Thu, 29 May 2008
Imagine - not one, but two zombie movies with the word ZOMBIE, or some derivation thereof, in the title! In Episode 18 of Mail Order Zombie, Brother D reviews Zombie Nation and Zombies Anonymous. A new contest launches this week, and we finally go over the Is-Frankenstein's-Monster-A-Zombie Zombie Aptitude Test question. Bren stops by to go over the show's feedback and calls Brother D shameful. Plus you can hear a spot of zombie news in the Zombie Beat! Email the show at MailOrderZombie@gmail.com, or leave a voicemail at 206-202-2505.
Zombies are coming! Are you ready? - http://tinyurl.com/6aqmow
Top Ten Reasons Why Zombies Make Better Boyfriends - http://tinyurl.com/3lx3hc
Tony Todd in Dawn of the Dead sequel - http://tinyurl.com/4sean9
Don't Wake the Dead seeking distribution - http://tinyurl.com/5c6qat
Plan 9 From Outer Space remake? - http://tinyurl.com/5odr3g - http://www.plan9movie.com
"Song of the Living Dead" - http://tinyurl.com/4hm5lj
What Are Your Chances of Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse? - http://tinyurl.com/6fl2wo
T. Van's review of Severed: Forest of the Dead - http://tinyurl.com/56a645
The Obscure 80s Big Hair Bash Against Cancer - http://tinyurl.com/64fnkw
Thu, 29 May 2008
Learn how you can win your own Zombie Comfort Guide by listening to Episode 18!
Category:general -- posted at: 12:36am PST
Wed, 21 May 2008
There are three reviews lined up this week on Mail Order Zombie. The zombie flicks Severed: Forest of the Dead and Feeding the Masses are lined up and waiting for their headshots, and the CD release of the soundtrack from The Dead Next Door is waiting in the wings. Then take a hit from a rather light bit of Zombie Beat this week (remember, you can always submit your own news and announcements!), and, as always, Bren, aka Sister B, drops by to go over the weekly feedback (where Brother D gets a tiny bit of good natured schooling from one of the listeners!). We're still accepting answers to the current Zombie Aptitude Test question as well. Email the show at MailOrderZombie@gmail.com, or leave a voicemail at 206-202-2505.
Cinematical reports Dance of the Dead finds distribution - http://tinyurl.com/5u4av8
Thu, 15 May 2008
This past Friday and Saturday night, Brother D spent his evenings at the Third Annual Zompire, The Undead Film Festival. Three feature films and several short movies later, he reports on the zombie offerings and includes words and thoughts from other festival goers as well. We'd never skip the Zombie Beat, and Brother D actually gets excited about something Richard Rubinstein might be putting together. Bren' drops in to go over the week's feedback, and two winners are drawn from the correct submissions to the contest for the Evil DVD and Chicken Zombie mini-comic. What was the correct answer to the question, "What will be so special about Episode 25 of Mail Order Zombie?" Listen to this episode to find out! Email the show at MailOrderZombie@gmail.com, or leave a voicemail at 206-202-2505.
http://www.earth-2.net/podcasts/dreadmedia/dreadmedia - Dread Media
Who might return for a sequel to Diary of the Dead - http://tinyurl.com/67ljh2
Thu, 8 May 2008
Bren' sits down to watch another zombie movie this week - this time around, Shaun of the Dead made its way into the Mail Order Zombie DVD player. After that, Brother D checked out Mulva: Zombie Ass Kicker! on his own. The Zombie Beat is a little light this week, but we still check out the news and sightings, and the contest for the Evil DVD and Zombie Chicken mini-comic is still running until next Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Bren' lends her voice to reading your emails, and we respond to your voicemails as well. Check it out!
Email us at MailOrderZombie@gmail.com, or call our voicemail at 206-202-2505.
(And next week, Mail Order Zombie will cover Zompire: The Undead Film Festival!)
