Written by Scotty
Melanie is returning home from a brief say in rehab. Having seen her boyfriend die right in front of her very eyes seems to have scared the young girl, but now with the help of her sister Crystal and her parents she will become a functioning member of society once again. Reminding herself that it is ok to say no to anyone and everyone that comes along with their offers is the only way that Melanie will be able to get through her days and although it seems like things will be tough, she is ready for the challenge.
On their drive home from the airport, the sisters stop by the local depot train tracks and put an urban myth to the test. Some fifty years ago, a group of school children were killed on the train tracks and if you leave your car in neutral and believe in them, they will push your car across the tracks and save you from the same fate they have suffered. Although Melanie does not believe, her sister Crystal wants to try it out and the two sit motionless along the tracks until they are interrupted by an impatient truck driver. The girls shake off their brief scares, but Melanie will not let the legend go as she has seen someone watching her at the tracks.
The children at school all have heard the same story about the bus accident many years and some will vouch for the haunting, while others would rather just walk away from the situation altogether. Melanie is left with her own thoughts to see if this is real or not and gives the myth another try on her own. Having the car pushed across the tracks by the ghost children was freaky enough for her, but a little girl with a name tag calling herself Julie is watching the entire time. Melanie does not want to be a bad person and offers the little girl a ride home. Even though the little girl does not talk during the ride, Melanie has a feeling that Julie has something to say and what that is will leave Melanie questioning herself and the town elders to what really happened to the children fifty years ago.
Fingerprints follows young Melanie as she has returned home from rehab. With her sister Crystal trying to look out for her little sister and trying to get Melanie to make some new friends, the back story of Melanie becomes public knowledge around the school and everyone has something to say about her past. Having over dosed and come back to life has left Melanie a different person in her home town as she is now an outcast, along with being able to see something that nobody else can, the children from an accident several years earlier. Befriending one of the ghosts, a girl named Julie, Melanie discovers that there is much more to the story that is not being told by the town elders and has to find out the truth before her visions become more and more violent and begin to hurt her. Not being helped by the local law enforcement or her parents due to her shady path, Melanie can only depend on herself and the ghost of Julie to find out what the town is hiding.
A fun high school movie that embraces all of the basics, sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. But with your main character having to say no to all of the above, you think that it will leave you longing for something else, and you get a thriller/mystery thrown your way instead. While the back story of the kids being killed in a tragic accident should have been enough, the return of the conductor who was on duty who is taking out his frustrations on the new kids hanging around the tracks just adds its own brand of scares into the equation. A good movie if you are looking for something that will leave you with a couple of hairs sticking up on the back of your neck when it ends. Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
Revenge can be a very powerful device that some people are able to harness to its full extent. Although it is said that being that person who is seeking it, it can ruin your life once it is accomplished. Revenge may not be for everyone, but if the chance presents itself, you could be left asking yourself will it be worth it in the end?
On a stormy Christmas Eve night, the highway in front of Detective Alexander Black’s precinct is being shut down. Expecting a quiet night as it is that time of the year, a stranger enters the building and confesses to murder. Although the stranger does not have any blood on his hands, Black and his officers bring the man into the interrogation room and try to figure out what is going on with his claim.
Nobody believes the stranger at first as he fails to cooperate with the people that are detaining him. Not allowing anyone to know his name, the stranger goes by Mr. Nobody and that seems fine for the officers as they are trying to focus on the night in front of them. When Mr. Nobody starts to talk, he says that he has killed six people on this night and will confess to each murder individually. When the confessions start, the officer's past are called into question and whether or not they are innocent themselves.
A year earlier, a drifter was found around the area where Detective Black’s daughter was last seen alive. With a very aggressive interrogation which left the drifter in a coma for a year to the day, no resolution was found as the man would never confess to the murder of the little girl. All of the officers in the station tonight were involved in this event and all of the officers will have to face their past once again as Mr. Nobody confesses to each one of their murders. Being killed off one by one in the same methods they used against the drifter one year earlier, the officers have to find a way to stop Mr. Nobody from his confessions as they all cling to a small chance they can make it through the night.
