Zombies freak me out.
Horror movies haven’t really scared me since I was 12 thanks to very talkative friends, very bad movies and having a mental block between the horror on screen and real life.
Zombies crash that block with a sledgehammer.
The first zombie movie I saw gave me such bad nightmares that I refused to watch any of them after that. How did I get to that place to here, where I am preparing to launch a story about a zombie (specifically, an avenging zombie)? It was through these gems among shit that I learned to love the zombie. And I would like to share them with you.
4. 28 Days Later
The story: “Animal activists invade a laboratory with the intention of releasing chimpanzees that are undergoing experimentation, infected by a virus -a virus that causes rage. The naive activists ignore the pleas of a scientist to keep the cages locked, with disastrous results. Twenty-eight days later, our protagonist, Jim, wakes up from a coma, alone, in an abandoned hospital. He begins to seek out anyone else to find London is deserted, apparently without a living soul. After finding a church, which had become inhabited by zombie like humans intent on his demise, he runs for his life. Selena and Mark rescue him from the horde and bring him up to date on the mass carnage and horror as all of London tore itself apart.” (from IMDb).
The Awesome: This movie scared the hell out of me. I couldn’t sleep after I watched it. The zombies are horrifying. The situation seems plausible. The story is wonderful. Did I mention it scared the hell out of me? And best of all, it’s executed PERFECTLY. This is the zombie movie I was waiting to see. This may get me killed, but I thought this was scarier than anything I’ve seen from Romero.
What it says about us: The movie seems to be a testament to humanity and human survival. To the good and evil of people, and to the unrelenting will to survive.
3. Shaun of the Dead
The story: “Shaun doesn’t have a very good day, so he decides to turn his life around by getting his ex to take him back, but he times it for right in the middle of what may be a zombie apocalypse… But for him, it’s an opportunity to show everyone he knows how useful he is by saving them all. All he has to do is survive… And get his ex back.” (From IMDb)
The awesomeness: It’s Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. That is enough to make this movie awesome in itself. It’s British humour. This movie also double teams you with both heart and comedy. There’s also a scene where the two throw records at a zombie that wandered into their backyard.
What it says about us: Again,the human ability to triumph. Zombie movies seem to be very pro-human and human qualities. Poor zombies.
The story: “Timmy Robinson’s best friend in the whole wide world is a six-foot tall rotting zombie named Fido. But when FIDO eats the next-door neighbor, Mom and Dad hit the roof, and Timmy has to go to the ends of the earth to keep Fido a part of the family. A boy-and-his-dog movie for grown ups, “FIDO” will rip your heart out.” (IMDb).
The awesome: I’ll try to not let my patriotic pride bias me too much- but this film is Canadian and Canada is awesome. This movie is also fricking adorable. What I love about it the most, I think, and what is the most awesome, is the zombies still have personalities, feelings and story arcs. The film actually makes you feel empathy for zombies, and since they eat us, that’s pretty damn awesome. Nope, the world building is my favourite part. The world building is FANTASTIC.
What it says about us: This film really is a love song to human emotions, most notably the human capacity to love.
1. Warm Bodies
The story: “With much of the world’s population now an undead horde, R is a young and introspective zombie. While fighting with and feeding on a human scavenger party, R meets Julie and feels an urge to protect her. What happens next is the beginning of a strangely warm relationship that allows R to begin regaining his humanity. As this change spreads through the local undead population like a virus, Julie and R eventually have to face a larger issue when the very nature of their friendship is challenged. Caught between the paranoid human forces and the ferocious “Bonies”, zombies who are a mutual threat, R and Julie must find a way common bond bridge the differences each sides must overcome so that they all fight for a better world no one thought possible.” (IMDb)
The awesome: I didn’t go into this movie expecting much, and it blew me away. This movie has everything- social comment, humour, action, likable characters, romance, and good music. I don’t want to give away everything I liked, but some high points include giving the zombies a reason to eat brains, R’s introspections, and, my favourite, the ending battle. See this movie. Do it. Gotta do a quick plug: this movie inspired a lot of aspects of Zombvenger, so if you enjoyed this movie, you’ll probably like Zombvenger.
What it says about us: Love is the best way to save ourselves froom what we could become. Isn’t that beautiful?
Diary of the Dead
The story in this film was nothing spectacular. But this scene at the end really got me thinking:
Start at 5:16