Sometimes I like my horror small

(Guest post by Nick Withers.)

Small cast horror tends to be among the best, lending itself to taunt atmospherics. A recent gem was Splinter (2008), which shared the locked in/seige feelings of Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Assault on Precinct 13 (1976). Also of note is the almost-zombie flick Pontypool (2008) (watch out for the OTT performance of the mad doctor – out of place in the film but fun). A movie with not so much smallness on the cast side but definitely on the budget was The Signal (2007), made for only $50,000 and shot over 13 days. Nicely apocalyptic, it feels like a film with at least another couple of zeros on the end.

Zombie Dogs

(Guest post by Nick Withers.)

Dogs on Auckland beaches are being killed by tetrodotoxin, a lethal poison occurring naturally in puffer fish. Properly prepared puffer fish can serve a couple of purposes. As Fugu it is a Japanese delicacy. In powdered form it is part of a powder used to make zombies.

Ethnobiologist Wade Daviss suggested its use in “zombie powder” after going undercover in Haiti,  “dramatised” in the wonderfully b-grade The Serpent and the Rainbow. The powder would render the victim in a state almost indistinguishable from death. Once the “living corpse” was recovered from the grave datura and other substances were used to keep the “zombie” in a state of dosile slavery.

It should be noted that while head shots will also kill this type of zombie, the preferred methodology in dealing with them is to stop feeding them the drugs.

So there you have it… either the canines are experimenting with Japanese cuisine, or its zombie dog time.

“Reports, incredible as they may seem, are not the results of mass hysteria.”