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Statistical Analysis of a Zombie Apocalypse

In 2009, led by Philip Munz, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa created an epidemiological analysis of an outbreak of undead zombies. The zombies in the study were based off the Living Deads slow-moving zombies, yet the findings of the study do not bode well for the human race. In fact, the study concluded that – unless dealt with quickly – all of human civilization would collapse. Every single home, business, city, and country would be consumed in a mass of thriving, swarming undead cadavers.

The Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead, by George A. Romero.

The authors of the study also concluded that offensive military strategies would be much more effective than attempting to quarantine the infection, as this would only serve to risk more human-to-zombie contact. However, the study did not definitively determine that a military strategy would work, or even save the human population. It would merely help to deter the constant consumption of the zombie horde.

Now, most zombie apocalypse stories often mention a cure, or a vaccine, for the zombie infection, so the study delved into this idea, too. The study discovered that a cure would do very little to slow the infection rate because the vaccinated individuals can still be consumed they simple cannot be turned. If anything, a vaccination would most likely assist with leaving some humans alive during the initial outbreak, yet their odds of surviving the whole zombie apocalypse would be extremely close to zero.

Viewing the zombie apocalypse as a whole, the researchers determined that every single human would be dead or turned by the end of it. Zombies simply have one thing that humans cannot combat: a population that grows with the death of every human. Where one human dies, a zombie most likely arises; regardless, that is one less player on our team. Neutralizing every zombie would be about as difficult as neutralizing a whole virus strain, like Measles, except it walks around and consumes your friends and family.

In addition, the survival of a generation of humans would only lead to a larger food source for the undead predators. By reproducing and attempting to continue our species, we would be fulfilling their basic need of hunger. If there ever was an example of Catch-22, this would be it.

Remember, this statistical data is all based off the zombies from the Living Dead. If someone reran this study with a different breed of zombies, we may see a whole new outcome for the zombie apocalypse. For now, though, I am happy right where I am zombie-free and not suffering from the fear of being eaten alive.

If you wish to read more about on the zombie apocalypse study, you can find it here: When Zombies Attack!: Mathematical Modelling of an Outbreak of Zombie Infection. (Warning: PDF file.)

The Zombie Walk – An Event Massive Enough for Any Zombie Enthusiast

Whether you have ever wished to own a zombie costume, or simply love zombie lore, let’s be honest for a moment, zombies are one of the largest fads currently lurching its way through mainstream media. From books (WWZ, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and movies (Shaun of the Dead, Fido, Zombie Strippers, 28 Weeks Later) to comics (Marvel Zombies, Black Gas) and television shows (The Walking Dead), zombies are here to stay. With that said, have you ever felt envious at the sight of a massive zombie horde shuffling its way through the downtown cluster of cities? Have you ever wanted to cover yourself in the gore of human flesh and walk amongst your undead brethren? Fear not, my fellow cadaver, you are in luck, because you can live out this experience during a Zombie Walk, a massive gathering of blood-thirsty zombies.

Zombie Apocalypse

These zombies come from all around the globe in hopes of sending massive ripples of fright and shock throughout the media. Plus, it's a lot of fun.

As you can see, a Zombie Walk is a huge deal. People put on zombie makeup, they shred up their clothes, they get a bunch of zombie props, and they spend hours practicing their zombie shuffle. The best part? Besides the individuals participating in the Zombie Walk, no one even knows it is going to happen. Imagine walking down the street, or driving your car, and you suddenly find yourself swarmed by hundreds of lifelike zombies! Once the immediate panic has gone away, the sheer entertainment of it all is simply astonishing.

Becoming an actual zombie would be a terrible, terrible thing. The bite, the pain, the fever, the headaches, and then the death, it’s all a little too much to romanticize about. Instead, you can live out your fantasies with your friends, or even your family – (I actually have a friend whose parents dressed him up in a zombie child costume when he was younger). It is an event so massive, so horrifically insane that you simply have to experience it. And getting dressed up in a zombie costume is always a recipe for fun. Take, for example, this photo:

Zombie Kids

Regardless of age, dressing up like a zombie is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone's thrashed, torn face.