The Traveler keeps an unblinking eye on Mr. Nobody as he has admitted to killing six people on Christmas Eve. Although none of the officers on duty tonight believe him, they are willing to listen to his confessions. One by one, the past of the officers is called into question as they all had part in an interrogation that went wrong when almost killing a drifter they believed kidnapped and killed Detective Black’s daughter. Everyone in the office is guilty on this night as Mr. Nobody confesses to killing each officer one by one. Each guilty party is killed in the manner they beat down the drifter one year prior and the only way to stop this supernatural killing spree is to find out who Mr. Nobody really is.
A very cold and disturbing look at how a group of people in a position of power take full advantage of it while trying to find out the truth. Thinking that it will not come back to haunt them in the long run seems foolish but since they were the only ones involved and knew what actually happened on that night, they felt as they were in the clear. Watching as each officer is judged in the same manner with the role they played in the interrogation is just genius. Even if The Traveler is not one of the scariest movies ever made, it will leave you wondering about the choices you have made in the past and if they will ever come back to face you again. Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
As things quiet down from traumatic experiences, it is very important to get your bearings on what is real and what is not. For those who have been brought back from beyond, it gets harder and harder to gauge how far they can push themselves before causing themselves or others harm, especially when others make it back and only want to feel pain and don't care if it is being inflicted on themselves or others. With different people and the life changing events they have encountered, it is hard to know how they will return, but having just a piece of the original person left is all that can really be asked.
The Lambert family has moved in with Josh’s mother Lorraine after everything that has just happened to their family. Josh was able to navigate the Further and save his son Dalton from a fate worse than death, but now he is trapped and his body is being possessed by someone else. Trying to act as nothing is wrong, the one who is infesting Josh’s body goes along with the day to day activities as he/she seems fit, but Renai knows that there is something wrong with her husband and the house they are living in.
With the death of their leader still fresh in their minds, Tucker and Specs research Elise’s past with the Lambert family, especially Josh. Finding a tape that Elise made with Josh in his youth, they see that the older Josh that they have met is in the video. Not knowing what this means, the two ghost hunters turn to one of Elise’s trusted friends Carl to connect with the spirits once again. As Carl gets his readings from his dice, he believes that the spirit of Elise is leading him to answers but finds out that it is the mother of specter that is controlling Josh’s body and leading him and the group into harm’s way.
As Renai deals with another haunting of her loved ones, she has come to depend on her mother in law Lorraine for any guidance she can deliver. When Specs and Tucker find out about the Lambert’s past however, they discover that the haunting has followed Lorraine and need to pinpoint the evil spirit from her past that has taken her son. As the ghost that is keeping Josh’s body under his/her control finds out what is happening and that their time with the living may be limited, the specter is told that the only way to survive is to kill all of the Lambert’s family. Not wanting to return to the Further, the spirit plots a way to get Josh’s family back into the house and send them to the next realm.
Insidious: Chapter 2 follows the Lambert family as they think that all is well after getting their son Dalton back from the Further, but find out that now Josh is possessed by a powerful spirit. As Renai looks into her husband’s eyes, she knows that he is not the man she married years ago and starts to see and hear the ghosts around the house once again. Specs and Tucker try to come to the rescue of the family and with the help of Carl, find that there is much more to the story than previously known. As they confront the spirit that is controlling Josh’s body, they find that it is someone much more powerful from his mother’s life. Lorraine’s past comes back to haunt her as her son is lost in the Further and a powerful spirit is willing to do anything to continue to feel alive in the land of the living.
A strong follow up to Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2 dives back into the previous story and explains what was really happening with the hauntings. The plot is strong once again, which is saying a lot for a sequel movie, but the film does fall back to the fast thrills formula with quick camera turns and first person filming that adds the shock value, but not the true scares. With everything that the first film had delivered, I really wish they did not mess with the formula that worked. It is still a good movie to watch on those nights you need a thrill and if you are dying to know what happens in the afterlife, your questions will be answered. Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
Having an out of body experience is something that many people say they have gone through when facing their own mortality. Being able to see themselves from above when their body lays motionless on the table and seeing everyone that is trying to help them. This may be something that their minds catch while being unconscious or it could be something that really happens as when these people wake up, they are able to recall all of the events that took place.
