Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Blood and guts are just not my thing. Usually.

I was checking out the writers prompts over at Thursday Thunks, and number 9 caught my eye.

"You are driving down a road and your GPS says turn right, but the road has a Dead End sign. You check your GPS and according to it's map, there is a road at the end of the Dead End road that you need to turn onto. Do you follow the GPS?"

That depends. Are there zombies? Because if there are, there is no way I'm going down a street that says "dead" in the sign.

That's basic zombie survival stuff. I shouldn't have to tell you this.


I am not really into horror movies.

I like thrillers, and supernatural stuff is ok. But blood and guts are just not my thing.


But since this is my blog, and it is a judgment-free space (I'm looking at you, Annie), I'll tell you guys a secret.

(I like zombie movies)

I started watching them a few years ago. In secret. Because I knew my sisters would never understand.

There's just something about seeing dead people trying to eat you that gets me every time.

My absolute favorite zombie movie? Zombieland.

(it's really funny. And, you know, gross)

My favorite zombie book? The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
(it's actually a beautifully written story, and you'll probably like it even if you aren't into post-apocalyptic horror)

These kinds of books and movies give me crazy nightmares. And daymares.

I'll be driving down the street, or looking out my office window, and suddenly I'll be calculating my chances, and plotting my escape.

I'll get an adrenaline surge as I picture people jumping on top of cars, and breaking down doors, in search of a fresh throat to bite (and not in a sexy vampire way).

I'm pretty sure I wouldn't survive. I want to, obviously. But I just don't see myself as the heroic type.

I'm going to have to work on that.

Another good zombie movie is Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead
(I like it when movies don't take themselves too seriously.)

And I don't really recommend the new Resident Evil movie. I saw that last night. In 3D. By myself.

And it wasn't very scary.

I jumped a few times, but it was just a little too "defeat this new bad guy and move on to level 3" for me.

I know, I know. That series is based on a video game. It's just, the zombies felt like an afterthought.

(the first few movies were better)


You're judging again, aren't you?

It's ok, I understand.

These bad guys don't sparkle in the sun.

You don't have to like them.

But someday, when the undead come knocking on your door? You'll probably wish you had watched a few back when you had the chance. You know, for pointers.

Like this one: Stay away from dead ends.




Chantel said...

Haha, I'm not judging. I like zombie movies too! Zombieland is really funny... and gross. The first Resident Evil was soo much better. This one started out cool (the first part was pretty awesome) but went downhill from there. Also, Shaun of the Dead was funny.

I've never read Zombie books though... I'll have to give it a try :-)

~~Mia~~ said...

so much useful info in this blog post, lanie! *grabs pen and starts writing notes in "handy things to now" notebook*

i don't watch any zombie movies but might have to give one a try just cuz i totally trust your judgement...

i actually bought that book for my stepdaughter while she was here this summer, then i bought her book #2 and will probably very soon buy the next, but to be honest, never even occurred to me to read it myself. that good huh?

good to know :)

janimal said...

I love zombie movies! And after dragging my husband to see a few, he loves them now too. My favorite zombie movie quote: "Is everyone there dead? -- Well, deadish."

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debbie said...

I loved zombieland, shawn of the dead and the 28 days later movies. I am really looking forward to the world war z movie that will be coming out.

the thrifty ba said...

i will judge you-you are all weird.

Chandler said...

I HATE scary, gore, and bloody movies. They freak me out but somehow, Zombieland is my favorite movie ever :) I am going to buy it as soon as possible.
You have great taste with that movie!

Melissa said...

OOoooh that book sounds fab! I am in the middle of Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and I love it.

Sean of the Dead is one of my favourite movies. it is brilliant satire in my opinion, and a super funny zombie flick.

Speaking of nightmares, zombies are my irrational fear ans so when I am stressed it manifests itself in zombie nightmares. Not so much the zombies but how we (family, friends and fellow survivors) band together and organize our efforts. Sometimes we win, sometimes I wake up before being eaten.

so umm yeah, I like zombies too.

Unknown said...

LOVE zombie movies. Adding that book to my reading list. Where you been? I miss you.

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