Boiled Eggs and Brain Eaters

BEBE Logo_TransToBlackAlas, BEBE 2016, our seventh year, is over!  Five movies (three good ones!) and, as usual, way too much food! Success!

We’ve had more than our share of life lately, so we decided to take it very easy this year. Anything that felt like work, we decided to ignore. It worked out very well. We had a minor setback as the zombie-themed gifts we ordered from Amazon won’t be here until tomorrow. Better late than never, we suppose.

Let’s see how we did according to the rules of Boiled Eggs and Brain Eaters:

Watch Some Zombie Movies

Check!  Here’s the tally. We’ll be doing full reviews of all of these in the coming weeks:

  • Bigfoot vs. Zombies: Come for the stupid, laugh at the stupid. This was stupid.
  • Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead: Good, high-quality flick with some neat ideas. A hell of a good time!
  • Rammbock: This chased the kids away (they’re allergic to sub-titles), but they missed out. This was good.
  • April Apocalypse: Some good acting covers the many, many (many) plotholes. And the narration, oh sweet Jesus so much narration!
  • Shaun of the Dead: Perfection. Absolute perfection.

Of course, as a nice bonus, we also enjoyed a great new episode of “The Walking Dead” to top off the evening.

Eat Lots of Good Food

Check! We ate way too much Platter’s Chocolate and, as we did last year, made Crafty Zombie Cupcakes. Dinner was ham, smooshed taters, fried corn and hot rolls. It crushed us completely… for about an hour, then we had chocolate pie.

Play Some Games

Check! We did some of our favorite, Zombie Dice by Steve Jackson Games, but also spent time with the simple, but addictive Roll For It by Calliope Games. Both of these are simple, portable and easy to play.

Spend Some Time with Those You Love

Check! This was a nice, easy year for us. The kids spent more time than not with us, but they are teenagers, so did ignore us enough to maintain appearances at least.

We hope that you had a great day with those you love and were able to fit in a little fun and games.  We also hope to see you back here in 2017 for the the eighth anniversary of Boiled Eggs and Brain Eaters!

BEBE Logo_TransToBlackAlas, BEBE 2015, our sixth year, is over!  Four movies, a great short, some games and way, way too much food! Success!

As a handy review let’s see how we did according to the four rules of Boiled Eggs and Brain Eaters:

Watch Some Zombie Movies

Check!  Here’s the final tally:

Eat Lots of Good Food

Check! We ate way too much Platter’s Chocolate, many ugly Zombie Eyeballs, Brain Jello and Zombie Cookies. We also did Crafty Zombie Cupcakes for the first time and we’ll definitely be trying them again.

Play Some Games

Check! Not as many games this year, but we did some Zombie Dice by Steve Jackson Games, but were disappointed with the “School Bus” expansion pack. We got expansions three and four for Munchkin Zombies, but will have to try them out some other time.

Spend Some Time with Those You Love

Check! This was a good year for us. The weather sucked. It was chilly and rainy, but that just meant that it was nicer staying inside. The kids were grumpy and surly, but that’s teenagers, may they grow up before we kill them.

We hope that you had a great day with those you love and were able to fit in a little fun and games.  We also hope to see you back here in 2016 for the the seventh anniversary of Boiled Eggs and Brain Eaters!

BEBE2015, Zombie DiceOur last new movie, “Zombie Hunter” wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but it wasn’t really what you’d call “good”. More style over substance with a lot of cliche for flavor. As you probably expected, Danny Trejo was the highlight. Here’s something to blow your mind: Danny Trejo is 70 years old. I’m 43 and can’t sleep for more than four hours without having to get up and pee; this guy pumps out at least a dozen action movies a year. I’m in awe of him.

We’ll be eating dinner soon. Simple, but good: ham, potatoes, carrots and hot rolls. Then, as per tradition, we’ll be finishing up with “Shaun of the Dead” soon. It remains the perfect family zombie movie.

We also played some Zombie Dice with the “School Bus” expansion. Zombie Dice is one of our favorite “pick up and play” games, but gotta say: this expansion didn’t do it for us. It was too complicated and slowed things down. It’s also a pricey choice at $9 ($11 MSRP). Nutshell review: skip it.

