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In the event of an actual emergency, I will eat your brains [Apr. 18th, 2007|06:55 am]
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So after seeing Grindhouse this weekend, hearing that a sequel to "28 days later" is coming soon, and also having recently read the novel "World War Z", I got to thinking; how would the American military and National Guard act in the event of an unknown, supernatural enemy like a zombie horde?

One thing I always wonder when seeing a zombie movie is "How does something that slow and shambling manage to wipe out entire cities?" In "28 days later", it made a lot more sense that they could have taken over, as the creatures weren't technically zombies, and could run very fast, but watching Dawn of the Dead, you wonder how anyone armed with any weapon could be killed, as long as they resisted the siren call of the blood pressure machine in the mall.

In "World War Z", the military turns out to be basically good guys, once they figure out that new combat strategies are needed when fighting an enemy that will not (and cannot, since it has no logic abilities) surrender. But in "28 days later" and "Grindhouse", a civilian might wonder whether she'd be better off on her own with a gun than under the "protection" of the military, since both films suggest that soldiers turn into drooling rapists when faced with the possible extinction of the human species.

So naturally, I thought this would be a fun poll:

Poll #969114 Brains!

There's a major zombie plague in your town. The military comes to fetch survivors and lock them down in a secure place. you:

go with them willingly, as their resources offer the best chance of survival.
go with them haltingly, as you don't quite trust their competence against this enemy, but you have no better options.
refuse to go and decide to take your chances with your boomstick and chainsaw.

[User Picture]From: holyoutlaw
2007-04-18 09:38 pm (UTC)
The poll is neck and neck! Or perhaps brain and brain -- two answers to every question as I type. Hah!
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[User Picture]From: mugsimo
2007-04-18 11:14 pm (UTC)
Seeing as I never get to use my boomstick or chainsaw, I figure it would be a good opportunity.
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[User Picture]From: erikred
2007-04-19 01:15 am (UTC)
This handy-dandy zombie simulator might shed some light on things.

This one even more so. It turns out that the elements necessary to a successful zombie invasion are surprise and really poor marksmanship on the part of the armed segment of the citizenry. If you kit out a city with cops willing and able to shoot, the zombies have a very poor chance of actually infecting an entire city. Also, though it's not reflected here, if the population doesn't catch on quickly that these are zombies and not, say, a shambling riot, well, your city's chances of surviving the first few nights drop quickly.

I'm very much looking forward to reading World War Z. Zombies scare the bejeezus out of me.
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[User Picture]From: lemur68
2007-04-19 01:37 am (UTC)
Despite my vote, I feel we shouldn't underestimate the ability of the American military to fail to vanquish an ostensibly inferior foe.
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[User Picture]From: rjray
2007-04-19 03:34 am (UTC)
Ah yes... I saw the trailer for "28 Weeks Later". I think the pitch must have gone something like this:

"So there was the zombie movie, totally indy, that went nuts at the box office."

"We need a sequel, stat!"

"Yeah! But, ummm, it kind of ended on an upbeat, with the crisis over."

"We'll just bring it back."

"And the two main actors aren't unknowns anymore. They might cost."

"Well, it was British, right? We'll just throw in some second-tier Americans. No one will notice."

"But in the story, the zombies never left the UK."

"Oh, that's OK. We'll make it about re-populating London with Americans. They'll love it."
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[User Picture]From: dirtylibrarian
2007-04-19 09:29 am (UTC)
Hey...if you want it, I picked up a 28 Weeks Later patch at the comic book convention that I really have no use for...yours for the asking!
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2007-04-19 06:41 pm (UTC)

yes, please!

that would be lovely, thanks!
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