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Walking Dead Christmas Proves Zombies Love The Holidays Too

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With all my heart, I wish this video were a real thing. Can you imagine a show as overly serious as AMC’s The Walking Dead actually staging a Christmas special? I’d love to be a fly on the wall of that meeting; listening to producers argue the pros and cons of a zombie Christmas. You just know there was one guy, the lone exasperated holdout, pulling his hair, practically screaming “what the hell is wrong with all of you?” That would be a good time.

If Robert Kirkman, Glen Mazzara, and company were to make a holiday edition, it would probably look rather a lot like this short.

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Discovery Channel Producing Special About Zombie Apocalypse Preppers

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Should we fear these people or applaud their efforts? With the popularity of AMC’s The Walking Dead and the upcoming romantic comedy Warm Bodies and World War Z starring Brad Pitt, it’s safe to say that zombies are back in pop culture. To capitalize on the wave of popularity the Discovery Channel will be airing a TV special showing what to do during the impending Zombie Apocalypse. Check out the promo below…

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Zombie Paranoia Drives Record Gun Sales

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Gun sales are up, and the federal government says zombies are the reason. The undead are everywhere, from hit TV shows like The Walking Dead to freakin’ Starburst commercials. No less than three major automobile manufacturers employ zombies as pitchmen in some capacity. They’re not just for low-budget horror anymore.

Nationwide on Black Friday more than 154,000 background checks were performed, which is a record. According to Dave Workman, a representative of the 2nd Amendment Foundation, “It was the largest number of background checks in a single day.”

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Banned Zombie Commercial Shows That When There’s No More Room In Hell, The Dead Will Sell You Things

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If you’d told me when I was a weird little horror-obsessed kid that, at some point in my life, one of the most popular shows on television would be a zombie story, and that the undead would be used as spokes-corpses to hawk all manner of products, I would have laughed in your face. But lo and behold, here we are. Recently zombies have endorsed Sears, FedEx, a couple different kinds of cars, and Starbursts, just to name a few.

Still, not every attempt to corral the zombie-fan demographic is a wild success. For example, there’s this one from Norway. It isn’t necessarily a failure as an advertisement — I totally want to buy whatever the hell it is that they’re trying to sell (it has something do with sports equipment?) — but it had to go and get itself banned from the airwaves. Take a gander for yourself.

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More Love, Less World War In Zom-Rom-Com Warm Bodies’ First Trailer

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That’s right, Marc Forster’s World War Z isn’t the only highly anticipated zombie novel adaptation with a new trailer. From Isaac Marion’s book of the same name, Warm Bodies is a semi-return to horror for director Jonathan Levine, the man behind the should-have-been-better All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. He’s also the director of critic hits The Wackness and 50/50, so you know he has a depth of range.

Warm Bodies predictably takes place after a zombie apocalypse, and follows the story of R (Skins‘ Nicholas Hoult), a memory-impaired member of the undead without any real knowledge of what’s happening. He “meets” Julie (Teresa Palmer), and against his instincts, saves her from other non-amorous zombies and develops human feelings for her that could possibly change the course of humanity’s recovery. Rob Corddry plays R’s best friend, M, and John Malkovich plays Julie’s father, General Grigio. I’d be lying if I said I’d be just as pleased if the film was just Corddry and Malkovich singing show tunes. But you gotta give the zombie fans what they want.

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Post-Zombie Apocalypse Corporate Logos

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The impending zombie apocalypse is going to drastically change everything. That should go without saying. We’ve all seen zombie movies where the dead rise, devour the living, and generally make a mess out of things. Infrastructure will evaporate, social norms and conventions will devolve overnight, and chaos will reign over all the land. People are going to have to acclimate quickly, or face dire consequences.

One segment of civilization that will face an adapt-or-die scenario, one that most people never consider, is the marketing game. There will be fewer living consumers with fewer resources. But clever entrepreneurs may see a whole new customer base open up in front of their eyes. Here are some well-known corporate logos, reimagined by British graphic designer Ben Fellowes to attract a, how shall we put this, less life-centered clientele.