I’ll Take the Slow Moving Zombie, Please

Slow vs. fast moving zombies is a debate that has been going on ever since the fast zombie started making their appearance in movies like Dawn of the Dead and Resident Evil. Some like the idea of a full-on chase scene with jaw-crunching zombies that have sprinting styles that could easily go head-to-head with any Olympic gold medalist long distance runner.

I, for one, say no. I would not enjoy that one bit.

I’m perfectly aware that my ability to survive in a zombie apocalyptic world, even with slow moving zombies, is slim. (Terrifying situations cause me to become a deer in headlights. I know this. I understand this). But to toss in some running zombies, as if zombies themselves aren’t scary enough, and my chance of survival goes from slim to not happening at all.

My fingers want to cling to the slim chance. Let’s not take that away.

And, running sucks. I’ve tried it, even ran a race, but I don’t want to ever do that again. I’m a fan of breathing and running makes breathing hard. With slow zombies, I could walk REAL fast, breath just fine, and possibly be okay. And “possibly” is so much better than “not gonna happen.”

All that aside, zombies represent death. It’s that one thing we are all afraid of and are doing our best to keep at bay for as long as humanly possible. Every day we live, is one day that death creeps a little closer. That’s scary.

The slow build-up of something bad and dark progressively coming closer and closer is also incredibly terrifying. It’s there. It’s coming. It’s just a matter of time. Anticipation alone gets the heart pumping and the adrenaline going. With fast zombies, BOOM, they’re there in your face, no build up. Where’s the fun in that?

With slow zombies, they’re also easier and much more fun and creative ways to kill them. That’s a plus right there. Baseball bats, lawnmowers, blow torches, saws, pitchforks, big knives, a knitting needle, pointy fence posts, grandma’s knick-knacks, etc…The opportunities are endless. But with a fast zombie…you better have a gun. A big gun. That’s it. There’s no wiggle room there. If you don’t have a big gun, then a fast zombie will be munching on your face quicker than you’d like.

Slow zombies: you can run them over with your car and get away.

Fast zombies: will surround your vehicle before you can turn the key and then they will eat you. Eat you.

Slow zombies: You need a horde of them to actually kill you. On their own, they’re manageable.

Fast zombies: All you need is one to kill you. And a horde of fast moving zombies…. ha,ha,ha, you’re screwed. No point in wasting bullets. Just lie down and get it over with.

I guess it really just comes down to this: hope. With hordes of slow moving, progressively getting closer zombies there is still hope. And where there is hope people will do everything within their ability to survive. We can argue the fine points of dead muscle mass and rotting bodies parts making it near impossible for the zombie to be a runner, but that would be mute.

It’s all about hope. With slow zombies we have hope, we have a chance, however slim, and we have possibility. Everyone wants a chance at survival. Besides, slow zombies are bad enough. Why in the world would we ever want to speed that up?

THE AUTHOR

Angela Scott hears voices. Tiny fictional people sit on her shoulders and whisper their stories in her ear. Instead of medicating herself, she decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. She’s not crazy. She’s an author. For the most part, she writes contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, she found herself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West–and loving it. Her zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, she wouldn’t suggest it. She lives on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. She graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of her love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. She can’t spell, and grammar is her arch nemesis. But they gave her the degree, and there are no take backs. (Photo © Scott Cornford)

THE BOOKS

    

PUBLISHER: Evolved Publishing | RELEASE DATE: 2012 | BUY IT: Amazon UK / Amazon US

Summary for Survivor Roundup – Red always knew she would have to face the man who nearly destroyed her. She just didn’t figure it would happen so soon… With the plague sweeping across the nation, destroying many and turning others into walking corpses, survivors head West in search of a chosen land, a place designed to keep the infected out, while sealing survivors inside.

In theory, the idea seems the only way to keep humanity alive. In practice, it doesn’t matter whether a person is on the inside or the out—there is no humanity… And even though John Gatherum hunted her down and instigated their reunion, Red’s no longer the passive girl he once manipulated. This time, she has a hidden agenda of her own. Kill him. Save her family. Save herself.

