Happy Holidays! Also: Braaaaaaiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnns.

Yeah, like I wasn’t going to post this.

Moe Lane

PS: Two things that keep this from being completely and totally awesome: the narrators are vamping just a bit too much and the mocking tone needs to… well, go away. You absolutely have to deadpan parodies like these; after all, the films that they’re mocking took themselves absolutely seriously, which is why people want to mock them in the first place.  Obvious sarcasm detracts from the result, ever-so-slightly.

End of the guns/weed argument?

As in, the double standard argument? – because it’s freaking hard to argue with this logic:

Although Brooks argues – fairly convincingly, I think* – that if you’re going to go with a firearm a .22 target pistol is better for zombie-killing.

Moe Lane

*My major problem with Brooks’ general arguments against using high caliber weapons against the living dead is that I don’t think that he takes kinetic impact fully into account when judging their effects.  The same relative lack of internal body fluids that minimize the effects of hydrostatic shock will also provide a zombie’s internal frame with less structural integrity; and, at any rate, Newton’s Third Law still applies.  If a zombie stops a 20 mm bullet moving at a mile per second (I think that the above’s a M61 Vulcan, but this isn’t my field of study) something’s going to happen that will wreck the zombie’s day; I wouldn’t be shocked if the older ones didn’t get shredded on the spot.

I encourage my readers with military experience to correct any errors.  Again, military weaponry is not one of my fields of study.

The Zombie Rights Campaign.

I would normally come up with a ponderous parody response to the parody that is the Zombie Rights Campaign (ZRC), but I’d thought that I’d spare everybody that for once.  Besides, people know where I stand when it comes to the Undead Menace: I don’t have to spell it out.

Moe Lane

PS: It really does get the general tone right of the sites that it’s parodying, though.  Down to the ever-so-slightly smug hectoring.  One wonders…

My Zombie B-Cast.

I always think that I sound weird and nervous in these. The first doesn’t bug me – after all, I am weird – but the second is not something that I can do anything about, besides do more things like these. Thirty minutes or so of very strange policy analysis on Breitbart’s B-Cast below:

My major regret? Not mentioning Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Oops*…

Moe Lane

*Seriously, my mom liked that book; she thought that Jane Austen would have liked it, too.

Crossposted to RedState.

Well, this just ate an hour of my life.

Thanks, dude.  A whole bunch.

Plants vs Zombies.

Pretty much what it says. Still doing the free version, but the twenty buck version is probably a good deal. One of those, “Oops, look at the time” games, which is either good or bad.

Moe Lane

PS: This game has nothing to do with either Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! – Strippers VS Zombies or Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, but the titles were too good to pass up.

[UPDATE]: The comments section was grimly determined to make me watch this video.

I can see why.

AoSHQ & TAP do zombie posts.

Which you all know that I can’t resist commenting on.  TAP’s Paul Waldman piece is here; Ace of Spades HQ’s Open Blog (Mætenloch) piece is here.  Let’s get this out of the way: I agree with AoSHQ that Waldman’s done his homework, but I have to take major exception with his statement:

There are no highbrow zombie movies or novels, and admitting you love them amounts to a declaration that your tastes are unrefined.

It will all depend on how you define ‘highbrow’ – but I think that The Serpent And The Rainbow would qualify, as would 28 Days Later.  Admittedly, the first is more Afro-Caribbean than the standard zombie flick, and the second breaks a lot of the conventions, so I may be on thinner ice than I like – but if Waldman can include The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari in his list, then I can use these two*.  As to whether zombie films default liberal or conservative: well.  They default to satirical, in my opinion; and you don’t want to end up getting too overtly partisan there.  If you do, you end up making movies like Homecoming, which I cruelly mocked at the time (without even seeing**) as an inept attempt to use dead soldiers as mouthpieces for the antiwar movement (given that the living ones loudly declined the ‘honor’). There’s a lesson there, really.

That being said: I may pick up Revenge of the Zombies at some point.

Moe Lane

*And, of course, there’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! … which pushes the definition of ‘highbrow’ almost but not quite to the breaking point. And then there’s World War Z, which was in my opinion very sophisticated.  It’s not all that easy to do an authentic-sounding oral history book.

**Still haven’t, in fact.