Friends + Zombies + Brownie Sundaes = Fun

For just about forever, Jason and Kevin and I have been talking about how we were going to watch zombie movies together one of these days and how great it was going to be. Kevin lives in Canada, though, so that’s complicated things.

We finally got together last night.

Now Jason and I had this plan where we were all going to watch the first half of season two of The Walking Dead, but Kevin got here and was like, “Guys, I’ve already seen that.” And we were like, “BUT YOU DON’T HAVE CABLE!” And he was like, “Uh huh.” And we were like, “But then you had to pay for it?” And he was like, “No.” And we were like, “WE’VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS FOR WEEKS!!!”

We considered making this an international incident, but instead we looked to a couple of our runners-up: Dead Snow (Kevin: “Already seen it.”) and American Zombie (Kevin: “Already seen it.”). This led to the three of us sitting on the couch eating brownie sundaes and arguing about what we were going to watch.

Let me pause on the brownie sundaes: brownies I made (so they were awesome), ice cream, fresh whipped cream, this delicious dark chocolate salted caramel sauce Farida sent me, and toasted walnuts. Yum, yum, yum.

Finally, we decided to watch Pontypool, which, appropriately, takes place in Canada, like an hour from where Kevin lives.

Pontypool is a little movie about zombies and the power of words. It takes place almost entirely in a radio studio, with the three people who put on the morning news in a small town learning about the world falling apart outside through dispatches from callers, the police, and the dude who does the traffic report. For a zombie movie, there is very little blood, and, in fact, we never see anyone eat anyone. You’d think that would be a bummer, but the film creates a fair amount of suspense, mostly through atmosphere–the close quarters of the studio, the low lights, the creepy (and occasionally inappropriately overdramatic) music. The film also keeps viewers on edge by revealing the trouble in bits and pieces, even in the end never giving a complete and accurate picture of what happened. Perhaps that’s cheaty, but I also believe that’s how these characters might have experienced these events. As a viewer, you have just enough facts to have a good debate with your friends when the movie’s done about what really happened. (You, of course, are right, and your friends are sadly mistaken, but what can you do? They can’t help it.)

And I’m not going to give it away, but this film has the craziest premise for why people are turning into zombies that I’ve ever seen. If you’re a zombie film fan, you should watch it for that reason alone.

If you’re not a zombie film fan, this isn’t the movie that’s going to make you one.

3.5/5 severed heads

4 Comments

  1. Posted December 7, 2011 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Dude. When are you gonna see The Walking Dead now?

    p.s. Glad you had fun anyway.

  2. adrienne
    Posted December 7, 2011 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Next Friday, which seems like FOREVER away.

  3. Posted December 7, 2011 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Hiss boo! I would have watched Walking Dead season 2 again, just for love and brownie sundaes. I’m glad to have contributed the salted caramel.

  4. adrienne
    Posted December 7, 2011 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    It was so good, Farida, and there’s still some of everything left. Sounds like lunch to me!

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