UNDEAD MONDAY: Seven | #FreeFiction #FlashFiction

Seven

It’s been seven months since it all happened. We woke up one morning to the end of the world.

It’s been seven days since you left. You went out looking for supplies to help fortify the small hole in the wall we’d managed to find. Maybe even find some food to keep our spirits up and our bodies going. Seven long days without word, without anyone else to talk to. Long days of utter, deafening isolation.

sevenIt’s been seven hours since I awoke to the sounds outside. I wondered if it was you but knew in my heart it wasn’t. They’d found us and now it was only a matter of time before they got in. I cursed myself for not being strong enough to go with you, but my swollen belly made travel too hard with what the world had become.

It’s been seven minutes since someone broke through the paltry excuse for a reinforced door. I say someone, but it was one of them. I could hear the snarling coming from the dark hallway that lead in the room we were using as a home. I prayed it was a dog or something small I knew I could fend off, but my prayers went unanswered.

It’s been seven seconds since my scream shattered the landscape around me. Seven seconds since I’d felt pain I’d never even imaged. Seven seconds since the savagery the world had descended into found me.

And in seven seconds, I’ll join them…

All rights reserved © 2016 Julianne Snow

 

ZOMBIE ZATURDAY!: Zombies! Run

Let’s face it, they’re coming. At some point in the future we’re going to wake up to the news that Zombies are spreading across the world and survival will become the lifestyle du jour.

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Is there a way we can start to prep ourselves?

Heck ya!

A company based in the UK, Six to Start & Naomi Alderman, have created a cool, fully immersive game app called Zombies! Run. Here’s a little more information from their site:

unnamedZombies, Run! is an ultra-immersive running game and audio adventure for iPhone and Android, created by Six to Start and award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman. Almost three million players worldwide run to the perfect mix of heart-pumping audio drama and pulse-pounding songs from their own playlists.

Season 5 of Zombies, Run was launched on 21 April 2016, with 40 new missions and whole host of app improvements. This year, Zombies, Run! will grow beyond its iPhone and Android apps into events, books, boardgames, and more. We doubled the entrants to our premium ‘Virtual Race’ series this Spring, with 5000 entrants from 72 countries running a total of 30,864 km.

Later this year, we’ll be expanding Zombies, Run! even further, with the first Zombies, Run! book to be published by Penguin, the launch of our digitally-enhanced boardgame and an exciting secret project airing in early summer.

Zombies, Run! can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. A paid Pro Membership is available for unlimited access to all game modes and features. Existing players who previously purchased the app will receive the first three seasons for free and a significant discount on Pro Membership.

ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Night of the Creeps | #ZomCom

Haven’t seen Night of the Creeps?? Seriously?? You are missing out on a great 1980s zombie comedy!

nightIn 1959, an alien experiment crashes to earth and infects a fraternity member. They freeze the body, but in the modern day, two geeks pledging a fraternity accidentally thaw the corpse, which proceeds to infect the campus with parasites that transform their hosts into killer zombies.

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: The movie the house mother is watching on TV is Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), a fair share of the film was shot in an old Woolworth’s department store that was converted into a makeshift studio; Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger play Zombie extras; and the “Corman Clarion” newspaper, along with the university name, is a reference to Roger Corman.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse | #AlwaysBringProtection

I loved, love, loved Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. With equal parts gore and laughter, it was a delightful romp of fantastic zombie watching.

scouts-guide-posterA reckless janitor accidentally releases a zombie from a laboratory of research. Meanwhile, the teenagers scouts Ben Goudy and Carter Grant decide to camp for the last time since they are too old to be scouts. The problem is that they do not want to harm the feelings of their friend Augie Foster and the Scout Leader Rogers. They have a flat tire after hitting a deer on the road and Carter’s sister Kendall Grant, her boyfriend and her friend Chloe stop their Jeep to see whether they need a ride. They invite Ben and Carter to go to a party in the night. The two scouts leave the camping during the night to go to the party. When they drive through the town, they do not see a living soul and they decide to visit a night-club since the bouncer is not at the door. They discover that people have turned into zombies and they team-up with Ben’s recent acquaintance Denise Russo, who is bartender in the nightclub, and Augie that was left alone at the camp and came to the town. Soon they discover …

My Rating: A++

Interesting Facts: It was originally titled, Scouts VS Zombies; Augie’s Scout shirt has badges showing two intertwined female symbols and a handgun; a mile marker seen during the movie shows “Haddonfield” as a nearby city. Haddonfield is the setting for the movie Halloween (1978); and before Augie and Carter fight the old lady in the house, you can see a zombie on the street with a “YOLO” T-shirt.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: I Walked with a Zombie | #VoodooZombies

Another classic voodoo zombie movie to give a chance is I Walked with a Zombie from 1943. It melds horror with a classic love story and deserves a chance if you love the genre.

220px-Iwalkedwithazombie.jpgA young Canadian nurse comes to the West Indies to care for Jessica, the wife of a plantation manager. Jessica seems to be suffering from a kind of mental paralysis as a result of fever. When she falls in love with Paul, Betsy determines to cure Jessica even if she needs to use a voodoo ceremony, to give Paul what she thinks he wants.

