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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Two fun examples of dialogue-less storytelling

Any day is a good day for zombies.

The best day for zombies will be when Left 4 Dead hits the PC. On that day I will be transported to Zombie Heaven.

Ironically, Zombie Heaven is right here on Earth: the Land of the Living. Where the warm-fleshed, juicy-brains-carrying humans are abundant and conveniently packaged into cramped apartment blocks with no exit strategies. Where humans fear the night and zombies do not fear the day. Where humans still believe a zombie holocaust can happen only on screen.

And so, I present for your viewing pleasure two animated short films featuring zombies. The stories have a beginning, middle, and end and are told completely without dialogue.

CHAINSAW MAID

Beyond the wonderful claymation, I love, love the Casio-quality sound effects in this one. And there's a chuckle early on that would feel right at home in any Wallace and Gromit move.




ZOMBIE ZOMBIE - DRIVING THIS ROAD UNTIL DEATH SETS YOU FREE

This delightful riff on Carpenter's The Thing is a music video from indy electro band Zombie Zombie. This is the film you wanted to make on your Super-8 camera back in 1982, but your older sister had already kidnapped your G.I. Joe figures, dressed them in Barbie hotpants, and arranged them at the table with the Troll Dolls and the My Little Ponys for a Sunday tea party. Or did that only happen to Steven Soderbergh?


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