One of my favorite movies of all time is the zombie apocalypse classic Night of the Living Dead directed by George A. Romero. It was a huge influence on me in my youth, a simple yet terrifying horror film without explanation. I spent many a nights lying awake in my bedroom, thinking about what I would do if I were pinned down by a zombie attack in rural Pennsylvania.
What a conflict! The dead come back to life, reanimated by some unknown power/force (NASA?), as a group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an abandoned farm house and fight to survive the undead attack. Now I’m simplifying here. It’s clearly about more than just a farm house in PA under siege by zombie ghouls.
This is to say that NOTLD has had an even bigger influence on my first novel, Zombie, as part of the zombie movie obsession that a few of the characters develop–an unexpected aspect of the book that came late in the writing process. I should clarify–there are no real zombies in my novel Zombie. I know, I know. Why call it zombie then? I know, I know. All I can say is that like my narrator, Jeremy, NOTLD plays a substantial role in the book, both literally and figuratively. This is why I think everyone should know the basic storyline of NOTLD before picking up my novel. I believe it will enhance the reader’s experience. Therefore, you must watch the movie in its entirety:
But what if I simply don’t have the time to watch the whole darn thing, you ask? Good question. Very good question. Here is what I can I do . . . because I am such a thoughtful, sweet, and understanding guy, I don’t want you to waste an hour-and-a-half watching the entire movie. Instead, i want you to watch this abbreviated version:
The bunnies really do a much better job.
(NOTE: this is absolutely how I spend Sundays–watching 30 second bunny cartoon re-enactments of zombie movies, like Grindhouse: Planet Terror & Death Proof.)