The Lambert family has moved into their new home as Josh and Renai Lambert are trying to reconcile their marriage. With three kids in their lives, they are trying their hardest to make things work. Sons Dalton and Foster along with their little sister Cali are not happy with the move but don’t really understand what their parents are going though. Dalton is afraid of the house and asks his parents if they can go back home, but his parents do not understand what is scaring the boy.
One day Dalton does not wake in the morning and his parents fear for the worst. Taking the boy the Emergency Room, they find out that their son is fine medically speaking and there is no reason for his comatose state. Being a stay at home mother, Renai keeps track of all of her children when a strange sound comes across the baby monitor in Cali’s room. Thinking she is hearing a voice, Renai runs to check on her daughter as a scream comes out of the baby’s room.
Not fully understanding what is happing in the house, Renai tells her husband what she has seen and heard, but Josh is not willing to accept that she is being plagued by ghosts. As the visions get closer to her, Renai turns to a priest to try and find guidance on the situation, but he is unable to provide comfort and turns the young mother to a group of ghost hunters that may be able to help solve the issue. Tucker and Specs investigate the house and come to a quick conclusion that there is something paranormal happening and turn to their leader Elise Rainier. Elise is a powerful psychic and discovers that all of the ghosts around the house are focused on their son Dalton and trying to infest his lifeless body and reinhabit the world of the living.
Insidious follows the Lambert family as they have moved their lives to get away from their past. When their son Dalton does not wake up one morning and his mother Renai starts seeing and hearing strange things around the house, she fears that they are being plagued by ghosts. Calling in help from a ghost hunting team, the Lambert’s find out that Dalton is able to travel outside of his body while asleep and has been lost in the Further, the world of the dead. Josh is his son's only hope as he possesses the same power, but needs to remember his past with the help of Elise. In a race against time and facing the dead on their own turf, Josh has to battle his own demons along with the ones that are plaguing his son.
If you're looking for a good scare, Insidious does deliver. Having one of the more disturbing sound tracks of recent horror movies, this film focuses more on the plot line than trying the classic camera turns to scare the crowd. With strong performances from the cast members, along with a strong story line being based around young Dalton and his father Josh, this movie shows how the father/son bond develops over the years. I will admit that I was a little hesitant in viewing Insidious, but after getting past that block I was pleasantly impressed with what it brought to the screen. A haunting, possessions, attacks along with the dead all wanting to live again make this a good movie to sit back and get your scare on. Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
Getting a separation from your significant other is never easy and is twice as hard when there is a child involved. Having to come to terms with a schedule of when each one of the parents are going to be looking over the kid causes all kinds of doubt on yourself if you are a good parent or not. As long as the child comes first in your eyes determines if you are suitable to raise them, even if it is alone.
Sophia has recently separated from her husband and is now on her own with her daughter Helena. The split is hard for both of the women in the broken family, but Sophia is willing to do anything to make ends meet. Moving to a new flat, Sophia is trying to erase all of the memories of her old home with her soon to be ex-husband Robert and start a new life with Helena. Without having anyone to help fill the void of an absent father, Sophia has to find ways to keep her daughters imagination at bay between their weekly Skype chats.
Moving into the new apartment, Sophia is looking around in the basement to try to determine how much storage space she will have. Being intrigued by a large cabinet that has been covered by years worth of dust, her daughter says that she would like it in her room. Although Helena has never seen this piece of furniture before, she seems to have a bond with it like nothing Sophia has ever seen. Wanting to make their new home as comfortable as possible, Sophia gives into her daughter's request and has the cabinet brought up to her room.
Being content in their new home, Helena tells her mother that she has a tooth loose. Sophia, being the loving mother that she is tells her daughter that when it falls out, the Tooth Fairy will bring her lots of money for the prize possession. Crashing her car off of a bridge in the middle of the conversation, Sophia and Helena are taken to the local hospital where Helena reveals that her loose tooth was lost in the wreck. Being extremely upset about the loss, Helena starts to buy teeth from her classmates around the school that raises the interest of the principal. Saying that she only wants to make the Tooth Fairy happy, Sophia finds out that there is much more to the history of the apartment and their new cabinet than she could have ever expected.