If you feel that Halloween is still too far away, a Zombie Walk may be just the thing to cure your undead anxieties. I mean, why should you only be allowed to look horrific one night of the year? Life is too short for that kind of logic. So, gather up your friends, tell them all about the oncoming zombie apocalypse, and then find a Zombie Walk in your area of the world. You may be surprised to learn that one is happening pretty soon. Or, maybe you will take the initiative and start planning one out. Whatever you decide, have fun out there and be safe.

You Too Can Be a Star Trek Zombie

If you haven’t seen the book trailer for Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall’s “Night of the Living Trekkies,” it’s a blast (and yes, it’s a trailer for the recently released book, not a movie):

Click to view trailer on io9

Costumed Star Trek fans in the zombie apocalypse — what’s not to love? It’s inspirational, too. A Zombie Trekkie Halloween costume is twice the fun. Take your basic zombie makeup (liquid latex, pale/grey and black cream makeup, fake blood, maybe some scar putty), but instead of wearing your dad’s old shirt that’s been stomped on in dirt and ripped up, put on one of these:

Star Trek Next Generation Gold Shirt Deluxe Adult Costume

Star Trek Secret Wishes Red Dress

Spock Wig, with Spock ears and Star Trek 2009 Blue Shirt

Halloween Night Event: The Walking Dead

AMC wants to be on your Halloween night schedule, hoping folks will follow the evening’s celebration in front of the TV, for the premiere of the long-awaited “Walking Dead” series at 10:00 PM.

Click to Watch the Official HQ Walking Dead Trailer!

My initial reaction, honestly, was that October 31st seems kind of late. I was hoping the show would launch earlier in the month, though I’m not sure where I got the idea that it would. Then the question: is the target demo going to be home in front the TV on Halloween night? The show is anticipated enough that a lot of people will make sure to be now, but it’s not on everyone’s radar yet. Of course, I say that before they’ve blitzed the trailer during “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.”

In any event, it’s a Sunday night; the biggest parties will be going on Friday and Saturday. Actually, the more I think about it, the timing sounds just about right: prepare the feast, do trick-or-treats, visit the neighborhood haunted house, and cap off the night with “The Walking Dead” premiere. Not bad!

Of course, this is all the more reason to have a zombie theme this year–and naturally Fright Catalog has all sorts of props, costumes, and zombie accessories for the big day!

Resident Evil Afterlife=3D Milla Jovovich

Click to watch the cast talk about the movie at Comic Con 2010.

Our favorite string of zombie movies, Resident Evil, is back and better then ever…

Zombie 3-D Adult Costume

What could be more awesome then another round of sexy Milla Jovovich beating the crap out of zombies and other twisted Umbrella Corp science experiment creatures? Watching her do it in 3D of course!

Resident Evil Afterlife takes place in a world of the undead, plagued by the Umbrella Corp’s manufactured T-virus. Alice (Milla) is back on track collecting survivors and trying to bring people to a safe location…kicking zombie ass along the way. She is joined and aided by some familiar faces. Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) and K-Mart (Spencer Locke).

For some reason the search for safety takes them to Los Angeles. LA was never safe even when people weren’t walking around as blood thirsty zombies…. so I’m not quite sure what they were thinking but hey, it’s a movie. Nonetheless the group is LA bound. They may be heading into a trap before you can say “Zombie Snack!”.

Creeping Zombie

As far as the cast of characters growing, Milla Jovovich is like Batman. She is willing and more then capable of working alone. However, the more movies come out, the more Robin’s and Batgirls seem to be added. Eventually, the Resident Evil franchise may go back to their roots where Milla kicked ass all on her own without the help of sidekicks. In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy the 3D zombie killing action.

Look out for this movie coming out to a theater near you September 10th.

