Halloween Disc-A-Day 2017: Day 23 – The Quick and the Undead

Continuing from last year, this project is an attempt to help me get dvds that for one reason or another I’ve never seen off of my shelf and give them a watch.  I just finished The Quick and the Undead.

IMDb: The Quick and the Undead (2 February 2006)
Eighty-two years ago a viral outbreak turned three quarters of the world population into the walking dead. Now, Bounty Hunters are humanity’s only salvation.

The production company name for this is Nott Entertainment.  Are they having a laugh at the expense of the audience?  It’s obviously a riff on the director Gerald Nott’s name, but it only works if the movie is actually entertaining.  Nott Entertainment at the beginning of a entertaining film is clever, because it sets an expectation and then defies it.  I guess it’s pretty clear that I didn’t care for this.  It’s better than the cover art lead me to believe. The cover is 1 star, the movie is a 3 if you’re generous.  The biggest positive of the movie is the setting.  It’s post-zombie apocalypse by almost a hundred years, so they can play out their western story without having to play it period correct.  They have working motorcycles which wouldn’t happen unless their are still factories running to manufacture parts.  I’m sure there have to be some rubber hoses or gaskets in there somewhere.  What does it matter?  It’s just a movie.  The other highlight was the (brief) Hans and Ryn relationship that was lifted directly out of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.  I thought it worked as a much better reference point than the direct quote from Day of the Dead.  That seemed more of a cliche of what a low-budget horror movie would typically do.  The main problem with that relationship is how short it is and the fact that it leaves you with nothing pertaining to the remainder of the movie.  Oh well, at least it’s not another middling title.  It’s just plain bad, for me anyway.

I’m going to run out of old dvds soon and I’ll have to pick up some fresh ones to finish the month.  I can’t wait.  Stay tuned.  In the meantime, listen to Motion Picture Meltdown’s episode featuring Bone Tomahawk, a much better horror western.

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