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2013-02-01 11:47:20 PM  
Errr... Mehhh
 
2013-02-02 12:05:43 AM  
Grrr... arg
 
2013-02-02 12:10:02 AM  
Also: no mention of Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland?
 
2013-02-02 02:25:45 AM  
Whar Rob Zombie?
 
2013-02-02 02:44:06 AM  
The "Brains" thing is interesting in how illogical it is (within the rules of the genre) - zombies are killed most easily by destroying the brain, so if they ate brains instead of flesh then their numbers wouldn't increase geometrically (given the chance), and thus probably not be much of a threat.
 
2013-02-02 02:44:06 AM  
I've always preferred the classic slow Romero/Walking Dead zombie. None of this silly infected bite stuff. Any dead person would simply get back up after a few minutes unless you destroyed the head.

 And don't get me started on the whole "Braaaains" BS.
 
2013-02-02 02:52:14 AM  
Not even CLOSE to a comprehensive history. That's a twelve year old's book report.
 
2013-02-02 02:57:15 AM  
Romero's first "Zombie" was a running zombie.
 
2013-02-02 02:58:05 AM  
Let's be honest - barbara's foes were a little unrefined at the time. Hard to beat the budget though.
 
2013-02-02 03:02:35 AM  

MagSeven: Romero's first "Zombie" was a running zombie.


that's why i don't get criticism of fast zombies as unrealistic in a zombie universe. yeah, slow zombies are waaaaaaaaaay more scary than fast zombies, but fast zombies are also canon.

/i also don't get criticism of the intelligent zombies of the first season of the tv version of Walking Dead
//if the lizard part of the brain survives, why not rudimentary tool manipulation and memory in the fresh corpse?
 
2013-02-02 03:05:20 AM  
I've seen none of the mentioned movies, they're not my thing.  (seen the first Resident Evil movie)  I still think of zombies as reanimated corpses, as that's my D&D background.  Also in WoW, the zombies are mindless undead, the lowest level of Scourge forces.
 
2013-02-02 03:06:51 AM  
The first time I saw an ad for Warm Bodies, I wanted to punch someone so badly...

/look out Mummies and Frankenstein's monster, they're coming for <i>you</i> next...
 
2013-02-02 03:12:58 AM  

ExperianScaresCthulhu: MagSeven: Romero's first "Zombie" was a running zombie.

that's why i don't get criticism of fast zombies as unrealistic in a zombie universe. yeah, slow zombies are waaaaaaaaaay more scary than fast zombies, but fast zombies are also canon.

/i also don't get criticism of the intelligent zombies of the first season of the tv version of Walking Dead
//if the lizard part of the brain survives, why not rudimentary tool manipulation and memory in the fresh corpse?


I always wondered about the justification of zombies wanting to eat our flesh. If they are alive with the drive to feed, wouldn't a lifetime of eating other food stuffs be what motivates them? It makes more sense for them to gravitate towards shopping malls, and stores where food and entertainment were readily available in life. Nothing about us in our lived experiences would drive us to eat each other once dead.
I'd expect to see a Safeway full of frustrated zombies clawing at the ice cream coolers as they moaned out in longing for just one more scoop of rocky road.
 
2013-02-02 03:27:48 AM  
I get the feeling that that article was just trying to get zombie fans to accept "Warm Blooded" as something other than trash.
 
2013-02-02 03:49:22 AM  

Old enough to know better: I've always preferred the classic slow Romero/Walking Dead zombie. None of this silly infected bite stuff. Any dead person would simply get back up after a few minutes unless you destroyed the head.

 And don't get me started on the whole "Braaaains" BS.


[shameless plug]

In my short story, "Love in the Time of Zombies", the zombism is a viral thing.  People who are bitten are shortly overcome by the disease, and driven mad.  They're fast zombies.  They're also technically still alive, so can be put down by a center of mass shot, or eventual starvation.  After a little while, they get back up and wander around as slow, undead zombies.  Older ones are a bit smarter, sometimes playing dead and ambushing people walking by the unmoving corpse.