Dread Media - http://www.earth-2.net/podcasts/dreadmedia/dreadmedia
Hard Times for American Zombies by Paul Hooson, Wizbang Blue - http://tinyurl.com/6kn8pu
Zompire: The Undead Film Festival - http://www.zompire.com
Thu, 1 May 2008
Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered Volume 1, Fan of the Dead and Song of the Dead are the three very independent movies being reviewed this week on Mail Order Zombie. Bren' joins as for y'all's Feedback, and in this week's Zombie Aptitude Test, we answer the question: Who would win in a fight - Bub the Zombie or Bud the C.H.U.D.? There are plenty of Zombie Sightings across the podosphere, and the Zombie News is thick with hot undead action. Also this week: the first ever Mail Order Zombie contest! Call the show at 206-202-2505 or email us at MailOrderZombie@gmail.com
Bloodtype Basement - http://www.bloodtypeonline.com/thebloodtypebasement.htm
Behind-the-Scenes footage from Dead Air - http://tinyurl.com/63xan6
Thu, 1 May 2008
Over the last couple of weeks, as Bren' begins her exploration of the zombie genre, you guys have raised several interesting questions. One of them is, "Do zombies have souls?" This could become a deep, metaphysical discussion and it would also change from movie to movie. I had a few brief thoughts to share.
First, on Mail Order Zombie, we seem to be using the baseline on of the Romero zombies as a baseline for judging if the assailants in other films are truly "zombies". This is ironic, since Romero (and Russo) never used the word "zombie" in the original "Night of the Living Dead" film. The basic premise is that the recently dead are becoming re-animated. This is one of the reasons many do not believe the Rage-infected from "28 Days Later/28 Weeks Later" count as zombies. This may also be something to consider about the T-virus zombies of the "Resident Evil" films.
It is this belief that zombies are the re-animated dead which lead many to prefer the slow-moving creatures of the Romero films to the fast-moving creatures from the "Return of the Living Dead" movies or the "Dawn" and "Day" remakes. However, all of these examples still share the attribute that the creatures were either dead, or killed, before re-animating as zombies.
So what is "dead"? This is where the metaphysics begins. Depending on your spiritual, cultural and political background, you'll have a very different definition of "dead". However, people generally agree that when the heart stops beating, the lungs stop breathing and the brain stops working... beyond the point of resuscitation... you are dead. The "life force" leaves the body. The soul is no longer in the shell.
When a zombie is re-an imated, is it re-imbued with a soul? I'm going to stop for a moment to talk about another breed of the undead, vampires. In Joss Whedon's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", vampires have no souls. The soul left the body at death and was replaced with a demon. This is how Whedon explained the sentience of the vampire over the zombie. The character Angel (and later Spike) was a vampire whose soul was put back into his undead body. Again, sentience and now conscience in the body of the undead.
From "Dawn of the Dead" on, zombies start to remember things from their lives. They come to the mall because they did so in life. They remember how to use basic tools and eventually guns. They even begin to become self-aware. In the "Return of the Living Dead" films, the zombies can talk and even problem-solve. In the first film, the zombies can use a police radio to tell a dispatcher to send more cops. In the third film, a character learns that pain can stave off the hunger. But does having access to memory equal having a soul?
If someone has amnesia, a total loss of memory, do they still have a soul? Most would answer yes. As long as you are alive, even if you lose your sense of self, you still have a soul. So, your memory, even your personality, is separate from your soul. It is possible to have a soul without memory, therefore it may be possible to have memory without a soul.
While Romero-type zombies don't breathe, they do use their nervous systems, their brains, to move their bodies. This is what makes the brain their weak spot. The electrical activity in the brain that makes it possible for them to sense, move and attack must also be activating the memory centers, at least in some small way, allowing them some awareness of memory.
To summarize, it is my belief that the soul (the spark of life) leaves the body at death . Zombies are re-animated corpses without souls. Some may have access to their memories to varying degrees, but this is as vestigial to a zombie as its heart or lungs. The soul has departed. Just as zombies can eat without gaining sustenance, they can remember without having a soul.
Category:general -- posted at: 12:18am PST