Watching "Steve Niles' Remains" without having any knowledge about it
prior to sitting down and watching it turned out to be a rather nice
surprise. This movie really knocked me over and surprised me quite a
lot. This is a zombie movie well worth a place up amongst the
heavy-weighter's like Romero's zombies movie legacy and the "28 Days
Given the story is essentially as it is in all other zombie movies, the
end of the world is coming fast, and with it comes the walking dead. A
mysterious explosion devastates Reno and only a couple of survivors
make it out alive. However, radiation sickness is not their worst
enemy, it is the dead that have returned back to life. Trapped in a
casino hotel with dwindling food supplies, a couple of survivors board
themselves up, hoping for a rescue.
Not much innovation to the storyline, but regardless, the movie turned
out to be entertaining and fun to watch. At certain points throughout
the movie there was a very "Resident Evil 2" game and "Left 4 Dead"
game atmosphere to the cinematography, which I enjoyed quite a lot.
There was a good level of action in the movie, spiced up with an
adequate amount of blood and gore. "Steve Niles' Remains" doesn't
over-indulge in the macabre gore like many other zombie movies do, but
it is done with tasteful modesty. I enjoyed it, at least. And the
zombie make-up was actually quite good. However, the eyes, that I
didn't care much for. Contact lenses to make your eyes look weird,
doesn't make it look like you are dead, use contact lenses that totally
glaze over the eyes with a matted grayish-white color instead, that
I must admit that there was a couple of scenes in the movie that would
have been better if they were not actually in the movie, or if they had
decided to go in another direction. The first scene was the one where
the zombies chased after a radio-controlled toy car, giving up the
living meals that was within their grasp, that was just ridiculous. The
second scene that I didn't care much for, was the one where the zombie
stood face to face with Tori and she held up the two cut off fingers,
and the zombie decides to chase after the two fingers when she throws
them instead of gorging itself on the full-grown woman buffet in front
of it, again, just downright ridiculous.
"Steve Niles' Remains" had a great musical score that accompanied the
movie quite nicely. Mostly background music though, that you don't
really pay that much attention to, but it is there and it works.
As for the title, well they should have cut out the Steve Niles' part
of it, that would have worked so much better. That part just gives it a
sort of low-budget self-gloating quality, which isn't particularly
flattering. But of course, the title of the movie have no impact on the
outcome of the entertainment of the movie, which was good.
The people they had cast for the various roles were doing fair enough
jobs, though the characters did come off as rather shallow and lacking
personalities and depths. In the face of the end of the world, people
seemed to be rather indifference or just totally lacking motivation to
act accordingly. They could have fleshed out the characters a bit more
with a better script and some more in-depth dialogue. The two lead
people, Grant Bowler (playing Tom) and Evalena Marie (playing Tori)
were actually the ones with the most memorable performances.
I was impressed with the quality of the production of this movie,
especially since I had never heard about it, nor were familiar with it
in any way. I just randomly came across it on Amazon while browsing for
zombie stuff, decided to give it a go, and must say that I was more
than thrilled that I did, because it was really one amazing surprise of
a movie. "Steve Niles' Remains" is well worth a place on the DVD
shelves of any zombie aficionado's movie collection.