Monsters are real

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(nabbed from tumblr)

This quote was written by Stephen King in the introduction to newer editions of The Shining (e.g. This one on google books) – it wasn’t in my 1978 edition.

It also was quoted on an episode of Criminal Minds, Conflicted.

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The habits of highly effective zombie types

One of the problems I have with people who look at something, as the (AWESOME) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion, and say “Err they’re not real zombies!” is we don’t really have a static definition of a zombie anyway. The zombie really isn’t that old as a fictional monster and is constantly evolving. It’s taken bits of lore from other monsters, and as always, authors and screenwriters lead the charge in creating unique perspectives. Would anyone be interested in vampires if they never changed (let’s ignore sparkles for the moment before everyone’s head blows up)? If every zombie were exactly the same and never changed, Romero could never have been the Godfather of Zombies. He did change them. And are we glad he did!

The Voodoo Zombie

  • Controlled by one person
  • Created by powders and potions
  • Tool using
  • Rarely is there recognition of former life
  • Can be changed back – salt, death of bokor/sorcerer
  • Used or created for a purpose – slavery, retribution, or fear of losing loved one
  • Not a horde

The Romero Zombie (*=some movies only)

  • Dead and undead
  • Created by infection
  • Mindless, no will but hunger*
  • No changing back
  • Eat flesh
  • Not tool using *
  • No glimpse of recognition of former life *
  • Physically less able
  • Quick transition
  • Rotting

Variations on the modern zombie

  • Can sometimes affect the long dead (Return of the Living Dead)
  • Changes between what causes zombies – aliens, bio-weapons, natural virus, technology, psychological on a society-wide level
  • Can talk
  • Have some memory, not complete
  • Can run, climb, jump, chase
  • Differences in ability to be able to find people and how those senses can be deceived – smell, hearing, sight
  • Hierarchy of zombies – some able to run with others not, physical and mental abilities not evenly spread
  • Rotting
  • Lack of consciousness,or may have a highly focused will

The Romantic Zombie

  • Physically undead
  • Limits on physical/mental abilities
  • Limited lifespan
  • Can talk
  • Rarely eat/require flesh
  • Can retain mind, it can be returned (not necessarily specific memories of their individual past)
  • Sometimes infectious
  • Hero never overtly rotting
  • Some sense of society/culture amongst them

(Pics from IMDB)

Movies of the Week

So I went all retro and signed up to a DVD rental store (dislike monthly fees, and would have to get a higher internet data package. Whinge whinge first world problems and all that jazz.). This week I got Contagion, Deadheads and Pet Sematary.

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Contagion

This is not a zombie movie. If you are looking for action, you’re gonna have a bad time. However what I loved about this movie was how many scientists, the CDC and New Scientist said how accurate it was about the start of a virus and how the cure was developed. They used REAL science language!

My criticism of the film lays in how many really well known actors they used. Most movies require a suspension of belief, but for a movie that was so real, it made it unreal to have people like Matt Damon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lawrence Fishburne play normal people with normal lives. We know these people, we know they make a lot of money and have mansions and all that jazz, and I felt they couldn’t perform the roles truly. Not that they are bad actors – who doesn’t like Lawrence Fishburne! Although many critics take aim at Jude Law’s ‘Australian’ accent. I’m Aussie and I had no idea what it was supposed to be – but for this type of movie they just didn’t fit.

So no zombies, but I did enjoy seeing the whole length of the virus and knowing that it wasn’t just writers talking out of their…scripts… with made-up language and scenarios. Not sure if it’s a buy or not.

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Deadheads

A bloke wakes up in the middle of a zombie outbreak, we’ve all seen this before, but he doesn’t realise he IS a zombie! This movie was hilarious, a lot of references in it too, like when the car breaks down, Brent admits he has no idea how cars work and asks if maybe it’s the flux capacitor <3!

Some people will be against this movie because it’s about zombie Mike going to find his true love, whom he was about to propose to before he was killed. Zombie romance! It’s a lot more tongue in cheek than my usual zombie romances, but I really enjoyed it. It was what it was – a silly movie with zombies and the immortality of love.

This is one I will buy and watch again, there are many LOL moments (not the writing of LOL when really you aren’t laughing, the literal laughing out loud/lots of laughs/whatever). Not everyone would like it, but it got to me.

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Pet Sematary

Not my favourite of Stephen King’s works, it revolves around a small family moving to a small town with a dark secret, an ancient Indian burial ground that can bring things back to life. The two lessons I take from this are: never lie to kids and don’t repeat the same fkd up thing over and over and expect different results.  As well as the cat and undead stuff, there was also a ghost who followed them around and tried to help, but a weird side story about the mother’s sister being severely disabled and ill, I didn’t quite get how that fit into the story. Perhaps as being why they were so scared to tell their kids about the truth of death or something?

You could argue it’s not a zombie movie, but it’s close enough. There is nothing more creepy than kids though – tiny hands and high pitched devil laughs. Don’t even need to be undead for them to be a bit creepy! (*waves to little nephew*) Although the demonic cat was a bit over the top – anyone who has owned a couple of cats before has seen a possessed hungry demon kitty.

I did read on the internet (as trustworthy as it is *cough*) that Stephen King didn’t feel that the story was good enough, but the publisher jumped and took it anyway. We all know King has done some damned awesome things, and this was not one of them (don’t know how close it was to the original book – feel free to let me know I’ve got it wrong!). Not a buy for me, but I might nab the book off a mate.

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And I’ve already gotten out more – the Resident Evil set, Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, and Zombies of Mass Destruction.