Thursday, August 27, 2009

When Zombies Attack!

Dread Tomato Addiction blog signature TimesOnline has some important news for us :

The attached study, he said, highlighted "a problem we should wake up to -- this paper shows only the harshest control measures would give us a chance." Just what might this terrifying new threat be?

In my eagerness for a story, I hadn't noticed that Neil had added a smiley face at the end of his email. And when I opened the attachment, I discovered a paper entitled: "When Zombies Attack!: Mathematical Modelling of an Outbreak of Zombie Infection".

Move over swine flu. The zombies are coming...

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Scary stuff, but even worse, the first commenter writes ...

I would just like to comment about the example of Zombies from '28 Days Later'.

They weren't actually Zombies; In the movie they are listed as the Infected. Zombies in the traditional sense cannot starve to death while the Infected in '28 Days Later' can in fact starve as seen in the ending scene.
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This just kills me. There is no way in which the movie 28 Days Later does not completely satisfy all aspects of the zombie movie genre. A few seconds of emaciated, and more importantly [IIRC, 'cause ain't watching that dog again] partially dismembered ZOMBIES at the end does not make it not-a-zombie=movie.
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