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While vampires have become all mamby-pamby and sparkly zombies have remained truly terrifying enemies. They're either walking in that creepy way they do, eating some human flesh or making those eerie moaning sounds. Well, Charlie Higson's new book The Fear has got all the zombie action you could want!
It's the third in his zombie series after The Dead and The Enemy (although set before the events in both) and the DogNut crew are on a deadly missions from the Tower of London to Buckingham palace. Unfortunately everyone over the age of fourteen has been struck by a feverish illness turning them into bloodthirsty zombies. They will have to make some tough decisions that could end up affecting every surviving kid in the city.
Charlie's book is relentlessly terrifying and takes you inside the minds of different characters enduring such extreme conditions. We decided to pick Charlie's zombie-filled brains and get him to tell you guys about the best Zombie movies/TV shows/books/games out there...
Charlie Higson's Top 10 Zombies.....
1. Night of the Living Dead
Mismatched bunch of people stuck in an isolated house in America come under siege from reanimated corpses. This is the mother of all cannibal-flesh-eating-zombie holocaust films. Without NOTLD the world would be a very different place. No walking dead at Halloween, no zombie films, comics, TV series… none of the other items on this list, probably. It was writer/director George Romero who came up with the very scary concept of corpses coming back to life and trying to eat the living.
2. Dawn of the Dead
Mismatched bunch of people stuck in an isolated shopping mall under siege from reanimated corpses. This is Romero’s 2nd zombie film, it was a huge hit when it came out and really put zombies on the map. It’s not as scary as NOTLD, the special effects are pretty retro, and some of the scenes play almost as comedy scenes, but it’s an important film in zombie history, and so must be watched by any serious Zombologist . It includes the line ‘When there’s no more room in hell the dead will walk the earth.’ There’s a pretty good remake that is gorier and has more modern special effects but I prefer the original.
3. Shaun of the Dead
Bunch of mates try to survive zombie assault in suburban England. Yes, us Brits can make zombie films too. The idea of seeing a full-on zombie outbreak in little old Britain was inspired. Seeing ordinary downbeat British characters trying to deal with something so outrageous and horrific in a comically deadpan way works really well. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, who made the film, are obviously huge Romero fans (Shaun of the dead/dawn of the dead…) and they have translated his ideas into ‘English’ really well. A film for zombie nerds everywhere.
4. Dead Set
Zombies attack the Big Brother house. This is another home-grown effort. And we beat the yanks to making the first proper zombie TV series. Hurrah. This was written by the brilliant Charlie Brooker and like all the best zombie films it’s very satirical. Romero used zombies in a shopping mall to show us the mindless nature of American consumers. Charlie Brooker shows us zombies on the Big Brother set to show that us Brits a can be equally mindless. It’s funny, but it’s also really scary and very, very, gory. Worth seeing for a zombie Davina McCall.
5. The Walking Dead
Mismatched bunch of people in America try to survive zombie holocaust. This was based on a really good zombie comic of the same name. We did it first on TV with Dead Set, but it was great to see flesh-eating back on the small screen when this came out. Done with all the money and skill they have in American TV.
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