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Finally say "28 Days Later."

Hmm. Not bad. About as good as a zombie movie gets, I suppose. Not that scary, although the fast, rasping zombies were rather more alarming than shambling "Braaaaaiins..." types. Although, as with many horror movies, I found myself saying, over and over, "Stupid, stupid people." "I know there are zombies in dark rooms, and I know this place is chock full 'o bodies, but I'm going to go poking around alone, with only a baseball bat, because I'm bored!"

If I am ever in a zombie movie, I anticipate dying off-screen in the inital wave of carnage, because I will be busy thinking about painting wombats and will thus answer the door with a paintbrush in my teeth, and my dying thought will probably be "Hey, these don't look like Jehovah's Witnesses." Thus I will never get a chance to demonstrate my amazing intellect by not poking around in dark cellars, staying with the group, sitting quietly when people who know more about it than I do tell me not to turn on any lights, and never, NEVER, going back for the cat (I love the cat dearly, but I'd have let the alien eat it) etc, but I assure you, it would've been inspiring.

No blooper reel, though. Guess it just wasn't that kind of flick.

A big thanks to everyone who suggest t-shirt and sketch ideas! I'll be working on those--expect the auctions to start up near the end of the week. Y'all rock.


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Not...scary?? I've never been so traumatized by a film in my life. But zombies are one of my THINGS. I've had long, elaborate narrative nightmares that bore a very eerie resemblance to that film, so naturally it was a rather unsettling experience for me.

I agree about the stupid people, though. Back when I wanted to be a filmmaker, one of my goals was to create a horror film script in which no one did anything blatantly stupid. I'm not sure it's actually possible.

I try to make a distinction in horror movies between people who do stupid things because either the character is stupid or they make a mistake, and people who do stupid things because the scriptwriter needs the characters to do something or be somewhere specific, and he doesn't have the brains to figure out how to do it. I'm willing to forgive stupid behavior if it truly flows from the characters, although I may be happy to see the stupid characters die horribly. So, it may well be possible to write a script where no one does anything stupid, but a movie where nobody ever makes mistakes and does everything right could seem as artificial as one where characters walk into dark basements without flashlights and read out loud from mysterious grimoires they found in the attic.

Actually, the movie 'From Dusk Till Dawn' was pretty darned good for having no stupid people. Insane things happened, but no one did really stupid things like opening doors or going into dark places. When they went down, they were either surprised or overwhelmed by the bad guys. It was a surprisingly good movie. Just expect a bizarre beginning that suddenly takes a sharp turn toward the weird.

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