Zombie of the Week

Matt Frewer, Dawn of the DeadThe 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead was better than most would have anticipated. It even gave the 1978 original a run for its money at times. We’ve previously celebrated Andre and Luda’s biting baby bundle, and this time want to focus on a smaller, but nonetheless impactful character: Frank.

The survivors in the mall have their first real test of conscience as a truck approaches, hounded by the dead. Although it’s not unanimous, they decide to help and allow the new group into the mall. Among them are Frank (Matt Frewer) and his daughter Nicole (Lindy Booth). Frank’s been bit. His last minutes of life with his daughter are the most emotional of the film. Then he turns and gets shot in the face.

We’re huge fans of Frewer and feel that he’s never achieved the success he deserved. He brings a meaningful sincerity to every role, no matter how small and, it so happens, just recently celebrated his 58th birthday! Here’s to you, Mr. Frewer!

This is the 146th Zombie of the Week; that’s nearly three years of zombies! We are desperately running out of ideas! Please contact us with suggestions!

Bill Murray, ZombielandWe celebrated the lovely (at least for a few minutes) 406 from Zombieland way back in May of 2013, but somehow never returned to celebrate the true zombie star of the movie: Bill Murray! The more pedantic among you might argue: “But he wasn’t really a zombie; he was just pretending to be one!” The more pedantic among you can sit down and help yourselves to a big glass of shut-the-hell-up.

Murray may not have survived Columbus, but he’ll (pretend to) not-live forever in our hearts.

This is the 145th Zombie of the Week; that’s nearly three years of zombies! We are desperately running out of ideas! Please contact us with suggestions!

 

Zombie BubNot sure how we’ve missed this one for so long! George Romero’s third movie in the “Dead” series, Day of the Dead, features the lovable (kinda) zombie Bub.

In the movie the insane Doctor Logan, working in a military facility, experiments with Bub. He teaches him how to listen to music, shave and – for reasons – how to handle and fire automatic weapons. He even teaches Bub to talk… well, mimic… sorta. He also feeds him pieces of people. Dead ones, but still: he feeds him people.

In the huge, unexpected, out-of-nowhere-at-all surprise ending Bub escapes and uses automatic weapons! Bub, here’s to you, buddy!

This is the 144th Zombie of the Week; that’s nearly three years of zombies! We are desperately running out of ideas! Please contact us with suggestions!

Zombie Baby HOVIt was only a couple of weeks ago that we inducted our last zombie baby into Zombie of the Week. This time we have the rather self-explanatory “Driver tries to cheat carpool lane with ‘zombie baby’“. Yes, back in October, a man in Washington State thought he could fool cops patrolling the HOV lane with a baby doll dressed as a zombie. Spoiler: he couldn’t.

 

This honestly confuses the hell out of us. Even if the cop did mistake the doll for an actual child, the guy would still get a ticket for illegally putting a small child in the front seat, right? That’s a thing, isn’t it? Now, taking this to the logical extreme, what would the ticket be if the cop actually mistook the doll for an actual, rabid zombie baby?

Doesn’t really matter. Cop wasn’t fooled at all. Zombie baby HOV decoy cost our hero $136.

This is the 143nd Zombie of the Week; that’s nearly three years of zombies! We are desperately running out of ideas! Please contact us with suggestions!

Zombie Storm TrooperTo celebrate the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens“, Riotdaily has done a collection of zombie/Star Wars mashup cosplay. Although they’re all worth seeing, we were most impressed by the effort that went into this mangled, bloody (but still mobile) zombie imperial stormtrooper.

We have yet to see the movie. As any smart zombiephile does, we stay far away from crowds just in case. Still, we can say with some confidence that J.J. Abrams failed to inject zombies into this chapter of the epic story. We thank these fans heartily for addressing his momentary lack of judgement!

 

This is the 142nd Zombie of the Week; that’s nearly three years of zombies! We are desperately running out of ideas! Please contact us with suggestions!

Zombie Baby JesusWe’ve had baby Zombies of the Week. Twice. We’ve also had no less than three different Jesuses. We never dreamed that we’d be lucky enough, someday, to enjoy a combination of the two! Jasen Dixon has graced us, for the second year in a row, with his amazing interpretation of the Christian Nativity complete with an adorable zombie baby Jesus!

Some of the people in his town, Sycamore Township, Ohio, think that the display is offensive. Happily, like mature adults, they praised the freedom that allows Americans to disagree with one another, yet remain strongly joined in solidarity. They then remembered that there is no right not to be offended and simply avoided the display on Dixon’s private property.

Nah, just kidding! In fact, they tried to lawyer him into taking it down, protested in front of it, refused him permits and started fining him $500 a day.

The entire story was reported earlier in the month by RawStory.com in “Zombie nativity scene draws $500 a day fine from town as Christian protesters descend“. Happily, after removing the roof of the structure he’s in full compliance with zoning regulations, and the fines were stopped after a single day. Dixon will still need to appear in court on the original charge, but for now his display is up and able to be enjoyed by all. If you’d like to support the display, you can do so through Generosity.com or follow its Facebook page.

This is the 141th Zombie of the Week; that’s over two years of zombies! We are desperately running out of ideas! Please contact us with suggestions!

Reedus BiterUnwalkingDead.com reported, rather succinctly, “Norman Reedus bitten by fan at Walker Stalker Con“. Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead, is known for his generosity with his fans. Even he has his limits. He draws at least one line, apparently, at allowing them to chew on him.

At the 2015 Walker Stalker Convention, the woman pictured paid for a photo opportunity with Reedus and Michael Rooker, who played his brother Merle on the show. When she got to the head of the line, she became overly excited, informed the star that she pretends she is married to him, then bit him. Presumably, although it’s not specified, above the waist. The woman was escorted out by security and banned from the convention.

We hope this run-in with a real, um – live? – biter doesn’t tarnish the thousands of positive interactions that he’s graciously given to fans. We also hope that he doesn’t turn.

This is the 140th Zombie of the Week; that’s over two years of zombies! We are desperately running out of ideas! Please contact us with suggestions!