Deliver Me to Hell

When I used to drive pizza, I would sometimes play this game in my head where all of the shadowy figures wandering the neighborhoods for whatever reason where the undead. I would mentally log the places with the most severe zombie infestations, usually while blasting Diemonsterdie on the car stereo. Sometimes this game freaked me out so bad I could hardly stand it–yet I still played it. You need to be aware of your surroundings when you’re a pizza driver, just like you’ll have to be when the zombie apocalypse hits. Plus, I figured that when it did hit, that job would be one of the most important jobs out there, next to renegade biker and mercenary. Survivors have to eat, after all.

click to view video

So, it was with great interest that I viewed “Deliver Me to Hell,” an interactive short film from New Zealand’s Hell Pizza, about a pizza driver who valiantly sets out to make his delivery in the middle of the zombie uprising. It’s sort of a “choose your own adventure” game (click on the still to watch, and make sure annotations are turned on), where players who make it to the delivery in one piece are eligible to win a year of free Hell Pizza. The downside, for most of our FrightCatalog.com readers, is that you have to be a resident of New Zealand to win all that free pizza; the upside is that you can still watch from wherever you are and play along, and maybe order yourself a pizza locally. Don’t forget to tip your driver!

Via Dread Central

Summer Reading

Everyone needs a little summer reading, to pass the time as you hole up in the basement from the sun’s brutal rays… or, you know, “beach books” to pass the time as ghoulishly as possible on your summer vacation. In no particular order, five books to check out this summer, if you haven’ yet:

1. “The Changed” by B.J. Burrow: Zombie novels from the POV of the undead are tricky. A zombie novel about a zombie running for the Senate sounds like the worst idea ever, but Burrow pulls it off. The key is that everything we think we know about zombies is wrong (not a new concept, of course, Richard Matheson’s “I Am Legend” notably dealt with the theme using vampires). Plenty of gore from the very first scene, black humor, and dark romance. If you have a Kindle or a Kindle iPhone or PC app, download a free sample for a taste, and be prepared to drop $2.99 for the full Kindle novel, or purchase it in book form for about 12 bucks.

2. “Toe Tags,” Edited by Brian Barnett and William Pauley III: I picked up this collection of short stories because one of the authors, Jimmy Calabrese, contributor of “The Sleepwalking Corpse,” is a member of one of my very favorite bands, Calabrese. Zombies, vampires, demons, scary tattoos, dolls–this creepy collection has it all. Well worth the $18.00 for the book, or download it in PDF form for $10.

3. “Grande Illusions” by Tom Savini: Brush up on your special effects makeup techniques with the legendary master Tom Savini. Remember, there are only three months till Halloween! $25.

4. “Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry for Your… Brains” by Ryan Mecum: A book of zombie haiku is an awesome enough of a concept as it is, but what makes Mecum’s book of zombie haiku brilliant is that it’s actually a linear story. A quick and memorable read–if you haven’t read this or his “Vampire Haiku” book, you’re missing out. And, FYI, if you’re going to be at Comic Con International in San Diego (and if you are, I hate you), Mecum will be among those featured on the panel for “Reading with Brains: The Rise and Unrelenting Stamina of Zombie Fiction” on Saturday July 24th from 11-12 am in Room 7AB.

5. “Massive Awesome #1” by Stephen Lindsay: Picked this up at Philly Comic Con last month–this is a 215 Ink comic by the creator of “Jesus Hates Zombies.” Basic plot: this anthropomorphic piece of bacon, Commando Bacon, and his buddy Zombie Pickle, a pickle who thinks he’s a zombie, have an extreme-action adventure. Includes a JHZ one shot. Awesome!

(Updated 7/11)

Fathers of the Apocalypse

Kenneth Welsh as Patrick O’Flynn in “Survival of the Dead.”

When the zombie apocalypse hits, one thing most survivors can really use is a dad — someone to protect them, make sure they have food and shelter, and who always, in theory, knows what to do. Zombie movie dads do what they have to do, sometimes, like moms, even if it means their own doom. In honor of Father’s Day, here are five notable zombie movie dads (spoilers ahead):

Harry Cooper, Night of the Living Dead: Antagonist, bully, devoted dad. And, not for nothing, right about staying in the basement, no matter how much more appealing Ben is. Of course, the basement isn’t quite so safe if your sweet daughter has you for dinner.