ANGELA SCOTT ONLINE
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GIVEAWAY!

Angela is kindly giving away FIVE (5) book bundles:

  • For ONE WINNER the bundle will comprise of a signed finished copy of book one, WANTED: Dead or Undead and book two, Survivor Roundup, along with a little zombie extra!
  • For FOUR WINNERS the bundles will comprise of an ebook of book one, WANTED: Dead or Undead and an eARC of book two, Survivor Roundup.

For entry into the giveaway please answer the following question then fill out the form below: What is your favourite zombie movie?

This giveaway is International and ends 12:00am GMT 30th November 2012

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Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

72 Comments


jessica cochrane November 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Night of the Living Dead

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Brian November 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Shaun of the Dead

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Gemma November 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Ooh I love Shaun of the Dead! Its just awsome!!! Zombieland is fun too!

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Birgit November 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Night of the living Dead.

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Melissa (Books and Things) November 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Zombieland. Because I’m a wimp and I love humor… even undead humor. :)

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erinf1 November 1, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Thanks for the fabulous post and giveaway! I’d say it’s a tie between shaun of the dead and zombieland

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Emma Wood November 1, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Shaun of the Dead for me too though I haven’t seen Zombieland so maybe I should watch that this weekend.

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Brian November 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Zombieland

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Julie @ Manga Maniac Cafe November 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I am a chicken and don’t like zombie movies. I can’t stand to see the blood, guts, and gore. Go figure. My favorite zombie book is The Enemy by Charlie Higson. Not sure why I like to read them but can’t watch them.

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sherry fundin November 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm

don’t have a favorite. thanks for the giveaway.

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laura thomas November 1, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Dawn of the Dead

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Grete Evans November 1, 2012 at 10:01 pm

That’s a tough one! Shaun of the Dead is one of my favourites and gets re-watched often but Zombieland is a close second! Loved the article! Slow moving zombies are definitely my preference :)

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Gemma November 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Ooh shaun of the dead and Zombieland getting alot of love!!

No resident evil fans??

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bn100 November 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Don’t have a favorite.

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Christine Fridlington November 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Although obviously far from scary, Shaun Of The Dead is my favourite zombie film.

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Victoria Zumbrum November 2, 2012 at 12:12 am

Night of the Living Dead.

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Joani S November 2, 2012 at 1:23 am

Thats a tuff one, when I want something funny it’s Shaun of the Dead, when I’m wanting some drama its Dawn of the Dead!!

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Ileana A. November 2, 2012 at 1:40 am

Zombieland is my favorite, plus the movie is a bit funny. :D

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Lissette Martinez November 2, 2012 at 2:21 am

Resident Evil.. I’m a fan!!
Dawn of the Dead is one of my favorites, too!

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Rachel at theJeepDiva November 2, 2012 at 2:54 am

Resident Evil is my favorite however I just discovered The Walking Dead TV Show and I really like it also.

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Lia Oxanne November 2, 2012 at 6:45 am

I’d say Zombieland. I also liked Resident Evil (my bro made me see it) and there was another ooooold one but I can’t recall it’s name now, which was more funny and gruesome than scary but it was ok.

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Anne L November 2, 2012 at 10:18 am

Shaun Of The Dead

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Vickie November 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

I have only watched two zombie movies. Return of the Living Dead, and Shaun of the Dead. I watched one when I was about 15, and the other relatively recently, and I have to say I loved the first one more. Despite their both being spoofy comedies I just found the prior hilarious, where as the later was just meh. Perhaps my s.o.h is failing me as I get older lol.

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Chris Bails November 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I would have to say Zombieland, cause that movie was so funny. Plus Bill Murray and Woody Harrelson are fantastic in that movie.

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Julie Picton November 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm

28 Days

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Laura Harris November 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Has has has to be Shaun of the Dead. Simon Pegg, zombies, guts, gore, humour and a smidge of romance. What more could you want?

