ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Snowpiercer | #NotZombies #StillGood

I picked up Snowpiercer based on the recommendation of a new friend and I was not disappointed. While it has its bizarre moments and interestingly flawed characters, the reasoning behind it all comes into focus as the plot progresses. Definitely worth the watch in my opinion.

MV5BMTQ3NzA1MTY3MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzE2Mzg5MTE@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_.jpgSet in 2031, the entire world is frozen except for those aboard the Snowpiercer. For 17 years, the world’s survivors are on a train hurtling around the globe creating their own economy and class system. Led by Curtis, a group of lower-class citizens living in squalor at the back of the train are determined to get to the front of the train and spread the wealth around. Each section of the train holds new surprises for the group who have to battle their way through. A revolution is underway.

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: The train in the set was more than 500m long; Snowpiercer is based on the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige”; Tilda Swinton had to spend more than two hours in the make-up chair; and the movie was filmed in 72 days.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

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HOW TO SURVIVE THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE: Improvised Weapons | #ThinkingOutsideTheBoxSurvival

While you’re not likely to have an arsenal of weapons around when the zombie apocalypse happens, you’re going to need to think outside the box in you want to survive. What do you have around the house that could be used to take down a few ravenous zombies—items that aren’t bulky, easy to transport, and easy to handle while causing a decent amount of damage.

Knives

  • 2d70eca76d993e4062f2b69c7f903092.pngGood for close combat but problematic as a small slip of the fingers could leave you with less than you started
  • Easy to transport and readily available in most kitchens

Shovels

  • Generally available to most
  • Can be bulky in hand-to-hand combat situations
  • Splinters are a possibility

Firearms

  • Not always as readily available for some
  • Ammo is not self-replenishing
  • They can jam making them ineffective in important moments
  • Depending on size they can be bulky
  • Accuracy is an important aspect to consider

Crowbar

  • Generally available to most
  • Made of hard, almost indestructible material
  • Good for stabbing and hitting
  • Smooth surface could get slippery

So that’s just a few of the weapons that could prove useful – do you have any ideas or favourites?

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UNDEAD MONDAY: The Van | #FreeFiction

The Van

It came out of the darkness, its headlights blinding us for the brief moment it stayed true to our direction. It turned sharply, responding to what it encountered.

The road was full of them and us as we struggled to stay that important step in front of them. We ran past it, not wanting to slow down, not wanting to hope that someone was willing to help us.

“Hey! Stop! What’s going on?”

How could they now know? Didn’t they watch the news? It was everywhere!

The dead had risen and now they were taking over. All you could do was run, try to stay ahead of them. But even then, so many had no idea what to do.

The van pulled up next to us. The driver, a young man with a beard, rolled down the window, “Where are you going? Do you have a plan?”

The panic in his voice was palpable. I didn’t want to stop and I wasn’t sure I wanted to waste precious breath talking to him either. Risking a sideways glance, I stared him full in the face, letting him see the terror, the blood that marred my once porcelain-coloured complexion. “Out.”

“Out? What does that mean?” I could read the confusion and I continued to run, his van keeping pace with us.

“We’re getting out.” I didn’t know why I bothered explaining it to him. It was unlikely he was really going to care.

“Look, get in and we can get out together. Deal?”

I could tell he was nervous, scared to be alone. I also knew there was no way I was going to be able to keep up this pace with a kid on my hip and another tiring at the end of my arm.

“I drive.” It was simple, I’d stated the rules and he acquiesced.

Copyright © 2014 Julianne Snow

ZOMBIE ZATURDAY! Zombie-Opoly | #IWantThis

Continuing the latest Zombie Zaturday posts of looking at some cool Zombie toys, here’s another one — Zombie-Opoly. I cannot even begin to express how much I want this!! It’s available on Amazon and clicking on the image will take you right there…

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ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Dead Before Dawn | #Zombedy #Zemons

I watched Dead Before Dawn on Hallowe’en and I’ve got to admit that it was super funny! If you like a good zombie comedy with a twist, check this one out for sure!

DeadBeforeDawn.jpgA group of college kids accidentally create, and then unleash, a curse that makes anyone they come into contact with kill themselves and then turn into zombie demons.

My Rating: A-

Interesting Facts: Dead Before Dawn is the first ever live action, 100% Canadian feature film to be shot in Stereoscopic 3D; our young heroes attend college, yet the cheerleaders are wearing uniforms with embroidered initials that end with “HS”; and at about ten minutes from the end, the van is shown with a broad, even band of smeared blood across the front—immediately afterward we see an earlier version with significantly less blood.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

HOW TO SURVIVE THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE: Alternate Uses – White Vinegar | #MoreThanJustAPreservative

White Vinegar—it’s mainly just a by-product of oxidized wine but many believe it’s got uses that extend beyond cooking in the kitchen.

  • white-vinegar.jpggot a smell you just can’t get off your hands, try washing them in white vinegar
  • ever been sprayed by a skunk? Next time get the stink out with vinegar
  • Wiping down your car windows and windshield with a three-to-one vinegar-water mixture can keep them frost-free in the wintertime
  • When cooking any vegetables from the cabbage family (like broccoli or cauliflower), adding a little vinegar to the water will perk up the taste and reduce the gassiness they can induce
  • Get rid of smoke odor
  • Sanitize jars and containers

So it looks like white vinegar could be a great addition to your apocalyptic arsenal.