No, the story isn't about someone falling in love with a zombie.

[/shamless plug]
 
2013-02-02 04:59:42 AM  
The whole concept gets less interesting with each iteration. Maybe we'll be done with it for a while after this last go round with "zombies in love".
 
2013-02-02 05:22:03 AM  
did someone say hollywood zombie?
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-02-02 05:30:38 AM  
Here's a summary for those that don't want to click the link:

1932-1967: Classic beginnings
-- Voodoo zombies, supernatural movies, and the last man on earth
-- Also, hammer films, dude.  Good, clean fun.

1968-1984: George A. Romero makes his mark
-- Night of the living dead, its addition to public domain, various "night" ripoffs
-- We have to pretend there was more to it than the previous bullet point because we're not paid if we don't make the minimum word-count

1985: Woah, look, no one cares now
-- shiat no one gave a fark about at the time and even fewer farks are given about this film and its spinoffs now

1985-2001: No one still cares
-- Hey, that one's pretty goo- no, wait, still boring shiat no one gives a fark about
-- More insignificant movies that made essentially zero impact on literature
-- even romero ran out of ideas after the second movie, what do you want from us here?
-- Honestly, this period didn't even have proper exploitation cinema, and you expect us to come up with good zombie movies from the one period in cinema history that could make Tarantino look like something other than a hack?  fark this, man, we quit.

2002-2012: Like, one dude cares, maybe, when he can be bothered
-- 28 days later was OK I guess
-- Nope, nothing else anyone cares about
-- Hell, most of these were box office bombs even at the time, but now... man, just straight embarrassing to even pretend they contributed to cinema in any way
-- I mean, come the fark on, most of these make art school half-term projects by sophomores look like Citizen Kane

2013-: People will continue to give zero farks
-- Wait, is it possible to give negative farks?  Like, the "superman spinning around the earth so hard time goes backward" of fark-giving?
-- Because we're reduced to shamelessly plugging a romantic comedy so shiatty it had to resort to the "Pride and Prejudice with Zombies" shiat.  I don't even thing superman could manage that one.
-- It's somehow even more embarassing even than the "in SPAAAAAAAAACE" shiat from the 50s/60s.  At least that was rooted in a distinct pulp tradition instead of just milking the wallets of exceptionally stupid 30 year olds in argyle vests with false pretensions of culture.
-- Seriously, please just firebomb our offices, this job is slowly killing our souls and we can only beg for a mercy stroke
-- Oh god I wrote a whole article endorsing a Nicholas Holt vehicle, for the love of god kill me before I start trying to carve my own brains out with a spoon.
 
2013-02-02 06:27:57 AM  
Creativity-wise the zombie genre is at the point in the Porn Career Arc where it is reduced to blowing farm animals on a webcam for meth.

The concept needs to lie fallow for a few years, but, cash-cow-wise the genre is roaring along, so we'll soon see a lot more "Warm Bodies" style material. Once we see the Buddy Cop flick where one cop is a zombie, the Group of Friends Hang Out sitcom where at least one friend is a zombie and, the final death knell, the CBS police procedural CSI: Braaaaains.
 
2013-02-02 06:29:36 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Creativity-wise the zombie genre is at the point in the Porn Career Arc where it is reduced to blowing farm animals on a webcam for meth.

The concept needs to lie fallow for a few years, but, cash-cow-wise the genre is roaring along, so we'll soon see a lot more "Warm Bodies" style material. Once we see the Buddy Cop flick where one cop is a zombie, the Group of Friends Hang Out sitcom where at least one friend is a zombie and, the final death knell, the CBS police procedural CSI: Braaaaains.


They had 'Dead Heat', with cops that became zombies, with Joe Piscopo..
 
2013-02-02 07:04:55 AM  
Private Steel from Day of the Dead doesnt care about no zombies!
 
