31 Days of Halloween, Day 26: Dawn of the Dead (2004)

large_yfqsgzw6aqymbjieiq0y9eb1rglAfter mentioning this in my recommendations a few days ago, I realized it was high time to give this one a re-watch.

This is still one of my favorite “the beginning of the apocalypse” scenes ever.  And then when they finally get to the mall and the Muzak version of “Don’t Worry Be Happy” is playing?  The lounge cover of Disturbed’s “Down with the Sickness” played later in the movie is awesome as well.

I really love the group dynamics in this movie, how the original survivors meet up with the mall cops and then a second group of survivors.  I love seeing Phil – I mean, Ty Burrell – play a super dickhead.  I also really like Sarah Polley as an actress.  The moments of terror are interspersed with lighter moments, which is something many horror movie remakes don’t seem to realize is needed.

The one change from the original that I wasn’t so fond of was making the zombies fast.  While it does add a lot of scariness, I just feel like zombies should be slow!  But who really is to say how fast or slow real zombies would be, so I can forgive it.

On that note, I’m going to recommend movies with fast zombies:

  • 28 Days Later (2002) – At least they explained the speedy zombies, by not calling them zombies and instead calling it the Rage virus.
  • World War Z (2013) – This was explained in great detail in the book (can’t remember if they mention it in the movie) – about how the zombie virus wants to spread quickly, hence new zombies being faster, and also how the zombies slow with colder temperatures, hence people fleeing to Canada.
  • Zombieland (2009) – This is more comedy than horror but a great ride all the same.

catchin’ some z’s

The other night I dreamt of zombies (not for the first time…).  In the first part of the dream, I was in a circular stairwell, and I was pouring baking soda on the zombies who were staggering up the stairs after me.  The baking soda was like an acid on their rotting skin.  It was especially effective on one zombie who had somehow had the top part of their skull cut off.  The baking soda really burned the shit out of its brain.  Later in the dream I was standing on a countertop, using a spoon to fling baking soda at the zombies with far less effectiveness.  I think this is because they were within grabbing distance of my ankles.

When I told the facilities manager at my work about this dream, he suggested that baking soda and sulfuric acid in balloons would cause some damage.  Since I barely passed chemistry (that C is a black mark on my high school transcript!), I googled it.  Apparently baking soda neutralizes sulfuric acid.  Which would make a mess, and would probably be more effective than baking soda in real life, but is probably not the best option for a real zombie apocalypse.

in which i gush about the walking dead

I lost track of “The Walking Dead” for most of season 2.  It was just so different from the awesome graphic novels!  Andrea is taking much too long to become the gun-toting badass, and Carl killed Shane a long time ago.  All the talking… I was waiting for the non-stop action of the graphic novels to appear onscreen.  I was beginning to lose hope that my favorite Walking Dead character would ever show up.

Michonne in the graphic novels

Michonne is such a badass she makes Andrea (the original Andrea) look like a wuss. I mean, she carries a SWORD. Now, the Walking Dead season finale was action-packed, but I still wasn’t sure that it was going to continue following the arc of the graphic novels.

Then Michonne showed up!

Michonne on the TV series

I loved that they didn’t show her face.  I loved that she (and a lingering view of the prison) were the last things we saw on the finale.  Just hints of the awesomeness that is to come!