BEBE2015, Cupcake ZombiesSo, the idea here is: zombies crawling from their graves. It didn’t completely work out that way… but the results have a lot of potential and are still delicious so we’re considering this a success!

Materials include:

  • Cupcakes. Just buy a box and follow the recipe.
  • Chocolate Frosting.
  • Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies.
  • Some green melting chocolate.
  • Some decorations or icing pens or whatever you like.

First bake your cupcakes and frost them. These are the “Graves” that your zombies will be bursting forth from. If you have the option, larger cupcakes are likely better; we found ours a bit small to work with. Then melt your chocolate in a microwave or double boiler, whichever you prefer. Now you’re going to coat your cookies. We screwed this up royally, then hit upon a much better solution.

At first our plan was to dip the cookies into the chocolate halfway, decorate then stuff the un-dipped end into the cupcake. Of course, as you might imagine, all this did was spilt the cupcake down the middle. Instead we evolved to just dunking the whole cookie into the chocolate. Use a fork to lift it out and let it dry on a rack. This will prevent the chocolate from puddling. After the chocolate dries, just cut the cookie in half to get two short zombies, or just cut a third off to get tall zombies and a lot of tasty cookie butts that can be eaten immediately.

Decorate the zombies however you like. We inserted candy eyes and mouths while the chocolate was still warm and used cake decorating pens for the details. Once the chocolate is cool and solid, you can stick your new zombies on their graves: the icing enough to hold them in place.

Using a sheet-cake instead of cupcakes is also an option. Note that if you use white chocolate (perhaps made a little grey) the same technique can be used to make excellent looking grave stones.

Our second movie, “Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead“, was amazingly good. I mean (and don’t say this lightly) “Shaun of the Dead” level of  laugh out loud funny. It is a different kind of humor. Where “Shaun” might make you laugh when Ed purposefully trashes the car, this makes you laugh when our hero accidently disembowels a little kid. If “Shaun” was dark humor, then this is the blackest of the black, but oh so good.

Our next movie, were predicting, won’t fair as well. “Zombie Hunter” does star Danny Trejo, the hardest working man in show business, but it just isn’t giving off that “instant classic” vibe. It’s probably not fair to compare them.

We’re also planning on playing some Zombie Dice while some things are set up for dinner. Not that we’re really all that hungry, we’ve already got way too much food. We did many of our favorites: Crafty Zombie Eyeballs, Brain Jello (although we just did simple jello this year) and Crafty Zombie Cookies. Yes, we may have gone just a little overboard.

IMDB, The JonesWe have a nice surprise: just last night, Roger Sampson of Force of Nature Films sent us a note that he had finished the second segment of his horror anthology, “The Forces of Horror Anthology Series Volume I” and it’s a zombie story! Talk about synergy!

Where the first segment was a serious, otherworldly reversal of expectations, this one, “The Jones” is a tongue-in-cheek take on the zombie genre. Here we meet the Jones, an average, normal family of zombies just not-living life just like everybody else. They have a small problem: their daughter’s not feeling well. She’s lost her taste for brains and her fever is well above room-temperature. What’s a pair of loving zombie parents to do?

Like the first segment of the anthology, “Revelations“, which we reviewed on our sister site, DepressedPressed.com, this is a no-budget production that exceeds expectations. Each short presents a single interesting concept, “Twilight Zone” style, and gives us just a taste of it.

Here’s the trailer for “The Jones” and we highly recommend that you track it down when it’s released:

BEBE2015, Egg DyingThe first movie, “Dead Season“, wasn’t too bad. A little more serious that we usually choose to kick things off, but definitely worth taking a look at. It focused more on survival in a world of the dead, rather than the dead themselves.

Up next we have a nice surprise, but after that, we’ll be doing “Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead“, the sequel to the amazing, fun “Dead Snow“.

The first “BE” in BEBE is “Boiled Eggs” because man cannot not-live on brains alone!  We pulled out the now utterly broken Dudley’s Spin an Egg. It doesn’t spin anymore, but it is the right size and you can get up some speed by hand so it’s still the best option for zombie eggs. We first soaked them in regular old vinegar-and-food coloring dye to get a base coat. Then we used the spinner and undiluted food-coloring to get those dark, vibrant colors.