Zombie Land

Zombie land

Ok, so I’m a big zombie nut, love zombies, zombie movies, art, games, stories. So I’m a bit stoked about this new movie, here’s hoping it will be great and I can add it to the top ten best zombie stuff out there.

To celebrate zombies, here’s an article I wrote from Game Geek. You get a free peek at it….

Zombies

I can still remember my first encounter with zombies; I was 9, up late watching TV with the lights out. Everyone else had gone to bed and I sat there on the floor in front of the glowing screen of the TV when it came on, Night of the Living Dead, directed by George Romero. Now I was no newbie to the whole monster thing, nope I had partaken of it all, Frankenstein, Vampires, Werewolves and more. Giant insects of the 50’s Sci-Fi, comics, you name it; I ate up monsters like they were candy. Nope, I could handle this old movie, wasn’t scared at all. Course my little nine year old mind and soul was not ready for the rape it would suffer from this black and white movie, nope, not at all. By the end of the flick I was scared, really scared. I had never been scared by a movie before but this one took me over the edge. I crawled into bed, and didn’t sleep a wink. That was it, I was hooked and have been a fan of the walking dead ever since. Be it movies, comics, art or games, if its got a zombie in it, I’m sold.

So here we go then, my top ten best zombie list, the coolest stuff I have come across in the many years of zombie love…

1. Night of the Living Dead
Ok there had been zombies before Romero, but the man more or less invented the whole zombie apocalypse genre and at the same time scared the shit out of me. The top of the list belongs to him and him alone. Dawn of the Dead, also by the master Romero, the sequel to Night of the Living Dead, took a more tongue and cheek look at the genre, and made a lot of commentary on society as a whole and consumerism. Great having everyone hidden away in the mall.

2. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
World War Z, by Max Brooks, is a follow-up to his previous book, The Zombie Survival Guide, but while the first book was a spoof on the zombie genre, World War Z took the concept and made it a wonderful book. A must read if you want to be thrilled, spooked and wowed all at the same time. The Zombie Survival Guide is a great book on how to survive the zombie plague. Written as a serious guide to survival, the fun is in that serious mood. Great little read.

3. The Walking Dead
By Image Comics, one of the best graphic novels and comic series out there today and also a wild zombie story, you can see more on it later on in this issue of Game Geek.

4. Year of the Zombie
As far as RPG’s go there are not too many that have delved into the zombie genre, but Year of the Zombie by UKG publishing has taken it all the way. A great setting for a game, it has lots of supporting material. If you want to run a zombie based RPG, then this is the one to look at.

5. Dawn of the Dead
The 2004 remake of Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, took zombies from the slow waking flesh eaters and made then nasty, mean and fast. This movie really got me, just like the Night of the Living Dead did, but now I was an adult. Had nightmares for several days about how I was going to save my family from the monsters coming for them. Great fun, still freaks me out when I watch it of DVD.

6. Shaun of the Dead
Is a 2004 British romantic zombie comedy film directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg, this was fun, fun, fun. A must see if you like comedy, spoofs and British humor. As it and Dawn of the Dead came out at the same time, 2004 turn out to be a great zombie year.

7. The Zombie
The second episode to air in the Night Stalker TV Series was the Zombie. While not part of the whole Romero zombie mythos, it still was one of Kolchak’s better adventures. The huge, lumbering zombie chasing the reporter around a car junkyard was all very cool.

8. Xombie
This started off as a flash animation comic on the web and has now turned into a full-fledged comic book, action figures and more. A wild take on the zombie genre, we watch the adventures of Dirge, a freethinking zombie as he tries to lead a little lost girl, Zoe, to safety and home. Great stuff, good art and full of fun excitement.

9. Resident Evil
This brought zombies to the masses. Video games, then books, comics and ultimately three great films, the series while a slightly different take on the whole undead walking genre, still delivers a lot of wild zombie fun.

10. Dead Alive
Called Braindead in New Zealand, and directed by Peter Jackson, this takes the out of this world zombie idea and goes all the way. By far one of the grossest films ever made, when the hero takes a lawn mower to the walking dead, well, there’s a lot of blood and flesh flying about.

As an honorable mention I have to include a great little game, Zombies!!!! By Twilight Creations, Inc and Avalon Game’s own Graveyard Dash. Both take the zombie genre and make them cool board games.

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