Alex and I have been zombie fans for awhile. I’m not sure when it started for him, but for me, it was the first Resident Evil movie that sealed the deal. That final scene was an awesome question-mark ending: *SPOILER* Alice, having awoken in an empty hospital, is wearing a medical gown and holding a shotgun, standing alone in the silent chaos of an abandoned city. In fact, that’s why I loved 28 Days Later, which essentially opened on a similar scene (as does The Walking Dead, which Alex and I are currently watching).
The Roomie & I had a zombie movie night last year, & I utilized that scene similarity in our watching order:
- Resident Evil I (to get in a kick-butt mood)
- 24 Days Later (to amp up the drama and segue from one abandoned-city-scene to another)
- Planet Terror (to transition into humor)
- Shaun of the Dead (to end on a semi-sweet note so that we could SLEEP)
One of the favorite “what if?” games Alex and I like to play is, what would we do in a zombie apocalypse? We’ve played this game in the two houses we’ve owned, mapping out what areas we’d block off for security, which windows would provide best look-out or shooting vantages, and how to get needed supplies. (In our current home, we’ve debated the merits of blocking both staircases or only one, so we have an escape to get more supplies.)
We’ve got several friends who happily indulge in the game with us. Among them are a couple in Austin who have fantastic skills to supplement our own: Alex, Todd, & I shoot (both zombies & food), Todd & I clean and process the game animals, Jamie & Todd cook, Jaime & I would sew/knit clothing and document events for history. I think The Roomie’s job may be head storyteller and perhaps to attract magical unicorns. Plus, she’s read more distopian stuff than I have, so she’s probably got a lot of strategic survivalist thinking locked in that awesome brain of hers.
You can probably guess that I’ve got the audiobook of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War on my iPhone. Call it research.
What would your role be in our zombie team? What are your favorite zombie movies/comics/books/etc? What’s your zombie weapon of choice? Or do you think we’re completely loony?