Starring Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg (seemingly channeling Michael Cera the whole way), plus Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, the splatter-comedy-romance — or “zom-com” as we’ve seen it called — has been well-received both critically and by the theater-going public, scoring an impressive 89 percent on the Tomatometer at Rotten Tomatoes.
I went to see it Friday night and thoroughly enjoyed it — it was as much fun as I’ve had seeing a movie in while. Just the right mix of splatter, humor, drama and irreverence. And possibly the greatest cameo in the history of movies since Merv Griffin in The Man with Two Brains. (Okay, Chuck Norris was good in Dodgeball, too.) Just a great time — I would argue that it’s just as good (if not better) than Shaun of the Dead.
Simply, if you think you might like it, I promise you’ll love it.
Anyway, as you might expect, seeing it got me to thinking about zombies, and I remembered a post I wrote back when we first started this site (way back in January!). I’ve dusted off part of it since back then there was about six people visiting this site …. oh, and it’s about zombies!
To spare you having to search back through this site, here’s some of what I wrote —
Like many, I’ve been long preparing for the impending zombie apocalypse. Aside from the canned goods, machetes and stockpiles of assault rifles stored in my concrete-and-steel zombie-proof bunker 200 feet beneath my secret lair that’s beneath my house, I’ve seen pretty much every zombie film from the classic Dawn of the Dead (and its many sequels) to Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead trilogy (which gave the world its much-needed first taste of Bruce Campbell) to the always-recommended Shaun of the Dead and 28 Days Later. And although not a serious zombie flick, Peter Jackson’s Braindead may be the most brilliant schlock horror opus in the history of humankind. (I still contend he should’ve gotten an Oscar for this masterpiece rather than those silly Lord of the Rings films no one saw.)
Fortunately, to get the message out to the those being slowly zombified by their TVs and laptops, a film version World War Z is currently in pre-production with director Marc Foster attached, who has helmed critically acclaimed flicks including Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland, The Kite Runner and Quantum of Silence. It is scheduled for a 2010 release date, unless of course, the undead of Hollywood get in the way.
In the meantime, from The Zombie Survival Guide, here are “The Top 10 Lessons for Surviving A Zombie Attack”:
- Organize before they rise!
- They feel no fear, why should you?
- Use your head: cut off theirs.
- Blades don’t need reloading.
- Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
- Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
- Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
- Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
- No place is safe, only safer.
- The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.
Anyway, when the undead start crawling across my lawn looking for the braaaaiiiins of my family, I’ll be ready! I can only hope now you will be, too.