Daily Archives: March 4, 2016

How the West Was Zombed – Chapter 59


The Bonnie Lass was a blazing pile of rubble and its proprietor was nowhere to be found.

“Bonnie!”  Slade shouted his love’s name over and over with no luck.

Through the flames he saw…them.  Shadowy silhouettes stood up and walked towards him.  Undead Buchanan Boys, bar patrons and prostitutes lumbered forward with their arms stretched out, crying out demands for brains.  Some of the creatures were missing body parts or had entrails pouring out of their bodies.  Most were burnt to a crisp.  Several were still on fire themselves but that didn’t slow them down.

One of the undead was missing the top left quarter of his face, but Slade could recognize those ugly buck toothed chompers anywhere.  Alas, poor Waldo Fleming, part-time mayor, full-time barkeep, ad been reduced to a cannibalistic subhuman abomination.

Waldo reach out.  Slade responded by plunging Gunther’s knife through Waldo’s eye socket.  Then he stabbed an undead Buchanan Boy through the forehead.  A hooker’s teeth snapped too close to Slade’s arm.  He felt a little bit of himself die inside when he stabbed her through the ear.  Slade had never so much as raised a hand against a woman before.

But it was time for another first.  Slade had never run away from a fight before either, but he was outnumbered.  Thoroughly ashamed of himself, he ran and didn’t look back.

If he had, he would have seen the undead fan out, heading toward different parts of town in search of brains.  They weren’t very coordinated, or nimble, or even fast, but they were persistent.

An undead monster’s typical response to a wall is to just keep bumping into it over and over again.  Unfortunately, that spelled destruction for many structures across town, as the still burning undead spread their flames all over Highwater.

As Slade ran back to the church, he heard the screams, the terrible cries of townspeople being attacked and eaten alive.

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New Ghostbusters Movie Preview

It’s finally here, the preview for the new all-female Ghostbusters movie:

My main observation is it looks and feels like the original.

They’re not quite like the original team but:

A)  You’ve got the lovable, almost childish nerd Ray (Dan Akroyd) vs. Abby (Melissa McCarthy)

B)  The glasses wearing ultra smart nerd – Egon (Harold Ramis) vs. Jillian (Kate McKinnon)

C)  The leader – Venkman (Bill Murray) vs. Erin (Kristen Wiig)

D)  The black non-scientist who talks the scientists into keeping it real – Winston (Ernie Hudson) vs. Patty (Leslie Jones)

I’ll just throw it out there.  A Ghostbusters sequel has always been a very high hurdle to jump over because the first was so great.

It was such an original and funny idea – serious so you felt a sense of danger but hilarious that you kept laughing.

In this preview, you have what looks like a ghost in a library.  A giant monster in New York.  Tributes to the original.  But then again, the tough part about comedy movie sequels is that people ALWAYS expect a repeat of the original movie’s jokes.

I don’t know.  They’re not deviating from the original formula, that’s for sure.  But then if they went off the deep end into something too new people would criticize that too.

I want it to be good.  I hope it is good.  I can’t believe it’s been 30 years though.  Holy shit.

You know, I really don’t care that it is an all woman cast.  I know some people have complained about it.  I just want it to be good, funny and enjoyable.

I will say this – we’ve come a long way that there are so many female nerd moviegoers that an all female Ghostbusters cast would get the studio green light.  These nerd women were nowhere to be found when I was a young lad.

I’m also glad to see whatever idea they’re going with here does not wipe out the first two movies.  It exists in the same world and at least according to IMDB some of the original Ghostbusters will be making cameos.

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