Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Brains-- They're What's For Dinner

Drawn by Myself

 Lately, zombies have been on my brain. Luckily, though, I've been able to fight them off before they could eat it. We may change the rules and argue which portrayals of zombies are better, such as the great "Romero" zombie versus "Infected" zombie debate, but we all love them. "Romero" zombies are generally characterized by slow movement and having their heads as their primary or only weak point. "Infected" zombies, on the other hand, have the ability to run or in some extreme cases perform more complex motor functions such as operating a gun or even a car. For an index of more specific types of zombies and examples from film, literature or other media, click the "Our Zombies are Different" link at the bottom of this post. No matter how they're portrayed in media, though, they usually want to eat your flesh.

My personal favorite zombie movie is Shaun of the Dead directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. It's a side-splitting movie that always fills the room when we show it at Film Club what seems like at least once every year. I still have yet to see Zombieland. Is it any good? I've heard mixed reviews at best. Other good zombie media includes the Left 4 Dead video game franchise and Jonathan Coulton's "RE: Your Brains." It's a song from the point of view of a zombie named "Bob," trying to reason with the survivors who have locked themselves inside of a mall. Before the whole zombie thing, Bob worked in an office down the hall from one of the survivors, and he apparently wasn't much of a nice guy to begin with. Jonathan Coulton's music is released with the Creative Commons Liscense, something Mrs. Healey tried to explain to us a while ago. Basically, it means people can use his music for free as long as they give credit to him and do not profit from it. To listen to the song, click the link at the bottom of this post.

On a more serious note, why do we all love zombies? Would any of us know how to deal with a zombie outbreak? I couldn't even begin to scratch the surface without taking hours to write this blog. If you think realistically, it's one of the more terrifying ways the world could end. Your local news starts to give details about a coming "green flu" epidemic in the area on Monday. On Wednesday, everyone is coughing and running a fever. On Friday, the military begins driving through the streets and there is widespread panic as people start to die from the quickly fatal virus. On Sunday, you wake up in the morning to find the streets empty, windows broken throughout your neighborhood, and the smells of gasoline and gunpowder are in the air. A house down the street is on fire, and you turn to find your family slowly limping toward you, gasping and groaning, arms outstretched. You are alone.

Describe your plan in the case of a zombie outbreak in the comments section and/or give your opinion on your favorite zombie media or whatever.

Left 4 Dead Intro Cinematic (Mind Swearing Warning)
RE: Your Brains Our Zombies Are Different
5 Reasons a Zombie Outbreak Could Happen

Also, if anyone owns Max Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide or World War Z, may I borrow it? I've wanted to read them for a long time.


  1. 1. Zombieland is great--if only for Bill Murray. Can't say more, would spoil it.
    2. I have always been a Romero fan.
    3. Has anyone read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? I am wondering if it is worth it.
    4. I have to think on my zombie apocalypse scenario for a bit.

  2. okay, I'm following this now because you're an awesome writer.

    Also, in a zombie apocalypse I would find jim and hide in his hair. Its the safest place because its roomy, warm, and Jim knows plenty about guns and zombies.

  3. Healigan:
    1. Awesome. I'll have to borrow it from someone.
    3. I have friends who have. I'll ask if it's good.
    4. Please do. I enjoy reading different plans.

    Haha, I was not expecting to see you here! I'd probably find Jim, too, but then again, so would everyone else. Best to keep a plan B in case he decided to keep his group small.


    Read and weep, Smooth Talkin' Johnny