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Suzanne Cooke November 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Shaun of the Dead, omg that film was sooo funny.

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Laura Mills November 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Return of the Living Dead.

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Jessica Bronder November 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm

My favorite zombie movie is Zombieland. I love all the actors and that was one of the best cameos I have ever seen in a movie.

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rhiannon alwen November 2, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Shaun of the Dead. Not just my favourite zombie film, but one of my favourites of all time.
Never fails to make me laugh.

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diane findlay November 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

dawn of the dead

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Barrie Phillips November 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Dawn of the Dead

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JulieP November 2, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Zombieland….Woody Harrelson is superb!!

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Karis Boone November 2, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Zombieland. For me zombie movies are better with a bit of comedy.

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Sarah November 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Has to be Zombieland!!!

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Pete A November 2, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Shaun of the Dead

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Denise November 2, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Night of the Living Dead

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holly November 2, 2012 at 11:29 pm

shaun of the dead

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Chrissy Peebles November 3, 2012 at 12:02 am

Night of the Living Dead! : )

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Barbara Elness November 3, 2012 at 4:23 am

My favorite zombie movie is Night of the Comet, it’s not too scary which is great in my opinion. :D

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Solange November 3, 2012 at 6:41 am

28 Days Later

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Val Swift November 3, 2012 at 8:46 am

shaun of the dead

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Helen Spaven November 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Night of the Living Dead

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JillyP November 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Zombieland

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Dawn Tinkler November 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Night of the Living Dead

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Lauren @ Northern Plunder November 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Easily The Evil Dead :)

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DeAnna Schultz November 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I would have to say Night of The Living Dead and 28 Days Later.

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Karen Colquhoun November 5, 2012 at 1:24 am

Night of the living dead for film but at the moment The Walking dead is my favourite zombie series.

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Georgia McAllister November 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Zombieland is brilliant!

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kelly November 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Dawn Of The Dead

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Mickie Bull November 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Shaun Of The Dead

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Srivalli November 6, 2012 at 10:33 pm

28 days later.

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jenn November 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm

My favourite zombie movie right now is Zombieland! Thanks for a great post and giveaway!

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Ainun November 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm

28 Days Later.

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Sarah Eggleton November 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Has to be Night of the Living Dead!

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reece anthony November 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Favourite zombie movie has to be the first resident evil film :)

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Ashley snyder November 14, 2012 at 5:04 am

Resident Evil movies. :D and this looks so freaking awesome!!!

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stuart w November 14, 2012 at 10:50 am

Cockneys v Zombies

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Adam Robinson November 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Zombie Strippers was pretty good.

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samhain November 19, 2012 at 3:55 am

shaun of the dead or 28 days/weeks later

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Mariska November 19, 2012 at 7:07 am

Resident Evil movies :D

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Annabelle H November 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I am Legend

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Peter Gilby November 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm

The original Dawn of the Dead = landmark movie

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Clare White November 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Dawn of the Dead

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Anene Cee November 28, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Shaun Of The Dead :)

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Deborah Nicholas November 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Has to be either Zombieland or Shaun of the Dead. Love horror movies and we even have our ‘zombie-pocolypse’ plan sorted! lol

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Jennifer Kelly November 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Zombieland is immense. I loved Bill Murray’s part – excellent!! Looking forward to World War Z too! x

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bn100 November 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm

no favorite zombie movie; haven’t seen any

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Holly Boyd November 30, 2012 at 12:03 am

I love zombie movies but my favourite is Shaun of the Dead mainly because it came out at around the same time as Dawn of the Dead and was very British in comparison. Especially as at the end the British manage to pull through :D

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Penni November 30, 2012 at 2:22 am

Night of the Living Dead!

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mummy and her kids November 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I have two, 28 days later and Shaun of the Dead. I would say I watch Shaun o the Dead more because it’s easier to watch.

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Alisa November 30, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Zombie Flesheaters

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