Even if you haven’t checked a calendar in a while, my posts recently have likely alerted you to the fact that Halloween is coming. I’ve already looked at some scary movies on Netflix, horror-themed television shows coming out this month, and I thought this week we’d visit what’s going on in the world of zombies.
Obviously, the week’s big news for your zombie needs is the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead. My recap of the first episode can be read here. But prior to the show’s premier, AMC released 6 webisodes centering around the bicycle zombie we see Rick kill in the very first episode from season 1. You can watch all six on AMC’s website.
The Walking Dead airs Sunday evenings at 9pm (EST) on AMC. Next week’s episode is “Bloodletting”:
Speaking of AMC, as part of their promotional tie in with WD and, you know, the month of October, the channel has drafted George Romero as the host of Fear Fest, their horror movie marathon. While not a strictly zombie-themed marathon, the channel will be showing Resident Evil, Night of the Living Dead (1968), Flight of the Living Dead, Diary of the Dead, and Survival of the Dead, plus plenty of interviews and introductions with Romero. Honestly, if you haven’t seen Night of the Living Dead yet, do yourself a favor and tune in for that one. Seriously, you’ll thank me.
Zone One by Colson Whitehead
I would think it’s obvious from my posting history that I am a lover of the zombie sub-genre. I like tv shows about zombies. I like movies about zombies. I’m not so crazy about novels about zombies. I don’t really know why ““ it took me three attempts to get through World War Z and I plowed through Monster Island by sheer force of will. But this week, Fresh Air featured an interview with author Colson Whitehead about his new zombie novel, Zone One. A good author interview will get me every time. It doesn’t hurt that the reviews for the book have been highly positive as well.
From Amazon’s editorial review: “In a nutshell: Zone One is a story of three days in the life of one Mark Spitz and his squad of three “sweepers” moving through the eponymous Zone One of lower Manhattan, a walled-off enclave scheduled for resettlement in the aftermath of a zombie plague. The great masses of the undead, known as “skels” for their skeleton-like appearance, have been violently dispatched by a Marine detachment. It falls to Spitz and his fellows to take care of the handful that remain, as well as a second-tier of the infected known as “stragglers”: zombies who have bypassed the cannibalistic urges of their more lethal fellows in favor of a hollow-eyed, eerily nostalgic repetition of some mundane act. Surfing a vanished web. Switching the channels of a dead remote. Filling helium balloons in a ransacked party supply store. Running a photocopy machine, presumably for all eternity.”
Listen to Colson Whitehead interviewed on NPR about his novel: http://www.npr.org/2011/10/19/141422845/a-zone-full-of-zombies-in-lower-manhattan
There’s approximately a gazillion zombie makeup tutorials on YouTube. While I certainly haven’t watched all of them, I’ve seen a great many of them and this is one of my favorites. This is quick and painless zombie makeup for your average makeup-applying geek ““ not only does it use things I already own (literally, I own everything she uses in the tutorial already and probably many of you do as well), the interactions between the artist her son, the model, are very charming.