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Zombies and typing; a natural alliance

I have no willpower and can no longer hold myself back from talking about this stonker of a game/typing tutorial.

The Typing of the Dead. There.

It came out in 2001. With the confluence of randomness that for some brings about lottery wins and vast fortunes, for me brought the convergence of zombies, computer gaming and a typing tutorial. For someone who has a great interest in zombies, enjoys computer gaming and was  trying to learn to type at that very moment in time…well you can guess who thought their ship had just come in! And who learned to type.

Since then,  enthused, I have bought;

Typing Space Harrier.

This combines a typing tutorial with space battles!!!!! On the front of the box is a man with a raygun fighting a dragon. And a picture of a mammoth with one eye in the middle of it’s forehead. Just how exciting is that! The game is fab but because I bought it in Japan and it is in Japanese and needs a Japanese keyboard,  I have not managed to find the first battle yet. But even so, there is a picture of a mammoth with only one eye in the middle of it’s forehead on the front of the box! And a man with a raygun! Fantastic.

Frightfest reviews continued: 2

I was going to add this to the earlier Frighfest reviews post but broke last night so I couldn’t, so to carry on:

Monday’s first film was


Another zombie film. Set in London. Allegedly made for only £45 though the film-makers looked a bit shifty at this. I scent spin. Anyhow, the film was effective, probably more so because it was low budget. It followed a young man, Colin, as a zombie, through a devastated London. Around him small scenes unfolded involving survivors, his family, and other victims through which he shambled, uncomprehending. In parts it was quite moving. Worth seeing I think.

The last film was

It’s Alive

This was about a baby serial killer. That is, a baby who was a serial killer, not a serial killer who killed babies which would be bad (hmm) and not, as misheard by a friend of mine, a baby seal killer which would be sad (or Norwegian; sorry Glio).

What we all want for Christmas

What we all want for Christmas

There were a few choice moments in the film. One, at the baby’s birth when the camera flickered back and forth between a scene of bloody devastation in the delivery theatre with the medical team torn limb from limb and a small baby in a blanket, was particularly of merit. Another was when mum picked up baby from chewed corpse of dead rabbit on doorstep with a gentle and slightly disappointed tsk. Maternal denial I suppose. However all in all, I would advise people to wait to enjoy It’s Alive on cable or satellite rather than pay good money.

Frightfest reviews continued: 1

After yesterday’s poetic interlude, it’s back to the Berath posse at Frightfest and more film reviews

First up. A Norwegian film.

Dead Snow

Zombie Nazis (or Nazi zombies). Can’t get better than that. Actually I  went to a zombie convention last year, ZombieCon, where the sub-genre of nazi zombies in films was discussed (incidently I gleaned a lot of very useful information at the convention which of course went straight into my Zombie Uprising Contingency Plan). The final conclusion reached by the panel regarding the popularity of such films was that 1) zombies are bad and scary, 2) nazis are evil and scary..combine the two and you get nazi zombies which are bad, evil and doubly scary!!!!! Very true. Oh and the film was pretty good by the way.