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Shaun of the Dead, Zombies and Twinkies

I love getting scared at the movies.  Not so badly that I can’t sleep for a month (I Am Legend) but just enough so that I am tempted to leave an extra light on when I go to bed for a few nights.  And I’m particularly fond of zombie movies.  I love seeing how everyone is either going to save themselves or be bitten and have to choose between being a zombie or ending it all with a shotgun.

Awhile back on The D6 Generation podcast, I got into a discussion of what one needs to do to survive the zombie apocalypse and what kinds of folks I’d want on my team.  This led to quite the thread on Facebook with people stating their cases for why they should be invited to my Zombie Compound.  If your’re wondering, current and ex-military, especially Navy Seals and Army Rangers, were at the top of the list.  Also scientists to help discover a cure and a pilot to fly a helicopter and pick up key personnel who were unable to make it to the compound before things got really, really bad.

While looking at movies on Netflix I realized my zombie education was sorely lacking as I had missed a movie that I really should have seen years ago.  It was a serious problem if I wanted to maintain any geek cred at all so I rented Shaun of the Dead.  I know, I have no excuse but now that I’ve seen it, I have amended my list of necessary personnel to include at least one cricket player.

Last night, I furthered my education watching a movie that is considerably more current, Zombieland.  If you have not seen this, stop reading and go watch it now.  Okay, ready?  Best Zombie Movie Ever!  Yea, go ahead and argue with me, but this movie was hilarious.  There’s a list of rules that actually make sense, and the girls completely outsmart the guys until they eventually need to be rescued, and there’s a quest for Twinkies!

Today my zombie-fighting education took a completely unexpected turn.  You see, I just started taking Tae Kwon Do and tonight we did something they called Zombie Drills.  I am not kidding.  I had a black belt teaching me how to defend myself against the hordes.  So, despite being short one cricket player, I am now totally ready for the Zombie Apocalypse.


5 Responses to “Shaun of the Dead, Zombies and Twinkies”

  1. LOL
    I must finish painting my Zombie miniatures. There is a good cricket player miniature at Hasslefree.

  2. Jordan says:

    Zombieland was hilarious. I wasn't quite sure what to expect of Woody going in but I think he stole the show. Not just the twinkies, either. I think he ended up with the best dialog as well.

    I'm semi-tempted to buy the DVD.

    Good luck with the Zombie Drill TKD.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Nicole, I do adore you, but Zombieland is NOT the best zombie movie of all time, in fact, it is not even a zombie movie. It is a teen love story with zombie stage dressings. Don't believe me? Watch "Adventureland" and then compare. (Disclaimer: I am incredibly opinionated on horror films. I realize that this is just, like, my opinion, man. 🙂 )

    P.S. Russ said in the pod cast that you had some things to say about the women in gaming panel at Pax; is that an upcoming post?


  4. Anonymous says:

    P.P.S. Nicole, I apologize for my unintentional trolling…. how rude of me to harsh on a movie you like! I didn't mean too, honestly – I was actually looking for info on that panel – and was just overcome by my disappointment in that film, forgot my got manners, and committed a trollism. Sorry! 🙁

  5. Hi Nathan,
    Just because you disagree with me doesn't make you a troll! I will still say it's a zombie movie, though (insert foot stomp). Maybe not a horror movie, but dude, there WERE zombies 🙂

    And yes, I am going to talk about the PAX panel in a future episode as well as write it up here. Russ thought I'd be talking about it this episode but I have been working on a few things at once so I had to push it out a bit.

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