Legendary Living Dead film creator passes into the hereafter. His first three Living Dead films set standards for what Hollywood would call the Zombie genre, (dammit they’re ghouls , zombies don’t eat people-see Night’)
These films would forever be ripped off, sometimes to great effect (Zombie Flesh Eaters), sometimes to bad (Zombie Nation) other times hapily parodied (Shawn Of The Dead).
Clues in the title really. This is only the second post ive made to the blog this year. Forgive me it’s been all go. We’ve been poorly, we’ve been unlucky and we’ve also had a bereavement lately. There are never any ways to get through unhappiness easily, as I’ve covered before when I’ve spoken about depression. You really do need to immerse yourself in activity…preferably with people around.
On a cheerier note, we got round to learning the #Zombies card game yesterday to take our mind off things. Its never gonna win best game ever awards but it really is fun and quite simple to play. Would recommend it.
This time last year, my work collegue lent me the M. R. Carey book, The Girl With All The Gifts. Last night we was lucky enough to go and see the film adaption. Although an amount of the book content had been left out, this film presented us an hour and fifty minutes of fun with a screenplay fairly loyal to the story. Horror fans should enjoy this film which sheds a new light on the cause of “undeath”, although as in 28 days later, these ghoulish creature are living infected rather than decaying ressurections. The titular Girl, played by the talented young Sennia Nanua really delivers the character I had visualised in the book. The ever amazing Glenn Close and Gemma Arterton co star, this film is real girl power! With some incredibly well timed sequences and the odd jump scare, I recommend you see this film if not at the cinema then as soon as its on DVD but the book itself is far more superior!
Sennia Nanua (middle) with co stars Glenn Close and Gemma Arterton
So what do I think about the top 3 questions? Let’s see shall we now I have had a good think about it.
Why don’t the Zombies go for each other?
A lot of films including Shawn Of The Dead and Redneck Zombies suggest mimicking them can get you safely past a horde. The Walking Dead puts the emphasis on covering yourself in guts to look and smell the same. I think both reasons don’t fly. Look at their eyes, the iris is changed. I believe they see in thermal vision. The living glow. The undead do not, as they have no body heat being dead. They’re also attracted to light, and sensitive to fire. Makes perfect sense.
How long would it take the apocalypse to go global?
Approximately 30 to go globally pandemic. This is based on bites etc, and if there is little or no warning and containment. Also if it breaks out on a continent rather than an island country.
How long would the apocalypse last?
Not as long as you may think. Given at its peak the remaining survivors are in shelters thus cutting off the food supply, we should then take into consideration how long it takes a Zombie to rot. If it’s the same rate as a normal corpse, then a Zombie would reach Butyric fermentation (where the flesh including brain turns to sludge) at about 25 days. Maybe sooner in hotter weather. They would literally just drop down dead and all be gone withing 2-3 months.
So it’s not all bad 🙂 The question should be can humans hold out that long in shelters without going nuts on megalomania? Food for thought!!
Just made a little pass along game meme. Doubt it’ll get very far but would love to see where it goes so please like , share etc on your #Facebook walls ❤
OK sorry to dwell on a light hearted subject, but for some of us its downright fun! Today’s little entry on being a Zombie Apocalypse Survivor is all about bug out bags. For those of you unaware, this is a term given to a backpack in which you keep rations and equipment. A typical bug out bag is the same size as the one this guy is carrying.
Inside it he keeps everything from weapons to camping gear, fishing equipment to the obligatory first aid kit, along with three days of water and rations. That’s got to be a heavy kit.
This got me thinking about how fast the Zombies would be? In Night Of The Living Dead, they shambled along at about 2 miles per hour. (Seriously more horrid, imagine how slow death would be if you was caught).
Resident Evil or The Walking Dead has them strolling along at about normal walking speed, 4 miles per hour.
The remake of Dawn Of The Dead had them running like Usain Bolt with a rocket up his ass. 7 miles per hour. (WTF? They’re dead, they have rigour mortis and rotting muscles and ligaments!!! Get real Hollywood!)
Now I don’t know about you but i think the guy in the PIC above may have a bit of bother if it came to running. Though his pack is ideal for three days of camping after a natural disaster etc or getting otherwise stranded, I think a more ideal Zombie Apocalypse bug out bag would allow you to move around more freely. A sports sized one like in this PIC for example.
They generally have about three or four compartments and are large enough to carry a couple of days of rations, first aid, and various other bits such as tarp and line, and the foil ‘space blanket’ for warmth. However provided its packed carefully you should still be stealthy enough to outrun at least the first two types of Zombie. I’d rather have that chance and scavenge anything else I need as and when needed. The chances of surviving such an event is pretty low, so I need to be as agile and prepared.
I shall endeavour to assemble such a kit and introduce you to it here in a little while. Of course, such is the way of the world the big bug out bag is more appropriate in the reality. The Zombie one is just for shits n giggles.
As followers will know I recently took up the outdoor pastime known as Munzee. If you have never heard of it or need an excuse to get off your arse, check out this page for a basic briefing. There is also a special mention of a series of Munzees that I have hidden locally.