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Dead Snow: Smart Zombies 10/23/2010

by Joe

I watched Dead Snow the other day, thanks to Ben’s recommendation in the comments. It’s definitely not a movie to be taken seriously, in a good way. It’s one of those sit-back-and-enjoy-some-zombie-gore-and-humor movies. The plot and comedy weren’t as well executed as Shaun of the Dead , but there were parts that made me chuckle, despite how contrived the situation was (who has a gatling gun stored away in their snowmobile?).

What I found most interesting was the concept of Nazi zombies. Seems to me that the Nazi aspect was only added so that people could say “Cool! Nazi zombies!” because the zombies could have been anything and it would’ve been the same movie. But, it wasn’t the Nazi thing that interested me. The idea of intelligent zombies was what caught me. The zombies in Dead Snow were able to ambush, use weapons, hesitate, assess situations, and they even obeyed a zombie leader who was able to plan attacks and strategize (strength in numbers is a strategy, right?).

The concept of self-aware, intelligent zombies is something that I’d like to delve deeper into! Anybody know of any more movies that feature zombies that can think?

Thanks for the recommendation, Ben!

Enjoy Scene 8 – “Joe Awakens”!

Have a great weekend! :D

Oh, I dunno… “Day Of The Dead” seems like a pretty obvious one? And “Land Of The Dead” even more so?

Sam on October 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm

@Sam – Thanks! I’ll have to watch those! Or, re-watch because I can’t remember which “… of the Dead” movies I’ve seen :)

Joe on October 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Well, it’s not a movie, but Cell by Stephen King has something like that.

Zairak on October 23, 2010 at 12:44 pm

It isn’t a game but I Resident Evil 4 and 5 had semi-intelligent zombies. If you can’t play them I guess you can watch walkthroughs or Lets Play videos on youtube.

The next update is going to be interesting. Joe isn’t a sympathetic character so far but he is rightly pissed and will need to be pacified, and I’m guessing violence won’t work.

Girleez on October 23, 2010 at 1:27 pm

On that first panel I had to hit back to make sure I didn’t miss something.

Oh, and half of my request was fulfilled. Awesome.

EvilEarl on October 23, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I think I am Legend (the novel) had intelligent zombies, but I am Legend (the film) definitely did not.
A whole lot of things got lost in translation for that movie :/

Takorii on October 23, 2010 at 3:17 pm

@Takorii- I am Legend the Book was totaly about Vampires
And I totaly agree I liked the end of the movie alot more than I liked the book

Eastar on October 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Those movies of intelligent zombies remind me of a dream I once had… Strangely enough I wasn’t in it… It was about how some weird spatial cloud had enveloped Earth in a black rain that destroyed nearly all life… Many escaped the deadly rain and one refugee managed only to get hit by a single drop in his hand… A few years later his hand was purple and dead, and the goverment was launching an experimental liquid to cancel out the effects of the rain and the man was hopeful it could cure him as well; only it started bringing everything back to unlife you could call it… He became half zombie, with his body deteriorating and most organs malfunctioning, but his mind completely intact! He gathered up a team of humans to fight the zombie mutants, always hiding his physical status with long dressrobes, gloves, cloaks, and a silver mask from his followers… This last bit over 3000 years after the black cloud originally came to Earth… Yikes I wrote too much! Hope I didn’t bore you…

NeoPhantom, Mirage Warrior of the Netherlands on October 23, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Land of the dead is the one where the zombies realise they can walk underwater isn’t it? I loved that scene…

Ben on October 23, 2010 at 10:28 pm

If you like anime High school of the Dead is one of the best zombie tv shows ive ever seen. Even though theres a fair amount of fan service, the zombies and action scenes are really realistic. Its basically about a group of survivors who also happen to all be from the same high school. Its pretty intense because right off the bat the main character has to kill his best friend, and they have to deal with adult survivors trying to take advantage of them. I love it, you should check it out.

Toasty on October 24, 2010 at 5:11 am

The zombies arent exactly intelligent, but they do have a very interesting “gimmick” or “rule” to them. its worth checking out

Toasty on October 24, 2010 at 5:13 am

Hey, could you e-mail me on how to make buttons like that? I wanted to make a flash thingy like that on another site, but I figured asking you might be easier than looking up tutorials for a while. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to, but I would appreicate it. I use Adobe Flash CS3, but I’m sure whatever you use is similar to it. Thanks!

Elementalpowerstar on October 24, 2010 at 5:29 am

Sorry for posing twice, but I wanted to be more specific:
I meant on how to pause the Flash and then resume after the button is pushed, I looked up on how to make buttons, but not there. I have access to both Actionscript 2.0 and 3.0.

Elementalpowerstar on October 24, 2010 at 5:33 am

Ok I gotta ask, why are they becoming so short man? In the beginning they were nice and long, also I like clicking go between each clip of speech. I have a hard time reading as fast as it skips to the next one sometimes. Just my thoughts is all. Others might not be as slow, and some may be slower than me.

Zion Wolfblood on October 24, 2010 at 8:06 am

Thanks for the suggestions and recommendations, everyone! I have a lot to watch (and read) :D
@Elementalpowerstar – Sure, I can post how I did the buttons :) It’s super easy! I also use Adobe Flash CS3. I have also been asked to do a tutorial for isometric text, so maybe I’ll post the two together.
@Zion Wolfblood – Sorry! Yeah, some scenes will be shorter than others, depending on the scene situation and how much time I have to make the scene (work and life get in the way, of course!). But, I hope to post 3 scenes a week that are each as long or longer than a standard “webcomic page” :) As for the speech buttons, when an animation needs to play in the background, I can’t have the scene pause for text :( I try to make the text stay on-screen for 3 seconds, but I can see how this may not be enough for longer text. Thanks for the suggestions and I’ll keep them in mind! :D

Joe on October 24, 2010 at 5:08 pm

@EvilEarl- I did the exact same thing. I was like “Woah, when did he get a gun?”

Toaster O' Vengeance on October 25, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Is your RSS feed working? I tried to subscribe and it wouldn’t load… :(

Free Money on October 31, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Sorry to hear that! The feed seems to work for me. I’m using Mac’s Mail app and it’s feeding from http://feeds.feedburner.com/ThePocalypse .

    Can you send me your details, so I can try and replicate and fix your issue?

    Thanks for letting me know :D Anybody else having this problem?

    Joe on October 31, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Absolutely incredible post.

Ivory Mcgonigle on November 2, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Quite a beautiful website. I built mine and i was looking for some design ideas and you gave me a few. May i ask you whether you developed the website by youself?


Rachelle Meridith on November 27, 2010 at 4:14 am