When it comes to fighting zombies, World War Z author Max Brooks is practically a household name, which is why his upcoming lecture on this subject is great news for those in need of pointers. Zombie defense training has become increasingly popular over the last few years, so it only makes sense to trust a qualified expert who penned best-seller The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Undead for helpful tips in the event of a zombie attack.
Brooks’ novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War was loosely adapted for World War Z, the major motion picture currently in theaters, which ended up being the most expensive zombie film ever made with a budget nearing $200 million. (In contrast, British director Marc Price's zombie flick Colin had a budget of roughly $70.) Personally, I enjoyed WWZ on a global disaster movie level, but I'd never place it within the horror genre, nor was it ever meant to fall into that category. It's a summer blockbuster that falls more along the lines of an intense, action-packed epidemic film, similar to (but not as unnerving as) Contagion. WWZ won't haunt my brain the way Contagion or the novel did, but I had fun nonetheless. It looks like Paramount has confirmed a sequel.
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“10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack” - Author Max Brooks will speak at the Harper College Performing Arts Center at 7pm Friday, July 12th. The lecture is free to all Harper summer students with valid ID (ticket required); $3 faculty/staff, seniors, students; $5 general admission. Harper College, 1200 Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067. Box office: 847-925-6100. harpercollege.edu
This week, IGN uploaded a video of Max Brooks zombie-proofing their London office, which reveals just how serious he is about surviving a zombie apocalypse. One couldn't help but notice his quip in reference to the WWZ movie: “You're gonna have a bunch of film executives in here, okay, wondering how they can–I don't know–take a book and turn it into a movie and ignore the book...”
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