Producer Brad Pitt recently released a big budget movie based on the popular apocalyptic zombie book World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War and starring…you guessed it, Brad Pitt. I had a chance to see World War Z recently and have condensed the survival lessons presented down to the… Top 10 Survival Lessons from World War Z.
In addition to a big name cast headed by Brad Pitt as United Nations Inspector turned stay-at-home dad Gerry Lane and Mireille Enos as Karen Lane (not to mention a wonderful supporting cast for the international scenes) it has special effects so amazing that they took years to develop.
As I recall the book was written as a faux history based on oral interviews conducted after the recovery from a zombie war. It was essentially a series of vignettes describing how different groups of survivors got through zombie plague. Pitt’s movie draws on the environment developed by Max Brooks in his book for inspiration but is essentially a different story following Pitt’s character as he travels around the world searching for a cure to the zombie epidemic.
I’ve written before about how the proliferation of the zombie phenomenon is likely due to the fact that it’s a safe way for the average Joe to think about a collapse or TEOTWAWKI event in a relatively non-threatening way. Think about that for a minute… with a zombie apocalypse the only thing you have to prepare for is animated corpses that don’t compete with you for resources… other than your own skin.
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It seems like everywhere I look these days I see zombies. Even the government has jumped on the Zombie bandwagon with the Centers for Disease Control’s Zombie Preparedness Program and $1,000 per trainee Zombie Apocalypse themed counter terrorism training. There are zombie TV shows (Walking Dead just began it’s 3rd season), zombie ‘history’ books like World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, zombie comic books, zombie runs, Tactical Bleeding Zombie Shooting Targets, Zombie Garden Gnomes, Zombie Foot Dog Chew Toys, Zombie Gun Cleaning Systems, and I even saw a Zombie Family Decal on the back of a mini-van last week. Ask most people what their zombie apocalypse survival plan is and you’ll actually get an answer…that they’ve thought through. In this Halloween edition of Prepography we’ll discuss why I think everyone’s talking about zombies and what zombie preparedness is really about. Continue reading