The Haunting of Helena follows Sophia and her daughter Helena as they are starting their life over without a husband/father being involved. Sophia has found an apartment with everything that she needs and within a price range she can afford, but there is a greater cost involved. Helena is haunted by the Tooth Fairy that inhabits this flat and will not stay away from the young girl until she gets what she wants, teeth. Although Helena gives her every available tooth she can get her hands on, the Fairy wants the teeth that she lost many years ago and will not stop the torment on the young girl until this happens. With her daughter being locked up in an institute, Sophia will do anything to get out and sane again. Finding out the history of the Tooth Fairy, she comes up with a plan to rid her daughter of the hateful specter.
A good horror story as you follow mother and daughter when they are in their time of need. With Sophia not truly understanding what is happening to her daughter and a ghost haunting her every movie, it will keep you guessing if the child is lying or actually telling the truth. Although seeing is believing, Sophia is challenged with trying to protect her daughter and with that a choice has to be made. If it is worth it...well, you will just have to sit back and watch as The Haunting of Helena will not leave you guessing as the final credits roll. Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
Taking a daytrip while staying at a resort, five strangers are piled into a van and are being taken to a great destination. Adam and Issac are two brothers that are trying to reconnect after their mother's death has left them with just each other. Bill McCormick and wife Brooklyn are trying to reinvigorate their marriage and Dr. Lipski is just trying to get away. Along the drive, Adam is startled to see a woman standing outside along the side of the road wearing a white dress with a blood stain on her chest. With no one else seeing this, he thinks he is dreaming and the van comes to a stop at a local gas station.
Courtney is working the counter at the gas station and has no time for the two brothers that are trying to put the moves on her, but finds solace in Bill as he gives her his number while his wife is still sitting in the van. When the group gets their supplies for the long ride ahead, the driver sees the same woman in her white dress standing the middle of the road and swerves to miss her and slams into a tree head on. A gentleman passing by sees the group in trouble and pulls them all of out of the van. With minimal injuries to the passengers except for Bill who has a concussion and the driver who is dead, the stranger offers to take the group to his home as a storm is brewing on the horizon.
The group accepts the stranger's help as they do not have an alternative but find out that he may have an alternate motive. With no phone to call for help, Adam takes it upon himself to get back to the gas station to try to get help for Bill who seems to be getting worse from his head injury. Running into Courtney on the side of the road and offering to give her a ride before the storm hits, Adam finds that the road back into town has been blocked off in anticipation of the storm. With another new arrival to his house, the stranger, Jack is happy to help in any way possible to make the group feel at home. Getting everyone dry and comfortable, strange voices start to surround Bill while he is resting up and he knows what is coming for him and the group, death.
Bill is found dead on the bed and the group is trying to figure out what is happening around the old house. Strange voices and images infest members of the group and with very little information from the owner, they have to find their own means of survival. Entering a small room in the basement, Adam finds some photos of a family with Jack standing in the background. The pictures were very old but the face of Jack has not changed and Adam finds out a deep dark secret of the house that needs to be shared with the rest of the group before they all wind up dead as well.
7 Below follows a group of six people as they accept the help of a stranger and stay in his house while a storm blows over town. When Bill winds up dead, the group starts to panic and they try to find a way back into town before something else bad happens. Without knowing what the house is hiding, Adam and Courtney search the estate and find a little room in the basement that may hold a secret to their survival. Being caught by Jack, Adam is let in on the secret of the house and the murders that occurred there a hundred years ago. Jack is happy to give the rest of the group the same rundown on what had happened in his house so many years ago, but fails to tell them why they have been chosen to stay the night.
One of my favorite horror formulas is highlighted in this film and they do not deviate from the rules. It is a dark and stormy night, strangers have to depend on each other and a spooky house is highlighted. This is very enjoyable film as you have to decide with the group who you should and should not trust. Not being able to leave anywhere at any time should be scary enough, but having a house that is centered around a dark past along with dead bodies being piled up it just adds to the horror joy. With the question of who you were in a past life being raised as well, you would be disappointed if you leave it before the final credits roll. Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
Seeing is believing in this day and age, that is why we put so much faith in our news stations. Being able to deliver stories along with images of what is happening give us a feeling of trust that what they are reporting is true. When we listen to the radio however, we are a bit more skeptical, even when they might have the up-to-date information before our local television station. Something has to be said about the trust that visual reinforcement can provide us, even if it may be wrong.
