Alison Kemper's Top 5 Favorite Zombie Movies / TV Shows
1. 28 Days Later
My all-time favorite zombie movie. Why? Because zombies are scary when they’re fast. Best scene: when the dad and daughter have to change a tire in the tunnel, and we can hear the zombies getting closer. EEEEK. If you’ve never seen this film, and you’re in the mood for solidly scary zombies, give this one a shot.
2. Walking Dead
I was hooked from the very first episode, and now Sunday nights are something I look forward to all week (yes, I am a zombie nerd). I refuse to read the graphic novels until the series finishes.
3. Warm Bodies
It’s got zombies! It’s got romance! It’s got zombie romance! Also, it has Nicholas Hoult. Who says zombies can’t be hot?
Something about the undead lends itself to crazy, campy humor in a way that doesn’t work with other horrifying monsters. This one’s got Bill Murray, zombie clowns, and an epic search for Twinkies.
5. Shaun of the Dead
If I was ever stuck in a zombie apocalypse, I’d probably be about as useless as these nerds. Shaun of the Dead was a HUGE influence on my novel, Donna of the Dead. I love the idea of a bunch of friends stuck in a zombie apocalypse, struggling to survive, and sort of bumbling their way through with a lot of funny mistakes. (On a side note, I still think of Cousin Isobel from Downton Abbey—second from the right—as “Shaun’s mum”).
- Game of Thrones: Are the White Walkers zombies? Or do they turn humans into “wights” who act in a zombie-like way? I’m not sure of the technicalities, and so far, we’re just getting hints about an impending war with the undead. But it looks like we’re ramping up for some serious zombie action in Season 4.
- Dawn of the Dead: classic zombie flick
- World War Z: Like everyone has said in countless places, the movie is nothing like the book. But that doesn’t mean it’s not awesome and action-packed. That scene at the wall in Jerusalem? Yow.
- I Am Legend: Lots of debate about whether these creatures are actually zombies—in the novella, they’re more like vampires, but the film gets lumped in with zombie flicks. Either way, great monsters.
About the Book
Author: Alison Kemper
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: March 4, 2014
Donna Pierce might hear voices, but that doesn’t mean she’s crazy. Probably.
The voices do serve their purpose, though—whenever Donna hears them, she knows she’s in danger. So when they start yelling at the top of their proverbial lungs, it’s no surprise she and her best friend, Deke, end up narrowly escaping a zombie horde. Alone without their families, they take refuge at their high school with the super-helpful nerds, the bossy head cheerleader, and—best of all?—Lance, hottie extraordinaire and Donna’s long-time crush. When Lance is around, it’s easy to forget about the moaning zombies, her dad’s plight to reach them, and how weird Deke is suddenly acting toward her.
But as the teens’ numbers dwindle and their escape plans fall apart, Donna has to listen to the secrets those voices in her head have been hiding. It seems not all the zombies are shuffling idiots, and the half-undead aren’t really down with kids like Donna…
Alison Kemper grew up in South Florida, the only girl on a street with eleven boys. She spent most of her childhood paddling a canoe through neighborhood canals and looking for adventure. She usually found it. Sometimes the police were involved. And large dogs. And one time, a very territorial snake. She now lives in North Carolina and writes books. The books often include girls having adventures. With boys. Cute boys. And cute dogs too. But no cute snakes. Never cute snakes.
Her debut novel, Donna of the Dead, will be published by Entangled Teen in 2014 and followed by two companion novels. She loves to meet new people and talk books, so send her a friend request or connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.
15 Zombie Swag Bags that include $5 Amazon card, Donna of the Dead mints (don't get caught with zombie breath) and exploding eye gumballs (they squirt red goo when you bite into them, but are surprisingly delicious)!
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