2013-02-02 07:24:16 AM  

Alphax: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Creativity-wise the zombie genre is at the point in the Porn Career Arc where it is reduced to blowing farm animals on a webcam for meth.

The concept needs to lie fallow for a few years, but, cash-cow-wise the genre is roaring along, so we'll soon see a lot more "Warm Bodies" style material. Once we see the Buddy Cop flick where one cop is a zombie, the Group of Friends Hang Out sitcom where at least one friend is a zombie and, the final death knell, the CBS police procedural CSI: Braaaaains.

They had 'Dead Heat', with cops that became zombies, with Joe Piscopo..


I liked 'Dead Heat'!!!
 
2013-02-02 07:28:15 AM  

FullMetalPanda: Alphax: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Creativity-wise the zombie genre is at the point in the Porn Career Arc where it is reduced to blowing farm animals on a webcam for meth.

The concept needs to lie fallow for a few years, but, cash-cow-wise the genre is roaring along, so we'll soon see a lot more "Warm Bodies" style material. Once we see the Buddy Cop flick where one cop is a zombie, the Group of Friends Hang Out sitcom where at least one friend is a zombie and, the final death knell, the CBS police procedural CSI: Braaaaains.

They had 'Dead Heat', with cops that became zombies, with Joe Piscopo..

I liked 'Dead Heat'!!!


The part that stuck out for me was when the whole butcher shop worth of animals comes back to life to attack the heroes.  Mostly headless pigs and chickens, I think.
 
2013-02-02 07:33:12 AM  

Jim_Callahan: Here's a summary for those that don't want to click the link:

1932-1967: Classic beginnings
-- Voodoo zombies, supernatural movies, and the last man on earth
-- Also, hammer films, dude.  Good, clean fun.

1968-1984: George A. Romero makes his mark
-- Night of the living dead, its addition to public domain, various "night" ripoffs
-- We have to pretend there was more to it than the previous bullet point because we're not paid if we don't make the minimum word-count

1985: Woah, look, no one cares now
-- shiat no one gave a fark about at the time and even fewer farks are given about this film and its spinoffs now

1985-2001: No one still cares
-- Hey, that one's pretty goo- no, wait, still boring shiat no one gives a fark about
-- More insignificant movies that made essentially zero impact on literature
-- even romero ran out of ideas after the second movie, what do you want from us here?
-- Honestly, this period didn't even have proper exploitation cinema, and you expect us to come up with good zombie movies from the one period in cinema history that could make Tarantino look like something other than a hack?  fark this, man, we quit.

2002-2012: Like, one dude cares, maybe, when he can be bothered
-- 28 days later was OK I guess
-- Nope, nothing else anyone cares about
-- Hell, most of these were box office bombs even at the time, but now... man, just straight embarrassing to even pretend they contributed to cinema in any way
-- I mean, come the fark on, most of these make art school half-term projects by sophomores look like Citizen Kane

2013-: People will continue to give zero farks
-- Wait, is it possible to give negative farks?  Like, the "superman spinning around the earth so hard time goes backward" of fark-giving?
-- Because we're reduced to shamelessly plugging a romantic comedy so shiatty it had to resort to the "Pride and Prejudice with Zombies" shiat.  I don't even thing superman could manage that one.
-- It's somehow even more embarassing even than th ...


Uh-huh... so the world should care only for what you care about?  That review is completely in your limited world-view.  Obviously there are enough people that care to:
A) Get more movies made... I sorta doubt studios are going to throw lots of money at frequently making zombie movies if no one is watching them;
B) People go to these movies and buy the DVDs, etc... but since no one cares, I guess it's the studio that's sending their employees to the theaters and DVD racks to buy the stuff, huh?
C) Stories like this are written and people click on it and it's posted to places like fark
D) You cared enough to post your tunnel vision view of the world.

So your argument is totally invalid, even by your own action of posting.  Your fail is complete, my son... you make me proud!
 
2013-02-02 08:12:27 AM  
FuzzBeed... the low rent MailOnline.
 
