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October 5, 2009 - Cindy Votruba
What is it about zombies? The No. 1 movie at the box office this past weekend was Zombieland. It surpassed “Whip It,” a movie on roller derby I want to see (I read the book the movie’s based on; it’s funny and a fast read — “Roller Derby” by Shauna Cross for those interested). It’s a movie with a low budget, but it stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin. It’s short, 82 minutes, and it’s gotten rave reviews. Should I see it? I’ve never really been into zombie flicks before. But then I finally saw “Shaun of the Dead” this past weekend. I’ve heard enough about that movie, how hilarious it is. It was a Saturday night, it was a DVD on Ross’ shelf we could both agree on.
And I laughed. There were so many ridiculous scenes that I couldn’t help but laugh. There was a little bit of gore when one of the friends of Shaun got ripped apart by the zombies, but otherwise, not that bloody. Now I know that if I have a situation with zombies, I can have a 33-1/3 record or a cricket bat handy.
Of course, vampires will make a comeback next month with the continuation of the “Twilight” series with the “New Moon” movie. What is it with our fascination of the “undead?”
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