Every zombie movie can’t be great. Remains is a zombie flick based on a Steve Niles comic series, so I expected good things. Unfortunately I didn’t get them.
I’m a big Steve Niles fan. Aleister Arcane, The Lurkers, Cal MacDonald; great stuff. I did not read Remains and based on this movie I’m not going to.
Remains is a low budget flick with 28 Days Later style zombies that are more like sick people than undead. They don’t have any cool rotting flesh makeup, although later in the film confusingly they are referred to as undead and they start looking a bit decayed. It’s hard to tell if they just don’t die that easily or they are undead.
A few things distinguish this from other zombie films;(spoilers) the zombies “sleep” and they eat on another. The scares in this film are mostly the cheap contrived pop out at you type. There are a host of illogical set ups to get to the scares and it gets frustrating to the viewer after a while.Even more notably bad in Remains are the characters. They are flat and stupid. They really do a lot of stupid things, half the time they don’t even have the sense to pick up a weapon. Any attempts at characterization are clumsy and uninteresting. I really didn’t care who lived or died or if anyone lived at all.
Steve Niles didn’t write the script or direct this movie so its poor quality certainly isn’t entirely his fault, but this is the worst thing I’ve experienced that had Steve Niles’ name attached to it. I’m hoping it remains the worst.