Midnight lonely her whisper’d cries,
We’re getting a bit short on heroes lately.
Sword snap fright white pale good-byes,
In the desolation of Valhalla.
Here’s a piece I wrote for a horror fiction contest. I didn’t win, but I was proud of it nonetheless.
Thanks to movies, TV, books, and just plain old common knowledge, we are well aware that zombies eat brains. Ironically, even though brains are a scrumptious delicacy to a zombie, they still need one in order to survive.
Zombies. The Undead. Walkers. The cannibalistic risen dead go by many names, the most common derived from the Haitian word "zombi."
The recent passing of horror legend George A. Romero has left a major hole in the hearts of many film fans. Without Night of the Living Dead, the zombie subgenre itself would not be what it is today—arguably, his works have had the most lasting effect on curating both the style and the "rules" of how films like these behave.
The first season of The Walking Dead was a masterpiece in television drama, full of ideas both in front of the camera and behind it that created six episodes of high-quality entertainment. With fantastic in-camera prosthetics and visual effects, the original team behind the show even thought to shoot on the more expensive film, rather than with digital cameras, as film footage would be much more likely to survive an apocalypse. The team clearly cared about the details.
Horror movies are probably the most underrated genre in the movie industry. It's easy to write them off as campy or over the top, but there is plenty of artistry that goes into the genre. There is a multitude of different types of horror movies. Some deal with the supernatural, with mythical creatures that come to life. Others are psychological thrillers and are creepy in the way they mess with your mind. My particularly favorite sub genre of horror is the slasher film. They involve violence, mutilation, and lots and lots of blood. Some of these films are downright disturbing in terms of what they show on screen. The following films are not meant for young audiences, and they are just about the bloodiest horror movies out there.
Even though we've seen the scenario played out in the movies and on TV, what would you, or rather, should you do in an honest-to-goodness zombie apocalypse situation? First of all, can this actually happen? Will there be some nasty virus that makes us long for the taste of brains? Or is religion playing a cruel game by warning us that once Hell’s full, the dead will walk the Earth? No one really knows for sure, and that's what makes it so goddamn terrifying!
Hellsing Ultimate is the OVA (Original Video Animation) of the manga Hellsing. The series revolves around the titular organization; Hellsing, as they follow their mission to protect Queen and country from the forces of the undead. But when a long thought dead enemy rises from the ashes to wreak havoc upon Great Britain, will Hellsing be able to stop the oncoming forces of evil? Or will Britain perish in fire and brimstone?
Director: Fede Alvarez
Writers: Fede Alvarez (screenplay), Rodo Sayagues (screenplay)
Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas
Released: June 9th 2017 (United States)
Length: 107 Minutes
Director: Alex Kurtzman
Starring: Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Sofia Boutella, Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari, Javier Botet and Russel Crowe
Be honest, you've got a zombie survival plan.
Even if you aren't one of those doomsday preppers, or a fan of The Walking Dead, you've had this discussion with friends or co-workers at some point. From barricading yourself into Wal-Mart, to making a break for your cabin in the woods where isolation will protect you from the shambling hordes, everyone has their own idea of what they'll do to avoid becoming the Monday special on the zombie buffet.