Posts tagged zombies
Posts tagged zombies
I’m much less worried about the impending end of the world this Friday than I am about a zombie outbreak. So it is heartwarming to learn that old faithful, the Center for Disease Control, has a complete website dedicated to emergency preparedness that we can all benefit from.
Okay, so there’s nothing under "Z" for Zombie, "U" for Undead, or "I" for Infected but I’m sure we could all learn a few things by pursuing this site over our holiday breaks. I have a feeling 2013 is going to be a BIG year so do whatever you can to be prepared - for good and for the inevitable….
I love the book World War Z. It isn’t just a book about zombies, it is a book about society and the little pockets of America and how people in various situations might handle all hell breaking loose.
I was never really excited to hear that a movie version was being made, though it seemed inevitable after the book became popular and so many celebrities with production companies read it. I took in a class in college called “Novel Into Film” where we read books, watched the film version, then trashed the movie version in almost every case.
I know that a book told in chapters person by person with the only common thread being the interviewer they were all talking to would need to be drastically modified for the screen. But this trailer for the Roland Emmerich action movie version of World War Z seems to bear very little resemblance to the book. I actually enjoy Emmerich’s movies like Independence Day and truly (inexplicably) love The Day After Tomorrow.
The filmmakers have until Summer 2013 to sort out this movie which has been riddled with troubles and required re-shoots, and create a trailer that will connect with people who loved the book. Hopefully it will appeal to fans of the novel, as well as fans of kick ass summer action blockbusters. Since I am both this could be a slam dunk. While we wait and see how the film comes out maybe I’ll read the book again!
I generally think of myself as “in the know” about the coolest zombie-related things out there. This is for two reasons. 1) Even casual friends know I am fond of this particular type of undead and send me every little zombie-related thing they hear about. 2) I seek out apocalyptic related information.
Because of points one and two listed above I find it shocking I am only now hearing about We’re Alive, a theatrical podcast telling the story of survivors of a zombie-ridden Los Angeles. This show started in 2009 and has been going strong ever since with free shows available on iTunes. Nearly four years - FOUR years - and nobody passed this information along to me. How is that possible?!
The good news is I am now looped in and have downloaded the complete collection of 95 podcast so I can catch up on the story. I listened to two episodes while running yesterday - thankful I’m not running from zombies (all the while knowing every run is really just preparation for the inevitable). Learning about We’re Alive is like discovering a treasure trove. I am a kid in a candy store! I got the Golden Ticket!
So far three Army soldiers, three women (including a florist who doesn’t believe in weapons) and one building maintenance man have barricaded themselves into a 14-story building in LA, trying to protect themselves from the zombie infestation (invasion) of their world. I’m utterly fascinated with the way people react in apocalyptic scenarios (the core of my zombie obsession) and this podcast serial highlights that specifically. Sure, it’s full of scary scenes and moments that make you jump or shiver but really it seems aimed at telling the story of seven survivors trying to make sense of their new reality. I’m five episodes in and loving it.
In general this guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse is quite good. I for one have always planned to take up residence at the nearest Costco when things get ugly (no windows + lots of food + pharmacy = no brainer) and agree that bacon should be in your survival kit. There are errors though. Anyone who thinks Internet, GPS or phones will be working after the apocalypse is kidding themselves. When (not if) the time comes parkour, cauliflower and the Thriller dance truly may be our means to survival.
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As much as I love zombies (and I do love them), I must express my disappointment in the Season Two premiere episode of The Walking Dead. This show based on a graphic novel was off to a terrific start last season with (what I consider to be) an accurate portrayal of what a post-zombie attack world might be like. Characters learned by trial and deadly error what did and didn’t work as they adapted to living in a world over run by the undead.
The much anticipated sophomore season began Sunday and I was hesitant to watch the 90-minute premiere for fear it would be a letdown. I read about behind-the-scenes issues with Frank Darabont who developed the show, fearing the “authenticity” he brought to the show would be lost. That combined with limitations of graphic violence on television and endless commercial interruptions left behind the shell of a show. The characters are more caricatures, which entirely misses the point of sharing any post-apocalyptic story that ought to explore the psychological challenges of adjusting to an unreal reality.
To make up for this disappointment I may just play 28 Days Later on a loop this weekend. One of my all-time favorite movies, this story captures the complete experience of living in a world dominated by zombies - the horrifying type that run. A film can show more gore, which is by definition necessary in a zombie flick, but it is also uninterrupted so you can grow anxious with the characters and invest in their plight, which just does not happen on television.
I have not given up on The Walking Dead. It is worth watching for the incredible, Emmy-winning prosthetic make-up. The show certainly looks like what I imagine the world after the zombie war will look like, even if it doesn’t feel like it in the least. But gnarled teeth, bared bones and gooey entrails alone do not make a successful television show, despite what the ratings may suggest. I’ll give TWD another four episodes to right itself. Good luck in the battle for DVR survival Deputy Grimes.
One can never be over prepared for the eventual zombie apocalypse. Right?
With that in mind I bring you the new Run For Your Lives 5k Zombie Obstacle Course Race! This crazy sounding fun run is taking place throughout the country in 2012, specifically in Southern California next October.
The obstacle course and mud run race have become very popular in recent years and it was only a matter of time before someone threw groaning zombies chasing you into the mix. At the end of the race all participants get a medal - signifying either that you are a survivor or were transformed into a zombie. I think it would be pretty cool to take home some hardware showing I survived, but I bet the zombified version is cool too.
Racers in my area have until 11/22/12 to train for this ‘live video game’ in South Temecula. Anyone game to race for your life with me?
I love board games. My family has a huge cabinet full of them in Chicago, worn down from years of use as kids. When we gather for holidays or special occasions we bring new games into the fold and move beyond classics like Sorry!, Clue and Connect Four (my personal favorite).
To start, each turn players roll a white die to move their human piece. Then they roll a black die to move one of the green zombies on the board. The instinct is to move yourself closer to the nearest shack with a shotgun and batteries (for the CB radio you need to win the game, obviously) and move zombies away from you, towards you opponents. Quickly it becomes clear this isn’t always the best plan of attack, especially after acquiring a shovel, cricket bat or torch to battle approaching zombies. Sometimes even taking the 50/50 chance of throwing yourself at a zombie pans out well. If it doesn’t, you turn into a zombie and continue to play the game. Now both of your turns are on behalf of the undead aiming to devour all remaining humans on the board. Sounds fun, right?!
While teaching valuable survival skills for the eventual zombie apocalypse this game provides hours of enjoyment for up to four players. It has been a hit each time we’ve introduced friends to the world of Oh No…Zombies! Come on over and play sometime - we’ll let you roll first.
*Special thanks to my future sister-in-law Abby Ketner for sending me this game as a birthday gift. It is amazing how much joy $22 can buy.