Saturday, July 02, 2005

Celebrate Freedom: See a Zombie Picture

A major holiday weekend like this one calls for a zombie picture. Not just because they are escapist fun, but they also remind us that without a few days off, we truly become "the living dead." Everybody seems to love 'em. I even got into a debate with someone at work about how to actually KILL a zombie. Answer: you gotta destroy the brain in some way (machete, gun, sledgehammer, whatever works). More answers to zombie FAQs: they walk funny because they have rigormortis and you can only become a zombie by being bitten by another zombie (except in 28 Days Later, you only needed blood contact).

My recent favorites: 28 Days Later (cute boy alert -- see previous blog entry about Cillain Murphy) and Shaun of the Dead (laughed until I cried and nearly wet my pants). My boyfriend swears by Night of the Living Dead and I've heard great reviews of the latest George Romero zombie pic, Land of the Dead. He's considered the definitive interpreter of the zombie on film. Maybe because he lives in Pittsburgh? Kidding!

There are plenty to choose from. A search on the Internet Movie Database reveals 97 movies with the word "zombie" in the title. Netflix and both find 40 titles. But don't go checking "Clean Flicks" (edited to be family friendly for pathetically helpless parents). There's not one (no, not ONE!) zombie picture in their stock. Pussies!

So, while you are munchin' on a rib or corn-on-the-cob, you can mourn the zombie-like characteristics of those idiots who voted for George Bush and be grateful that the zombie killers usually win at the end of the movie.

God Bless America!


At 10:53 AM, Blogger DrPezz said...

My top picks:

1. Night of the Living Dead
2. 28 Days Later
3. Dawn of the Dead (Remake)
4. Shaun of the Dead
5. Dawn of the Dead (original)

I went to see Land of the Dead and just felt there was too little of the zombie fights with humans and too many attempts to make individual characters out of the zombies. They are supposed to be mindless hoards who succeed because of sheer numbers (thus the metaphor works). Plus, the movie really had a fairly cowardly ending--no real resolution.


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