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'Town of the Living Dead' react: 'Thr33 Days Dead,' the final film

THr33 Days Dead | Aired November 12, 2014

In the wee hours of Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, Thr33 Days Dead premiered on Syfy. This is, of course, the movie that the cast and crew of the docuseries Town of the Living Dead had been so tirelessly working on… for six years.

It’s a basic, low-budget, amateurish type of flick. BUT if you watched Town of the Living Dead (like I did), then it’s entirely what you’d expect and undeniably enjoyable.

The plot is standard for the horror-zombie subgenre. Three guys (Bryan, Chase, and John, also the director) go fishing. Upon their return the zombie apocalypse is in full force! They meet up with a couple other characters (Gary and Catie) at some point, and in the end—SPOILER—most of them die.

Take a look at some of the film’s highlights.

Production value
Yes, the film’s sound quality is pretty bad, and at times the cinematography made it feel more like a found-footage flick, but still, that adds to the charm of this type of movie. With all that said, the crew did pull off some amazing stunts that worked well onscreen, e.g., jumping from a window, setting someone on fire, blowing up a boat. Okay, that last one, not so much.

Little nodsthr33 days dead
Like many genre movies before, Thr33 Days Dead added a few touches as a nod to either themselves or the audience. For example, in a graveyard scene, it can’t be a coincidence that the camera catches a tombstone reading “Farley.” After all, Ben Farley is a pretty important part of the show. His disastrous antics set the wheels in motion for many production hiccups, BUT he can ultimately be thanked for Robert Englund’s appearance. Another tombstone: “Craven.” I can only assume this is a nod to horror master Wes Craven. Other examples include a newscaster reporting that a car crashed into a mule in Jasper (something that actually happened during filming—thanks, Ben Farley) and a dog named Teeter—for Tina Teeter, the show’s producer.

zombiesThe zombies
The zombies are pretty impressive. It’s not The Walking Dead quality. Certainly not. But Thr33 Days Dead has zombies everywhere. A lot of them. Remember, this is an extremely low-budget movie. The zombies we see are volunteers—mostly recruited in grassroots efforts—and the makeup applied to them was done by a very small crew. Perfect? No. Praiseworthy? Absolutely.

Seeing it come together
Ah, the best part. On Town of the Living Dead, we got a glimpse at the behind-the-scenes stuff—shot completely out of order. Seeing the narrative come together was extremely cool. It left me trying to figure out how/where/when certain scenes would appear in the film. Of course, there was enough previously shot footage to keep you guessing.

Viewers of Town of the Living Dead went on a fun, zany, often bumpy journey with the cast and crew. We got a peek into what it takes to make an indie zombie flick in a small town—and it’s not easy. While the final product is not a masterpiece, it holds up as a testimony to this group’s ambition and fortitude. Be proud, Jasper, Alabama! And remember, Freddy Krueger always saves the day.

For a brief interview with John M. Ware (director) and Tina Teeter (producer), head over to Bloody Popcorn.

Town of the Living Dead on Syfy

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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