Rotten Tomatoes is celebrating Halloween with 31 days of horror double feature recommendations. Each day of the week will have its own theme, with today’s being Weird Wednesday! And if you want see what’s in store or what you missed, see the Daily Double schedule.
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On Weird Wednesdays we’ll walk with the movies that go off the beaten path…as though machete-wielding hockey mask killer zombies were ‘normal’ anyways. For this Daily Double, two Mad Max-inspired action/horror spectaculars from overseas!
British director Noel Marshall got essentially carte blanche with a high double-digit budget for Doomsday, after his indie werewolf calling card Dog Soldiers and eternal cult classic The Descent. Free to go hog wild, Marshall made Doomsday, a maximalist post-apocalyptic homage to ’80s films like Mad Max and Escape From New York, with all the warpaint, ad hoc body armor, and jerry-rigged vehicles that implies. It’s a mad, mad, mad ride throughout and Marshall directs hero Rhona Mitra as a dour, Snake Plissken-type, though she probably could’ve been better served with a little more humor. Either way, Marshall could’ve saved a few more bucks for the eyepatch budget.