The Tower, Cockneys vs. Zombies, and Stalled are currently available on instant Netflix
The Tower (2012) – Not rated
“A luxury high-rise building in Seoul is hosting a fabulous Christmas party for its wealthy tenants and guests. But the soirée turns into a nightmare when two helicopters collide over the tower, starting a deadly fire.”
From the Netflix description, you might think that this was a Korean remake of The Towering Inferno (1974). You would be right. You will have to read subtitles and this does not have the cheesy joy of seeing Steve McQueen face off against Paul Newman. The special effects are pretty darn nice though they haven’t quite perfected CGI fire.
The Tower isn’t great and suffers from a bit too much melodrama but is an enjoyable disaster flick.
Stalled (2013) – Rated TV-14
“A sad-sack janitor, appropriately named W.C., is cleaning the ladies’ room when the zombie apocalypse breaks out at the office Christmas party. Taking refuge in a stall, the unarmed, defenseless W.C. makes a final stand against the undead.”
First, I must say that Stalled is barely a zombie movie. Yes, it occurs during a zombie apocalypse but it’s mainly a horror comedy that takes place (almost) entirely in a bathroom. It isn’t laugh out loud funny but it is fairly charming. The zombie makeup is not particularly good but its cartoonishness doesn’t work against the film. Office politics, office parties, and blue collar vs. white collar shenanigans are skewered. Dan Palmer is the writer and star and has to carry the entire film.
While nowhere near as funny as Shaun of the Dead or Fido, Stalled is mildly entertaining.
Cockneys vs. Zombies (2012) – Not rated
“In an attempt to save their granddad’s old age home, slacker Cockneys Terry and Andy team up with three friends to rob a bank. But their caper goes awry when they run afoul of a horde of hungry zombies, who then do battle with the feisty pensioners.”
Cockneys vs. Zombies is just okay. Stalled is funnier. Warm Bodies is funnier still. Shaun of the Dead is much funnier. Fido is also much funnier. Still if you are desperate for a lighthearted take on the zombie genre and have watched all the others, this is a passable waste of time.