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In any event, France's Mutants is a terrific example of how the zombie flick has traveled around the world and back again before the superhero flick can squeeze into its Spandex pants. (I believe -- but don't quote me -- I saw this one thanks to a video release from IFC.) It's a tight little story structured much like the best zombie flicks are -- survivors are all trapped in an abandoned building with the dead closing in -- and I think it's worth your time. Plus, it has the lovely Hélène de Fougerolles in a central role, so let's all be thankful for great extras when you weren't expecting them. This talented actress celebrates her birthday today.
Well, I suppose one of the finer reasons to go back and explore these properties might be to explore the lovely Laurie Fortier's gifts: she's an actress who enjoyed a bit of screen time aboard both of these. She turns another year wiser today.
In that respect, Carey Van Dyke started out in the biz of acting, but his career took a detour into the realm of screenwriting. While he has no huge "hits" (per se) to his credit, there are a few genre entries worthy of note: 2008's The Day The Earth Stopped and 2012's Chernobyl Diaries. They may not be Oscar-contenders, but let's hope they have something to offer genre junkies who are into some of the lesser flicks.
As always, thanks for reading ... and live long and prosper!