In case you’ve just awakened from a coma, zombies are all the rage.Â Movies, books, TV shows, comic books, guns, optics, ammo, you name it, the undead are among us. More than $5 billion a year is spent on Zombie related products. Whether you just love the original Romero movies for their schlocky fun or view the modern zombie phenomena as way to prep for disaster while appearing harmless, or hover somewhere in between, there is something on the market out there for you. Hereâ€™s a quick guide to seven of the best zombie or zombie-related offerings out there…
It's so good, in fact, that you will see the movie version hitting theaters sometime next year, starring none other than Brad Pitt. If the movie is even half as good as the book, it will be the best zombie movie ever. From a book by the son of one of the funniest men ever, the famous movie director Mel Brooksâ€”howâ€™s that for ironic?
If thereâ€™s one sure way to provoke a fight between zombiephiles it's to make them choose the best zombie movie. There are the traditionalists who will always choose George Romeroâ€™s original, Night of the Living Dead. Then there are the educated traditionalists who will point out that Romero got the idea from the novella I Am Legend by legendary writer Richard Matheson. The number of his books and stories made into movies is long and lengthy (I think the most recent one is The Box). While the antagonists in the story are officially vampires, their behavior is the key. This story was first turned into the movie Omega Man starring Charlton Heston long before Will Smith made his on-screen turn. Admitting I prefer the recent Dawn of the Dead remake starring Ving Rhames over Romeroâ€™s original would get me pelted with eggs by some zombiephiles, but thatâ€™s the truth. 28 Days Latercould also be considered for this title, even though officially the subjects in this movie are infectees rather than zombies. The sequel 28 Weeks Later, surprisingly, did not suck.
All of the movies I have just mentioned are entertaining, and if you like zombie movies and havenâ€™t seen one of them, check them out. However, just to be contrary, I am going to say that my favorite zombie movie is 1985â€™s Return of the Living Deadwith Clu Gulager and James Karen. Not only does it have some scares, it is very funny and doesnâ€™t take itself seriously (Dan Oâ€™Bannon of Alien fame co-wrote and directed it). Plus you get to see Linnea Quigley in all her glory as Trash, the punker zombie.
If you are like most people, you donâ€™t have the time or energy or background knowledge to know what to shop for when putting together a quality zombie killing kit, but luckily for you Stag Arms this year debuted their 2012 Executive Survival Kit.
In addition to a 16-inch barreled AR-15 topped with an EOTech holosight, this kit includes 60 rounds of ammunition, two 30-round magazines, a spare parts kit, Otis cleaning kit, sling, military MRE, first aid kit, Gerber flashlight and multi-tool, and AA batteries for the flashlight and EOTech. All of this is packed into a watertight wheeled Pelican Model 1700 case, and the kit retails for $2012. If you donâ€™t have the time to get it all yourself, the Stag ESK is one-stop-shopping for all your End of the World needs. Nowhere in any of the literature does Stag use the word zombie, but there is a picture of the Mayan calendar on the outside of the Pelican caseâ€¦close enough.
If you are shooting at zombie targets you automatically aren't taking yourself seriously, so I can find no better targets than the zombie animals from Champion.
You have your choice of Radiation Rabbit, Prairie Dog Down, Psychotic Squirrel and various other undead critters. When you shoot these VisiColor targets in the body you will get fluorescent yellow to show your hits. Shoot them in the head and you'll get radiation green. The animals are cute...and yet decaying.
Kudos to Champion.
A lot of people at the company (including family members) thought the whole â€śzombie ammoâ€ť thing would be a huge waste of resources and end up losing them money, and you should be happy about that. Why? Because they priced the ammo $.50/box cheaper than their standard ammo! Considering this ammo is exactly the same as their premium stuff, only with green polymer in the FTP pistol bullets and V-Max rifle projectiles instead of red, itâ€™s a Win-Win! (A win for you, because itâ€™s a deal, and a win for them because they are selling the snot out of the stuff.)
I only became aware of the comic book series when AMC turned it into their very successful and well-done cable TV series. I have now read 60 issues out of the 96 (or so) total comics that have been done, and let me tell you, it is some of the best zombie/apocalypse/end of the world stuff Iâ€™ve ever come across. Most of the comics (and the TV show for that matter, although the TV show follows its own plot lines) deal with how man is his own worst enemy. The zombies in The Walking Dead could easily be replaced by a pandemic or some other society-killing plagueâ€”they exist only as the fulcrum for the breakdown of society.
The Walking Dead: Compendium One collects the first 48 issues of the comics, and can be found online for $35 or soâ€”not a bad price for over a thousand pages of really good stuff, none of which is suitable for kids or anyone with a delicate disposition, but let me tell youâ€”they made it into a TV series for a reason. It is horribly good.
When the horde of Zombies comes over the hill, you'd be well served to have Valkyrie Armament BSR Mod-1 in your hands. A wonderful mating between Valkyrie Armament and Slide Fire Solutions.
Jason Teague explains why in this video. -- AD