It is a cold and snowy morning as Grant Mazzy is driving to his new radio station. Being fired from his list job for having the ‘take no prisoners’ attitude and providing full disclosure to his listeners, he has been able to find a new home in a small town in Ontario. Not being his dream job by a long shot, Grant takes to the airwaves as he has always done in the past and delivers as much information as he can provide to his new listeners.
Being teamed up with his new producer Sydney Briar and tech support Laurel-Ann Drummond, Grant has been put on the path to succeed in the small town, although Sydney does not approve of his tactics. Wanting her new employee to focus on the schedule laid out in front of him, Sydney is consistently in Grant’s ear telling him what to focus on in his segments or off based rants. Complying with the best of his abilities, Grant keeps on track with what he is being told, but a strange story comes across the news line that will change the town of Pontypool forever.
A hostage situation is being reported over the wire, but without being able to confirm the account with any local officials or their sources, Grant is told to let the story go. When their traffic reporter calls in with a firsthand account of what is happening and that a large herd of people are starting to attack others without reason, Grant thinks that there is something unusual going on. Thinking that his new employer is playing a trick on him, Grant seeks answers from someone outside of the radio station and has to see this growing threat that is happening. Although no one can truly confirm what is happening, Grant and his team have to rely on everything that is being delivered to them via the wire reporting system. Needing to know if what they are reporting is really happening, a visitor arrives at the station that can help explain everything that is happening in the small town.
Pontypool follows burnt out radio deejay Grant Mazzy as he is starting work at his new radio station when a strange story comes across the wire. Only being able to report what on what information is being placed in front of him, Grant, Sydney and Laurel-Ann stay hunkered down in the station and keep reporting on whatever they can. Being the new guy in town, Grant thinks that his team maybe playing a trick on the new guy but finds out from a new arrival at the station that this is anything but a trick. Doctor Mendez arrives at the station and is able to shine a little bit of light on the situation and is able to determine that that threat outside of the doors is not a normal virus, but has to do with the words that are being used. Without knowing how to combat this new plague, the group has to find a way to keep themselves safe without saying a word.
Without being able to see the threat outside of the radio station, this is one of the more frightening stories I have seen in a long time. Very War of the Worlds-esque, having to place faith in what you are hearing but not able to see firsthand keeps you on the edge of your seat. A fantastic story that keeps you questioning if this infection will make its way to the radio station as they are the only ones that have not yet been affected. With a majority of the action off screen you have to put more faith into what you hear, rather than what you see and have to find out for yourself if it is ok to believe in something that you cannot see. Stay Scared.
Written by Scotty
Determining what is real and what is fake can be a fine line between being sane and insane. Being able to distinguish between the two is something that we as children are taught by our parents, but what if they were not so forthcoming about what is real? What if they never knew the secrets behind our closet doors, under our beds or invisible friends that we played with all the time? Being told that if we are the only one that can see or interact with, it was not real, but there is always a chance that our parents were wrong and there was something there that was beyond their understanding.
Florence Cathcart has become a well-known haunting debunker in England after World War I. Having written books on the subjects of ghosts since her love was killed in the war and going to gatherings to prove what the groups are doing is bogus and not providing benefits for anyone. Not believing and wanting to prove the rest of the world wrong, Florence will stand up to anyone at any time to show that there is no way to bring back a loved one, much less the chance of a ghost existing anywhere. Being called upon by a boarding school that was formally a home that has had reports of ghost sightings that have resulted in a student’s death, Florence packs her bags and prepares to prove the world wrong once again.
Being shown some convincing pictures of a boy that appeared in every school portrait since 1902 that was never enlisted, Florence tries to convince herself that it came from a double exposure, but nobody at the school is willing to accept that until she visits. Being greeted by Maud Hill, the schools matron, Florence is shown around and introduced to all of the students. She finds that some of the older boys at the school have been playing tricks on the younger ones, but that will not explain the feeling of fear that several of the boys take home with them. Trying her hardest not to get too involved with the schools troubles, Florence sets up her paranormal equipment around the premises to find out what is really happening.