Frank, 28 Days Later: Frank is the dad you’d want to have when the shit goes down: smart, nurturing and badass. Daughter Hannah had a sense of security and reason to live that few movie survivors have, at least until Frank’s infection. In an alternate ending, Frank is actually cured and reunited with Hannah — it didn’t really work, but part of me wished it could have.

Patrick O’Flynn, Survival of the Dead: O’Flynn is one of two hard-headed feuding patriarchs on a tiny island, and the father of a couple of its inhabitants, including Judy. Judy wasn’t dealt the best hand in the dad department, but she’s one of the few adult zombie movie characters to have one. She doesn’t take it for granted: it’s Judy who acts as protector of her dad from the rival patriarch and suggests his banishment when things get ugly. Well, one of the many times it gets ugly.

Andre, Dawn of the Dead (2004 Remake): A newborn baby introduces the concept of instant, unconditional love to a lot of new dads. How unconditional? Andre didn’t seem to even consider being anything but a proud new daddy when his zombified wife, Luda, gave birth to his beautiful undead daughter. Kind of shocking, but pretty sweet.

Tallahassee, Zombieland: Tallahasse is not quite right, more than a little bit as a result of the fact that he’s a father who lost his son. Who he talks about as if he could be a dog. But a dog he really, really loves.

Now go give dad his annual tie, and make sure your emergency plans in case of zombie apocalypse are synchronized. You wouldn’t want to have to navigate it without him.

Separated at Undeath

Left: Eyjafjallajökull. Right: Zombie

The ghoulish Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallaj kull, seen here in an aerial photo via the German tabloid Bild, continues to make the news for its reign of terror over Europe. Not flying planes into that zombie-ash sounds like a good call. Want to dress up as Eyjafjallaj kull? Pick up a Goon 12 mask — it’s almost uncanny!

Bild published the creepy photo along with ten apocalyptic theories about the volcano. The zombie theory was overlooked for some reason. The possibility that aliens are preparing a large-scale operation, however, has been noted. In any event: be prepared.

Zombie-tastic Moms

Carrie-Anne Moss as Helen in "Fido."

The zombie plague puts mothers at a distinct disadvantage. While a mother’s survival instinct is strong enough to help her stay alive under horrendous circumstances, she will doom herself to protect and care for her child without a second thought. It’s what moms do. So, in honor of Mothers’ Day, here are five zombie movie moms worth celebrating (spoilers ahead):

Helen Cooper, Night of the Living Dead – Helen believed that her young daughter would recover from a zombie bite up until the moment she saw little Karen devouring her husband, and even then didn’t see it coming that she’d be her baby’s next course. Would she have protected Karen until she turned even if she knew the bite would turn her into the ravenous undead? Probably.

Luda, Dawn of the Dead (2004 remake) – Remake screenwriter James Gunn went there: the unborn undead. When pregnant Luda shows her husband the bite mark, you know it won’t end well. The zombie childbirth arc was shocking enough to be called shameless gimmickry by the jaded, so you know it’s awesome.

Helen Robinson, Fido – Ideal housewife Helen has an affection for her young son’s best friend and pet, a lovable electronically-tamed zombie named Fido. Mom saves the day for her son and Fido, if not her zombie-hating husband, without letting a hair fall out of place.

Kathy, Quarantine – Like Helen Cooper, Kathy protects and tries to nurse her infected child to health only to be attacked by her. Kathy survives (for a while), and still tries to protect her, forcing the others to handcuff her to a banister and reinforcing the notion of unconditional motherly love.

Selena, 28 Days Later – Though not a mother (that we know of) in a biological sense, Selena’s instincts turn maternal when young Hannah is orphaned. When she realizes they’ve been lured into what amounts to sex slavery, Selena does whatever she has to to distract the uninfected-but-out-of-their-minds men from Hannah, like a true mom.

This Mothers’ Day, give Mom what she really wants: a nice bouquet, no bickering in the house for five minutes, and the promise that you won’t hold it against her if she cuts off your head to save herself should you ever get infected.