Since Halloween is only a few days away, we felt it would be a good idea to get into the mood of things. Fans of horror entertainment we are not. However, a good zombie program is an exception. The Walking Dead and Shaun of the Dead are a couple of our favorites. Yes, yes, we know that this frustrates the purists, but we rather liked the “Dawn of the Dead Remake,” and all of the glorious running zombies. To that point, we also really like the “28 * Later” movies which is an even bigger genre stretch since the freaks weren’t really zombies at all. Yes, it’s heresy but our allegiances are fluid.
Shaun of the Dead taught us that zombies could be funny. In fact, for us a good zombie story should have humor to help make the fiction more palatable. The whole concept of zombies is outrageously frightening, but the living dead’s motivation and capabilities are pretty narrow, so putting the characters in funny situations has the effect of both taking some of the edge off the horror and keeping the story-line interesting. The best scenes with zombies involve creative ways of killing them – it’s a great way to get mileage out of the genre. So, kudos to the creators of Zombieland for putting serious efforts into exactly that. We have to say three thumbs up (with slight reservations from Louise who didn’t like the fact that the rest of us thought Emma Stone was adorable; jealousy, thy name is woman). Zombieland is just a pile of festering, glutinous fun. Lock and load and pass the Twinkies.
Haven’t seen it? Many of you haven’t. It was a moderate success at the box office. For every 6 people that saw Transformers, only 1 saw Zombieland. We felt that Zombieland was much more clever.
And just for fun, here’s a picture of a Shaun of the Dead T-Shirt Barney got at a Comic-Con.