On her first night of investigating the boarding school, Florence believes that she has found the young man that has been terrorizing the other students. When finding that all of the boys are asleep and accounted for, her theories start to develop holes in them. Locating a dollhouse of the building that depicts what is happening at the current moment of time, Florence has to start to believe that there is something else afoot around the old building. When the boys go home for spring break, one is left and Florence buddies up with him saying that she will be his friend no matter what, but young Tom starts to become something more of a burden than a blessing as he becomes more demanding of her time and training.
The Awakening follows Florence Cathcart as she is on her next debunking mission at an English boarding school. Having heard the reports of a ghost roaming the halls that has caused the death of a student. Proving to herself that these strange occurrences were caused by people, not ghosts to the people running the school, Florence is haunted by an image from her past that delays her exit for the time being. With all of the boys being sent home for the spring, she is left with the remaining adults in the school and one boy named Tom. Buddying up with Tom as the boy needs a friend, Florence starts to hear things around the building that make her remember bits and pieces from her forgotten youth. As more of her memories come back, she finds out that what she has been preaching may have been a lie.
If you are in need of a classical ghost story, The Awakening is for you. With the classic camera turns for shock value, along with more focus being on the story than the scares, you are not left feeling cheated of your time. Without knowing the full story behind Florence Cathcart, you are able to watch as she grows into a believer of something she has taken a lifetime to disprove. With strange voices in the background, a mini specter roaming the halls and a boarding school that has more history attached to it than previously known, there are plenty of ways for the story to progress in each characters eyes with the scares that come along with it. Stay Scared.
Written by Shae
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This week on Supernatural, your feelings get played with and then brutally stabbed! Oh, wait, no, that's just nearly episode. No, but really, this episode had me in tears before the first commercial break. So, barring the potential spoilers, which are major, I'm going to give you this warning…turn away if you don't want to know what awesomeness occurred….now!
Still with me? Brilliant! Sometimes in this show, characters from previous episodes return. It's rare for a dead character to return, but this has also happened in the past seasons through other fun ways, because, you know, wibbly wobbly, Supernatural does what it wants! Well! since it happened, I've been in denial, and this weeks episode both gave me hope, and stabbed me violently in the heart leaving me in a puddle of tears for the rest of the episode. That's right, they brought back my ultimate favorite character, and beloved Archangel, Gabriel. The Trickster may have been fooling us, or he may actually just be a figment of our imagination. There's no way of knowing, sadly. The scene sets up with Metatron writing and talking to the audience, or at least I thought we were being addressed. The Winchester's are trying to help Castiel find the strange call that is leading Angels to particular spots, only to have them violently murdered by Gadreel. All on orders from Metatron, of course. If they won't join his cause, then they have to die. Seems like a completely legit reason to just murder the remaining angles.
In the midst of everything, Gabriel shows up to surprise not only Castiel, but me! He asks for Castiel's help in taking down Metatron. Turns out, the Trickster is ready to lead an army in defense of this controlling little writer. As it turns out though, the whole thing is a hallucination and Cas wakes up tied to a chair and gagged in front of Metatron himself. Was Gabriel real? Is he alive? According to Richard Speight Jr. and his Tweets, maybe! The actor certainly believes he is alive in the show, but sadly only time will tell. I'm hoping against hope that the Trickster is still around and will end up helping the Winchesters and their angel take down the evil Metatron! In the end, however, we're left thinking Gabriel was just a trick Metatron used on Castiel to get him to lead the rebellion. Why? Because Castiel is the enemy in Metatron's story. While Cas is busy being kidnapped, the Winchesters do a bit of that themselves and trap Gadreel. Dean nearly kills the angel, but doesn't at the last second. Once Metatron finds out, he offers them a trade, Castiel for Gadreel. The Winchesters agree, but set up a trap, only to find that Metatron has grown in power and is able to blow out holy fire, the only substance known to trap angels.
With Metatron goring stronger, the need to open Heaven back up to the angels grows more dire. But how can they face a near god-like angel while hunting to find and kill a Knight of Hell? To top it off, the Mark of Cane seems to be changing Dean…with so many unknown factors, and the hope of Gabriel's return gone, there seems to be little hope for the boys. Yet, they always manage to pull off saving the day.
