Zombies seem to be popping up everywhere. Yes, those undead creatures who hunger for brains or intestines just can’t seem to stay underground. Many large cities host Zombie Walks/Crawls, where folks dress as zombies and parade down the street, or most likely, from bar to bar. The new tv show that everyone is talking about is AMC’sÂ The Walking Dead. Max Brooks’ book World War Z has made quite an impact on the literary world, and even Jane Austen isn’t safe from the zombie craze. Zombies take center stage in movies such as Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland. In a recent New York Times article, Chuck Klosterman talks about the appeal of zombies and how our fascination with them may stem from that their way of life mirrors our own.Â And it gives us a chance to think, “What would I do if a zombie(s) were after me?”
Last night, after months of patient waiting on my part, it was finally my turn to pick up the movie Dead Snow from my local library. This movie can be summed up in two words: Nazi zombies. It’s a Norwegian indie film from 2008 that made quite an impact on the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. A group of med students on a break head to a remote cabin. Snowmobiling, snow tubing, drinking, and debauchery eventually leads to an attack on the group from an army of Nazi zombies. As the acquisitions editor in charge of paranormal books, it frankly takes a lot to freak me out. This movie isn’t that scary, but you definitely see a lot of blood (which contrasts so nicely on the snow) and intestines (human and zombie). It’s much funnier than I expected, and I was laughing out loud as the end credits started rolling. The movie was amusing, but I did learn some rather interesting things.
*If caught in a zombie attack, the best weapon of choice is a chainsaw.
*Don’t sneak up on a compatriot during a zombie attack.
*A snowmobile is a great form of transportation, and it can also be used to kill zombies in a variety of ways.
You may laugh, but you never know when these bits of knowledge will be applicable to your life. I have a friend who often thinks, “What would I do during a zombie attack?” I’m all about being prepared for situations, and it’s interesting to think of what you would do in a similar situation.
Llewellyn hasn’t published any books that involve zombies as of yet, and there’s been a bit of a debate. Are zombies in our realm? Yes, we publish books on vampires, werewolves, and other monsters, but zombies are a monster we haven’t tackled as of yet. What’s your take on zombies? Pure fun and camp, or is there more to the walking undead?