My Favorite Zombie 2010

Zombie Moment X3 by CHRISTINE HADDEN

When I was asked to write something about my favorite zombie moment, it was kind of hard to decide what to write.  Truth be told, I’m more versed in all things vampire, not so much with the living dead.

After all, even though I live quite close to the Monroeville Mall, I’ve never went to a zombie walk. I’ve never dressed up like a zombie, even at Halloween. I’ve never went to a zombie carnival, a zombie party, a zombie pageant, or a combination of any of those.

I have felt like a zombie, occasionally, but only after very little sleep and zero caffeine. And I’m sure I’ve looked like a zombie – maybe even quite frequently – but unintentionally.

That being said, I do very much like movies about zombies.  So in lieu of writing about a zombie adventure, I’ve chosen to give a mention to my three favorite scenes from zombie movies.

  1. Shaun of the Dead – I truly adore this film, it is just about perfect. Screw that, it IS perfect. There are so many hysterical moments in this movie that it is undeniably hard to pick just one. But the ‘girl in the garden’ bit is hilarious. When they clock the supermarket cashier zombie with a rock and yell ‘Oy!’, then laugh about how drunk she is – classic. Even better is when the struggle ensues between “Mary” and Shaun (Simon Pegg) and they pose for a picture Ed (Nick Frost) is snapping. Capping it off, Shaun gets a hole in one, so to speak, when he pushes Mary into the drain pipe sticking up out of the yard. You gotta love it.
  2. Dawn of the Dead (2004) – I suppose some may say they were messing with perfection here, but that is not my feeling at all. I think this film is a very credible remake and prefer it to the original, sorry.  But my favorite scene is when the survivor mall gang is on the roof, and Kenneth (Ving Rhames) is giving direction to Andy (Bruce Bohne) on who to shoot in the zombie crowd below by what celebrity they look like. The Jay Leno one gets me every time.
  3. Night of the Living Dead (1968) – My favorite zombie movie by far, NOTLD is full of really great zombies and awesome moments. I love the stupidity of the still living when they toss a Molotov cocktail out a window and it drops on leaking gasoline at the pumps nearby. I’m not sure who’s dumber at that moment – the zombies or the humans.  But it sure seems like the former when you soon witness the zombies having a BBQ with Tom and Judy as their guests of honor. Scary, yet amusing all at the same time…

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