Written by Shae
As I have done a few of these before I thought I'd add and expand on them. Mostly, because as I watch The Walking Dead through season 1 to present, I feel like there is so much more that this show has taught me. Zombies have been a part of our cultural development and certainly held some influence on our media. Whatever type of Zombies have been featured throughout various incarnations in books, comics, and movies, none have ever made it to the small screen like those in The Walking Dead have. It's something that I personally struggled with and an addiction that I can't seem to beat. When I first saw this show, I was apprehensive. I'd heard a lot about it from many a friend and finally just decided to give it a go. I finished the first season in one sitting.
The first thing I noticed about this show, is how the characters react to seeing the Zombies. Seriously, how could nobody in this universe know about reanimated corpses eating people!? That's like, horror 101 right there! Well, not to the people in The Walking Dead. Turns out, in this universe, Zombie media never existed. Which makes a lot of sense considering the series. While the characters have never been exposed to these monsters before, they're certainly giving a lot of lessons to those of us watching. It's debatable on the likelihood of something like a Zombie Apocalypse ever happening for real. That doesn't mean I'm not prepared. If The Walking Dead has taught me anything, it's that being prepared for anything is never a bad idea. If you've had the chance to listen to our Geek Alert than you may know all of us here at Girls of Geek take the Zombie Apocalypse very seriously. We've even gone to the trouble of planning out what each of us would do if such an event were to occur. Now, I feel there should be a disclaimer here where I assure you that I'm not crazy, but what would be the fun in that? After all, if 99% of the population suddenly turned into flesh eating monsters, I can guarantee that my sanity is not going to be the biggest worry.
Speaking of sanity, that seems to be another major theme of the show and something that has really gotten me to re-think just who I want by my side in the impeding apocalypse. Especially with characters like the Governor….But then you have characters like Daryl! So, when it's the end of the world, choose wisely! I mean, you'll be sharing resources with these people and trusting them to have our back. I just hope my best friend doesn't pull a Shane and try to kill me! Speaking of company, make sure you have a group of friends that knows how to be quiet. Apparently Zombies are drawn by noise…as are all predators….and blood. Noise and blood. Not their blood, but human blood. If you also have pet Zombies, the others will leave you alone! Pretty genius! I'm honestly shocked I've not seen a Zombie Apocalypse enthusiast on Doomsday Preppers! They really need that to happen on that show….surely I'm not the only one who has put some serious thought into this.
Speaking of thought, a lot has gone into location. Where you live and where you make camp could be the difference between living or dying. The Walking Dead is set in Georgia, and shows a lot of camping, or a house on a farm, or houses in general, or a jail! All of which seem pretty good, but they're always having to go out for resources. Top floor of an apartment in a relatively moderately populated area? Not a bad idea for the beginning. But, that's a matter of preference. Supplies, however, are a matter of need. Why is it when they visit a store/pharmacy/place, they take what they need? I plan on taking all the things! Pharmacy? Medicine isle? I'm taking every last thing I can get my hands on. Don't need it? I don't know that! Take it all and think about what you don't need later. Same goes for food! Especially items like dry cereal, crackers, and candy bars! Those things are tasty, and now a part of survival!
The most important thing The Walking Dead has taught me, though, is the value of a shower. Imagine the smell that would be going on in that type of environment! I mean, really just imagine it. I can't. Mostly, I don't want to. Perfume, deodorant, toothpaste/brush/mints, just became my best friend. Also dry shampoo and leave in conditioner…and most likely a lot of water. Like all I could get my hands on and hoard. Yeah, a lot would be for drinking, but some would be for the occasional quick clean up. Actually, I may just want to hide myself in a Super Store and pretending nothing is going on outside. On the off chance I have to defend myself, I'm going to take some serious advice from The Walking Dead and go for the head with a sharp, shabby, pointy, weapon. It's just more efficient. Arrows also seem to be a good idea, but guns are quicker, and very loud. Sword seems the better option!
Lastly, cardio. Which feels like a general rule in any and all Zombie like scenarios. Cardio looks like a key part of surviving these bite-happy creatures. So, I guess after this, it's off to the gym for me! You can never be too prepared for these things. The Walking Dead may not be real, but the life lessons they offer, sure are.