If the rumors are to be believed, author Carrie Ryan may soon be responsible for taking Kristen Stewart away from vampire-infested Forks and dropping her into the zombie-infested "Forest of Hands and Teeth." In the meantime, she's doing her darndest to make the rest of us fans of that other undead genre. So, in honor of Halloween, we asked Carrie to give us a list of her favorite zombie-flavored movies, TV shows, books and video games. And because she has fiancé John Parke Davis to blame/thank for her zombie obsession, she let him weigh in, too.
#10: "Fido" (2006 movie)
JP Davis: This "zomedy" explores a '50s-style world where the zombie outbreak has been turned into a convenience as zombies are reprogrammed to be manservants. In case you have never seen a zombie movie before, this does not end well.
Carrie Ryan: Even though I'm not as big of a fan of sentient zombies, this is a great movie, especially for those who prefer their zombies with a touch of comedy rather than too much terror. Plus, like all great zombie movies, it still makes you think once the credits start to roll.
#9: "The Walking Dead" (comic book series)
Carrie: Robert Kirkman wanted to keep following survivors after the zombie apocalypse with no end to the story in sight. I really love open-ended stories like this, especially when it comes to zombies and things just keep getting worse. I devour each installment as soon as it comes out.
JP: The best part about "The Walking Dead" is that it doesn't just give us a snapshot of the world falling apart before the zombie hordes, it shows us how a small group of survivors seeks first to create safety, then community and finally civilization in the remnants of post-apocalyptic America.
#8: "Dead Set" (2008 British TV show)
JP: This Brit mini-series takes a very serious look at the outbreak of zombie apocalypse at the "Big Brother" house. No, really, it is serious, and decidedly scary. Best of all, it presents the much-derided "fast" zombie as a metaphor for the all-crushing, all-devouring march of pop culture.
Carrie: Having been subjected to many episodes of "Big Brother" care of my mom and sister, I loved this mini-series because it so captures the parallel between the zombie apocalypse and reality TV. Even in the face of the end of the world, the contestants are still backbiting and trying to figure out who gets evicted (which takes on a whole new meaning when you're surrounded by zombies!).
#7: "Left 4 Dead" (video game)
JP: Have you ever wanted to be an immune survivor fighting for your life in a "28 Days Later"-esque America rife with angry hordes of the infected, large random piles of ammo, and three of your best, most trigger-happy friends? If so, you're weird — you would probably die. Play "Left 4 Dead" instead. And come November, you can kill
Carrie: What he said. I usually just watch video games, but this is one I love to play. It's not too gory, it gets the heart pumping, you can play it with friends, and you get to kill a lot of zombies.
#6: "Plants Vs. Zombies" (video game)
Carrie & JP: There's a zombie on your lawn. Seriously. Zombie. Your lawn.
#5: "World War Z" (book)
Carrie Ryan: Max Brooks book proves that the zombie apocalypse is, in fact, possible. Not only is this book riveting in scope, but it's really amazingly well written.
JP Davis: The "zombie occupation" period of our history has been sadly neglected in our educational system, and many of our children don't even know that once the world was largely occupied by living corpses with a taste for human flesh. Max Brooks says "never again."
#4: "Shaun of the Dead" (2004 movie)
Carrie: For anyone who isn't sure about zombies, "Shaun of the Dead" is my first recommendation. I don't think I've laughed as hard at a movie! It's also deeply terrifying and tragic at times — a total emotional roller-coaster.
JP: Simon Pegg and company found the perfect balance of comedy and horror by keeping their zombies from being goofy and letting the humans fill in the laughs. But when those laughs turn to genuine screams, you'll know you've found a movie that will stay with you for a long, long time.
#3: "Dawn of the Dead" (2004 movie remake)
Carrie: I avoided scary movies my whole life until my second year of law school, when JP convinced me to go see the "Dawn of the Dead" remake with him. I know the movie has a lot of haters, but it scared me and wowed me and made me think. It sparked my love of zombies and turned me into a Richard Cheese fan — I owe a lot to this movie!
JP: The "Dawn" remake offers something the original never did for me: It's actually scary as hell, and it connects with modern audiences. I have no idea how I suckered a young Carrie Ryan into seeing this, but a few bruised fingers later, the seeds were planted that would someday grow into "The Forest of Hands and Teeth."
#2: "28 Days Later" (2002 movie)
Carrie: I watched much of this movie hiding behind my hands. It was the first zombie flick I watched after "Dawn of the Dead," and I made JP promise to tell me when something scary was about to happen. Both the original and alternate endings sparked many a discussion about how the world would react if something like that actually happened and led to many happy hours daydreaming about survival strategies.
JP: Prior to "28 Days Later," the zombie had been resigned to the horror ghetto of gag-monster. Then along came Danny Boyle with his claustrophobic, world-devouring plague of the flesh-eaters and super-charged rage-fueled Londoners, bringing us back to the real seed of terror George Romero sewed in 1968: the idea the living are as much the enemy as the dead.
#1: "Night of the Living Dead" (1968 movie)
Carrie: I wasn't a huge fan of "Night of the Living Dead" the first time I saw it. The characters made me want to bang my head against anything sharp and pointy. But then I heard director George Romero explain that that was the point of the film: to express his frustration at how we as a world/society/community can't get our acts together to solve these huge issues like hunger, poverty, inequality, etc. Oh, so the frustration on purpose! Brilliant!
JP: It may be a cliché to give "Night" the top spot, but if you've seen it, then you know that any list of the best zombie media that doesn't have this as its number one isn't worth the bandwidth it's printed on. Or with. Or however that works.
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