2013-02-02 08:29:30 AM  

Wolf892: ExperianScaresCthulhu: MagSeven: Romero's first "Zombie" was a running zombie.

that's why i don't get criticism of fast zombies as unrealistic in a zombie universe. yeah, slow zombies are waaaaaaaaaay more scary than fast zombies, but fast zombies are also canon.

/i also don't get criticism of the intelligent zombies of the first season of the tv version of Walking Dead
//if the lizard part of the brain survives, why not rudimentary tool manipulation and memory in the fresh corpse?

I always wondered about the justification of zombies wanting to eat our flesh. If they are alive with the drive to feed, wouldn't a lifetime of eating other food stuffs be what motivates them? It makes more sense for them to gravitate towards shopping malls, and stores where food and entertainment were readily available in life. Nothing about us in our lived experiences would drive us to eat each other once dead.
I'd expect to see a Safeway full of frustrated zombies clawing at the ice cream coolers as they moaned out in longing for just one more scoop of rocky road.


That would be a great concept for a movie.

The world is infested with zombies, but they're not dangerous; just really greedy.

As a result, humanity has to figure out what to do with them.
 
2013-02-02 10:07:28 AM  
Did not click.. fark you buzzfeed.

That having been said, what's up with the ten thousand zombie movies being made lately? Haven't seen many  horror movies lately that weren't zombies or torture porn. I guess Twilight killed vampires for now.
 
2013-02-02 10:10:26 AM  

497.5 Feet of Rope: The whole concept gets less interesting with each iteration. Maybe we'll be done with it for a while after this last go round with "zombies in love".


Speaking of, why is the instinct to eat more overwhelming than the instinct to fk?  That never made sense -- or are zombies too icky to contemplate that with, unlike the done to death vampire?
 
2013-02-02 10:20:01 AM  

xria: The "Brains" thing is interesting in how illogical it is (within the rules of the genre) - zombies are killed most easily by destroying the brain, so if they ate brains instead of flesh then their numbers wouldn't increase geometrically (given the chance), and thus probably not be much of a threat.


Except that in the Return of the Living Dead series, the zombies were still "alive" even if you shot them in the head, or totally dismembered them. I think in the second film they could be killed by electrocution.

/ also, that series was a comedy, and the brains thing was supposed to be funny
 
2013-02-02 10:47:15 AM  

ExperianScaresCthulhu: 497.5 Feet of Rope: The whole concept gets less interesting with each iteration. Maybe we'll be done with it for a while after this last go round with "zombies in love".

Speaking of, why is the instinct to eat more overwhelming than the instinct to fk?  That never made sense -- or are zombies too icky to contemplate that with, unlike the done to death vampire?




Were there orgies in the "Death Camps?"
 
2013-02-02 10:54:41 AM  

Jim_Callahan: Here's a summary for those that don't want to click the link:

1932-1967: Classic beginnings
-- Voodoo zombies, supernatural movies, and the last man on earth
-- Also, hammer films, dude.  Good, clean fun.

1968-1984: George A. Romero makes his mark
-- Night of the living dead, its addition to public domain, various "night" ripoffs
-- We have to pretend there was more to it than the previous bullet point because we're not paid if we don't make the minimum word-count

1985: Woah, look, no one cares now
-- shiat no one gave a fark about at the time and even fewer farks are given about this film and its spinoffs now

1985-2001: No one still cares
-- Hey, that one's pretty goo- no, wait, still boring shiat no one gives a fark about
-- More insignificant movies that made essentially zero impact on literature
-- even romero ran out of ideas after the second movie, what do you want from us here?
-- Honestly, this period didn't even have proper exploitation cinema, and you expect us to come up with good zombie movies from the one period in cinema history that could make Tarantino look like something other than a hack?  fark this, man, we quit.

