Archive for the 'Zombies' Category

October 15, 2014

In DESCENDENTS, the planet’s air growls foul with a pathogen that turns its victims into zombies. The remaining humans live in domed cities, sending out the military to exterminate the infected on sight.

Growing up in this world is Camille, a nine-year-old girl who is immune from the virus; the zombies, in fact, won’t even attack her. Over time, she meets more children like her, and they build a community. But the military will not abide anything outside the domes to live.

I had mixed feelings about the film. It had some terrific elements, particularly the earth in ruins with its grainy, foul air. The basic story of a girl surviving in the wasteland, hiding from soldiers and zombies alike as they fought over what was left, was interesting. But the girl seems too detached from what’s going on. Too clean and well fed, almost like she walked out of the present to tour a Zombieworld amusement park that barely interests her. It seemed the director was striving for pathos, but sometimes, for me at least, the end result came across as bland, without real stakes or sufficient tension.

If you’re into zombie films, give it a go, but be warned. Despite the eye candy of the world building, the intriguing possibilities of the story’s setup, and the occasional flashes of action with some pretty interesting zombies, the end result comes across as sluggish and overstylized. A for effort and ambition, but more sizzle than steak.

October 10, 2014

impact by adam bakerAdam Baker’s IMPACT is the fourth of a series of independent novels set during the same zombie apocalypse. In IMPACT, the crew of a B-52 bomber revs up for its last mission–to drop a 10-kiloton nuke on a remote site in Death Valley. But the plane crashes, stranding the crew in the middle of one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. And they’re not alone.

I’ve read every one of his books and can safely call myself a fan at this point. In each of his books, you know you’re going to get:

* Group of macho, highly capable people stuck in a remote, no-win survival situation
* They get cut off from their base of operations, which has its own problems
* The world is ending due to the spread of a zombie virus that is original and well drawn
* Environment that is as menacing as the zombies
* Double crosses and power struggles among the survivors
* A little glimmer of hope

It’s a high-octane cocktail, and Baker delivers it well. I’m already looking forward to his next. Recommended for fans of zombie fiction that blends great survival and thriller elements.
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October 7, 2014

THE INFECTION by Craig DiLouieTHE INFECTION, the bestselling zombie novel from Permuted Press, is now available for just $0.99 in eBook today and tomorrow only. Get it here at Amazon.

October 1, 2014

When Mom says it’s time to stop playing, it’s time to stop playing.

M is for Mom from 3ROUNDBURST on Vimeo.

September 22, 2014

Neat little short zombie film. SURVIVE:

SURVIVE from Ben Bray on Vimeo.

September 18, 2014

Axe’s powerful alluring effect on women takes the ultimate test.

September 17, 2014

In LAST DAYS ON MARS (2013), an expedition to the red planet uncovers an amazing find–life–but, as it turns out, the highly infectious kind. It was a great movie. The set design, the acting, the action–everything was top notch in this space zombie thriller. The long windup of what life in an expedition to Mars would be like was so well done I would have been happy to watch it without the zombies. Recommended.

September 15, 2014

cost of living by david moodyIn THE COST OF LIVING, a novella by David Moody, a horrifying disease turns its victims into germ-spewing creatures who in turn hunt out the uninfected. In an English suburb, Stuart, a family man struggling to make ends meet, sees what’s coming after hearing about the disease for the time, while his neighbors deny it could ever come to Britain. But come it does, first to the big cities, then to the suburbs, then right to his front door.

Stuart finds himself faced with constant decisions about how to manage his panicking family and other survivors, resulting in an emerging theme–what is the cost of living, aka, survival?

The story is classic David Moody, with less a focus on the sensational–though the zombies are cool–and more on the struggle between ordinary people faced with impossible circumstances. With Moody’s stories, you’re always guaranteed a story about people with zombies in it, not the other way around.

Stuart is sympathetic as he tries to think clearly and make rational decisions while his options continue to constrict around him and his family gets increasingly rebellious. Over time, he grows less sympathetic as he increasingly leaps to shortcuts to security, justifying every action as being done for the greater good–that is, keeping his family alive. Then he become sympathetic again as it becomes clear his fortress, running out of food and water, may ultimately become a deathtrap.

THE COST OF LIVING is a fast, fun read by one of my favorite zombie fiction authors. Recommended.
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September 4, 2014

In LEGO world.

September 3, 2014

DELIVER ME TO HELL

An entertaining interactive zombie apocalypse video. Help Steve get across the city to deliver his pizza without being killed by the zombies. What happens depends entirely on your choices as the viewer.

WALKEN DEAD

Humanity faces a scourge of zombies who quote Christopher Walken films.

TOO LATE

TIME BEFORE ZOMBIES

Funny short by 5 Second Films.

NAZI ZOMBIES

Is a Nazi zombie just a Nazi who became a zombie, or a zombie who is extra evil because it’s a Nazi? Check the below funny video to explore these and other potential ethical zombie dilemmas.

HITLER FINDS OUT ROMERO IS MAKING ANOTHER ZOMBIE MOVIE

And he’s not happy about it.

KIDS IN THE HALL

“We’re safe, but for how long?”

TRUE LOVE BLOOMS ON ROTTING HILL

Two zombies find themselves devouring opposite ends of the same length of intestine, and fall in love.

PUNCHED, THEN ZOMBIE DANCE

Believe in your dreams.

APOCALYPSE SPECIAL

No zombies, but apocalyptic–and funny. The final battle between good and evil begins over lunch.