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Infographic Teaches You How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse

In case you haven’t noticed, zombies are just about everywhere these days. I don’t mean that there’s an actual zombie plague going on outside or anything (you probably would have noticed that), but the undead bastards are still popping up all over the place. The Walking Dead is pulling down massive ratings on AMC, there’s a tie-in with Hyundai, and now the threat of a zombie apocalypse is being used to market camping gear.

Seattle-based outdoor retailer REI has created this new infographic in hopes of selling a few more tactical flashlights, insulated vests, and first aid kits. Click HERE for a bigger version.

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Why Did Nathan Fillion Learn To Weld? Zombies.

Nathan Fillion is awesome. This is something we can all agree on. (And if not you shall be shunned. Horribly, horribly shunned!) This is the guy who was Captain Mal from Firefly. Captain Hammer from Dr. Horrible. And if we’re counting alternate, superior realities, he’s currently starring as both Nathan Drake in the Uncharted franchise and Hal Jordan in the blockbuster Green Lantern series. (Ryan Reynolds did the Flash movie instead.) But what you may not realize is that Fillion is just as awesome in real life. How so? He took up welding just to make himself better prepared in the case of a zombie apocalypse.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that a seething pillar of masculinity like Fillion would take up welding. After all, it involves both metal and fire. If he could find a way to work in steak and a bikini model the testosterone fallout would sprout chest hair on everyone within a five-mile radius, women and children included. But he managed to find a way to make his hobby even more manly with his explanation to Conan O’Brien:

One of my hobbies is zombie apocalypse preparedness. When you’re on a plane and someone comes from the cockpit and says ‘Can anyone here fly a plane?’ If the guy next to you says, ‘I can,’ you’re saying ‘Oh, my God. This guy…’ [applause] Now, there’s gonna be, when the zombie apocalypse happens, like ‘We need to get from point A to point B. We need to somehow fortify this SUV so we can go and the zombies won’t get in. Can anybody here weld?’ That’s gonna be me. And I think it also works out too, because nobody wants that guy to get eaten.

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Horror Movies Train Our Brains To Deal With Crisis

The whole idea of horror movies is kind of strange when you really stop and think about it. We’re sitting in a darkened theater with strangers and waiting to be frightened. Fright isn’t generally thought of to be an enjoyable emotion, so why do so many people enjoy horror flicks? Some horror movies mix in elements of comedy, either as satire (the Scream franchise) or simply to provide a brief moment of levity before the next big scare comes along. And that makes sense, because both horror and comedy are tapping in to very primal, personal aspects of our self. That’s why movie reviews for comedies and horror movies are often irrelevant: you can’t tell somebody, “You’re wrong, that wasn’t funny/scary.” You can only speak to how it affected you.

From Brad Anderson’s Session 9. I will now commence soiling myself.

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Get Scared: Russia Developing Zombie Gun

It’s always a little unsettling to hear that any country is developing a new form of weaponry to try and out-lethal their enemies. But there’s some even more disconcerting when it comes out of Russia, who is now developing what is being referred to as a “zombie” gun.

According to the Daily Mail, the weapon attacks the human central nervous system and essential scrambles the brain of its victim, leaving it open to the potential of mind control. Or at least open to any suggestion Russian military men give them. Using radiation similar to what cooks your Hot Pockets, the gun has been approved for development by Russian overlo…I mean president, Vladimir Putin, who had some interesting things to say about the weapon.

Such high-tech weapons systems will be comparable in effect to nuclear weapons, but will be more acceptable in terms of political and military ideology.

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John Hawkes May Be The Walking Dead’s Big Villain

John Hawkes is one of those actors who you’d recognize having seen but wouldn’t necessarily be able to name, which is how he prefers things.  He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Winter’s Bone, where his performance was superb and chilling.  His resume includes everything from high profile indies like Winter’s Bone and Martha Marcy May Marlene and television shows like Deadwood and Eastbound & Down to supporting roles in big flicks like Contagion and The Perfect Storm.  Now, he may be joining the cast of AMC’s The Walking Dead as one of the biggest non-zombie dangers from the comics: The Governor.

There’s been no official word from AMC execs or any of the creative team on who will play The Governor, but actor and make-up artist Tom Savini let it slip that Hawkes was being courted for the role.  Apparently, Savini has long been campaigning for The Governor based on the fact that he looks just like the character.  He says that the last time he brought it up to Greg Nicotero, the zombie make-up mastermind told Savini that they were going after Hawkes for the part.  Savini doesn’t seem terribly happy about it, seeing as he so strongly resembles The Governor and that “everyone I talk to, the people that read the graphic novels….They’ve all said that I would be the perfect Governor.  Because he is tough and brutal”.

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Zombie Love Story Warm Bodies Introduces Its Love Interest

Zombies have been crazy popular in our culture for a while now, with the staggering (or sprinting), brain-hungry undead being explored hundreds of times in movies, books, comics, and even a TV show thanks to AMC’s The Walking Dead. At this point the challenge when it comes to zombie tales is to find some way to put a unique spin on a concept that’s been trodden beneath countless heels before you. For the upcoming film Warm Bodies, that twist comes from taking the core concept and adding a dash of Twilight-style necrophilia — it’s a zombie love story.

Based on Isaac Marion’s novel of the same name, Warm Bodies is being written and directed by Jonathan Levine, who helmed the outstanding 50/50 last year. So, how the hell does a zombie love story work? Well, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) stars as “R,” a zombified teen who chows down on a random guy’s brains and then finds himself absorbing the dude’s memories. Thanks to these confusing new feelings, he soon finds himself in love with his prey’s girlfriend, Julie. The never-ending search for human flesh doesn’t leave much time for romance, but given that Julie is played by the lovely and talented Teresa Palmer (Take Me Home Tonight), I can’t say I blame him.

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