2002-2012: Like, one dude cares, maybe, when he can be bothered
-- 28 days later was OK I guess
-- Nope, nothing else anyone cares about
-- Hell, most of these were box office bombs even at the time, but now... man, just straight embarrassing to even pretend they contributed to cinema in any way
-- I mean, come the fark on, most of these make art school half-term projects by sophomores look like Citizen Kane

2013-: People will continue to give zero farks
-- Wait, is it possible to give negative farks?  Like, the "superman spinning around the earth so hard time goes backward" of fark-giving?
-- Because we're reduced to shamelessly plugging a romantic comedy so shiatty it had to resort to the "Pride and Prejudice with Zombies" shiat.  I don't even thing superman could manage that one.
-- It's somehow even more embarassing even than th ...




That was terribly unfunny. "I don't like it therefore nobody like it".
 
2013-02-02 10:55:47 AM  
No Shaun of the Dead? What a joke
 
2013-02-02 11:00:55 AM  

Iczer: The first time I saw an ad for Warm Bodies, I wanted to punch someone so badly...

/look out Mummies and Frankenstein's monster, they're coming for <i>you</i> next...



Then make sure when you hit them you wrap your fingers around your thumb.
 
2013-02-02 11:36:05 AM  
I'm prepared to see Warm Bodies just out of spite. Any time you guys hate on something this much there has to be something of value to it.
 
2013-02-02 11:40:46 AM  
askmeaboutzombies.files.wordpress.com

"Deadheads" did the zombie-human love story in 2011.
 
2013-02-02 11:56:45 AM  

Iczer: The first time I saw an ad for Warm Bodies, I wanted to punch someone so badly...

/look out Mummies and Frankenstein's monster, they're coming for <i>you</i> next...


We've reached "peak Zombie", I think...
 
2013-02-02 12:26:16 PM  
is this where I express outrage since 28 Days Later doesn't use "real" zombies?
/agree about the whole "braaaiiiinnnss" thing
 
2013-02-02 01:04:52 PM  

Wolf892: Nothing about us in our lived experiences would drive us to eat each other once dead.


Speak for yourself.

Also, IIRC, human flesh is very easy for humans to digest and utilize because it contains exactly what we need.

If that's the case, you could write it off as a damaged digestive system where we're literally the only substance on earth that can keep them alive.
 
2013-02-02 02:10:20 PM  

Kraftwerk Orange: [askmeaboutzombies.files.wordpress.com image 375x500]

"Deadheads" did the zombie-human love story in 2011.




How about 2006?
1.bp.blogspot.com

/teeth!
 
2013-02-02 02:45:27 PM  
Has anyone actually seen "Warm Bodies"? I don't have much to do today and it is playing in the theater need my house. I'm thinking about giving it a shot. It has a RT score in the 70s last time I checked.
 
2013-02-02 03:34:55 PM  
The Revenant was a good zombie movie. It was different and funny, check it out if you haven't seen it.
 
2013-02-02 03:47:11 PM  
Have the zombies started sparkling in the sunshine yet? If not, we haven't hit rock-bottom just yet.
 
2013-02-02 04:14:39 PM  

EddieFC: Has anyone actually seen "Warm Bodies"? I don't have much to do today and it is playing in the theater need my house. I'm thinking about giving it a shot. It has a RT score in the 70s last time I checked.




If it doesn't have splosions, I don't bother with the theater.

I don't think it has splosions.
 
2013-02-02 09:45:27 PM  
If you like zombie movies, film noir, and post-Civil War settings do yourself a huge favor and check out Exit Humanity on Netflix.  I was pleasantly surprised by that movie.
 
2013-02-02 11:32:28 PM  

EddieFC: Has anyone actually seen "Warm Bodies"? I don't have much to do today and it is playing in the theater need my house. I'm thinking about giving it a shot. It has a RT score in the 70s last time I checked.


I just saw it .. thought it was pretty good myself. An interesting mix of funny, weird, and sweet ... not much for horror though if that's what you like zombies for.
 
2013-02-04 01:27:40 PM  
This thread is incomplete without a discussion of the "We're Alive" podcast. Best god-damned, thrilling entertainment I've had in ages...a true "theatre of the mind" experience!
 
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