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Halloween Countdown, Day 25

Happy National Zombie Day! Pass the brains and the salsa, please.

* Of course, this leads me to a question: what is your favorite zombie film?

Poll #1476064 Favorite Zombie Films

What is your favorite zombie film? (List more than one if you like.)

Here's my top five list of favorite zombie films:

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
28 Days Later (2002)
I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
Re-Animator (1985)
(I'm not counting The Last Man on Earth from 1964, which I absolutely love, because technically those shuffling creatures are vampires, not zombies. So there.)

* For a multimedia exploration of the zombie menace, check out The Zombie Influx Project.

* In honor of National Zombie Day, I offer you two YouTube classics that are always worth revisiting. First, here's Jonathan Coulton's "Re: Your Brains:

And, of course, some Zombie Haiku:

Spooky Text of the Day: For some zombie-appropriate reading, we need look no further than the man himself, H.P. Lovecraft, and his 1925 story "In the Vault."

There is nothing more absurd, as I view it, than that conventional association of the homely and the wholesome which seems to pervade the psychology of the multitude. Mention a bucolic Yankee setting, a bungling and thick-fibred village undertaker, and a careless mishap in a tomb, and no average reader can be brought to expect more than a hearty albeit grotesque phase of comedy. God knows, though, that the prosy tale which George Birch’s death permits me to tell has in it aspects beside which some of our darkest tragedies are light.

Read the complete story here.


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Oct. 25th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
I would argue that 28 Days Later isn't a zombie movie, either. I would also argue that all vampires are actually zombies.

But omg, it's still one of the scariest movies. That first scene in the church always gets me! Quarantine is another one of those infection movies that plays the whole idea of unchecked human rage to its scary fullest.

I love that Lovecraft story!
Oct. 26th, 2009 10:48 am (UTC)
Oh, good points!

Quarantine is another one of those infection movies that plays the whole idea of unchecked human rage to its scary fullest.

Absolutely. Really chilling stuff. I just finished reading Frank Herbert's The White Plague, and that brought this home to me again. *shivers*

I'm so glad you liked the Lovecraft! :)

Oct. 25th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen it yet, but Pontypool looks really good. So far nothing Bruce MacDonald has come up with has disappointed me, so I'm looking forward to finally getting to see it. Apparently it all takes place in one room, which means it's claustrophobic and stuff, which freaks me out mightily.

Otherwise, the closest I've come to seeing an actual Zombie film is the Thriller video. What is WRONG with me?
Oct. 26th, 2009 11:10 am (UTC)
Ooh, thanks for the heads up re: Pontypool!

Hey, the "Thriller" video counts in my book. It has Vincent Price and everything. :)
Oct. 26th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
The reviews I've seen (translation: People on my flist who've seen it) say Pontypool is a good one. Not surprised at all, given the director. I highly rec The Tracey Fragments as well (not horror, but really, really different, and Ellen Page is brilliant).

I must watch me some Zombie stuff. I mean, at least Reanimator, y'know? Can't be skipping HPL, I'll get thrown out of Rhode Island.
Nov. 1st, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
I just had Pontypool recommended to me again by someone else, too. Great minds! I've put it on my Netflix queue. I hope it's available on DVD soon!

And thanks for the heads up re: The Tracey Fragments! I'm adding that one, as well.

Can't be skipping HPL, I'll get thrown out of Rhode Island.

No, no, no! ;)

Nov. 1st, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
I had the good fortune of seeing The Tracey Fragments at the Toronto Film Festival a couple of years ago, after which Bruce MacDonald held a Q&A. He did the same kind of thing at a screening of Hard Core Logo the next summer (even though HCL has been out since '96, it still has a pretty big cult following). It's really nice to see a director who is really passionate about his art. And you definitely can't accuse the guy of making the same movie twice. :)

Oct. 25th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
I walked with a Zombie. Val Luten is such an under appreciated director/producer. His Cat People is so much better than the remake.
Oct. 25th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, my favorite zombie :p

Oct. 26th, 2009 10:38 am (UTC)
Brain? Brain? What is brain? ;)
Oct. 26th, 2009 10:37 am (UTC)
I agree 100%!!!
Oct. 25th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
I discovered Night of the Living Dead back in the 60s and it will probably always be my favorite zombie film.

When I was last on Hollywood Blvd. at the Egyptian (Oct 17) there were lots of zombies walking the streets... I wonder why on that particular day. And I happened to recall there are some zombies in my LJ memories, hee.
Oct. 26th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
You can't beat one of the very best classics there is.

Fantastic stuff! I loved your picture of the Shauns of the Dead eating lunch. What a hoot. :)
Oct. 25th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
P.S. I have been enjoying your countdown. Although I may never eat salsa again after this last entry... ;o)
Oct. 26th, 2009 10:43 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you're enjoying it. I like to think of it as a month-long party I can throw a little bit each day for my very favorite holiday, and my friends can attend from all over the world, regardless of their schedules.

Oh, and I promise, no salsa was misused in the making of this post. ;) LOL!
Oct. 25th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)

Dead and Breakfast, hands down.

"Well aren't you handier than a pocket on a shirt?"


Although I did love the re-make version of Night of the Living Dead with Tony Todd. It was the first thing I ever saw Tony in, and he was mesmorizing. Couldn't take my eyes off him and his kick-ass performance. And while it probably doesn't qualify as a film, that "Re: Your Brains" vid would probably round out my top three. Cause I laugh my ass off at it every time I see it.

Edited at 2009-10-25 08:06 pm (UTC)
Oct. 26th, 2009 10:44 am (UTC)
Oh, good choice!

I love Tony Todd. I think the first thing I saw him in was The Candyman, and that blew me away. Have you seen The Man from Earth, by the way? It's definitely worth watching.

"Re: Your Brains" always cracks me up. Pure genius.
Oct. 26th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
YES! I love apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic/dystopian stories, so I love zombie movies. Your favorites are mine, too!
Oct. 26th, 2009 10:45 am (UTC)
Awesome! Great minds think alike, no? *wink*
Oct. 26th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
Just for completeness' sake, what about White Zombie and the MST3K-worthy Zombies of Mora Tau? Was Pigeons from Hell ever dramatized?
Oct. 26th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
And Return of the Living Dead, of course!
Oct. 26th, 2009 10:47 am (UTC)
Good ones! I think Howard's Pigeons from Hell was dramatized here. I haven't seen it, unfortunately, but now I want to do so!
Oct. 26th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
Favorite Zombie film
I was always partial to the South Park episode "Pinkeye." :)
Oct. 27th, 2009 10:55 am (UTC)
Re: Favorite Zombie film
Ha! An excellent choice indeed. :)
Oct. 27th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
In the Vault

Thanks for yet another link to The H. P. Lovecraft Archive! I'm glad to see that all those stories I recently uploaded are going to good use. Happy Halloween!

Donovan K. Loucks
Webmaster, The H. P. Lovecraft Archive
Oct. 27th, 2009 10:55 am (UTC)
Re: In the Vault
My pleasure! Thank you for making Lovecraft's stories available for readers. Happy Halloween!
Oct. 29th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
Oct. 29th, 2009 10:48 am (UTC)
LOL! You said it! :D
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