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The Walking Dumb

Teddie Films does a parody dust-off of the viral video Dumb Ways to Die, with a winking nod as well to The Walking Dead.

Last Box of Twinkies

Time to nut up or shut up. The expiration date for Twinkies  is upon us, with news that a strike by 18,500 bakers in the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union has forced Hostess Brands, Inc., to shut its doors. To read the company explanation of the shutdown, visit  http://hostessbrands.com/Closing.aspx

No more Twinkies. No more Ding Dongs. No more Ho Ho’s. No more Donettes. No more Wonder Bread. Not even friggin’ SnoBalls. Welcome to Zombieland!

The rise and fall of the Twinkie.

A stroll back to better times as Buffalo Bob Smith (Richard Schmidt) gives a pitch for Hostess Twinkies on The Howdy Doody Show in the 1950s.

Zombie Apocalypse

Could zombies exist? Should we be preparing for a Zombie Apocalypse? In this edition of asapSCIENCE, find out how these ferocious, flesh-eating creatures could become a reality, through a simple scientific pathway.

Last Man on Earth

Today’s Trillion Dollar Movie, Last Man on Earth, has been acknowledged by George A. Romero as one of the major works he “ripped off” in creating Night of the Living Dead. It’s an eerie, atmospheric adaptation of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend, the first of four movies based on that same tale, also including The Omega Man with Charlton Heston and I Am Legend with Will Smith. Here, Vincent Price portrays the stoic hero, presumably the last man alive, battling to survive against hordes of zombie-like vampires that awake each night to stalk the Earth.

The premise: A pandemic bacterial plague has wiped out everyone except Price, spared by virtue of having once been bitten by a vampire bat in Panama, inoculating him from the disease. He leads a lonely, monotonous existence, scavenging by day for food and supplies, and seeking out the vampire lairs so he can put them out of their misery by driving wooden stakes through their hearts. At nights, he retreats to a boarded-up sanctuary, blaring jazz records and drinking scotch, while the vampires gather outside, clamoring for his head.

The film’s official tagline sets the tone, “By night they leave their graves crawling, shambling, though empty streets, whimpering, pleading, begging for his blood!”

Britain’s Hammer Films originally acquired the rights to Matheson’s story, but passed along the project to American International Pictures, which produced the 1964 film on a shoestring budget in Rome, Italy. Matheson helped to co-write the screenplay, but withdrew his credit (going under the pseudonym Logan Swanson) after having creative differences with Price. Still, this is probably the one I Am Legend adaptation that best captures the mood of the book, while adhering most literally to its narrative twists.

Some modern viewers find it a little too languid and slow-moving for their tastes, but its groundbreaking importance can’t be denied. Its influence can be seen in practically every zombie movie made over the last half-century, notably Night of the Living Dead, but also Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later. Enjoy and return next Friday for another Trillion ($) Movie.

Night of the Living Trekkies

Fans kick off a Star Trek convention by staging a zombie flash mob and dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The convention took place this past weekend at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Some Star Trek purists on YouTube questioned the Star Trek-zombie connection, but one commentator wasn’t fazed. “Red shirts! Love it! They’re dead, Jim!” H/T My Disguises

From Beauty to Beast

Time-lapse captures the transformation of a beautiful woman into a zombie. The video was created by MyIntelEdge using its “A Momentary Lapse” program. The company bills it as  “not your ordinary zombie make-up tutorial video. This video is a time-lapse story of a gorgeous girl who gets zombified and comes to life, only to decay and die in front of our eyes. Watch as the nightmare unfolds.” H/T My Disguises

Who Ya Gonna Call?

What do you do when you live on a cul-de-sac and learn that your new next-door neighbors are flesh-eating, zombie cannibals high on bath salts? Time to summon the League of S.T.E.A.M.

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