Archive for October, 2012

Ghouls’ night out

October 23, 2012

Now that zombie movies/tv shows are so popular, it’s time to revisit the original zombie movie, “Night of the Living Dead.” It’s a classic movie, but not without flaws in logic (to the extent that logic applies to the concept of zombies). First of all, Barbara is in the cemetery with her brother, Johnny. A zombie kills Johnny, then leaves him, to chase Barbara. Why wouldn’t the zombie ignore Barbara, and simply chow down on Johnny? It’s like the joke about the campers who are charged by a bear. One of them starts lacing up his running shoes and the other camper says, “Why are you doing that? You can’t outrun a bear!” The other camper explains, “I don’t have to outrun the bear – I just have to outrun you!”
A few minutes later, Barbara is in the farmhouse with Ben. Ben explains that he was outside a roadside diner and he jumped into a truck to “listen to the radio.” Most non-criminals wouldn’t take the liberty of going into a stranger’s vehicle, to listen to the radio, take a nap, or even toot the horn. Then Ben reveals what was really going on, when he mentions that another truck, with a bunch of zombies clinging to it, went careening across the road. He lets slip, “I had to slam on my brakes to keep from hitting it!” So the truck was in motion, which is not necessary for radio playing. Obviously, Ben was stealing the truck.
A little known fact about this movie is that they used chocolate Bosco for blood, which worked because the movie is black and white. This might explain why the zombies are eager to eat people: they think all blood is made out of Bosco. Mmm!