My Rating: A-

Interesting Facts: Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, edited by Steven Schneider; although the screenplay is credited to Curt Siodmak and Ardel Wray, the two did not work together on the film and in fact never even met each other (Wray was brought in after Siodmak left); and hanging on the wall in Jessica’s room is a copy of Arnold Böcklin’s mysterious painting Isle of the Dead.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: The Beyond | #ZombiesFromHell #Literally

Haven’t seen this classic from 1971? Perhaps it’s time you gave The Beyond a chance…

the-beyond-movie-poster-1982-1010685606The cellar of an old hotel is built on top of the door to the beyond. Bloody zombies roam there. A young woman who is heir of the hotel wants to restore it. She is confronted with strange events. A painter has a lethal fall, the plumber vanishes and her friend breaks his neck. When she escapes to the hospital of a friendly doctor she doesn’t know what a nightmare is waiting there…

My Rating: B+

Interesting Facts: During the final scene in the Beyond’s abyss, the sand-covered bodies lying on the ground were actually stark naked street derelicts, who were “paid” in alcohol; E tu vivrai nel terrore! L’aldilà when translated means and you will live in fear, the afterlife; and the zombie rampage was done at the insistence of the film’s German distributors whose movie market was going through a zombie craze.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: THX 1183 | #SocietyofZombies

I happened to catch THX 1183 on television the other night, and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed in the least. While it’s not a zombie movie in the classic brain-eating, mindless-wandering sense, it still touches on the way in which we, as a society, can become zombie-like when we forget to truly live. Check it out if you’re looking for something a little different, but still entertaining. Oh and it is George Lucas’ directorial debut…

THX1138“Work hard, increase production, prevent accidents, and be happy.” THX 1138 presents a cold, dystopian future in which individual thought and love are forbidden. But two citizens dare to rebel. LUH 3417, a disenchanted surveillance worker, consciously stops taking her mandatory drugs — medication that suppresses emotions — and gives placebos to her roommate, THX 1138. Now free to feel, the two fall in love, but find themselves on the run for breaking laws of conformity.

My Rating: A-

Interesting Facts: To provide the large number of extras required, George Lucas contacted the Synanon drug rehabilitation facility where he found many recovering drug users who were required to be shaved bald for the drug program anyway; the sounds of the police motorcycles are the sped-up sounds of women screaming together in a tiled bathroom; and very little makeup was used on the actors to give them a look of authenticity.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Zombi 2 | #AlsoKnownasZombieFleshEaters

This classic film came out in 1979, the year after I was born, and contains one of the single most grossest moments I can stomach – you need to watch this one!

Zombie_Flesh_eaters.jpgA zombie is found aboard a boat off the New York coast which belongs to do a famous scientist. Peter West, a journalist, travels to the Antilles with Ann, the daughter of the scientist. On the way, they meet with Brian, a ethnologist, and Susan. When they arrive at Matul Island, they find Dr. Menard, and discover a terrifying disease which is turning the islanders into horrifying zombies which devour human flesh and seem indestructible…

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: Despite being called “Zombi 2”, the film is not a sequel to anything (when Dawn of the Dead (1978) was released under the title “Zombi” in Italy, this film was retitled “Zombi 2” to cash in on the success of the American film); only 3 zombies have their eyes open; scriptwriter Dardano Sacchetti chose to take his name off the credits due to his father’s death during preproduction; and hordes of the living dead stumble across the Brooklyn Bridge at the end of the film because although a national state of emergency had been declared and the local radio station had been overrun by zombies, the traffic below still flows freely due to budgetary constraints – there was not enough money to stop traffic on the bridge.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: White Zombie | #ClassicZombies

Even if you’re a zombie lover, you may or may not have seen the classics which started it all. While they may not be high on production value compared to the CGIed films of today, they still have a certain nostalgia and utter creepiness that rings through even today.

So let’s talk White Zombie. It’s a classic, no doubt about that, and it stars Bela Lugosi. If you’ve yet to see it, and love all types of zombie films, I give this one two decomposing thumbs up!

imagesYoung couple Madeleine and Neil are coaxed by acquaintance Monsieur Beaumont to get married on his Haitian plantation. Beaumont’s motives are purely selfish as he makes every attempt to convince the beautiful young girl to run away with him. For help Beaumont turns to the devious Legendre, a man who runs his mill by mind controlling people he has turned into zombies. After Beaumont uses Legendre’s zombie potion on Madeleine, he is dissatisfied with her emotionless being and wants her to be changed back. Legendre has no intention of doing this and he drugs Beaumont as well to add to his zombie collection. Meanwhile, grieving ‘widower’ Neil is convinced by a local priest that Madeleine may still be alive and he seeks her out.

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: This film was shot in only eleven days and was completed in March 1932; according to friends of Bela Lugosi, the actor always regretted that he had taken the role of “Murder” Legendre for only $800 while the film was quite successful at the box office for the Halperin brothers; and the voodoo chanting that plays over the opening credits is sampled in the song El Imperio del Mal by the Spanish rock band Migala.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Life After Beth | #Zombies #Comedy

Haven’t seen Life After Beth yet? You really should give it a shot. It blends comedy and romance with horror in an interesting way…

MV5BMjA3OTUwOTMxOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODg4NTkwMjE@._V1_UY1200_CR90,0,630,1200_AL_.jpgA hike alone in the woods ends tragically for Beth Slocum with a fatal snake bite. Her death leaves her parents and boyfriend Zach reeling. After the funeral, Zach tries to make friends with Mr. and Mrs. Slocum, but even they reject him, and he’s determined to figure out why. Then he sees Beth. Her parents are trying to keep her resurrection a secret, but zombie Beth provides Zach with the opportunity to do everything with her that he didn’t get to do while she was still alive. But with Beth’s increasingly erratic behaviour and even more strange occurrences around town, life with the undead Beth proves to be particularly complicated for her still-living loved ones.

My Rating: B

Interesting Facts: Nick Offerman can be heard narrating the documentary on Machu Pichu in the beginning of the film; it’s the 2nd time Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick appear in a movie after Scott Pilgrim vs the World; and it’s the first comedy film for Dane DeHaan.

And now it’s time for the trailer…