Got a nice treat for you today. In MOTHER DIED, a short film, a girl watches her mother die and prepares to become a woman in a dying world.
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Great little French zombie short about a clown who wakes up from the dead, starring the great Dominique Pinon (CITY OF LOST CHILDREN, DELICATESSEN and others).
The Book Nympho recently published a top-10 horror audiobook list from Paul at audiobookreviewer.com, which included SUFFER THE CHILDREN (excellently read by RC Bray) and TIME OF DEATH by fellow Permuted author Shana Festa.
Check out the list here.
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.
Adam 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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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.