I must say, having recently binged on both the Santa Clarita Diet and Z Nation, the horror comedy hybrid is certainly working for me.
In the Santa Clarita Diet Sheila (Drew Barrymore) decries her dowdy wife/bland mum/real estate agent former self and enthusiastically embraces her new zombie existence. I found myself wincing, laughing, then strangely cheering her on, as she chows down on aggressive, predatory or just plain irritating folks.
Yes she eats people. Not a lifestyle choice I’d recommend but she does seem awfully happy. Although, I imagine they’re going to find explaining the growing number of missing bodies slightly challenging but honestly, it’s not designed to be taken seriously. We have the Walking Dead for that.
If you are at all concerned about a zombie apocalypse, Max Brooks the author of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War has released the The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead. I came across it in the literature section of my local library. Seriously.
There is the 2013 movie World War Z if you’re in the mood for Brad Pitt but I preferred the television series Z Nation (available on Netflix or DVD). It has a terrifically high body count and touches on the nastier side of human nature. The characters are engaging, if a little over the top but if you’re accepting the world they are operating in, some personal eccentricities are to be expected.
If you enjoyed Warm Bodies (read the book by Isaac Marion first if you haven’t already it is fantastic), Serial Mom, or iZombie, then the Santa Clarita Diet and Z Nation are for you.
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