 film. In the span of those 10 years, there have been 2 American presidents, One Direction formed and broke up, The Jonas Brothers got back together, and the world lost iconic stars like David Bowie, Whitney Houston, Prince, and more.
Now, the cast is back for a 'Double Tap' exactly a decade later, and the fans couldn't be more excited to slip back into a film that brings us the memory of 10 years ago, when times seemed much simpler.
Tim Burton has produced, directed, and written films that have been carried through decades. Some of these films are even holiday traditions- like The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Edward Scissorhands (1990). His most notorious films created abstract worlds and stories that spanned the worlds between life and death, dealt with love, acceptance, and identity, and gave us stories that we're eager to share with our younger siblings and children. Even his most abstract pieces of work like Mars Attacks! (1996) are some of my favorite films to revel in all its weirdness and fun.
With all of these amazingly creative and reimagined stories, there has also come a massive assemblage of memorable and lovable characters. From Jack Skellington to his re-adaptation of Willy Wonka and Alice in Wonderland, these characters have been over-exaggerated and completely complex people that capture an essence of unconventionality and uniqueness that many others don't attempt to. Many creators, however, have followed in the steps of Tim Burton, creating wonderfully different characters that don't always fit in, but enhance the beautiful nature of sometimes misunderstood and empathetic creatures.
His characters and films have been so influential in pop culture that they prompted many exhibitions and tributes on his work around the world. What I have love most about Tim Burton's wacky characters, is their ability to capture a personality of jagged edges and floral colors, with a depth that captures loneliness but hope as well. I will always love Tim Burton's film because of the joy they brought me as a child and the comfort and understanding they continue to bring me as an adult.
With that being said, here is a ranked list of my top 15 favorite Tim Burton characters (reimagined and original.) I love all of his characters, all the way from the dead receptionist to his versions of the Batman characters, but I narrowed it down to a sweet 15 list of main characters to make this as easy to get through as possible.
Zombie comedies are an entertaining group of films that contain some of the oldest, most comedy-worthy monsters in horror history. They shake you to the core with laughter, and they almost always have a heart-warming story line that drives their popularity through the decades. From Shaun of the Dead's story of friendship, Warm Bodies' romance story, and Life After Beth's coming to terms with loss and mourning, zombie comedies are some of the best stories about the undead reminding us how to be human.
Enemy of my enemy is my friend. Enemy of my nightmare is a machete-wielding zombie, and he's not my friend, but he's the only hope we have.
Freddy vs. Jason (2003) follows two of the most notorious horror villains of all time. Freddy, the burned boogeyman and Jason, the hockey-masked zombie duke it out in this celebrity death match. I wish there were more of these films made, pitting more and more horror villains against each other for pure, gory fun.
"Be my victim...."
Candyman (1992) is a perfectly constructed masterpiece of horror intertwined with social issues. It is a racially charged film, that never misses a beat when telling its story and enticing conversations around racism and classism. Tony Todd plays a hook-wielding urban legend of 1990's Chicago. His melancholic stare and murderous nature made me afraid of my bathroom mirror for weeks after watching it.
Eddie Murphy has always known how to do all the theatrics hasn’t he?
Well before I get into this film, I just have to say how intricate this film is embedded into my childhood. It was one of my first DVDs. I watched it all the time, and it used to terrify me. The Haunted Mansion ride at Disney, CA was mine and my dad’s favorite, and the memories I share with this film are very close to my heart. Young me loves this film. Older me loves the nostalgia of this film, but she also now realizes it’s not that great for a few acting and plot missteps. Nonetheless, this film is an endearing classic to me that helped shape my love for horror films for years to come.