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Zombies For Zombies

Sep. 6th, 2015 | 12:40 am
mood: awake
music: John Surman - No Twilight
posted by: shaved_ape in zombie_survival

This week I have been mostly reading: Zombies For Zombies by David P. Murphy.

This book is set up to be a guide for the recently infected with the aim of stopping the transition to the afterlife being all about 'The Horde'. Its full of handy hints to allow the recently infected to hold on to as many of their faculties as possible and thus make the most of their new undead status. There are explanations of what to expect, hints of what to avoid and all kinds of helpful sections on zombie recipes and dance steps even zombies can learn. The book reminds me a lot of the 'Handbook For The Recently Deceased' from the movie Beetle Juice, at least in concept. Although it takes the form of a basic user guide it is obviously very tongue in cheek, and luckily the humour behind it is mostly very good. Its very light and a bit of a giggle.

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Dead Rising: Watchtower and Dead Inside

Aug. 29th, 2015 | 01:11 am
mood: awake
music: Stone Mecca - The Walk
posted by: shaved_ape in zombie_survival

I managed a zombie double bill today:

DEAD RISING: WATCHTOWER -
When I watched this today I didn't know why this film has a colon and then a subtitle. I assumed they were planning on this being a franchise with other films to follow in the 'Dead Rising' series, maybe? It turns out that there is a zombie game franchise and this movie comes out of that world. (I'm not really a gamer so I was not at all aware of that). There is some potential here, but I wouldn't describe it as one of the greats. The production values are pretty good, I guess with the backing of the game franchise they didn't have to scrape along with the barely minimum budgets. There are a few good set pieces with the zombies, fairly good make up effects and so on. What lets the film down is that it does not appear to know what tone it wants to set. There is some dark humour throughout, but this is particularly brought to life when the scenes cut back to the tv studio where comic actor, Rob Riggle plays a very broad comedic character. These scenes were some of my favourites in the film and were at times so absurdly satirical that they reminded me of the tv ads used between scenes in the original Robocop movie. Unfortunately while some of the comedy was pretty good it undercut the scenes where the action/horror was actually happening. Most of these other scenes (the main part of the film) were mostly not played for comedy but because of the mixed tones of the film it was fairly difficult to take them entirely seriously when you were supposed to.
Considering the plethora of zombie films which have flooded the genre in recent years this scores marginally better than most and is quite watchable (especially the delightfully named Rob Riggle!) but no new trails are blazed here and the film is ultimately quite forgettable.

THE DEAD INSIDE:
I have this film under its original title, The Dead Inside but apparently it has also been released under the title 'Infected.' It is a British zombie movie made on a tiny budget but for the most part it is very effective. It is set in a small anonymous British town and when the zombie outbreak hits the country a disparate group of survivors converge on a rescue center (a high school, in this case) only to find that there is no rescue to be had. The film reminds me a little bit of Dawn Of The Dead (The survivors camp in the school for a while, rather like the shopping mall in 'Dawn') but it also reminds me a little bit of '28 Days Later' for its fast zombies and sheer Britishness. Apart from some of the acting (I assume at least part of the cast was filled by enthusiastic amateurs as some of the smaller roles were quite poorly played) the rest of the film holds up pretty well and is a better than decent effort.

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what would kids/teens/adults do if there wasnt cell phones/internet.

May. 10th, 2015 | 10:19 am
posted by: jrh19782002 in zombie_survival

i see young kids come into where I work with cell phones.and im like what would you do if the end of the world happened and you didn't have one.i think they would die :P

im 37 and grew up without a phone/internet/or cable and I lived.

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Zombeavers and Doc Of The Dead

Jan. 28th, 2015 | 11:57 pm
mood: awake
music: Air - Ghost Song
posted by: shaved_ape in zombie_survival

My first two new zombie movies of 2015:

ZOMBEAVERS: Pretty much does what it says on the tin. An accidental toxic waste spillage have turned the beavers zombie just in time for some college girls to take a weekend at the lake. The beavers are about as threatening as the gopher in Caddy Shack but the tone here is fun rather than horror so it never really gets properly gruesome. There is some gratuitous topless scenes as a throwback to cheap 80's horror but to nothing like the extent of the recent Piranha movies. Its just about silly enough to be fun but the best joke is always going to be the title, which the film seems to be largely built around.

DOC. OF THE DEAD: Another movie whose title pretty much says it all. This is a proper documentary that looks at zombies in popular culture, historically and during its current boom. Knitting together some interviews, research and a good mix of archive footage we seethe early appearance of zombies, the Romero revolution and the recent boom with analysis thrown in from some of the key players (Romero, Max Brooks and Simon Pegg among them). I have read enough around the subject and seen enough dvd extras to find myself not learning a great deal drom the documentary but its nice to see all of this being discussed in one location and since when do zombie obsessives like myself ever see too many zombie films?

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weird

Jan. 8th, 2015 | 06:37 pm
mood: dorky
posted by: evilgrins in zombie_survival

they're apparently making a movie for Robots vs Zombies

have a look · http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=58332

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ZOMBIES IN POLAND :p

Nov. 15th, 2014 | 08:50 am
posted by: jrh19782002 in zombie_survival

(CNN) -- Never underestimate the healing power of a good nap.

A 91-year-old woman in Poland was declared dead November 6 and sent to a funeral home, only to wake up 11 hours later in cold storage, CNN's Polish affiliate TVN reported. Now she's home and doing fine.

The doctor went to the home of Janina Kolkiewicz in the town of Ostrow Lubelski on November 6 after her family said she'd stopped breathing, TVN reported.

"I checked the pulse on the forearm artery, carotid artery also," the doctor told TVN. "I listened to the heart, to the breathing. I also examined the pupils. There were no reflexes. Typical symptoms of death."

The doctor signed the death certificate, and Kolkiewicz's family began planning services, according to TVN.

Then the funeral home called.

Authorities are trying to find out what happened.

"We are investigating whether the doctor exposed the woman to imminent danger of loss of life, as the lady was moved to a funeral home and kept in cold storage," Beata Syk-Jankowska, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office in Lublin, told TVN.

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Biking the zombpocalypse

Aug. 8th, 2014 | 05:37 pm
posted by: xerhino in zombie_survival




Some kind of all terrain moped with a crossbow and survival gear. Seems like a handy thing is a zombpocalypse.

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postcards from the zombpocalypse

May. 20th, 2014 | 08:29 pm
posted by: xerhino in zombie_survival



A very short story I was thinking about on the way home.

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a military debrefing story

May. 16th, 2014 | 08:31 pm
posted by: ashgaelsonaria in zombie_survival

http://ashgaelsonaria.livejournal.com/284606.html
This was for a prompt so I am sorry for the zombie mime imagery.

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the Dunwich Polka

May. 12th, 2014 | 07:12 pm
posted by: xerhino in zombie_survival



While not explicitly about only zombies, it is a song about horror tropes in general. Ukulele and zombies just go together, even while this is a Lovecraft inspired song. Hope you like it.

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