ENTRY 0015, July 26, 2004

Okay, I know I have been rather light-hearted in the past few blogs, so, I felt with the current climate I had to do something a bit more serious, so here goes:


For the past several decades movies have been made about zombies.  They are one of my favorite monsters.  Probably the best zombie movies are those made by George Romero.  They include "Night of the Living Dead", "Dawn of the Dead" and "Day of the Dead".  He is currently working on the next installment in this zombie series, "Land of the Dead".  All these films have one thing in common.  Slow zombies.  There are other films out there, "Return of the living Dead", "28 Days Later" and the like that have a bad thing, fast zombies. 

As far as I'm concerned, there is only one kind of zombie.  The slow zombie.  Fast zombies are major predators.  They could be replaced with tigers or anacondas or some other carnivore and the film would be little different.  Slow zombies are different.  They are like a glacier or lava flow, slow, but inexorable.  Nothing can stand in their way forever.  They never stop coming, because if you kill one, others show up.  They are predators as well, but they are not cheetahs, they are army ants.  They slowly move, destroying everything in their path.  

As far as I'm concerned, slow zombies are far, far creepier than fast zombies.  They are creepier because of their shambling search for human flesh is less a matter of planning and more of basest instinct.  They don't scheme, they don't plot.  They just keep coming until you kill them, run out of bullets and grab  the machete, or you finally  end up cornered...  The fact that you are faster than them but they never, ever have to stop for anything makes them creepy.  The fact that they can't be reasoned with makes them creepy.  The fact that they are human, but are not human at the same time makes them creepy.

Anyway, the slow zombie movies are always about the non-zombie humans, and how they cope with the situation,  It's kind of like the scene in "Das Boot" when the sub is trapped at the bottom of the Mediterranean and the crew is wondering what will happen next.

If you feel the need to protect yourself from the zombie scourge, you need this:

The zombie survival guide

Anyway, what's new?

-Bush is still a lying moron.

-We still have two working rovers on Mars.  That is still Too Cool For Words.

-It is very late (early) and I should toddle off to bed.

Well, I gotta run.

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